According to data by Hortoinfo from the Estacom statistical service (Icex-Tax Agency), Spanish tomato exports between January and October have decreased by 20.49% since 2018. In that same period, tomato purchases from Morocco have increased by 32.58%.
In 2018, Spain exported a total of 644.54 million kilos of tomatoes from January to October, a figure that has been falling year after year to 512.48 million kilos in the same months of 2021, registering a fall of 132.06 million kilos.
In the same period of time, Spanish tomato imports from Morocco have increased by 14.49 million kilos, going from 44.47 million kilos in 2018 to 58.96 million kilos of tomatoes between January and October 2021.
Fortunately, the price of Spanish tomato exports has been increasing during the years, Hortoinfo highlighted. As a result, even though volumes have been decreasing, there has been an increase in income that has gone from 727.51 million euro in the January-October 2018 period to 745.9 million euro in the same period of 2021. Average prices have increased by € 0.33/kg, going from € 1.13/kg in the first ten months of 2018 to € 1.45/kg in the same period of 2021.
The average price of tomato purchases from Morocco has also increased but at a slower rate during the periods analyzed, going from € 0.95/kg in 2018 to € 1.07/kg in 2021 (+ € 0.11/kg).