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Monday, 25 January 2016

EU: Horticultural imports from third countries up 12%

The value of the EU's fruit and vegetable imports from third countries grew by 12% between January and October 2015 compared with the same period of the previous year, totalling 11,721 million Euro, according to the latest data updated by Eurostat and processed by FEPEX. Meanwhile, the volume grew by 2%, to 11.6 million tonnes. The EU's fruit imports from third countries increased by 11% up to October 2015, totalling 9,833 million Euro. It is worth noting the growth of South Africa, with 1,391 million Euro, up 19%, with citrus fruits, grapes, pears and apples as the major products. Also noteworthy is the growth of imports from Chile, with 816.5 million Euro (+13%) and Turkey with 636.2 million Euro (+10%). Other traditional fruit suppliers in the EU, especially for bananas, such as Costa Rica and Ecuador, have also increased their exports, although to a lesser extent, with 3% in the case of Costa Rica, with 993.3 million Euro, and 1% in the case of Ecuador, with 731.1 million Euro. In the case of vegetables, the EU's imports from third countries up to October 2015 have also increased, with a 12% growth compared to the same period of 2014, reaching 1,888 million Euro. Morocco, the main non-EU vegetable supplier, recorded a strong 15% growth, totalling 630 million Euro. Tomato remains the main vegetable imported by the EU from Morocco, with a value of 295.7 million Euro, up 25%. Israel and Egypt are behind Morocco in the ranking of the EU's main vegetable suppliers, also registering increases of 6% and 5%, respectively. Potatoes and carrots are the most imported vegetables from Israel, and in the case of Egypt, the EU mainly imports potatoes, onions and green beans. In terms of volume, the import of fruit from third countries has increased by 2%, reaching 9.9 million tonnes, and that of vegetables has stabilised at 1.6 million tonnes, the same volume as in 2014.

Source: Fresh Plaza