Ten years ago, Spain exported 104.74% more tomatoes than Morocco. Last year, that difference dropped to only 5.24%. In the last ten years, Morocco has increased its tomato exports by 41.84%. In the same period of time, exports from the major European tomato suppliers decreased. In the case of Spain, tomato exports declined by 41.84%.
According to data compiled by Hortoinfo, in the last decade, Mexico has gone from exporting 1,472.39 million kilos of tomatoes in 2012 to 1,903.78 in 2021; the Netherlands went from exporting 1,039.6 million kilos in 2012 to 933.71 million kilos in 2021; Spain went from 908.65 in 2012 (1,026.76 in 2013) to 662.49 million kilos last year. Meanwhile, Morocco increased its tomato exports from 443.81 million kilos in 2012 to 629.51 million kilos in 2021.
These four countries are the world's leading tomato suppliers and account for 53.16% of the world's total tomato exports. Mexico exported 24.51% of the total, the Netherlands 12.02%, Spain 8.53%, and Morocco 8.10% of the world's total.
The difference between Morocco and Spain has been narrowing over the years, and if this trend continues, Morocco could surpass Spain's tomato exports for the first time in history in 2022.
In 2021, the world's tomato exports amounted to 8,839.25 million euros and were led by Mexico with 2,145.83 million euros.
The Netherlands ranked second with €1,737.2 million. Spain ranked third in terms of revenue with 975.78 million euros and Morocco fourth with 723.38 million euros.