Coffee imports to Malta up by 85% in 2018 – EUROSTAT

Malta imported over €145,000 of coffee in 2018, considerably more than nine years ago, EUROSTAT reports.

The European data aggregator says that Malta had imported €145,900 worth of coffee, both caffeinated, decaffeinated and other substitutes, between January and December of 2018.

This was around 85% greater than the monetary amount the country imported back in 2009, €22,112.

This translated to a rise from 0.052 to 0.218 of a tonne. The lowest amount recorded across all the EU28 coffee imports.

The largest importers were Germany, Italy and France. The former recorded an increase from €1,791,184,189m in 2009 to €2,371,812,586m in 2018. Italy in this case saw an increase from €823,771,909 to €1,228,360,271. France also saw an increase from €540,323,792 to €1506,922,158 in 2018.

Germany imported over 1 million tonnes of coffee in 2018 (1,099,000), Italy recorded 587,000 in 2018 and France 220,000 tonnes.

Overall, 3,074,000 tonnes were imported to Europe during 2018, equating to  €7826.1m in total.

Likewise, Malta’s exports of coffee also increased from €26,655 in 2019 to €343,588 in 2018. Italy reported the highest amount exported across all EU states at €473.4 million. This was followed by Germany at €450.4m and the United Kingdom €107.3m.

By tonnage, Malta’s exports of coffee also rose from 0.034 to 0.454 of a tonne between 2009 and 2018. Germany’s exports rose from 89.6 to 118.700 tonnes. Italy likewise saw an increase from 31,300 to 66,600 tonnes in 2018. Spain saw a rise from 10,600 tonnes in 2009, to 19,100 in 2018.

Overall, 282,000 tonnes were exported from Europe in 2018, equating to €1470.6m in total.

Brazil and Vietnam were the biggest coffee exports to the European Union in 2018, EUROSTAT adds.

The former country exported 901,000 tonnes to the EU, over a quarter of the bloc’s extra-EU imports for the year (29%). Vietnam exported 770,000 tonnes equating to a quarter of extra-EU imports (25%).

Honduras (228,000 tonnes), Columbia (173,000 tonnes), Uganda (161,000 tonnes), India (157 000 tonnes), Peru (127 000 tonnes) and Ethiopia (87 000 tonnes) also exported to the EU.

According to the National Statistics Office, Malta saw an increase from 625.1m to 628.3m on food imports between 2017 to 2018. However, the provisional figures for July also show a slight drop between 2018 and 2019, 55.1m to 45.1m in food imports. Likewise, the 6-month period between January and July 2018 – 2019, saw a drop from 332.2m to 311.8m (provisional figures).