Spain exports largest volume of cucumbers in history
This is according to the statistical service Estacom (Icex-Agencia Tributaria), code 0707 of the Tariff Integrated of the eurospean Communities - TARIC.
Between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016, the total volume of cucumbers exported by Spain has reached 645.31 million kilos, 48.77 percent more than ten years ago and 3.48 percent more than in the previous season.
However, the price of the product (0.746 euros per kilo) has been the worst of the last six years and, and if we look at the past decade, only that of the 2009/2010 campaign was lower.
This lower price has prevented Spanish cucumber exports from beating the record, in terms of income, remaining at 481.14 million euros; a figure below that reached in the 2012/2013 season, when the value of exports stood at 490.65 million euros; however, the total value of cucumber exports has been higher than in the previous two seasons.
Germany has bought almost 4 out of every ten kilos of cucumbers exported by Spain, being by far the largest customer for this vegetable.
The volume of German cucumber purchases reached 250.87 million kilos worth 184.77 million euros, with an average price of 0.737 euros per kilo.
The second largest buyer of Spanish cucumbers has been the Netherlands, with a total of 84.78 million kilos, 65.38 million euros and an average price of 0.771 euros/kilo, followed by the United Kingdom, which in this past campaign purchased 83.97 million kilos from Spain worth 62.82 million euros at an average price of 0.748 euros per kilo.
The fourth country in the ranking of largest importers of Spanish cucumbers has been France, with 54.11 million kilos, 40.88 million euros and an average price of 0.755 euros per kilo. Fifth is Poland, with 34.6 million kilos, 21.14 million euros and an average price of 0.611 euros per kilo. ■