By the close of the 2012/13 crop year, imports by Japan totalled 53 949 t, up by 18 pc on the previous season.
As can be seen from Table 1, showing itemised imports by country of origin, 93 pc of aggregate imports was from EU countries, led by Italy with 48 pc, Spain with 44 pc and Greece with 1 pc.
Between 2007/08 and 2012/13 Spain has thus increased its market share by 4 points from 40 pc to 44 pc whereas Italy has lost two points, going down from 50 pc to 48 pc.
The remaining 7 pc of imports came from non- EU countries, notably Turkey.
Source IOC MARKET NEWSLETTER
No 81 – March 2014