Bananas Imports by Country

Bananas Imports by Country

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Global purchases of imported bananas totaled US$15.6 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of bananas imports for all importing countries rose by an average 2.5% since 2014 when international purchases of bananas were valued at $15.2 billion. From 2017 to 2018, imported bananas depreciated by -2%.

From a continental perspective, European nations consumed the highest dollar worth of imported bananas during 2018 with purchases valued at $8.8 billion or 56.3% of the global total. In second place were North American importers at 20.8% while 19.1% of worldwide bananas imports were delivered to Asian nations.

Smaller percentages of globally imported bananas were bought by Latin America (2.3%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Africa (1%) then Oceania (0.4%) led by New Zealand.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for fresh or dried bananas and plantains is 0803.

Bananas Imports by Country

Top 15


Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of bananas during 2018.

  1. United States: US$2.8 billion (18.1% of total bananas imports)
  2. Belgium: $1.3 billion (8.6%)
  3. Russia: $1.2 billion (7.4%)
  4. Netherlands: $968.8 million (6.2%)
  5. Germany: $944.8 million (6.1%)
  6. Japan: $913.4 million (5.9%)
  7. China: $896.8 million (5.7%)
  8. United Kingdom: $769.5 million (4.9%)
  9. France: $622.9 million (4%)
  10. Italy: $564.9 million (3.6%)
  11. Canada: $423.5 million (2.7%)
  12. South Korea: $360.2 million (2.3%)
  13. Poland: $319.6 million (2%)
  14. Spain: $246.6 million (1.6%)
  15. Argentina: $217.5 million (1.4%)

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for bananas since 2014 were: Netherlands (up 181.5%), France (up 22%), Russia (up 20.6%) and Japan (up 12.6%).

Four countries posted declines in their imported bananas purchases namely: Germany (down -16.2%), Belgium (down -11.3%), United Kingdom (down -7.3%) and Canada (down -0.8%).

The listed 15 countries purchased 80.6% of all bananas imports in 2018.

USA

Bananas Imports into the United States

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which America imported the highest dollar value worth of bananas during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Guatemala: US$1.1 billion (up 22.8% from 2014)
  2. Costa Rica: $453.4 million (up 1%)
  3. Ecuador: $432.8 million (down -7%)
  4. Honduras: $271.5 million (up 0.4%)
  5. Mexico: $247.5 million (up 68.4%)
  6. Colombia: $218.1 million (down -10.3%)
  7. Peru: $52.5 million (up 77.1%)
  8. Nicaragua: $16.9 million (down -37.5%)
  9. Philippines: $3.8 million (down -2%)
  10. Dominican Republic: $3.3 million (down -48.5%)
  11. Thailand: $3.1 million (up 46.8%)
  12. China: $2.5 million (up 46.4%)
  13. Panama: $1.4 million (down -77.9%)
  14. El Salvador: $1.2 million (up 44.2%)
  15. Chile: $256,000 (down -67.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.98% of all America’s bananas imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of bananas to United States since 2014 were: Peru (up 77.1%), Mexico (up 68.4%), Thailand (up 46.8%) and China (up 46.4%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their bananas supplied to American importers included: Panama (down -77.9%), Chile (down -67.2%), Dominican Republic (down -48.5%) and Nicaragua (down -37.5%).

Overall, the value of American bananas imports rose by an average 10.2% from all supplying countries since 2014 when bananas purchases were valued at $2.6 billion.

Belgium

Bananas Imports into Belgium

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Belgium imported the highest dollar value worth of bananas during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Colombia: US$397.6 million (down -19.6% from 2014)
  2. Costa Rica: $242.8 million (down -2.2%)
  3. Ecuador: $217.8 million (down -25.5%)
  4. Cameroon: $118.1 million (down -5.1%)
  5. Ivory Coast: $93.4 million (down -0.3%)
  6. Netherlands: $80.1 million (up 174.5%)
  7. Peru: $45.3 million (down -3.2%)
  8. Dominican Republic: $39.1 million (down -18%)
  9. Suriname: $33.1 million (no 2014 data)
  10. Ghana: $18.6 million (up 9.8%)
  11. Germany: $18.1 million (up 54.3%)
  12. Spain: $13.3 million (no 2014 data)
  13. France: $8.1 million (up 4.5%)
  14. Belize: $4.1 million (no 2014 data)
  15. Guatemala: $4.1 million (up 36.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.4% of all Belgian bananas imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of bananas to Belgium since 2014 were: Netherlands (up 174%), Germany (up 54.3%), Guatemala (up 36.4%) and Ghana (up 9.8%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their bananas supplied to Belgian importers included: Ecuador (down -25.5%), Colombia (down -19.6%), Dominican Republic (down -17.6%) and Cameroon (down -5.1%).

Overall, the value of Belgian bananas imports fell by an average -11.3% from all supplying countries since 2014 when bananas purchases were valued at $1.5 billion.

