In October, German recent fruit and vegetable imports declined considerably once more. These had been 18% decrease than in October 2021, and within the first ten months of 2022, 11% decrease. Complete German recent fruits and vegetable imports ought to attain 8.3 million tons in 2022, greater than ten p.c down from 2021. Imports had been a lot decrease in 2022 in comparison with earlier years too. Nonetheless, at €13.5 billion, the worth of final 12 months’s imports equals these in 2020 and 2021.

Germany imported 15% fewer Dutch merchandise from the Netherlands in 2022 than in 2021. Should you embody re-exports, the decline is barely smaller as a result of re-exports of merchandise like bananas, grapes, avocados, and blueberries had elevated.

Much less from Spain and different giant suppliers too
In 2022, Germany’s imports from the opposite main European provider, Spain, lagged tremendously too. In line with the German Stastistisches Bundesambt, at 2.6 million tons, Germany will import greater than ten p.c fewer Spanish merchandise in 2022 than 2021’s 2.9 million tons. In 2019 and 2020, that was round 3 million tons. At 930,000 tons, imports from Italy in 2022 can be eight p.c down from the 1.01 million tons in 2021.

Germany additionally imported much less from different nations. Per highest quantity, they’re Costa Rica (-5%), Columbia (-6%), Ecuador (-19), Poland (-18%), and Belgium (-3%). So, all the highest eight nations provided fewer recent vegatables and fruits to Germany in 2022 than in 2021. In that 12 months, three nations – South Africa (+7%), Morocco (+15%), and Peru (+8%)  – did provide extra to Germany. Imports from France and Turkey decreased once more.

Much less of all main merchandise
Relating to fruit and greens, bananas are, by far, Germany’s high import product. After rising to 1.42 million within the earlier 12 months, German banana imports stayed at 1.31 million tons in 2022. The nation obtained fewer bananas from Ecuador, Columbia, and Costa Rica. However extra from the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Panama. At the very least 500,000 tons of those fruits arrive in Germany by way of the Netherlands, and from Belgium, not less than 250,000 tons.

Usually, far fewer tomatoes imported, but extra from Morocco
Tomatoes are the second high German import product. In 2022, the imports of 642,000 tons had been as a lot as 15% behind 2021’s 756,000 tons. In all of the earlier years, nicely over 700,000 tons had been at all times imported. Imports had been particularly down from the Netherlands – 295,000 tons in comparison with 387,000 tons in 2021. in 2022, Germany imported 5 p.c fewer Spanish tomatoes than the 12 months earlier than. That was offset by a 3rd extra tomatoes being imported from Morocco.

Nonetheless, the 72,000 tons of Moroccan product is way lower than these from the Netherlands and Spain. Germany imported fewer of the 2 different main greenhouse merchandise, cucumbers, and bell peppers, in 2022, too; for cucumbers, 13% much less, whereas bell pepper imports had been eight p.c decrease. For Dutch merchandise, these portions had been minus 12 and 7 p.c, respectively. Imports of those merchandise from Spain additionally confirmed a substantial decline.

Extra apples and pears from Belgium and the Netherlands
In 2022, Germany imported fewer (nearly ten p.c) apples too, particularly from the 2 largest provider nations, Italy and Poland. Nonetheless, significantly extra apples had been imported from the Netherlands and Belgium. Germany additionally imported extra pears from these two nations in 2022 than in 2021 and the earlier years. German orange imports lagged considerably (-10%) in 2022 too.

These from, by far, an important provider, Spain, remained pretty steady at minus 5 p.c. South African orange imports additionally remained cheap, with an eight p.c drop, however imports from Italy, Greece, and Egypt confirmed giant minuses. Considerably fewer lemons (-12%), onions (-20%), carrots (-25%), lettuce (-10 to -20%), cabbage (-25%), zucchini (-16%), and mangoes (-19%) had been imported too. Of the bigger merchandise, Germany imported barely extra grapes.

But, German imports of different merchandise did improve melons (+20%), avocados (+2%), and cauliflower/broccoli (+14%). After continued development, blueberry imports remained steady in 2022, whereas raspberry imports, too, declined.

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