The Countries Selling Watermelons to Europe

Turkey and Morocco have increased fruit exports to countries in the European Union by 116% and 260%, respectively.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer):

Although Spain is the main supplier of watermelons to European countries, competition from third countries is getting stronger.

Morocco and Turkey are those who are getting the most attention. The first exported to the European Union more than 30 million kilos of watermelons, in 2014, compared to only 8 million in the previous year, iwhich is an increase of 260%. Turkey sent nearly 21 million kilos, as opposed to 9 million in the previous year, representing an increase of 116.2%.

Analyzing other EU countries, Costa Rica increased 19.7%, Panama by 23.7%, Senegal 6.9% and Tunisia 7.5%, while Brazil fell by 7.5%. Between these seven countries alone, more than 150 million kilos of watermelons were sold to Europe in 2014, an increase of 37.4% compared to the previous year, when only 111 million kilos were sold.

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