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Spanish exports of fruit and vegetables maintained their upward trend until August

Spanish exports of fresh fruit and vegetables grew by 8% from January to August compared to the same period in 2019, amounting to €10,112 million, while their volume fell by 5%, totalling 8.8 million tons, according to the latest information updated by the Directorate General of Customs.

29 Oct 2020

In the first eight months of the year, exports of vegetables increased by 4% in value compared to the same period in 2019, totalling €4,130 million, with peppers, tomatoes, lettuces and cabbages making up most of the exports. Sales abroad of peppers amounted to €802 million (+4%); those of tomatoes rose to €641 million, the same amount as in the same months of the previous year, while sales of lettuces amounted to €468 million (-5%) and cabbages to €444 million (-11%). In terms of volume, vegetable exports decreased by 1.5%, totalling 3.7 million tons.
Up to August, fruit experienced an 11% growth in value compared to the same months in 2019, totalling €5,981 million, with citrus fruit being the most exported fruit and showing strong growth. The export of stone fruit also stands out, with a decrease in volumes, but strong growth in value. This is the case of peaches, with 280,895 tons exported and €348 million (+16.5%) and nectarines with 277,612 tons (-14%) and €384 million (+20.5%).  Strawberries, on the other hand, reflected a decline in both volume and value of 3%, totalling 279,568 tons and €563 million.
In the monthly comparison of August 2020 with August 2019, exports fell by 7% in volume and increased by the same percentage in value, reaching 742,196 tons and €738 million, according to data from the Tax Agency’s Customs and Excise Department, processed by FEPEX.