Russia

Bananas Imports into Russia

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Russia imported the highest dollar value worth of bananas during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Ecuador: US$1.1 billion (up 19.4% from 2013)
  2. Costa Rica: $16.2 million (up 52.6%)
  3. Guatemala: $9.2 million (no 2014 data)
  4. Mexico: $9 million (up 686.4%)
  5. Colombia: $8.8 million (up 1,295%)
  6. Vietnam: $1.7 million (up 20.5%)
  7. Philippines: $1.2 million (down -91.3%)
  8. Panama: $172,000 (down -42.3%)
  9. Brazil: $119,000 (down -91.7%)
  10. China: $42,000 (down -51.7%)
  11. Honduras: $17,000 (no 2014 data)
  12. Thailand: $9,000 (down -89.5%)
  13. Nigeria: $6,000 (no 2014 data)
  14. Bosnia/Herzegovina: $4,000 (no 2014 data)
  15. Belarus: $3,000 (down -98.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.9997% of all Russian bananas imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of bananas to Russia since 2014 were: Colombia (up 1,295%), Mexico (up 686.4%), Costa Rica (up 52.6%) and Vietnam (up 20.5%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their bananas supplied to Russian importers included: Belarus (down -98.7%), Brazil (down -91.7%), Philippines (down -91.3%) and Thailand (down -89.5%).

Overall, the value of Russian bananas imports increased by an average 20.6% from all supplying countries since 2014 when bananas purchases were valued at $957.7 million.

Dutch

Bananas Imports into the Netherlands

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the Netherlands imported the highest dollar value worth of bananas during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Panama: US$229.9 million (up 21,164% from 2014)
  2. Costa Rica: $171 million (up 2454.8%)
  3. Belgium: $163.9 million (up 303%)
  4. Ecuador: $103.3 million (up 14.8%)
  5. Colombia: $69.4 million (up 21.6%)
  6. Germany: $60.1 million (down -29.9%)
  7. Guatemala: $51 million (up 2,342%)
  8. Dominican Republic: $45.5 million (up 111.5%)
  9. Peru: $32.4 million (up 55.6%)
  10. Honduras: $14.3 million (no 2014 data)
  11. Nicaragua: $10.9 million (no 2014 data)
  12. Mexico: $6.5 million (down -25.1%)
  13. Sweden: $3.1 million (up 621.7%)
  14. Brazil: $2.1 million (down -68.5%)
  15. France: $1.9 million (up 73.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.6% of all Dutch bananas imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of bananas to Netherlands since 2014 were: Panama (up 21,164%), Costa Rica (up 2,455%), Guatemala (up 2,342%) and Sweden (up 621.7%).

Three countries experienced declines in the value of their bananas supplied to Dutch importers: Brazil (down -68.5%), Germany (down -29.9%) and Mexico (down -25.1%).

Overall, the value of Dutch bananas imports swelled by an average 181.5% from all supplying countries since 2014 when bananas purchases were valued at $344.2 million.



 

