Morocco is Spain’s largest non-EU fresh fruit and vegetables supplier with a total volume of 321,189 tons worth €507 million.
Rabat – Morocco represents 36 percent of the total fresh vegetables and fruit Spain purchases from non EU countries and 25 percent of the total Spanish imports, the Spanish federation of fruit and vegetable exporters (Fepex) reported on December 4.
Morocco’s fruit and vegetables exports to Spain amounted to a total of €507 million in terms of financial revenues. The North African country is followed by Peru, with €196 million, and Argentina, with 108 million.
Up to September this year, Spain’s fresh fruits and vegetables imports from Morocco totaled 321,189 tons, an increase of 7 percent from January to September compared to the same period last year. The Imports were worth a value of €507 million, up from 15 percent from January to September compared to the same period last year.
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Over the past five years, Morocco’s fresh fruit and vegetables exports to Spain, in the January-September period of each year, have grown from 153,530 tons to 321,188 tons, an increase of 109 percent. Meanwhile, the imports value increased from €185 million to €507 million, up 174 percent over the same period.
Morocco exports of vegetables amounted to 173,564 tons at a value of €209 million. The vegetables exported included green beans (63,856 tons, pepper (40,562 tonnes), tomatoes (37,375 tons), and zucchini (11,927 tons).
Spain’s fruit imports totaled 147,625 tons worth €297 million. The imported products included 74,529 tons of watermelons,17,735 tons of oranges, 14,575 tons of raspberries, 12,420 tons of blueberries, and 9,025 tons of avocados.
The Spanish import of fresh fruits and vegetables from third countries accounted for 70 percent of the total Spanish purchases from January to September, at total value of €2,09 million.