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The Netherlands is world’s largest exporter of fresh vegetables

The Netherlands exported 4.3 billion pounds of fresh vegetables last year, 4 percent more than in 2008.

The Netherlands is still for the third consecutive year the largest exporter of fresh vegetables in the world. The total amount last year was 3.5 billion Euros, which was 4 percent less than in 2008, reported the Horticultural Commodity Saturday.

The most exported fruit were onions with 2.4 billion kilos, tomato (0.9 billion kilograms), pepper (0.4 billion) and cucumber (0.4 billion).

The Netherlands exported last year 2.4 billion kilo of Fresh fruit, down 2 percent from 2008. They had 2.4 billion Euros and that was 9 percent lower than a year earlier. Apples and pears were the most exported fruits with each 0.4 billion kilo.

The re-exports is becoming increasingly important for the Netherlands. In 2000, 34 percent of the total quantity of exported fresh fruits and vegetables were of foreign origin, last year this increased to 52 percent, the export of fresh vegetables is 32 percent and for re-export of fresh fruit this is 87 percent.

The figures for last year on world trade in fresh fruits and vegetables are not yet known. In 2008, 30.8 billion kilos of global fresh fruit exports totaling 28.8 billion U.S. dollars (more than 22 billion Euros). Netherlands was ahead as an exporter Mexico, Spain, China (3.7 billion pounds each) and the U.S. (2.1 billion pounds) behind. The most exported fruit worldwide in 2008 was 6.4 billion pounds of onions followed by tomatoes (6.1 billion) paprika (2.3) and cucumber (1.8).

In 2008 the Netherlands was the eleventh place on the list of fresh fruit exporting countries. That list was led by Ecuador (5.5 billion pounds), Spain (5.5) and USA (5.4). In total, 62.5 billion in 2008 worldwide pounds of fresh fruit exports totaling 50.8 billion U.S. dollars. The fruit that worldwide in 2008 was exported was the most bananas (18.1 billion pounds) followed by apple (6.9), orange (5.7) and mandarin (3,9).

Photo by Vince Alongi