Bananas Imports by Country

Bananas Imports by Country

Bunch of bananas

Global purchases of imported bananas totaled US$15.3 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of bananas imports for all importing countries was up by an average 5.1% since 2013 when international purchases of bananas were valued at $14.6 billion. From 2016 to 2017, imported bananas appreciated by 3.8%.

From a continental perspective, European nations accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported bananas during 2017 with purchases valued at $8.8 billion or 57.3% of the global total. In second place were North American importers at 20.7% while 18.1% of worldwide bananas imports were delivered to Asian nations.

A much smaller percentage of imported bananas were bought by Africa (0.9%) and Oceania (0.5%).

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 2017:

  1. United States: US$2.8 billion (18% of total bananas imports)
  2. Belgium: $1.4 billion (9.1%)
  3. Russia: $1.1 billion (7.4%)
  4. Germany: $1 billion (6.6%)
  5. Japan: $850.8 million (5.6%)
  6. Netherlands: $832 million (5.4%)
  7. United Kingdom: $829.3 million (5.4%)
  8. France: $586.7 million (3.8%)
  9. China: $579.5 million (3.8%)
  10. Italy: $523.8 million (3.4%)
  11. Canada: $421.7 million (2.8%)
  12. South Korea: $365.1 million (2.4%)
  13. Poland: $300 million (2%)
  14. Saudi Arabia: $263.8 million (1.7%)
  15. Argentina: $240 million (1.6%)

The listed 15 countries purchased 79% of all bananas imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for bananas since 2013 were: Netherlands (up 162.7%), China (up 72.5%), South Korea (up 44.2%) and Saudi Arabia (up 31.9%).

Four countries posted declines in their imported bananas purchases namely Belgium (down -12.5%), Germany (down -10%), Italy (down -1.4%) and United Kingdom (down -1.3%).

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 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Guatemala: US$1.1 billion (up 27.4% from 2013)
  2. Costa Rica: $502.5 million (up 16.9%)
  3. Ecuador: $386.1 million (down -17.8%)
  4. Honduras: $274.2 million (up 1%)
  5. Mexico: $216.5 million (up 49.1%)
  6. Colombia: $204.4 million (down -29.6%)
  7. Peru: $45.7 million (up 166.3%)
  8. Nicaragua: $15.7 million (down -17.4%)
  9. Thailand: $5.2 million (up 84%)
  10. Philippines: $2.7 million (down -38.1%)
  11. Dominican Republic: $2.5 million (down -49.6%)
  12. China: $1.4 million (down -34.5%)
  13. El Salvador: $1.2 million (up 194.1%)
  14. Chile: $808,000 (down -12.8%)
  15. Sri Lanka: $554,000 (up 287.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 100% of all US bananas imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of bananas to America since 2013 were: Sri Lanka (up 287.4%), El Salvador (up 194.1%), Peru (up 166.3%) and Thailand (up 84%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their bananas supplied to American importers included: Dominican Republic (down -49.6%), Philippines (down -38.1%), China (down -34.5%) and Colombia (down -29.6%).

Overall, the value of U.S. bananas imports rose by an average 9.1% from all supplying countries since 2013 when bananas purchases were valued at $2.5 billion.

Belgium

Bananas Imports into Belgium

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Belgium imported the highest dollar value worth of bananas during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Colombia: $395.1 million (down -28.1%)
  2. Ecuador: $181.2 million (down -45.1%)
  3. Costa Rica: $141.4 million (down -30.5%)
  4. Cameroon: $133.3 million (up 94.5%)
  5. Côte d’Ivoire: $107.9 million (up 89.7%)
  6. Netherlands: $60.6 million (up 386.4%)
  7. Peru: $49.4 million (down -2.9%)
  8. Dominican Republic: $48.4 million (up 13.4%)
  9. Suriname: $46.3 million (no data )
  10. Germany: $20.3 million (up 250.8%)
  11. Ghana: $18.3 million (down -10.8%)
  12. Guatemala: $5.7 million (up 100.4%)
  13. Spain: $5.4 million (up 14,608%)
  14. France: $4.7 million (down -51%)
  15. United Kingdom: $3.6 million (down -63.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.6% of all Belgian bananas imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of bananas to Belgium since 2013 were: Spain (up 152,838%), Netherlands (up 240.3%), Germany (up 238.5%) and Côte d’Ivoire (up 25.6%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their bananas supplied to Belgian importers included: United Kingdom (down -83.1%), Peru (down -65%), Mexico (down -48.5%) and Ecuador (down -43.6%).

Overall, the value of Belgian bananas imports fell by an average -12.5% from all supplying countries since 2013 when bananas purchases were valued at $1.6 billion.

