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Tomato exports from Mexico reach record levels

Mexico solidified its position as the world leader in tomato exports, reaching a customs value of $2.988 billion, a historic record according to data from the Ministry of Economy.

With this figure, Mexico surpassed the Netherlands, which recorded $1.950 billion, and Spain, with $1.269 billion, Fructidor informs.

According to Trade Data Monitor, the main destination for Mexican tomatoes is the United States, which absorbs 99.8% of exports, followed by Canada and Japan.

The Mexican Department of Agriculture forecasts a production of 3.30 million tons of tomatoes in 2024, a 2% increase compared to 2023, driven by the growing demand for exports.

In 2023, production decreased by 8% compared to the previous year, reaching 3.22 million tons due to the drought that affected water access.

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Despite these challenges, the tomato sector in Mexico remains robust, with Sinaloa leading production, contributing 22% of the national total.

The top five tomato-producing states account for more than 51% of the total production: Sinaloa (22%), San Luis Potosí (13%), Michoacán (7%), and Baja California Sur, Jalisco, and Sonora (5% each).

Since Mexico surpassed the Netherlands in 2016 as the world’s leading tomato exporter, it has maintained this position for eight consecutive years.

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