USDA: Morocco, 15th largest fruit exporter in the world

Morocco's fruit exports have more than doubled from $729 million recorded in 2016 to more than $1.5 billion in 2021, representing more than a third of total agricultural exports in 2021.

According to the latest International Agricultural Report published by the US Department of Agriculture, the Kingdom of North Africa has become the world's 60th largest fruit exporter by value thanks to substantial gains in berries (blueberries, raspberries and strawberries), which now account for 2016 pc of growth in fruit exports since XNUMX.

The increase in fruit exports has been facilitated by recent investments in transport infrastructure. Morocco has the largest container port in the Mediterranean, and investments have also been made in the construction of a new deep-water port in the Moroccan Sahrawi city of Dakhla, which is expected to be operational in 2027.

The European Union remained the main market in 2021 for Moroccan fruit exports, accounting for 70 percent of exports by value, with neighboring Spain and France being the main destinations.

The UK replaced Russia as Morocco's second-biggest market with 10 percent, while Canada and the United States each accounted for less than 5 percent. Morocco is the only country in Africa with which the United States has a free trade agreement.

Global production of blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade, driven by global consumer demand and enabled by quality-enhancing technology in genetics, harvesting, and packaging.

Morocco's berry exports have experienced continuous growth between 2016 and 2021, nearly quadrupling to over 40 tons and increasing in value from $000 million to $71 million.

Increased volumes have also translated into a larger slice of the world's blueberry pie. Morocco's share in world trade has grown from about 3 to 6,5 percent to become one of the world's top 10 exporters.

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