Photo: Dominican Republic exported 303,000 tons of bananas in 2010
According to DR1, the Dominican Republic exported bananas to Europe for a total of US$198,000,000 in 2010, through the sale of 303,000 tons of bananas.
European Union ambassador, Irene Horejs, provided the figures and noted that the sale of the fruit had benefitted over 300,000 people, both directly and indirectly. She said that 95% of the bananas from the Dominican Republic go to Europe while the other 5% go to the United States, Japan and the Antilles.
The country has preferential access to the European Union market through the Lome IV Agreement. Exports have increased at a rate of 16% per year since 2000.