February is an important month for the Spanish export of fresh fruits and vegetables. Last year, 1.2 million tons of fresh products worth 1,446 million Euro were exported during this month.
Of these, 697,111 tons and 759 million Euro corresponded to vegetables, with 120,690 tons of peppers worth 163.4 million Euro, 112,893 tons of tomatoes worth 139.8 million Euro, and 106,208 tons of lettuce worth 94.5 million Euro. These three products represented 85% of the total. Cucumber sales were also noteworthy in February, with 92,935 tons worth 98 million Euro.
Fruit exports in February 2020 amounted to 556,720 tons worth 687.4 million Euro. Of these, 220,691 tons and 152.2 million Euro corresponded to oranges, and 142,005 tons and 185 million Euro to mandarins. These two products accounted for 65% of the total. Lemons were the third most exported fruit in the second month of the year, with 68,240 tons worth 69 million Euro.
In February, significant volumes of strawberries are traded, too, with a total of 42,419 tons worth 106.5 million Euro last year.
Over the last five years, fruit and vegetable exports in February have remained practically stable at around 1.1-1.2 million tons. In February 2016 they amounted to 1.19 million tons; in 2017, to 1.12 million tons; in 2018 they stood at 1.10 million tons; in 2019 they reached 1.19 million tons and in 2020 they totaled 1.2 million tons.
It is also observed that the leading products in terms of foreign sales have remained the same, except in the case of tomatoes, which have lost the first place in the ranking. This vegetable used to be the most exported in February, but in 2020 it was surpassed by peppers, in line with what had already happened in previous months. Therefore, peppers are already the most exported vegetable by Spain, with 739,732 tons and one million Euro up until November 2020. Tomatoes follow, with 627,348 tons and 810 million Euro, according to data from the Tax Agency's Customs and Special Taxes Department, processed by FEPEX.