Bananas Imports by Country

Bananas Imports by Country

Bunch of bananas

Global purchases of imported bananas totaled US$14 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of bananas imports for all importing countries was up by an average 6.3% since 2012 when bananas purchases were valued at $13.2 billion. Year over year, imports of bananas depreciated by -2%.

From a continental perspective, European nations accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported bananas during 2016 with purchases valued at $7.8 billion or 55.4% of the global total. In second place were North American importers at 21.7% while 19.2% of worldwide bananas imports were delivered to Asian nations.

A much smaller percentage of imported bananas were bought by Africa (0.7%) 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 2016:

  1. United States: US$2.6 billion (18.8% of total bananas imports)
  2. Belgium: $1.2 billion (8.8%)
  3. Russia: $999.2 million (7.1%)
  4. Germany: $992.3 million (7.1%)
  5. Japan: $923.5 million (6.6%)
  6. United Kingdom: $831.4 million (5.9%)
  7. China: $585.5 million (4.2%)
  8. Netherlands: $516.5 million (3.7%)
  9. Italy: $492.8 million (3.5%)
  10. France: $455.6 million (3.3%)
  11. Canada: $409.4 million (2.9%)
  12. South Korea: $328.4 million (2.3%)
  13. Saudi Arabia: $263.5 million (1.9%)
  14. Poland: $249.4 million (1.8%)
  15. Argentina: $210.2 million (1.5%)

The listed 15 countries purchased 79.4% of all bananas imports in 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplier since 2012.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for bananas since 2012 were: Netherlands (up 79.1%), China (up 60%), Poland (up 48.4%) and Argentina (up 37%).

Two countries posted declines in their imported bananas purchases, namely Belgium (down -14%) and France (down -4.2%).

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 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Guatemala: $945 million (up 19.6%)
  2. Ecuador: $531.9 million (up 12.8%)
  3. Costa Rica: $435.3 million (down -0.9%)
  4. Honduras: $282.2 million (up 14.6%)
  5. Colombia: $189.3 million (down -33.9%)
  6. Mexico: $156.9 million (up 34.2%)
  7. Peru: $48 million (up 147.1%)
  8. Nicaragua: $24.5 million (up 20.8%)
  9. Thailand: $4 million (up 52.3%)
  10. Panama: $3.6 million (down -89.2%)
  11. Dominican Republic: $3.2 million (up 38%)
  12. Philippines: $2.1 million (down -45.8%)
  13. China: $1.6 million (down -36.6%)
  14. El Salvador: $1 million (up 1,530%)
  15. Chile: $628,000 (up 492.5%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.96% of all US bananas imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of bananas to United States since 2012 were: El Salvador (up 1,530%), Chile (up 492.5%), Peru (up 147.1%) and Thailand (up 52.3%).

Five countries experienced declines in the value of their bananas supplies to American importers included: Panama (down -89.2%), Philippines (down -45.8%), China (down -36.6%), Colombia (down -33.9%) and Costa Rica (down -0.9%).

Overall, the value of U.S. bananas imports were up by an average 8% from all supplying countries since 2012 when bananas purchases were valued at $2.4 billion.

Belgium

Bananas Imports into Belgium

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Belgium imported the highest dollar value worth of bananas during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  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 change)
  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 99.3% of all Belgian bananas imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of bananas to Belgium since 2012 were: Spain (up 14,608%), Netherlands (up 386.4%), Germany (up 250.8%) and Guatemala (up 100.4%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their bananas supplies to Belgian importers included: United Kingdom (down -63.1%), France (down -51%), Ecuador (down -45.1%) and Costa Rica (down -30.5%).

Overall, the value of Belgian bananas imports were down by an average -14% from all supplying countries since 2012 when bananas purchases were valued at $1.4 billion.

Russia

Bananas Imports into Russia

Below are the top 13 suppliers from which Russia imported the highest dollar value worth of bananas during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Ecuador: $980.7 million (up 19.3%)
  2. Costa Rica: $11.2 million (down -80.9%)
  3. Mexico: $4.1 million (up 4,117%)
  4. Philippines: $1.3 million (down -95.3%)
  5. Vietnam: $884,000 (up 14.7%)
  6. Colombia: $308,000 (down -97%)
  7. Brazil: $265,000 (down -53.8%)
  8. Guatemala: $220,000 (no change)
  9. China: $63,000 (down -92.3%)
  10. Peru: $45,000 (down 0%)
  11. India: $31,000 (down -6.1%)
  12. Thailand: $31,000 (down -11.4%)
  13. Belarus: $27,000 (up 107.7%)

The listed 13 countries shipped 100% of all Russian bananas imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, four increased their shipments of bananas to Russia since 2012: Mexico (up 4,117%), Belarus (up 107.7%), Ecuador (up 19.3%) and Vietnam (up 14.7%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their bananas supplies to Russian importers included: Colombia (down -97%), Philippines (down -95.3%), China (down -92.3%) and Costa Rica (down -80.9%).

