Food imports rise 19.8%

At the same time, Israeli food exports increased by 18.2% to $625.8m in the first nine months of the year.

Food imports increased 19.8 percent to over $1 billion in the first nine months of the year compared with the same period last year, the Israel Manufacturers' Association reported on Sunday. In the January to September period food imports from the European Union saw a modest rise of 3.5% amounting to $609.8 million, imports from the US grew by 10.5% to $106.7m., while imports from China rose by 68% to $16.2m. At the same time, Israeli food exports increased by 18.2% to $625.8m in the first nine months of the year.