Spain: Fruit & veg imports rise by 11% in January
The Spanish import of fruits and vegetables in January 2019 grew by 11% in terms of volume and by 26% in terms of value compared to the same month of 2018, totaling 287,263 tons and 257.3 million Euro, according to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes of the Spanish Tax Agency, processed by FEPEX.
In January, vegetable imports increased strongly, with 12% more in terms of volume and 36% in terms of value, totaling 163,669 tons and 99.3 million Euro. Potatoes were the most purchased crop, with 103,668 tons (+13%), 64% of the total, and 35.8 million Euro (+114%).
Meanwhile, Spain’s fruit imports grew by 11% in terms of volume and by 20% in terms of value, reaching 123,594 tons and 158 million Euro, covering a wide range of products, such as bananas, with 32,678 tons (+14.5%), apples, with 14,229 tons (+1%), pineapples, with 12,467 tons (-8%), kiwifruit, with 8,842 tons (-18%) or table grapes, with 6,245 tons (+30%).
For FEPEX, January import data show that 2019 will follow the same growth trend observed in 2018, when the year-on-year increases were of 8% in terms of volume and of 9% in terms of value, totaling 3.3 million tons and 2,757 million Euro.