Overall, the value of Russian bananas imports were up by an average 8.4% from all supplying countries since 2012 when bananas purchases were valued at $921.4 million.

Germany

Bananas Imports into Germany

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Germany imported the highest dollar value worth of bananas during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Colombia: $283.9 million (up 14.5%)
  2. Ecuador: $274.2 million (down -19.4%)
  3. Costa Rica: $248.5 million (down -3.3%)
  4. Dominican Republic: $49.1 million (down -17.6%)
  5. Peru: $45.8 million (up 93.7%)
  6. Côte d’Ivoire: $34.9 million (up 575.4%)
  7. Panama: $16.8 million (up 208.5%)
  8. Cameroon: $10.7 million (up 656.2%)
  9. Guatemala: $8.7 million (up 61.6%)
  10. Nicaragua: $5.5 million (up 97.4%)
  11. Mexico: $4.8 million (up 328.8%)
  12. Suriname: $2.9 million (up 190.1%)
  13. France: $2.3 million (up 543.9%)
  14. Brazil: $1.3 million (down -74.8%)
  15. Uganda: $550,000 (up 164.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.7% of all German bananas imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of bananas to Germany since 2012 were: Cameroon (up 656.2%), Côte d’Ivoire (up 575.4%), France (up 543.9%) and Mexico (up 328.8%).

Four countries experienced declines in the value of their bananas supplied to German importers: Brazil (down -74.8%), Ecuador (down -19.4%), Dominican Republic (down -17.6%) and Costa Rica (down -3.3%).

Overall, the value of German bananas imports were up by an average 4.1% from all supplying countries since 2012 when bananas purchases were valued at $953.5 million.



 

