Lemon Market - Spain’s Lemon and Lime Exports Increased by 20% in 2014

Citrus Fruits September 10, 2015
Author: Alexander Romanenko
Chief Executive Officer

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Spain dominates in the global lemon and lime trade. In 2014, Spain exported 642 thousand tonnes of lemons and limes totaling 744 million USD, 20% over the previous year. Its primary trading partner on the global lemon market was Germany, where it supplied 24% of its total lemon and lime exports in value terms, accounting for 69% of Germany's total imports.

From 2007 to 2014, Spain was a net exporter of lemons and limes. Over this period, exports consistently exceeded imports in value terms. In physical terms this difference was even more pronounced.

Mexico and Turkey were among the other main global suppliers of lemons and limes in 2014. However, the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014 were South Africa (+23% per year) and the Netherlands (+16% per year). Even with this increased competition, Spain was able to strengthen its already position in the global export structure.

In addition to Germany, Spain's top 4 trading partners were France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Poland, with a combined 70% share of Spain's lemon and lime exports. The share of Germany increased (+4 percentage points), while the share of Poland illustrated negative dynamics (-3 percentage points).

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Source: World: Lemons And Limes - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2020