The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife closed 2019 with an import/export movement of 600 thousand tons of fruit and vegetable products. Despite the slight decrease compared with 2018, it places our ports among the five country leaders in such traffic.
With these figures, Ports of Tenerife attend the Fruit Logistica Trade Fair in Berlin under the umbrella of the government agency Puertos del Estado with the slogan of “Connecting the World to Fresh Food”.
Ports of Tenerife have been attending this fair for four years in a row with the main objective to attract new logistics operators and exporters, as well as shipping companies for the transport of refrigerated goods, promote the benefits our facilities have and enhance them as the exchange point for fruit and vegetable products in the Atlantic.
Among the fruits and vegetables exported through our ports in 2019, whose total exceeded 362 thousand tons, the banana stands out once again with 313 thousand tons, four thousand more than in 2018. This rise contrasts with the fall in the export of fresh/refrigerated tomatoes, reaching 8,600 tons in 2018 and stagnated at 5,500 tons in 2019.
With regard to imports, 211,824 tons, eleven thousand more than the previous year, were brought into our ports. They were mainly sour products, both fresh and dried, reaching 33 thousand tons, followed by potatoes with 31,575 tons, 2,500 less than the previous year.
Data for 2019 provided by the FEPEX (Spanish Federation of Associations of Fruit and Vegetable Growers/Exporters) reveal that from the 12.5 million tons of products exported that year, resulting in earnings of EUR 12,832 million, 12% were transported by sea. In particular, ports of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Valencia, Las Palmas, Algeciras, Bilbao and Cádiz, made nearly 88% of the port movements.