The Netherlands and Spain have reduced their tomato sales over the last ten years (2009-2018), both in the European Union (EU) and other countries, while those from Morocco have grown, according to data from an analysis on global tomato trade in 2018 prepared by Hortoinfo, with data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN), COMTRADE.
Compared to 2009, Dutch tomato sales in 2018 have fallen by 20 percent and the Spanish by 6.81 percent, while Moroccan exports have increased by 38.6 percent.
In these last ten years, the average price of exported tomatoes has improved the most in Morocco, with an increase of 92.45 percent. Meanwhile, the Netherlands has achieved an increase of 80.72 percent, while the average price in Spain has only improved by 21.28 percent.
In 2018, the Dutch exported 1,086.04 million kilos of tomatoes worth 1,623.76 million Euro, with an average price of 1.5 Euro per kilo. Ten years earlier, in 2009, the total volume of tomatoes exported from the Netherlands was 1,357.69 million kilos worth 1,120.54 million Euro, with an average price of 0.83 Euro per kilo.
Last year, the Netherlands exported 434.75 million kilos of tomatoes to Germany, 180.62 million kilos to the United Kingdom, 58.51 million kilos to Sweden, 45.74 to Italy, and 34.57 to Poland.
In 2018, Spain exported 813.15 million kilos of tomatoes worth 1,623.76 million Euro, with an average price of 1.14 Euro per kilo. In 2009, Spanish tomato sales abroad stood at 872.57 million kilos worth 816.54 million Euro, with an average price of 0.94 Euro per kilo.
Last year, Spain shipped 196 million kilos of tomatoes to Germany, 127.31 to France, 112.03 to the United Kingdom, 102.54 to the Netherlands and 62.94 million kilos to Poland.
The Moroccan export of tomatoes to the world in 2018 stood at 568.51 million kilos worth 581.54 million Euro, with an average price of 1.02 Euro per kilo. In 2009, the total volume exported from Morocco reached 410.16 million kilos worth 217.97 million Euro, with an average price of 0.53 Euro per kilo.
As for destinations, in the past year, 367.52 million kilos were shipped to France, 77.23 million kilos were sold to Russia, 36.87 million kilos went to Spain, 29.26 million kilos to the United Kingdom, 14.95 to Mauritania and 12.65 to the Netherlands.