Rabat – Morocco remained Spain’s main supplier of fruits and vegetables in 2017, with exports reaching EUR 462.3 million by last October, according to the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers and Exporters of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and Live Plants (FEPEX).
Morocco’s supply of fruits and vegetables to Spain increased by 36 percent compared to 2016, said FEPEX, observing that Morocco continues to strengthen its position as Spain’s main foreign supplier.
The country has indeed been boosting its fruits and vegetables exports to Spain. In 2013, the supply amounted to a mere EUR 153.5 million, before rising to EUR 199.6 million in 2014, then to EUR 274.7 million in 2015 and to EUR 340.6 million in 2016, said the Federation, using data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes.
In terms of volume, imports from Morocco are also on an upward trend, totaling 144,432 tonnes in 2013, 163,675 tonnes in 2014, 199,247 tonnes in 2015, 246,349 tonnes in 2016 and 314,112 tonnes in 2017.
In 2017, Morocco came ahead of France, Spain’s second largest supplier of fruits and vegetables with exports worth EUR 256.2 million, followed by Portugal at EUR 139 million, the Netherlands at EUR 119 million and finally Belgium at EUR 88 million.