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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

EU exports 11% less fruit and veg up to September

The EU's fresh fruit and vegetable exports to third countries up to September 2016 fell by 11% in volume compared to the same period in 2015, totalling 4.3 million tonnes, of which 2.5 million tonnes corresponded to fruit (-11%) and 1.8 million tonnes to vegetables (-11%), according to the latest updated data from Eurostat, processed by FEPEX. The value of the EU's fresh fruit and vegetable exports to third countries increased by 1% in the period under review, reaching 3,401 million Euro, of which 2,007 million corresponded to fruit (-3%) and 1,393 million to vegetables (+9%). Apples are the main fruit exported by the EU to third countries, with 1.1 million tonnes (11% less than in the previous year) worth 570.5 million Euro (-5%), followed way behind by oranges, with 250,718 Tonnes (+7%) and 156.7 million Euro (+9%) and pears, with 189,085 tonnes (-22%) and 111 million Euro (-16%). The EU's most exported vegetables to non-EU countries are onions, with 572,597 tonnes (-18%) worth 194 million Euro (+ 4%), and potatoes, with 541,199 tonnes (-15%) worth 216 million Euro (+8%). The declining volume of fruit and vegetables exported by the EU to non-EU countries, as well as the fruit's lower value, reflects the difficulties in accessing markets outside the EU. In this sense, while shipments to third countries have fallen, the EU imports from these countries is on the rise, both in volume and value, as revealed in yesterday's information on the FEPEX portal.

Source: Fresh Plaza