EU agri-food trade climbs along with commodity prices

Tue 20/09/2022 by Richard Wilkinson

EU agri-food trade was worth €34.9 billion in May 2022, up 11% from the previous month and up 32% from May 2021. According to the European Commission’s monthly agri-food trade report, the rise was largely due to the continued increases in commodity prices. Exports totalled €19.4 billion, up 8% from April and 21% higher than in May 2021. Imports were worth €15.6 billion, a rise of 15% from April and 48% higher than in May 2021.

Exports to the Middle East and North Africa remained stable month-to-month but were still 44% higher compared to May 2021. Exports of cereals and cereal preparations grew by 75% year-on-year to reach €919 million, with export quantities and values both increasing. Wheat exports in particular saw sharp growth, increasing by 35% compared to May 2021. Notably, wheat exports increased by 625% to Morocco and by 208% to Tunisia. Exports to Ukraine have recovered to pre-invasion levels, growing 27% monthly to reach €233 million. Exports of vegetables and pigmeat to Ukraine exceeded figures for May 2021 in terms of both value and volume. Export volumes for these increased by 102% and 148% respectively.


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