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Colombia manages to position itself in the top 10 of organic products suppliers in the EU

The Latin American country went from 13th place in 2018 to 8th in 2019 in terms of organic import volumes by exporting country, according to the latest data published by the European Commission, with an increase of 38%.


Colombian avocado grower.

Organic products from Colombia are increasingly found in the European Union. Proof of this is that in 2019 the Latin American country managed to be among the top 10 suppliers of this type of product for the market, going from 13th place in 2018 to 8th in 2019, according to the report of the European Commission EU imports of organic agriculture. food products.

The document reflects that Colombia's exports of organic products to the EU went from 63,114 tons in 2018 to 87,341 tons in 2019, that is, 38% more. It should be noted that Colombia's organic exports of tropical fruits, fresh or dried, increased in 2019 by 31% compared to the previous year, going from 19.0 (thousands of tons) to 24.9 (thousands of tons) in 2019. As for The organic import volumes of sugar beet and cane, the Colombians reflected an increase of more than 76%, going from 21.6 (thousands of tons) in 2018 to 38.1 (thousands of tons) in 2019.

Regarding organic import volumes by exporting country, the top 10 list includes, in order: China, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Turkey, India, Colombia, Kazakhstan and Brazil. The main importing member states in 2019 were the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Colombia, the "future pantry of the world"

Colombia is called to be one of the world's food pantries according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Around 40 million hectares were declared a national agricultural border and there are only about 8 million cultivated. Tropical climatic conditions make possible the production of a wide variety of foods throughout the year.

The main subsectors exported in Colombia in 2019 were coffee (31%), fresh flowers (20%), bananas (12.8%), oils and fats (7%), cocoa derivatives (4.6%), sugars and honeys (4.5%) and fresh fruits (3%), confectionery products (2.6%), bakery products (2%) and processed fruits and vegetables (1%) according to data from the National Administrative Department of Statistics of Colombia.

In 2019, agricultural and agroindustrial GDP totaled 25,589 million dollars, with a 9.5% share in Colombia's GDP. In 2019, the agri-food sector exported 7,296 million dollars to the world, with coverage exceeding 160 countries. Coffee, fresh flowers, bananas, oils and fats, derived from cocoa, sugars and honeys were the main exported subsectors. A sector that occupies 1 of every 5 jobs in the country (22% of national employment). In 2020, 7 years of the Free Trade Agreement between Colombia and the EU will be celebrated, thanks to which a preferential and permanent relationship has been achieved with a key actor in the world economy.

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