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Belgium: Frozen vegetables important engine behind growth in Flemish exports

Updated Jul 23, 2021
Flanders remains a net exporter of agricultural products. This is apparent from a report on the Flemish agro trade in 2020. What is striking in the report is that the export of horticultural products has increased by 1.5% in 2020, contrary to the general trend for agricultural products.
Flemish imports of horticultural products amount to 6.2 billion euros in 2020, exports 6.1 billion euros. Unlike in 2019, there is a limited trade deficit of -79 million euros. Floriculture imports on the rise Fresh fruit, including subtropical fruits, will account for 36% of the total import of horticultural products in 2020. This is followed by processed fruit (18%), processed vegetables (16%), fresh vegetables (12%), ornamental plant products (8%) and nuts (5%). Compared to 2016, the import of ornamental plant products has increased by 39%. Fresh and processed fruits and vegetables also performed well, while processed fruits and nuts declined year over year. In the export of horticultural products, processed vegetables and fresh fruit leave the competition behind, with a share of 29% and 28% respectively. This mainly concerns frozen vegetables and dried fruits in transit. This is followed by processed fruit (19%), fresh vegetables (13%) and floriculture (8%). Compared to 2016, ...
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