Rabat- The UN Statistics Division (UNSD) has ranked Morocco fourth in tomato exports in the world at 527 million kilograms in 2017, 7 percent of the world’s total.
Morocco exports tomatoes at an average price of €1.021 per kilogram, and earned €511.78 million on tomato exports.
According to the same source, Mexico continues to lead global exports of tomatoes, with 1.74 billion kilograms exported in 2017 (23.61 percent of the world total). The sales income reached €1.72 billion with average price of €0.987 per kilogram.
The Netherlands maintained the second world position in the ranking of tomato exporters with a total of €1.74 billion in sales income in 2017. The Netherlands exported 1.1 billion kilograms with an average price of €1.585 per kilogram. That price is the highest among the 10 largest exporters in the world.
Spain ranked third in the world ranking of tomato exporters in 2017. Spain sold 809.53 million kilograms abroad (10.97 percent of the world total). The value of the Spanish export of tomatoes was €1.1 billion euros in 2017, with an average price of €1.237 euros per kilogram.
France is Morocco’s biggest importer of tomatoes. The kingdom exported 346.28 million kilograms of fresh tomato to France, 89 kilograms to Russia, 29.69 kilogram to Spain, 22.47 kilograms to the United Kingdom, and 10.87 kilogram to the Netherlands.
Morocco’s export highlighted figures in 2017 (WTEx)
According to World’s Top Exports (WTEx), Morocco was among the fastest-growing tomato exporters since 2013, in addition to Azerbaijan (up 281.9%), China (up 157%), Portugal (up 73%), and the Netherlands (up 16%).
Vegetables were the fastest-growing among the top Moroccan export categories, up by 24.5% from 2016 to 2017, led by tomatoes, fresh or chilled leguminous vegetables, and potatoes.
Cars, insulated cable, mineral or chemical fertilizers, and women’s clothing, were Morocco’s most valuable export products during 2017.
By value, over two-thirds (68.3%) of Moroccan exports were sold to European countries while 12.5% were delivered to Asia. The rest of the exports were shipped to Africa (8.8%), North America (5.1%) and South America.