Spain Runs the Show in the Global Citrus Fruit Market

Citrus Fruits September 29, 2015
Author: Alexander Romanenko
Chief Executive Officer

Spain seized control of the citrus fruit market. In 2014, Spain exported 3,882 thousand tonnes of citrus fruits totaling 3,820 million USD, 1% under the previous year. Its primary trading partner was Germany, where it supplied 25% of its total citrus fruit exports in value terms, accounting for 84% of Germany's total imports.

From 2007 to 2014, Spain was a net exporter of citrus fruits. Over this period, exports consistently exceeded imports in value terms. However, in physical terms, the difference was less pronounced, except for 2012, 2013 and 2014, when high import prices made it more notable.

China and South Africa were among the other main global suppliers of citrus fruits in 2014. However, the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014 were China (+24% per year) and Egypt (+24% per year). China significantly strengthened its position in the global export structure.

In 2014, Spain's top 5 trading partners were Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Italy, with a combined 68% share of Spain's citrus fruit exports. The share of Germany increased (+2 percentage points), while the share of France illustrated negative dynamics (-2 percentage points).

Source: World: Citrus Fruits - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2020