The decrease in volume was particularly marked for fruits (-11.5%), according to Fepex data. The drop in the vegetable category was smaller (-2.7%) to 3.4 million tons.
However, the value of exports rose, particularly for vegetables (+14%), while the value of fruit exports was relatively stable at (+0.7%) at 6.27 billion.
Pepper and lettuce are the most exported vegetables, followed by tomato. Pepper shipments in the period totalled 462,279 tons (-11%), while value was up by 21%. Lettuce exports were down 4% in volume to 461,723 tons (€613.6), while tomato shipments dropped by 7% to 410,113 tons (€837 million). In fruits, the most exported were citrus, followed by watermelon, melon and stone fruit.