Dog or Cat Food Exports by Country

Dog or cat food exports

Dog food bowl

Worldwide sales of dog or cat food exports by country totaled US$15.2 billion in 2017. That dollar value reflects a 3.6% increase since 2013 and a 10.4% gain from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, European countries generated the strongest international sales of dog or cat food during 2017 with exports valued at $9.5 billion or approaching two-thirds (62.6%) of the global total. In second place were Asian exporters at 17.3% while 12.6% of worldwide dog or cat food shipments originated from North America.

Smaller percentages came from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (5.4%), Africa (1.2%) and Oceania notably Australia (1%).

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 230910 for dog or cat food put up for retail sale.

Dog or Cat Food Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of dog or cat food during 2017.

  1. Netherlands: US$2.1 billion (13.9% of total dog or cat food exports)
  2. United States: $1.6 billion (10.4%)
  3. Germany: $1.23 billion (8.1%)
  4. Belgium: $1.23 billion (8.0%)
  5. United Kingdom: $1.1 billion (7.2%)
  6. China: $1.08 billion (7.1%)
  7. France: $1.01 billion (6.6%)
  8. Spain: $472.3 million (3.1%)
  9. Denmark: $411.2 million (2.7%)
  10. Italy: $404.1 million (2.7%)
  11. Thailand: $265.9 million (1.7%)
  12. Austria: $243.3 million (1.6%)
  13. Peru: $240.9 million (1.6%)
  14. Canada: $231.2 million (1.5%)
  15. Brazil: $216 million (1.4%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 77.7% of global dog or cat food exports in 2017.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing dog or cat food exporters since 2013 were: Italy (up 192.5%), Peru (up 106.7%), United Kingdom (up 58.5%) and Spain (up 31.4%).

Four countries posted declines in their international sales of dog or cat food namely the Netherlands (down -10.9%), Canada (down -6.2%), Germany (down -4.3%) and Belgium (down -2.4%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for dog or cat food 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 dog or cat food and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Netherlands: US$1.3 billion (net export surplus down -19.6% since 2013)
  2. United States: $986.5 million (up 1.4%)
  3. China: $816.3 million (up 11.2%)
  4. United Kingdom: $593.8 million (up 109.2%)
  5. Belgium: $533.3 million (down -4.8%)
  6. France: $505.7 million (up 16.9%)
  7. Germany: $372.8 million (up 12.7%)
  8. Spain: $227 million (up 104.2%)
  9. Denmark: $171.2 million (down -16.8%)
  10. Singapore: $159.7 million (up 11.2%)
  11. Austria: $105.9 million (up 1.7%)
  12. Peru: $104.1 million (up 104.5%)
  13. Italy: $90.2 million (reversing a -$212.3 million deficit)
  14. Hungary: $76.7 million (down -27.6%)
  15. Argentina: $54 million (down -90.7%)

The Netherlands posted the highest surplus in the international trade of dog or cat food. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms the Netherlands’ strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for dog or cat food 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 dog or cat food purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. Indonesia: -US$458.4 million (net export deficit down -8.5% since 2013)
  2. Vietnam: -$366.7 million (up 65.8%)
  3. Russia: -$364 million (down -32.4%)
  4. Japan: -$339.1 million (up 6.4%)
  5. Ecuador: -$223.4 million (up 175.5%)
  6. Philippines: -$211.6 million (up 15.4%)
  7. Egypt: -$146 million (up 18.7%)
  8. Bangladesh: -$145.6 million (down -30.1%)
  9. South Korea: -$143.2 million (up 8.3%)
  10. Ireland: -$142 million (down -22.3%)
  11. Mexico: -$130.7 million (down -14.4%)
  12. Chile: -$123.2 million (down -30.7%)
  13. Iraq: -$114.7 million (no 2013 data)
  14. Saudi Arabia: -$111.7 million (up 27%)
  15. Romania: -$108.4 million (down -1.2%)

Highly populated Indonesia incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of dog or cat food. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights Indonesia’s arduous competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for dog or cat food-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand.

Brands

Leading Pet Food Brands

Below are major dog and cat food brands that represent established entities engaged in the international trade of pet food. The home country for each is shown within parenthesis.

  • Addiction Foods (Singapore)
  • AvoDerm (United States)
  • Essential Foods (Denmark)
  • Eukanuba (United States)
  • Freshpet (United States)
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition (United States)
  • Iams (United States)
  • Natural Balance Pet Foods (United States)
  • Nature’s Variety (United States)
  • Nutro Products (United States)
  • Pedigree Petfoods (United States)
  • Ralston Purina (United States)
  • Royal Canin (France)
  • Solid Gold (United States)
  • Vegepet (United States)










See also Netherlands Top 10 Exports, United States Top 10 Exports, Indonesia’s Top 10 Imports and Vietnam’s Top 10 Imports

Research Sources:
Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 14, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 14, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 14, 2018

Wikipedia, Category:Pet food brands. Accessed on June 14, 2018