Volumes through the first two months of the year hold steady while value climbs

Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports stood at 2.4m tonnes through January and February, showing relative stability at a slight drop of 0.2 per cent year-on-year.

According to data from the country’s Customs and Excise Department, exports came in at €3.18bn in value, up 7.8 per cent on the same period of 2021.

Vegetables exports through the first two months of the year stood at 1.3m tonnes, down 0.5 per cent, for a value of €1.77bn, up 10.8 per cent.

Spain’s fruit exports stood at 1.17m tonnes, 0.01 per cent less than the same period of 2021, for a value of €1.41bn or 4 per cent more.

The average price of fruit and vegetables exported by Spain in the first two months of the year stood at €1.28 per kg, which represents an improvement over the €1.18 per in January and February 2021.

“However, for Fepex, this improvement does not compensate for the strong growth in production costs that has occurred since last year, among which the price of energy stands out, with 134 per cent more or fertilisers (up 48 per cent), hindering the viability of farms.”