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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

South Africa, Costa Rica and Chile, largest non-EU fruit suppliers

The value of the European Union's fruit imports from third countries up until October 2015 stood at 9.833 million Euro, 11% more than in the same period of 2014, with South Africa, Costa Rica and Chile as the main suppliers, according to data from Eurostat processed by FEPEX. EU imports from South Africa totalled 1,391 million Euro (a 19% increase), with citrus fruits, grapes and apples as the main products. South African citrus imports grew by 27% to 546 million Euro; grapes (fresh or dried) reached 396 million Euro (+12%) and apples and pears stood at 227.5 million Euro (+19%). The EU's imports from Costa Rica increased by 3% in the first ten months of 2015, totalling 993 million Euro. Bananas and pineapples are the main imported products, with increases of 4% and 2%, totalling 488 million Euro and 432 million Euro, respectively. Chilean imports grew by 13%, reaching 816.5 million Euro. Grapes, with 282 million Euro (+1%) are the most imported fruit, followed by apples and pears, which dropped by 4% to 213 million Euro.

Source: Fresh Plaza