Worldwide sales of dog or cat food exports by country totaled US$14.3 billion in 2018. That dollar value reflects a 16.9% increase since 2014 and a 9.6% uptick from 2017 to 2018.
Among continents, Europe sold the most dog or cat food on international markets during 2018 with exports valued at $9.3 billion or approaching two-thirds (64.7%) of the global total. In second place were Asian exporters at 17.3% while 14.3% of worldwide dog or cat food shipments originated from North America.
Smaller percentages came from shippers in Oceania (1.8%) notably Australia and New Zealand, Latin America (1.6%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, and Africa (0.3%).
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
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of dog or cat food during 2018.
- Germany: US$1.7 billion (12% of total dog or cat food exports)
- France: $1.5 billion (10.6%)
- United States: $1.5 billion (10.2%)
- Thailand: $1.3 billion (9.2%)
- Netherlands: $1.2 billion (8.1%)
- Poland: $887.6 million (6.2%)
- China: $874.4 million (6.1%)
- Hungary: $531.5 million (3.7%)
- Canada: $531.2 million (3.7%)
- United Kingdom: $469.5 million (3.3%)
- Austria: $418.4 million (2.9%)
- Czech Republic: $407.6 million (2.8%)
- Italy: $387.4 million (2.7%)
- Belgium: $357.3 million (2.5%)
- Spain: $331.2 million (2.3%)
By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 86.3% of global dog or cat food exports in 2018.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing dog or cat food exporters since 2014 were: Poland (up 164.4%), Czech Republic (up 45.6%), Thailand (up 35.3%) and Spain (up 26.7%).
Four leading countries posted declines in their exported dog or cat food sales namely: Belgium (down -37.6%), France (down -7.3%), Hungary (down -5.8%) and United Kingdom (down -1%).
The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for dog or cat food during 2018. 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.
- Thailand: US$1.3 billion (net export surplus up 36.2% since 2014)
- France: $820.6 million (down -27%)
- China: $668 million (down -4.4%)
- Netherlands: $537.8 million (down -1.5%)
- United States: $480.8 million (down -23.5%)
- Hungary: $392.4 million (down -19.1%)
- Poland: $318.3 million (up 184.5%)
- Germany: $288.4 million (up 1.2%)
- Czech Republic: $177.3 million (up 98.8%)
- Lithuania: $114.8 million (up 10.2%)
- Argentina: $101.3 million (down -22.2%)
- Ireland: $58.1 million (up 108.9%)
- Cambodia: $34.5 million (up 134.5%)
- Brazil: $31.9 million (up 153.9%)
- Serbia: $29 million (reversing a -$4.4 million deficit)
Overtaking the Netherlands in 2018, Thailand posted the highest surplus in the international trade of dog or cat food. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Thailands’ strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.
The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for dog or cat food during 2018. 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.
- Japan: -US$609.7 million (net export deficit down -15.8% since 2014)
- United Kingdom: -$408.2 million (up 26.7%)
- Italy: -$242.5 million (down -29.5%)
- Russia: -$227.2 million (up 37%)
- South Korea: -$224.4 million (up 87.7%)
- Taiwan: -$168.9 million (up 38.9%)
- Portugal: -$160.2 million (up 0.1%)
- Canada: -$157.4 million (down -20.3%)
- Romania: -$154.7 million (up 67.9%)
- Malaysia: -$152.8 million (up 49.6%)
- Belgium: -$144.5 million (up 3217.2%)
- Finland: -$130.5 million (up 1.7%)
- Australia: -$128.1 million (up 34.8%)
- Chile: -$111.2 million (down -2.9%)
- Greece: -$108.5 million (down -6.7%)
Overtaking Indonesia in 2018, Japan incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of dog or cat food. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights Japan’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.
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
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