According to Eurostat data

Morocco continues to be the EU's main supplier of fresh produce

Mercado en Casablanca, Marruecos - PHOTO/ATALAYAR
Market in Casablanca, Morocco - PHOTO/ATALAYAR

Morocco continues to lead the ranking of countries exporting fresh fruit and vegetables to the European Union, as revealed by the latest data from the European Statistical Office (Eurostat) prepared by the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers and Exporters of Fruit and Vegetables, Flowers and Live Plants (FEPEX). 

  1. The keys to Morocco's success 

From January to September 2023, Moroccan exports of fresh produce to the EU amounted to 1.83 billion euros, which is 6% more than in the same period of 2022. In terms of volume, the Kingdom exported 1.04 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables to the European community during the nine months.

After Morocco, South Africa and Peru follow the North African country as the second and third largest suppliers to the EU market. South Africa saw its exports grow by 17% to 1.54 billion euros, while exports from Peru increased by 9% to 1.36 billion euros. In volume terms, South Africa shipped 1.09 million tonnes and Peru 662,258 tonnes. 

These three nations are followed by Turkey, Ecuador and Costa Rica. Turkey recorded a solid increase of 33.5% and exported products worth 1.18 billion euros. Ecuador shipped 953 million euros, up 18%, while Costa Rica 945 million euros, an increase of 5%.  

In terms of volume, Turkey exported 843,297 tonnes to the EU market, Ecuador 1.3 million tonnes and Costa Rica another 1.3 million tonnes. 

According to FEPEX data, Colombia ranked seventh among non-EU suppliers, exporting 789 million euros and 930,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables. Egypt came eighth, with 761 million euros and 1.13 million tonnes. 

Mercado de verduras en las afueras de Casablanca - REUTERS/YOUSSEF BOUDDAL
Vegetable market on the outskirts of Casablanca - REUTERS/YOUSSEF BOUDDAL

The keys to Morocco's success 

Morocco's leading position as the EU's main supplier of fresh produce may be due to several factors. Firstly, as Morocco World News recalls, its proximity to Europe reduces transport costs and delivery times. 

Secondly, the Kingdom benefits from favourable climatic conditions that allow for a year-round growing season for fruit and vegetables destined for export markets. 

Thirdly, the Moroccan authorities have actively invested in improving their agricultural sector, implementing advanced irrigation systems, greenhouses, cold storage and transport infrastructure. This has led to increased yields and quality. 

Agriculture in Morocco - PHOTO/FILE

Furthermore, Morocco's agricultural exports are crucial to the country as they play a vital role in the Kingdom's economy. This important sector employs around 45% of the population and accounts for 15% of Morocco's GDP, according to the International Trade Administration.  

Therefore, the continued growth of Morocco's fresh produce exports translates into more rural economic development and jobs. 

With its competitive advantages in geographical location, production capacity and trade relations, Morocco is poised to maintain its ranking as the main supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables to the EU market in the future. 

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