Avocados Exports by Country

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Noted for smooth texture, avocados have a distinct and subtle flavor used in savory and sweet dishes around the globe. These pear-shaped berries have a high fat content and are popular in vegetarian recipes as a meat-substitute in sandwiches and salads.

Avocados exports by country totaled US$4.3 billion in 2016, up by 120.2% for all avocados shippers over the five-year period starting in 2012. Globally, the value of exported avocados appreciated almost a third (30.5%) from 2015 to 2016.

Among continents, North American countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported avocados during 2016 with shipments valued at $2.2 billion or 50.4% of the worldwide total. In second place were European exporters at 21.7% while 19.5% of worldwide avocados shipments originated from Latin America (excluding Mexico) plus the Caribbean. Smaller percentages came from Africa (4.5%), Oceania led by New Zealand (2.2%) and Asia (1.7%).

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for avocados is 080440.

Avocados Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of avocados during 2016:

  1. Mexico: US$2 billion (47.4% of total avocados exports)
  2. Netherlands: $477.2 million (11.2%)
  3. Peru: $396.6 million (9.3%)
  4. Chile: $358.6 million (8.4%)
  5. Spain: $269.1 million (6.3%)
  6. United States: $128.7 million (3%)
  7. Kenya: $97.9 million (2.3%)
  8. New Zealand: $87.7 million (2.1%)
  9. South Africa: $72.2 million (1.7%)
  10. France: $58.3 million (1.4%)
  11. Belgium: $42.6 million (1%)
  12. Israel: $41.7 million (0.98%)
  13. Germany: $40.3 million (0.9%)
  14. Colombia: $35 million (0.82%)
  15. Dominican Republic: $33.4 million (0.78%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 97.5% of all avocados exports in 2016 (by value).

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing avocados exporters since 2012 were: Colombia (up 318,445%), Kenya (up 221.9%), Germany (up 210%) and Peru (up 192.6%).

Bucking the upbeat trend was Israel, which posted a -49.9% decline in the value of its avocados shipments from 2012 to 2016.

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for avocados during 2016. 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 avocados and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Mexico: US$2 billion (net export surplus up 130.7% since 2012)
  2. Peru: $396.6 million (up 192.6%)
  3. Chile: $340.7 million (up 115.4%)
  4. Kenya: $97.9 million (up 222%)
  5. New Zealand: $87.7 million (up 103.5%)
  6. Spain: $72.1 million (up 6.5%)
  7. South Africa: $67.6 million (up 16%)
  8. Israel: $41.7 million (down -49.9%)
  9. Colombia: $35 million (down -8,540%)
  10. Dominican Republic: $33.4 million (up 74%)
  11. Morocco: $11.4 million (down -769.7%)
  12. Brazil: $6.3 million (down -7.2%)
  13. Tanzania: $2.1 million (up 398.6%)
  14. Palestine: $1.2 million (down -146.1%)
  15. Syria: $1.2 million (up 4,935%)

Mexico has the highest surplus in the international trade of avocados. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong Mexican competitive advantages for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for avocados during 2016. 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 avocados purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$1.9 billion (net export deficit up 124.1% since 2012)
  2. France: -$318.5 million (up 94.4%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$235.9 million (up 236.9%)
  4. Japan: -$211.1 million (up 30.4%)
  5. Canada: -$174.4 million (up 42%)
  6. Germany: -$163.1 million (up 172.1%)
  7. China: -$78.4 million (up 21981.1%)
  8. Australia: -$64.1 million (up 117.1%)
  9. Sweden: -$61.1 million (up 31.9%)
  10. Norway: -$52.6 million (up 100.1%)
  11. Switzerland: -$46.7 million (up 130%)
  12. Denmark: -$44.6 million (up 60.7%)
  13. Italy: -$34.9 million (up 268.3%)
  14. United Arab Emirates: -$33.5 million (up 235.2%)
  15. Belgium: -$28.4 million (up 429.9%)

The United States incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of avocados. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights America’s competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for avocados-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand.

Food & Drinks

Avocados-based Food and Drinks

Avocados are not typically eaten raw. Rather, avocados are used as supplementary ingredients in many dishes, condiments, sauces and beverages. Below, you will find examples of avocado-based culinary foods and drinks.

  • avocado bread
  • avocado cake
  • avocado cooking oil
  • avocado cream sauce
  • avocado fries
  • avocado margarita
  • avocado milk coffee drink
  • avocado soup
  • deep-fried avocado
  • féroce d’avocat tangy spread
  • guacamole dip or salad dressing
  • guasacaca avocado-based sauce
  • mashed avocado on toast


 

See also Bananas Exports by Country, Grapes Exports by Country and Apples Exports by Country

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Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on November 13, 2017

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on November 13, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on November 13, 2017

Wikipedia, Avocado. Accessed on November 13, 2017

Wikipedia, List of avocado dishes. Accessed on November 13, 2017