Russia

Bananas Imports into Russia

Below are the top 14 suppliers from which Russia imported the highest dollar value worth of bananas during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Ecuador: US$1.1 billion (up 15.4% from 2013)
  2. Mexico: $16.8 million (up 626.3%)
  3. Costa Rica: $15 million (up 20.9%)
  4. Guatemala: $4.4 million (up 1,911%)
  5. Colombia: $3.8 million (down -62.8%)
  6. Vietnam: $2.6 million (up 170.9%)
  7. Philippines: $2.1 million (down -89.1%)
  8. China: $45,000 (down -92.5%)
  9. Thailand: $27,000 (down -47.1%)
  10. Bosnia/Herzegovina: $3,000 (no 2013 data)
  11. Sri Lanka: $3,000 (no 2013 data)
  12. Nigeria: $3,000 (no 2013 data)
  13. Iran: $1,000 (no 2013 data)
  14. Turkey: $1,000 (no 2013 data)

The listed 14 countries shipped 100% of all Russian bananas imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of bananas to Russia since 2013 were: Guatemala (up 1,911%), Mexico (up 626.3%), Vietnam (up 170.9%) and Costa Rica (up 20.9%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their bananas supplied to Russian importers were: China (down -92.5%), Philippines (down -89.1%) and Colombia (down -62.8%).

Overall, the value of Russian bananas imports appreciated by an average 14.4% from all supplying countries since 2013 when bananas purchases were valued at $996.4 million.

Germany

Bananas Imports into Germany

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Germany imported the highest dollar value worth of bananas during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Colombia: US$350.8 million (down -4.4% from 2013)
  2. Ecuador: $256.3 million (down -18.3%)
  3. Costa Rica: $221.9 million (down -17.1%)
  4. Peru: $52.3 million (up 118.1%)
  5. Dominican Republic: $48.9 million (down -35.6%)
  6. Nicaragua: $23.6 million (up 759%)
  7. Cameroon: $17.5 million (up 158.9%)
  8. Panama: $14.5 million (down -63.9%)
  9. Côte d’Ivoire: $12.2 million (down -35.3%)
  10. Guatemala: $5.5 million (up 1,094%)
  11. Mexico: $4.1 million (down -20.6%)
  12. Spain: $1.8 million (up 1,760%)
  13. France: $1.5 million (up 11,738%)
  14. Honduras: $1.5 million (up 1,156%)
  15. Uganda: $411,000 (up 72%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.7% of all German bananas imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of bananas to Germany since 2013 were: France (up 11,739%), Spain (up 1,760%), Honduras (up 1,156%) and Guatemala (up 1,094%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their bananas supplied to German importers included: Panama (down -63.9%), Dominican Republic (down -35.6%), Côte d’Ivoire (down -35.3%) and Mexico (down -20.6%).

Overall, the value of German bananas imports fell by an average -10% from all supplying countries since 2013 when bananas purchases were valued at $1.1 billion.



 

