Spanish fruit and vegetable exports drop in 2018
Spain’s exports of fresh fruits and vegetables in the first seven months of 2018 totalled €8.2 billion, matching the 2017 figure for the same period of 2017. Volumes fell by 1% to 4.2 million tons, according to data published by Spain’s General Directorate of Customs.
Fruit exports increased by 2.6% in value, amounting to €4.85 billion, while volumes fell by 5.3%. The fall in volumes was mainly due to adverse weather conditions and affected most products, but especially stone fruits. Peach exports fell by 20% in volume and 5.4% in value (200,000 tons and €227 million respectively), the nectarines fell by 26% in volume and 9% in value (199,000 tons and €249.6 million respectively), and plums fell by 43% in volume and 29% in value (23,880 tons and €32.4 million).
Strawberry exports also dropped 11% in volume and 2% less in value (264,500 tons and €557.7 million). However, blueberry exports increased by 18.5% in volume (52,689 tons) and raspberry shipments were up 8% to 38,000 tons.