Asparagus Exports by Country

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Worldwide sales for asparagus exports by country totaled US$1.4 billion in 2017. Overall, the value of asparagus exports accelerated by an average 21.4% for all exporting countries since 2013 when asparagus shipments were valued at $1.1 billion.

From 2016 to 2017, the dollar-value of globally exported asparagus rose by 5.8%.

North America exported the highest dollar worth of exported asparagus during 2017 at $615.6 million or 44.8% of the global total. In second place was Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean at 29.9% while 23.1% of international asparagus sales originated from Europe. Smaller percentages came from Oceania led by Australia (1.7%), Asia (0.5%) and Africa (0.1%).

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 070920 for fresh or chilled asparagus.

Asparagus Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of asparagus during 2017.

  1. Mexico: US$460 million (33.5% of total asparagus exports)
  2. Peru: $409.1 million (29.8%)
  3. United States: $149.5 million (10.9%)
  4. Netherlands: $104.6 million (7.6%)
  5. Spain: $73.3 million (5.3%)
  6. Italy: $31.1 million (2.3%)
  7. Germany: $22.9 million (1.7%)
  8. Australia: $22.3 million (1.6%)
  9. France: $21.4 million (1.6%)
  10. Belgium: $17.81 million (1.3%)
  11. Greece: $17.77 million (1.3%)
  12. Hungary: $9.5 million (0.7%)
  13. Canada: $6 million (0.4%)
  14. Poland: $5.7 million (0.4%)
  15. Thailand: $5 million (0.4%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 98.7% of global asparagus exports in 2017.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing asparagus exporters since 2013 were: Mexico (up 88.4%), Australia (up 38.6%), Spain (up 33.6%) and Italy (up 24.5%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported asparagus sales were led by: Poland (down -42.9%), Greece (down -29.8%), Thailand (down -17.3%), France (down -12.4%) and Canada (down -7.9%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for asparagus during 2017. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the surplus between the value of each country’s exported asparagus and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Mexico: US$457.6 million (net export surplus up 88.8% since 2013)
  2. Peru: $409.1 million (down -1.1%)
  3. Netherlands: $30.7 million (up 197.6%)
  4. Spain: $20.6 million (up 69.3%)
  5. Greece: $16.6 million (down -29.4%)
  6. Italy: $14.8 million (up 69.6%)
  7. Hungary: $9.2 million (down -8.7%)
  8. Thailand: $4.8 million (down -17.9%)
  9. Australia: $3.6 million (reversing a -$2.3 million deficit)
  10. Poland: $3.2 million (down -62.3%)
  11. Slovakia: $1.4 million (down -67.2%)
  12. Laos: $678,000 (up 1,732%)
  13. Ecuador: $643,000 (up 8.8%)
  14. Morocco: $498,000 (down -65.8%)
  15. China: $333,000 (up 100.6%)

Overtaking Peru in 2017, Mexico earned the highest surplus in the international trade of asparagus. The product surplus confirms Mexico’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for asparagus during 2017. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the deficit between the value of each country’s imported asparagus purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$626.8 million (net export deficit up 18.9% since 2013)
  2. Canada: -$79.7 million (up 2.8%)
  3. Germany: -$76.5 million (down -11.1%)
  4. United Kingdom: -$72.3 million (up 2.4%)
  5. Japan: -$64.5 million (down -11.5%)
  6. Switzerland: -$52.3 million (down -8.3%)
  7. France: -$29.3 million (up 2.5%)
  8. Belgium: -$15.8 million (down -13.5%)
  9. Sweden: -$14.5 million (down -1.5%)
  10. Austria: -$13.5 million (up 7.9%)
  11. Norway: -$11.6 million (down -16.5%)
  12. Hong Kong: -$8.4 million (up 57.9%)
  13. Singapore: -$8 million (up 13.2%)
  14. Denmark: -$7.2 million (down -7%)
  15. Taiwan: -$7.2 million (up 29.4%)

Well over half a billion dollars, the United States of America incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of asparagus. This negative cashflow highlights America’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for asparagus-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand from US consumers.

Companies

Asparagus Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following companies are also examples of asparagus-trading companies. Their home-country locations are shown within parentheses:

  • Alfafood GmbH (Germany)
  • Beverages Development Kft (Hungary)
  • Camill Alimentos (United States)
  • El Corte Ingles SA (Spain)
  • International Trading Company (Peru)
  • Italy Food Service SRL (Italy)
  • JDGC (France)
  • Siam Pagoda Group Pty Ltd (Australia)
  • Zima Thai Traders (Thailand)








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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 15, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 15, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 15, 2018

Wikipedia, Asparagus. Accessed on June 15, 2018

Alibaba, Supplier information for asparagus. Accessed on June 15, 2018