Morocco becomes the main exporter of blueberries to the UAE

Updated Sep 5, 2023
In the 2022/23 campaign (July-June), Morocco topped the list of blueberry suppliers to the United Arab Emirates, surpassing South Africa.
It is worth mentioning that Morocco had not previously exported blueberries to the United Arab Emirates in large quantities. However, the measures taken by Moroccan producers to seek alternative markets outside Europe proved successful and Moroccan blueberries appeared on the Middle East market, including the United Arab Emirates. In the 2020/21 campaign, Morocco sent only 211 tons of blueberries to the UAE market. Export volumes then tripled and reached 982 tonnes valued at $6.3 million in the 2022/23 marketing year. In turn, the UAE imports blueberries from Morocco, South Africa, the Netherlands, Peru and other countries. The Netherlands, the US and Spain were the main suppliers just a few years ago. The list of key suppliers was then topped by South Africa, which accounted for more than a third of total blueberry imports into the UAE. Meanwhile, Morocco also continued to increase its participation. Morocco accounted for only 2.6% of imports into the United Arab Emirates just ...
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