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Spanish fruit and vegetable exports concentrate in the EU

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The value of the Spanish fruit and vegetables trade in the European Community increased 5% in 2016.

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ConcentracionThe EU accounts for 92.7% of Spanish fruit and vegetable exports. / ArchiveSpanish exports of fresh fruit and vegetables in 2016 destined to the EU increased by 5% in relation to the previous year, generating a turnover of 11,565 million euros, representing 92.7% of total shipments, sustaining the growth of the overall amount of foreign trade, that amounted to 12,486 million euros, according to data provided by the General Directorate of Customs of the Ministry of Finance, Industry and Competitiveness and processed by Fepex.

In 2016 the commercial relationship with the main destination countries for Spanish exports within the EU increased: Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Spanish sales of fruit and vegetables to Germany amounted to 3,222 million euros, 9% more than in 2015, representing 26% of the total exported by Spain. Fruit and vegetables worth 2,220 million euros (+5%) were allocated to France, accounting for 18% of the total. Shipments to the United Kingdom amounted to a value of 1,762 million euros (+9%), representing 14% and the Netherlands reached 1.012 million euros (+3%), registering 8% of the overall total.

Outside of the EU, fruit and vegetable exports to European countries fell by 5%, generating a turnover of 331.7 million euros, due to the maintenance of the Russian veto and the decrease in countries like Norway. By contrast, exports to non-European countries increased by 589 million euros (+11%), showing Brazil as the main recipient with 109 million euros (+23%). Increases recorded in the United Arab Emirates, with 67.1 million euros (+6%) and in Saudi Arabia with 48.3 million euros (+10%) are also noteworthy. On the opposite side stands Canada with 57.2 million euros, 3% less than in 2015.

According to Fepex, exports of fresh fruit and vegetables to non-EU Community countries increase very slowly, while other important markets remain closed. Therefore, the federation believes that the trade agreements negotiated by the EU should further strengthen this sector.

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