Brexit trade rules are hampering Dutch tomato exports to the UK. This has led to Moroccan tomato exports increasing. This is upsetting European Union tomato growers and exporters. The Spanish and Dutch growers are being hardest hit as these crops face heavier competition from Morocco in the UK marketplace.
Brexit complicates trade between the Netherlands and the UK too. It’s unlikely they will reach the previous import levels the Dutch have been used to.
Morocco’s fresh tomato export volumes have been steadily climbing since 2011 with an average of 3% increase year on year.
In turn, Spain’ exports have been decreasing by the same average percentage. Yet, the Netherlands’ exported tomato crops remain stable.
Moroccan tomatoes are increasingly gaining popularity in the UK. This doesn’t sit well with several EU agricultural interest groups and politicians, especially from Spain. There is currently an EU lobby for stricter import rules for Moroccan tomatoes to enter the EU market.
Dutch interest groups have also added their voice to the lobbying action.
However, more stringent import regulations in the EU have little effect on the Dutch export position. Most of the competition between Moroccan and Dutch tomatoes occurs in the UK. There, Brexit will further accelerate the rise of the Moroccan tomato.
Morocco’s market share in the UK has risen sharply, though it has a fairly limited position in the EU and UK markets, with an approximate 6% market share of the seven billion kg market available. France buys the most Moroccan tomatoes with 320 million kgs, the UK and Spain follow with 83 and 78 million kgs respectively. France and Spain represent reasonably small sales for the Dutch market.