Made in Italy export in 2021
Despite everything, Italy's agricultural food exports are once again registering record numbers, resuming that more than consolidated and constant rise until the outbreak of the pandemic. The first quarter of 2021 saw an increase in exports close to 20%, giving Italy precedence over the performance of other G7 countries. And to confirm the excellent state of the sector, Istat data for May (awaiting further confirmation in the coming months) previews the achievement of a result never obtained before: 17 billion euros in value for the first five months of the year. Much of the credit goes to the cheese-making sector, which is driving the recovery of the Made in Italy food industry after the difficult period suffered during the application of US duties, now suspended.
Agricultural food export after Covid-19
According to Assolatte, the month of April recorded a + 30% increase in sales volumes, mostly as a result of the excellent performance on the French and Spanish markets. In the United States, where at the beginning of the year there was a disheartening –76% in sales, however, the suspension of duties has given way to a strong recovery, which, according to estimates, should lead to a breakthrough in 2021 of 40,000 tons of exported cheese. It should also be emphasised that even in 2020, in full-fledged pandemic, the agri-food sector was the only positive item in the balance of Italian exports, continuing to grow albeit at a slower pace. This year, however, there are all the conditions for doing very well and breaking new records, also thanks to the driving force of the wine sector, which continues to lead the ranks of the most exported Made in Italy products.