Fruit and vegetable imports for the January-April period slide 6.5 per cent year-on-year

Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable imports dropped during the first four months of the year in volume terms, down 6.5 per cent on the corresponding period of 2021.

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Imports came in at 1.2m tonnes for January-April, while import value remained stable €1.24bn.

The statistics, collated by the Department of Customs and Special Taxes and processed by Fepex, showed that vegetable imports stood at 681,136 tonnes for the period.

This meant a drop of 1 per cent in volume, while value grew strongly, up 15 per cent to €421m.

Potatoes were the most imported fresh produce item, with 433,546 tonnes for growth of 2 per cent. Potato value increased 25.5 per cent to €139m.

Spain’s fruit imports fell in the first four months of the year, both in volume and value.

Fruit imports came in at 583,848 tonnes, a drop of 12 per cent, while value fell 6 per cent to €826m.