2013 Spain became the eighth country to export more food and the sixth largest EU export volume after closing the year with a record of 36,367 million euros, according to the 2014 report Cesce sector.
In particular, the growth of agricultural exports allowed the trade balance register a surplus of 3,466 million euros in 2013, 500 million euros more than in the previous year. These results have also been made possible by the reduction of 0.8% in imports, stringing two consecutive years of decline.
EU countries are the main destinations for Spanish exports, representing 76% of total international sales in the food sector.
On the other hand, the United States and Russia, which has a veto on Spanish food products after the sanctions imposed by the conflict with Ukraine, are the other biggest markets for Spanish products, although the strongest growth in 2013 occurred in Japan, where sales increased by 11.5%.
The commitment to the internationalization of Spanish companies to grow has allowed the number of food companies with overseas sales will increase by 5%, reaching 12,726 companies.
Digital Newspaper El Confidencial