The value of Spanish fresh produce exports climbed 8% in the first eight months of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, totalling €10.1 billion. However, in volume terms, they dropped 5% to 8.8 million tons, according to the latest data published by the Directorate General of Customs.
Fruit exports were up 11% in value compared to the same months in 2019, totalling €5.98 billion. Citrus fruit, the main export in this category, registered strong growth. Stone fruit export volumes were down, although they increased in value. Peach exports totalled 280,895 tons and were worth €348 million (+16.5%), while nectarine exports totalled 277,612 tons (-14%) and were worth €384 million (+20.5%). Strawberry exports fell both in volume and value terms by 3% to 279,568 tons (€563 million).
Vegetable exports grew by 4% in value compared to the same period in 2019, totalling €4,130 million. The main exported products were peppers €802 million (+4%), tomatoes €641 million (+0%), lettuces €468 million (-5%) , and cabbages €444 million (-11%). In volume terms, vegetable exports fell by 1.5% to 3.7 million tons.