Morocco’s tomato exports compete with the Dutch in the European market

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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Morocco has maintained stable tomato production over the past decade, which makes it compete with dutch production.

Dutch tomato exports halved in the first quarter of 2022, and Moroccan exports to the European Union are expected to increase by 16 percent in the first half of 2022, after an increase of 9 percent that is estimated at 475 million kilograms in 2021, According to Eurostat data.

Morocco’s tomato production has reached 1.4 million kilograms since 2010, According to the latest data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

France is the main buyer of Moroccan tomatoes at 56 percent, followed by the United Kingdom with 11 percent, and Spain with 8.3 percent.

The Netherlands began importing more tomatoes two years ago, especially from Spain with 32.3 percent and from Morocco with 15.7 percent, According to the Central Bureau of Statistics data.

Morocco’s imports of tomatoes increased rapidly, rising from 3.15 million kilograms in 2010 to 34.4 million kilograms in 2020, and 37.3 million kilograms in 2021, which made the country incredibly competitive Spain supplied the Netherlands with about 120 million kilograms of tomatoes in 2010.

Morocco has recorded as the fourth largest exporter of tomatoes in the world in 2020, with a value of 852 million dollars, behind the Netherlands, which ranked second overall with 1.82 billion dollars.

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