Searchable List of Bananas Importing Countries

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RankImporter2017 Bananas Imports% World Total
1.United StatesUS$2.8 billion18%
2.Belgium$1.4 billion9.1%
3.Russia$1.1 billion7.4%
4.Germany$1 billion6.6%
5.Japan$850.8 million5.6%
6.Netherlands$832 million5.4%
7.United Kingdom$829.3 million5.4%
8.France$586.7 million3.8%
9.China$579.5 million3.8%
10.Italy$523.8 million3.4%
11.Canada$421.7 million2.8%
12.South Korea$365.1 million2.4%
13.Poland$299.6 million2%
14.Saudi Arabia$263.8 million1.7%
15.Argentina$240 million1.6%
16.Spain$201.2 million1.3%
17.Sweden$184.2 million1.2%
18.Romania$163.8 million1.1%
19.Czech Republic$153.9 million1%
20.Ukraine$140.6 million0.9%
21.Greece$132.5 million0.9%
22.Austria$127.8 million0.8%
23.Portugal$122.6 million0.8%
24.Switzerland$109.3 million0.7%
25.Turkey$102.7 million0.7%
26.Iran$102 million0.7%
27.Finland$100.4 million0.7%
28.Iraq$95.1 million0.6%
29.United Arab Emirates$90.5 million0.6%
30.Slovakia$78.3 million0.5%
31.Chile$77.9 million0.5%
32.Denmark$77.4 million0.5%
33.Norway$71.1 million0.5%
34.New Zealand$70.3 million0.5%
35.Kuwait$64.5 million0.4%
36.Ireland$63.1 million0.4%
37.Algeria$63.1 million0.4%
38.Hong Kong$53.2 million0.3%
39.Hungary$53.1 million0.3%
40.Croatia$51.3 million0.3%
41.Slovenia$48.2 million0.3%
42.Serbia$44.3 million0.3%
43.Lithuania$39 million0.3%
44.South Africa$37.2 million0.2%
45.Singapore$34.9 million0.2%
46.Bosnia/Herzegovina$31.2 million0.2%
47.Uruguay$27.3 million0.2%
48.Bulgaria$26.7 million0.2%
49.Latvia$25.7 million0.2%
50.Jordan$25.5 million0.2%
51.Belarus$23.4 million0.2%
52.Kazakhstan$21.1 million0.1%
53.Georgia$18.9 million0.1%
54.Afghanistan$16.9 million0.1%
55.Estonia$16 million0.1%
56.Macedonia$15.9 million0.1%
57.Qatar$13 million0.1%
58.El Salvador$12.6 million0.1%
59.Syria$12.5 million0.1%
60.Oman$11.4 million0.1%
61.Moldova$10.8 million0.1%
62.Albania$9.6 million0.1%
63.Armenia$9.3 million0.1%
64.Luxembourg$8.8 million0.1%
65.Malaysia$8.8 million0.1%
66.Montenegro$8.3 million0.1%
67.Morocco$8.1 million0.1%
68.Malta$7.9 million0.1%
69.Bermuda$6.9 million0.04%
70.Azerbaijan$6.4 million0.04%
71.Iceland$6.2 million0.04%
72.Botswana$6.2 million0.04%
73.Tunisia$6 million0.04%
74.Cyprus$5.9 million0.04%
75.North Korea$5 million0.03%
76.Nepal$3.7 million0.02%
77.Namibia$3.3 million0.02%
78.Kyrgyzstan$3.3 million0.02%
79.Bahamas$2.5 million0.02%
80.Lebanon$2.5 million0.02%
81.Uzbekistan$2.4 million0.02%
82.Egypt$2.4 million0.02%
83.Libya$2.3 million0.01%
84.Bahrain$2.3 million0.01%
85.Guatemala$2.1 million0.01%
86.Barbados$1.9 million0.01%
87.Honduras$1.7 million0.01%
88.Thailand$1.7 million0.01%
89.Macao$1.7 million0.01%
90.Colombia$1.6 million0.01%
91.Somalia$1.5 million0.01%
92.Curaçao$1.5 million0.01%
93.Mauritania$1.4 million0.01%
94.Lesotho$1.4 million0.01%
95.Costa Rica$1.4 million0.01%
96.Faroe Islands$1.3 million0.01%
97.Antigua/Barbuda$1.2 million0.01%
98.Mongolia$1.2 million0.01%
99.Turks/Caicos Is$1 million0.01%
100.Cayman Islands$958,0000.01%
101.Aruba$899,0000.01%
102.Panama$855,0000.01%
103.Djibouti$822,0000.01%
104.Tajikistan$646,0000.004%
105.Maldives$629,0000.004%
106.Australia$607,0000.004%
107.US Minor Outlying Is$548,0000.004%
108.Mexico$532,0000.003%
109.Gibraltar$344,0000.002%
110.Andorra$340,0000.002%
111.Sudan$332,0000.002%
112.Kenya$225,0000.001%
113.Vietnam$215,0000.001%
114.Swaziland$212,0000.001%
115.Malawi$183,0000.001%
116.Brazil$176,0000.001%
117.British Virgin Is$146,0000.001%
118.Israel$142,0000.001%
119.Greenland$129,0000.001%
120.Brunei Darussalam$123,0000.001%
121.Nigeria$118,0000.001%
122.Benin$107,0000.001%
123.Paraguay$87,0000.001%
124.Cuba$76,0000.0005%
125.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$50,0000.0003%
126.Laos$48,0000.0003%
127.Trinidad/Tobago$44,0000.0003%
128.Zambia$43,0000.0003%
129.Philippines$34,0000.0002%
130.Yemen$32,0000.0002%
131.Northern Mariana Is$29,0000.0002%
132.Nauru$24,0000.0002%
133.Angola$21,0000.0001%
134.Mozambique$17,0000.0001%
135.Nicaragua$12,0000.0001%
136.Haiti$12,0000.0001%
137.Cabo Verde$11,0000.0001%
138.Peru$10,0000.0001%
139.Uganda$9,0000.0001%
140.Fiji$5,0000.00003%
141.Dominican Rep$4,0000.00003%
142.Myanmar (Burma)$4,0000.00003%
143.Taiwan$4,0000.00003%
144.Mauritius$4,0000.00003%
145.St. Pierre/Miquelon$4,0000.00003%
146.Saint Helena$3,0000.00002%
147.Rwanda$2,0000.00001%
148.Tokelau$2,0000.00001%
149.Venezuela$1,0000.00001%
150.Zimbabwe$1,0000.00001%
151.New Caledonia$1,0000.00001%
152.Marshall Islands$1,0000.00001%
153.Indonesia$1,0000.00001%
154.Ecuador$1,0000.00001%
155.Dominica$1,0000.00001%
156.Democ. Rep. Congo$1,0000.00001%
157.Cook Islands$1,0000.00001%
158.French Polynesia$1,0000.00001%


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 30, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 30, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on May 30, 2018