Fruit and vegetables, EU exports to falling third countries
The volume of exports (-7%) and the value (-1%) of the EU's fruit exports in the first six months of 2017 decreases . This is what emerges from the latest Eurostat data processed by the Spanish Fruit Exporters' Federation, Fepex . In total, 2.9 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables exported for a value of 2408 million euros.
In detail, Fipex reports that EU exports of fruit to third countries decreased by 8% by volume (1.8 million tonnes) and the value increased by 1% to 1,454 million euros. The main fruits shipped are apple and pear with 1 million tonnes (-7%) and 497 million euros (-6%), then citrus fruits with 331.894 tonnes (-11%) and 227.1 million euros (+2 %).
As regards vegetables , however, exports amounted to 1.1 million tonnes (-7%) and 953.4 million euros (-3%). The highest number of exported onions and garlic was 390.047 tonnes (+ 7%) for a value of 145 million euro (-24%), potatoes with 361.355 tonnes (-13%) for a value of 161.7 million euro (- 7%).
Also in the first half of 2017, the EU's main fruit and vegetable recipient was Belarus , with 700,605 tonnes, 6.6% lower than the same period of 2016. Switzerland followed with 340,524 tonnes (-4.5% ) and Norway with 183,215 tonnes (-18%). Other major destinations for the European Union are Serbia with 122,873 tonnes, Ukraine with 94,109 tonnes, Egypt with 90,317 tonnes, and Brazil with 83,461 tonnes.
Data, according to the note, continue to show a downward trend already seen in 2016, when they had already decreased by 9% compared to 2015, reaching 6.5 million tonnes, which, according to Fepex, reflects the difficulty of accessing new markets by the European Community countries .