In 2016, Spain imported $1.8 billion of agricultural, fish and forest products from the United States. Spain is expected to continue to grow at a moderate pace, continuing the post-crisis expansion and it continues to break tourist records with the number of tourists visiting the country. This offers opportunities for certain consumer-oriented food items, as well as long-term prospects for other products. The market is especially interesting for U.S. companies who want to export high-value consumer-ready food products to Spain.

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Upcoming Events

ANUGA 2019
October 05, 2019 - October 09, 2019 – Cologne
Fruit Logistica 2020
February 05, 2020 - February 07, 2020 – Berlin
February 12, 2020 - February 15, 2020 – Nuremberg

Past Events

May 21, 2019 - May 22, 2019 – Amsterdam
Seafood Expo Global
May 07, 2019 - May 09, 2019 – Bruxelles
February 13, 2019 - February 16, 2019 – Nuremberg
Fruit Logistica 2019
February 06, 2019 - February 08, 2019 – Berlin
U.S. Soybean Regional Trade Exchange
November 29, 2018 - November 30, 2018

Reports for Spain

The Best High-Value Products Prospects (Million USD)

HS Code Product Category 2015 Spanish Imports 5 Year Average Import Growth (% Volume) Key Constraints to Market Development Attraction for U.S. Exporters
0304 Fish Fillets and Other Fish Meat (Minced, Fresh, Chilled or Frozen) World Total: 735 USA: 51 1% Heavy competition from other EU Member States and domestic suppliers. Unfavorable exchange rate. Good reputation and reliability of U.S. producers. High per capita consumption of fish. Imports from the United States have significantly increased in the last 5 years.
080212 Almonds World Total: 728 USA: 473 22% Aflatoxin issues. Domestic consumption of tree nuts is increasing due to their utilization in the confectionary industry.
080231 080232 Walnuts World Total: 162 USA: 100 14% Competition from other EU countries, mainly France. US walnuts, both shelled and in-shell, are making inroads in Spain due to increased awareness of the health benefits of tree nuts.
080251 Pistachios World Total: 77 USA: 20 17% Competition from Iran and EU importers, such as Germany, who re-export this product to Spain. Domestic consumption of tree nuts continues to increase. U.S. pistachios have a higher quality image than Iranian, the major competitor.
2208 Distilled Spirits World Total: 996 USA: 146 -30% Difference in legal format of alcohol containers; exporters need to adapt to EU size. (70 cl in the EU as opposed to 75 cl in the USA). Increasing interest in U.S. distilled drinks. Despite the total negative growth figure, the average growth of imports from the United States in the last 5 years was 30 percent.
0713 Pulses World Total: 181 USA: 43 -7% Strong competition from Argentina, who largely increased their presence in recent years, and Canada, a traditional supplier to Spain. Spain is a traditional consumer of pulses and its local production is not sufficient to fulfill internal demand. Despite the total negative growth figure, the average growth of imports from the United States in the last 5 years was 19 percent).