EU food exports 'holding strong'

By Niamh Michail contact

- Last updated on GMT

© iStock/Waldemarus
© iStock/Waldemarus

Related tags: International trade, European union

EU food exports are “holding strong” with a 5.1% increase in value in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to a Commission report.

European Union agricultural and food exports hit reached €137.9bn in 2017.

Member states saw “major gains”​ in the annual value of exports to Russia in particular, which increased by 16%, equivalent to €892m.

There were also strong advances made in several Asian markets, such as Japan, which imported 11% more European food products compared to 2016, an increase worth €645m, and Korea with 13%, worth €341m. Exports to China increased by 5%, equivalent to €591m.

However, 2017 export values remained down for North African and Middle Eastern destinations. This was mainly due to fewer exports in cereals, the Commission said.

This was particularly true for exports to Egypt, which fell by one quarter (25%), albeit from a low base, meaning the decrease was worth €0.448m.

Agri-food exports to Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates also went down “appreciably​” in 2017, the Commission report said.

The EU’s top five export destinations in 2017 were the US, China, Switzerland, Russia and Japan.

Meanwhile, for the same period, Europe imported €117.4bn of agri-food products from third countries, a 4.5% increase compared to 2016 data.

Nevertheless, driven by the stronger export performance over the 12-months period, the export surplus now stands at EUR 20.5bn, which represents a growth of 9% over last year and the eighth consecutive year of agricultural trade surplus.”

The EU’s top three trade partners for food imports were Brazil (€11.8bn), the USA (€11bn) and Argentina (€5.7bn) although it was Indonesia that saw the biggest growth. European Union countries bought 34% more agri-food products from Indonesia in 2017 than in 2016, fuelled by an increase in demand for palm oil.

Imports of cocoa, soybeans and meat preparations into the bloc all fell.

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

Plant-based alternatives to thrill your tastebuds

Plant-based alternatives to thrill your tastebuds

Tereos Starch & Sweeteners Europe | 25-May-2018 | Technical / White Paper

Tereos has launched a range of delicious, 100% plant-based solutions for the food industry. Sauté Végétal is the first example of this new range of high-protein...

GLOBAL PREFERENCES: TEXTURANTS PLAY A KEY ROLE.

GLOBAL PREFERENCES: TEXTURANTS PLAY A KEY ROLE.

Tate and Lyle | 16-May-2018 | Technical / White Paper

Texture is a matter of taste, and that’s true on a global scale as well. What appeals to consumers in Italy might turn off those in Indonesia. As formulators,...

New generation of healthy baking powder

New generation of healthy baking powder

Jungbunzlauer | 14-May-2018 | Technical / White Paper

Jungbunzlauer is presenting a healthy baking powder based on microencapsulated glucono-delta-lactone with sodium or potassium bicarbonate. The combinations...

Exploring Fibre Fermentation Profiles

Exploring Fibre Fermentation Profiles

Tate and Lyle | 27-Apr-2018 | Technical / White Paper

ProDigest developed the Simulator of the Human Intestinal Microbial Ecosystem (SHIME®), which explores the fermentation profiles of fibres and evaluates...

Related suppliers

Follow us

Products

View more

Webinars