Searchable List of Bananas Importing Countries

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RankImporter2016 Bananas Imports% World Total
1.United StatesUS$2.6 billion18.8%
2.Belgium$1.2 billion8.8%
3.Russia$999.2 million7.1%
4.Germany$992.3 million7.1%
5.Japan$923.5 million6.6%
6.United Kingdom$831.4 million5.9%
7.China$585.5 million4.2%
8.Netherlands$516.5 million3.7%
9.Italy$492.8 million3.5%
10.France$455.6 million3.3%
11.Canada$409.4 million2.9%
12.South Korea$328.4 million2.3%
13.Saudi Arabia$263.5 million1.9%
14.Poland$249.4 million1.8%
15.Argentina$210.2 million1.5%
16.Spain$196.6 million1.4%
17.Sweden$182.2 million1.3%
18.Czech Republic$147.4 million1.1%
19.Romania$139 million1%
20.Austria$119.1 million0.9%
21.Greece$112.5 million0.8%
22.Portugal$110.3 million0.8%
23.Switzerland$106.2 million0.8%
24.Turkey$103.5 million0.7%
25.Finland$93.6 million0.7%
26.Kuwait$77.2 million0.6%
27.United Arab Emirates$77.1 million0.6%
28.Denmark$76.2 million0.5%
29.New Zealand$71.3 million0.5%
30.Chile$70.3 million0.5%
31.Norway$70.2 million0.5%
32.Slovakia$70.2 million0.5%
33.Ukraine$64.3 million0.5%
34.Iran$59.4 million0.4%
35.Ireland$59 million0.4%
36.Croatia$51 million0.4%
37.Belarus$50.6 million0.4%
38.Hungary$48.9 million0.3%
39.Hong Kong$47.8 million0.3%
40.Slovenia$45.4 million0.3%
41.Serbia$40.9 million0.3%
42.Lithuania$38.2 million0.3%
43.Iraq$36.1 million0.3%
44.Singapore$34 million0.2%
45.Jordan$30.6 million0.2%
46.Bosnia/Herzegovina$29.9 million0.2%
47.South Africa$29 million0.2%
48.Bulgaria$26.3 million0.2%
49.Uruguay$25.7 million0.2%
50.Latvia$22.8 million0.2%
51.Kazakhstan$21.7 million0.2%
52.Syrian Arab Republic$18.4 million0.1%
53.Albania$16.9 million0.1%
54.Macedonia$15.8 million0.1%
55.Georgia$14.3 million0.1%
56.El Salvador$12.5 million0.1%
57.Tunisia$12.2 million0.1%
58.Algeria$11.8 million0.1%
59.Qatar$11.8 million0.1%
60.Oman$11.5 million0.1%
61.Egypt$11 million0.1%
62.Estonia$10.5 million0.1%
63.Moldova$9.1 million0.1%
64.Malaysia$8.6 million0.1%
65.Luxembourg$8.6 million0.1%
66.Morocco$8.4 million0.1%
67.Armenia$7.7 million0.1%
68.Honduras$7.6 million0.1%
69.Senegal$7.6 million0.1%
70.Malta$6.8 million0.05%
71.Montenegro$6.5 million0.05%
72.Iceland$6.4 million0.05%
73.Botswana$5.7 million0.04%
74.Colombia$4.8 million0.03%
75.Cyprus$4.8 million0.03%
76.Thailand$4.7 million0.03%
77.Kyrgyzstan$4 million0.03%
78.Azerbaijan$3.2 million0.02%
79.Namibia$3.2 million0.02%
80.Nepal$3.1 million0.02%
81.Trinidad/Tobago$2.8 million0.02%
82.Brunei Darussalam$2.8 million0.02%
83.Panama$2.4 million0.02%
84.North Korea$2.3 million0.02%
85.Barbados$2.3 million0.02%
86.Bahrain$1.9 million0.01%
87.Costa Rica$1.9 million0.01%
88.Guatemala$1.7 million0.01%
89.Mongolia$1.6 million0.01%
90.Bahamas$1.5 million0.01%
91.Macao$1.4 million0.01%
92.Faroe Islands$1.4 million0.01%
93.Curaçao$1.3 million0.01%
94.Maldives$1.1 million0.01%
95.Lesotho$1 million0.01%
96.Australia$991,0000.01%
97.Aruba$974,0000.01%
98.Antigua/Barbuda$915,0000.01%
99.Uzbekistan$903,0000.01%
100.Bermuda$884,0000.01%
101.Turks/Caicos Is.$787,0000.01%
102.Cayman Islands$582,0000.004%
103.Mauritania$569,0000.004%
104.Libya$553,0000.004%
105.Andorra$529,0000.004%
106.US Minor Outlying Is.$517,0000.004%
107.Vietnam$505,0000.004%
108.Niger$324,0000.002%
109.Dominican Republic$316,0000.002%
110.Mexico$306,0000.002%
111.Tajikistan$286,0000.002%
112.Greenland$281,0000.002%
113.Nicaragua$280,0000.002%
114.Sudan$242,0000.002%
115.Swaziland$233,0000.002%
116.Benin$184,0000.001%
117.Chad$172,0000.001%
118.Rwanda$169,0000.001%
119.Gibraltar$155,0000.001%
120.Brazil$152,0000.001%
121.Burkina Faso$147,0000.001%
122.Laos$137,0000.001%
123.Lebanon$115,0000.001%
124.British Virgin Is.$103,0000.001%
125.Gabon$95,0000.001%
126.Tanzania$88,0000.001%
127.Israel$79,0000.001%
128.Yemen$56,0000.0004%
129.Kenya$52,0000.0004%
130.Paraguay$52,0000.0004%
131.Philippines$46,0000.0003%
132.Mozambique$38,0000.0003%
133.Nigeria$35,0000.0002%
134.Malawi$33,0000.0002%
135.Angola$32,0000.0002%
136.Venezuela$24,0000.0002%
137.Bangladesh$23,0000.0002%
138.Afghanistan$11,0000.0001%
139.Taiwan$10,0000.0001%
140.Zambia$9,0000.0001%
141.Cameroon$8,0000.0001%
142.Myanmar (Burma)$7,0000.00005%
143.French Polynesia$7,0000.00005%
144.Netherlands Antilles$6,0000.00004%
145.Saint Kitts/Nevis$5,0000.00004%
146.Nauru$4,0000.00003%
147.St Maarten (Dutch part)$4,0000.00003%
148.Gambia$4,0000.00003%
149.Ecuador$3,0000.00002%
150.Peru$3,0000.00002%
151.St. Pierre/Miquelon$3,0000.00002%
152.Saint Helena$2,0000.00001%
153.Papua New Guinea$2,0000.00001%
154.Comoros$2,0000.00001%
155.Dominica$1,0000.00001%
156.Democratic Rep. Congo$1,0000.00001%
157.Equatorial Guinea$1,0000.00001%
158.Fiji$1,0000.00001%
159.Mauritius$1,0000.00001%
160.Côte d'Ivoire$1,0000.00001%
161.Grenada$1,0000.00001%
162.Pakistan$1,0000.00001%
163.Zimbabwe$1,0000.00001%


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 3, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 3, 2017

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on June 3, 2017