More than 83 million kilos of tomatoes were exported in 2020, with a value of around 104 million euros. This achievement has propelled Morocco to third place among the UK’s tomato suppliers. Moroccan tomatoes now represent 22.08% of total imports.
Spain left behind
In the agricultural business, the UK has shifted from Spain to Morocco. Indeed, over the last five years, Spanish tomato sales to the UK have fallen from 144.72 million kilos in 2016 to 90.44 million in 2020, while Moroccan sales have risen from 49.84 million kilos in 2016 to 83.15 million kilos in 2020.
Compared to the previous year, in 2020, Spanish sales fell by 24.76% and Moroccan sales rose by 22.6%. Over the period 2016-2020, the Spanish fall is estimated at 37.5% while the Moroccan rise is 66.83%.
A well-deserved third place
With 83.15 million kilos of tomatoes sold in 2020 in the UK, this represents 22.08% of the total quantity of tomatoes imported into UK markets, and is only two points behind the Spanish volume. The value of Moroccan tomato sales in 2020 was €104.32 million, at an average price of €1.25 per kilo.
Moroccan tomato exports have increased significantly over the past five years, from 49840 tonnes in 2016 to 83150 tonnes in 2020.
Tomatoes are one of the most dynamic sectors in Moroccan horticulture. Morocco is considered as the 15th producer of this « red gold » in 2018, with volumes estimated at 1.4 million kilos, according to Faostat, the statistical agency of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
At this rate, and in view of the trade agreements concluded between the United Kingdom and Morocco, the latter should overtake Spain in 2021 in the ranking of tomato importers in the United Kingdom.
It should be noted that in this ranking, the Netherlands occupies the first place, followed by Spain, while Germany ranks fourth, followed by Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, then Poland and Senegal.
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