Searchable List of Bananas Importing Countries in 2018

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RankImporterBananas Imports (US$)%World Total
1.United States$2.8 billion18.1%
2.Belgium$1.3 billion8.6%
3.Russia$1.2 billion7.4%
4.Netherlands$968.8 million6.2%
5.Germany$944.8 million6.1%
6.Japan$913.4 million5.9%
7.China$896.8 million5.7%
8.United Kingdom$769.5 million4.9%
9.France$622.9 million4%
10.Italy$564.9 million3.6%
11.Canada$423.5 million2.7%
12.South Korea$360.2 million2.3%
13.Poland$319.6 million2%
14.Spain$246.6 million1.6%
15.Argentina$217.5 million1.4%
16.Romania$174.3 million1.1%
17.Sweden$165 million1.1%
18.Greece$158.1 million1%
19.Portugal$130.4 million0.8%
20.Saudi Arabia$125.3 million0.8%
21.Austria$125.2 million0.8%
22.United Arab Emirates$116.3 million0.7%
23.Switzerland$109.3 million0.7%
24.Finland$99.1 million0.6%
25.Iran$92.1 million0.6%
26.Denmark$89 million0.6%
27.Chile$83.7 million0.5%
28.Ukraine$83.7 million0.5%
29.Slovakia$81.1 million0.5%
30.New Zealand$68.9 million0.4%
31.Turkey$67 million0.4%
32.Norway$66.4 million0.4%
33.Iraq$65.2 million0.4%
34.Kuwait$62.7 million0.4%
35.Ireland$59.4 million0.4%
36.Croatia$57.2 million0.4%
37.Hong Kong$54.1 million0.3%
38.Hungary$53.9 million0.3%
39.Belarus$52.4 million0.3%
40.Serbia$50.9 million0.3%
41.Slovenia$50.3 million0.3%
42.South Africa$40.2 million0.3%
43.Lithuania$37.9 million0.2%
44.Singapore$32.9 million0.2%
45.Bosnia/Herzegovina$32.8 million0.2%
46.Bulgaria$31.7 million0.2%
47.Algeria$30.4 million0.2%
48.Latvia$28.9 million0.2%
49.Uruguay$24.5 million0.2%
50.Afghanistan$24.3 million0.2%
51.Syrian Arab Republic$22 million0.1%
52.Kazakhstan$21.3 million0.1%
53.Georgia$20.3 million0.1%
54.Senegal$19.6 million0.1%
55.Tunisia$18.3 million0.1%
56.North Macedonia$17.4 million0.1%
57.Estonia$16.7 million0.1%
58.Czech Republic$16 million0.1%
59.Albania$15.4 million0.1%
60.Armenia$15.3 million0.1%
61.Morocco$15.2 million0.1%
62.El Salvador$14.9 million0.1%
63.Jordan$14.7 million0.1%
64.Oman$13.8 million0.1%
65.Qatar$12.6 million0.1%
66.Montenegro$11.5 million0.1%
67.Luxembourg$9.9 million0.1%
68.Malaysia$9 million0.1%
69.Tajikistan$8.2 million0.1%
70.Panama$7.9 million0.1%
71.Malta$7.4 million0.05%
72.Azerbaijan$6.9 million0.04%
73.Botswana$6.8 million0.04%
74.Iceland$6.2 million0.04%
75.Cyprus$5.9 million0.04%
76.Kyrgyzstan$5.8 million0.04%
77.North Korea$5 million0.03%
78.Libya$4.5 million0.03%
79.Mali$4.3 million0.03%
80.Namibia$3.8 million0.02%
81.Guatemala$3.6 million0.02%
82.Bahrain$3.4 million0.02%
83.Nepal$3.4 million0.02%
84.Uzbekistan$3.4 million0.02%
85.Colombia$2.6 million0.02%
86.Bahamas$2.6 million0.02%
87.Costa Rica$2.4 million0.02%
88.Egypt$2.2 million0.01%
89.Faroe Islands$1.9 million0.01%
90.Macao$1.8 million0.01%
91.Barbados$1.8 million0.01%
92.Curaçao$1.8 million0.01%
93.Lesotho$1.7 million0.01%
94.Mauritania$1.5 million0.01%
95.Mongolia$1.5 million0.01%
96.Lebanon$1.4 million0.01%
97.Aruba$1.3 million0.01%
98.Turks/Caicos Islands$1.1 million0.01%
99.Niger$918,0000.01%
100.Maldives$913,0000.01%
101.Bermuda$907,0000.01%
102.Cayman Islands$841,0000.01%
103.US Minor Outlying Is$682,0000.004%
104.Mexico$673,0000.004%
105.Sudan$531,0000.003%
106.Brazil$530,0000.003%
107.Gibraltar$403,0000.003%
108.Andorra$344,0000.002%
109.Thailand$329,0000.002%
110.Ghana$304,0000.002%
111.Vietnam$293,0000.002%
112.Australia$260,0000.002%
113.Laos$239,0000.002%
114.Eswatini$239,0000.002%
115.Kenya$230,0000.001%
116.Northern Mariana Is$217,0000.001%
117.Honduras$197,0000.001%
118.British Virgin Islands$190,0000.001%
119.Greenland$159,0000.001%
120.Burkina Faso$159,0000.001%
121.Nicaragua$155,0000.001%
122.Cuba$134,0000.001%
123.Israel$115,0000.001%
124.Zambia$101,0000.001%
125.Brunei Darussalam$92,0000.001%
126.Malawi$90,0000.001%
127.Nigeria$85,0000.001%
128.Cabo Verde$73,0000.0005%
129.Moldova$51,0000.0003%
130.Venezuela$49,0000.0003%
131.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$41,0000.0003%
132.Tonga$40,0000.0003%
133.Benin$31,0000.0002%
134.Philippines$22,0000.0001%
135.Mozambique$19,0000.0001%
136.Indonesia$16,0000.0001%
137.Congo$14,0000.0001%
138.Angola$10,0000.0001%
139.Saint Kitts/Nevis$10,0000.0001%
140.Uganda$9,0000.0001%
141.Jamaica$9,0000.0001%
142.French Polynesia$8,0000.0001%
143.Tanzania$8,0000.0001%
144.Saint Lucia$8,0000.0001%
145.St. Pierre/Miquelon$7,0000.00004%
146.Trinidad/Tobago$6,0000.00004%
147.Gambia$6,0000.00004%
148.Marshall Islands$6,0000.00004%
149.Liberia$5,0000.00003%
150.Myanmar (Burma)$5,0000.00003%
151.Cook Islands$3,0000.00002%
152.Paraguay$3,0000.00002%
153.Zimbabwe$2,0000.00001%
154.Comoros$2,0000.00001%
155.Cambodia$2,0000.00001%
156.Bhutan$2,0000.00001%
157.Nauru$2,0000.00001%
158.Taiwan$1,0000.00001%
159.Ivory Coast$1,0000.00001%
160.Guyana$1,0000.00001%
161.Democr. Rep. Congo$1,0000.00001%
162.Peru$1,0000.00001%


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Research Sources:
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on April 15, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on April 15, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on April 15, 2019