EU agri-food trade continues to show notable growth compared to 2020

European Commission
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
The total value of EU agri-food trade (exports plus imports) for January-September 2021 stood at €239.5 billion, a 6.1% increase compared to the corresponding period last year. Exports were 8% higher at €145.2 billion, with imports increasing by 3.5% to reach €94.2 billion. This reflects an overall agri-food trade surplus of €51 billion for the first nine months of the year, an increase of 17% compared to the same period in 2020. For the first time in 2021, agri-food exports to the United Kingdom exceeded their value for the 2020 corresponding period, growing by €166 million or 0.5%. The largest increase in agri-food imports was seen in products from Brazil, which grew by €1.4 billion or 16% compared to the same period in 2020. Sizeable decreases were reported in imports from several countries, the most notable of which was a €2.9 billion or 27% fall in the value of those from the United Kingdom.
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