Avocados Exports by Country

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Avocados exports by country totaled US$6 billion in 2017. That dollar value reflects a 141.2% increase for all avocados shippers over the five-year period starting in 2013.

Globally, the value of exported avocados appreciated over a third (34.2%) from 2016 to 2017.

Noted for their 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.

Among continents, North American countries generated the strongest international sales for avocados during 2017 with shipments valued at $3.1 billion or 51% of the worldwide total. In second place were European exporters at 22.8% while 19.5% of worldwide avocados shipments originated from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean. Smaller percentages came from Africa (3.4%), Asia (1.7%) and Oceania led by New Zealand (1.6%).

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 2017.

  1. Mexico: US$2.9 billion (48.5% of total exported avocados)
  2. Netherlands: $803.6 million (13.4%)
  3. Peru: $580.4 million (9.7%)
  4. Chile: $457.5 million (7.6%)
  5. Spain: $343 million (5.7%)
  6. United States: $152.2 million (2.5%)
  7. New Zealand: $86.5 million (1.4%)
  8. Kenya: $78 million (1.3%)
  9. France: $70.4 million (1.2%)
  10. Israel: $64.6 million (1.1%)
  11. South Africa: $64.1 million (1.1%)
  12. Dominican Republic: $57.6 million (1%)
  13. Colombia: $52.9 million (0.9%)
  14. Morocco: $45.9 million (0.8%)
  15. Belgium: $44.8 million (0.7%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 97% of all avocados exports in 2017.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing avocados exporters since 2013 were: Colombia (up 4,391%), Morocco (up 1,643%), Peru (up 215.4%) and Chile (up 176.9%).

Two countries posted declines in their international sales of avocados namely Israel (down -47.1%) and South Africa (down -17%).

Advantages

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

  1. Mexico: US$2.9 billion (net export surplus up 162.8% since 2013)
  2. Peru: $580.3 million (up 215.3%)
  3. Chile: $447 million (up 183.2%)
  4. Spain: $93.1 million (up 32.8%)
  5. New Zealand: $86.5 million (up 56%)
  6. Netherlands: $83.5 million (reversing a -$8 million deficit)
  7. Kenya: $77.7 million (up 165.7%)
  8. Israel: $64.6 million (down -47.1%)
  9. Dominican Republic: $57.6 million (up 152.9%)
  10. South Africa: $57 million (down -22%)
  11. Colombia: $52.9 million (up 6,020%)
  12. Morocco: $40.7 million (reversing a -$3.7 million deficit)
  13. Tanzania: $10.1 million (up 425.1%)
  14. Brazil: $9.8 million (up 41.9%)
  15. Zimbabwe: $6.1 million (up 1,687%)

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 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 avocados purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$2.6 billion (net export deficit up 150.6% since 2013)
  2. France: -$376.4 million (up 86.3%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$267.7 million (up 214.8%)
  4. Germany: -$226.6 million (up 202%)
  5. Canada: -$223.6 million (up 53.5%)
  6. Japan: -$205.3 million (up 26.7%)
  7. China: -$105.5 million (up 3,010%)
  8. Sweden: -$69.8 million (up 30.4%)
  9. Australia: -$63.3 million (up 54.7%)
  10. Norway: -$60.9 million (up 70%)
  11. Switzerland: -$58.2 million (up 138.6%)
  12. Italy: -$46.7 million (up 281.6%)
  13. Denmark: -$44.5 million (up 49.9%)
  14. Argentina: -$43.3 million (up 151.5%)
  15. Belgium: -$37.1 million (up 274.8%)

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.

Culinary

Avocados-based Foods 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

Research Sources:
Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 15, 2018

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

Wikipedia, Avocado. Accessed on June 15, 2018

Wikipedia, List of avocado dishes. Accessed on June 15, 2018