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Spain: Departure of 6th ship with 2,500 tonnes of clementines for U.S.

Staff Writer |
The ship Mexican Bay will depart bound to the port of Philadelphia carrying 2,500 tonnes of clementines.

It is the sixth ship departing this year from the port of Castellón to the North American market, "which is a very interesting market, given the high purchasing power of consumers and the fact that it helps in diversifying the supply, resulting in an improvement in the fruit's prices," said the Government delegate of the Region of Valencia, Juan Carlos Moragues, in a visit to the port of Castellón.

The delegate assured that the volume exported to this destination has been declining in recent years due to competition from Morocco and the Southern Cone countries, but citrus growers "have been able to open new markets, such as China, Korea or Australia, which have a strong and growing demand."

According to official statistics, exports to Korea have gone from 2,128 tonnes in the 2014-2015 campaign to 2,583 tonnes in the 2016-2017 campaign.

In China, Spanish exports have gone from 3,136 tonnes in the 2014-2015 campaign to 19,580 tonnes in the 2016-2017 season, which is a six-fold increase.

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