In the period between January and October 2019, the Spanish import of fresh fruits and vegetables from non-EU countries stood at 1.31 million tons worth 1,560 million euros. This represents 49% of the total volume imported and 65% of the value, according to the latest data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes. Meanwhile, purchases from EU countries amounted to 1.34 million tons worth 840 million Euro.
The Spanish import from non-EU countries in the period at hand was reduced by 2% compared to the same months of the previous year. Morocco is the biggest non-EU supplier in the Spanish market, with 363,399 tons imported (7% more than in the previous period) worth 554.7 million Euro (+4%). It is followed by Costa Rica, with 209,550 tons (-7%) worth 129 million Euro (-4%) and Peru, with 110,534 tons (-9%) and 210.6 million Euro (+1%).
Within the EU, Spanish imports in the first ten months of 2019 were reduced by 2% compared to the same period of 2018, while the value increased by 17%. France is Spain’s largest supplier, with 642,711 tons (10% less than in the same period of 2018) worth 272.6 million Euro (+17%), and is followed by Portugal, with 222,568 tons (the same volume as in the previous period) worth 159 million Euro (+3%).
For FEPEX, the data up to October reflect the consolidated presence in the domestic market of fruits and vegetables from certain third countries, such as Morocco, which has strengthened its position as the largest supplier. In fact, Morocco has been achieving constant growth in recent years while diversifying its supply, thereby becoming the main competitor for the Spanish sector in the domestic and EU markets.