Ice Cream Exporters by Country

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Global sales from ice cream exports by country totaled US$3.6 billion during 2017.

Overall, the value of exported ice cream rose by an average 6.7% for all exporting countries since 2013 when ice cream shipments were valued at $3.4 billion. Year over year, the value of globally exported ice cream appreciated by 5.4% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, European countries generated the highest dollar worth of exported ice cream during 2017 with shipments valued at $2.9 billion or almost four-fifths (79.1%) of the global total. In second place were Asian exporters at 11.1% while 6.2% of worldwide ice cream shipments originated from North America.

Smaller percentages were provided by exporters in Oceania (New Zealand, Australia, Fiji) at 1.5%, Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean at 1.4%, as well as Africa at 0.8%.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for ice cream is 2105, a classification technically described as “ice cream and other edible ice whether or not containing cocoa.”

Ice Cream Exporters by Country


Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of ice cream during 2017.

  1. France: US$487 million (13.3% of total ice cream exports)
  2. Germany: $449.6 million (12.3%)
  3. Belgium: $403.7 million (11.1%)
  4. Netherlands: $288 million (7.9%)
  5. Italy: $260 million (7.1%)
  6. United States: $211.1 million (5.8%)
  7. United Kingdom: $140.3 million (3.8%)
  8. Spain: $137.4 million (3.8%)
  9. Hungary: $126.4 million (3.5%)
  10. Poland: $104.6 million (2.9%)
  11. Thailand: $73.3 million (2%)
  12. United Arab Emirates: $59.2 million (1.6%)
  13. Sweden: $55.6 million (1.5%)
  14. Russia: $48.7 million (1.3%)
  15. China: $47 million (1.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped roughly four-fifths (79.2%) of global ice cream exports in 2017 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing ice cream exporters since 2013 were: United Arab Emirates (up 136.3%), China (up 76.7%), Thailand (up 39.3%) and Netherlands (up 33.4%).

Three countries incurred declines in their exported ice cream sales namely Spain (down -16%), Italy (down -5.6%) and Germany (down -0.5%).


The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for ice cream 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 ice cream and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. France: US$258.6 million (net export surplus up 32.2% since 2013)
  2. Belgium: $226.7 million (down -0.3%)
  3. United States: $144.3 million (up 11.9%)
  4. Italy: $136.6 million (up 18.8%)
  5. Germany: $81.6 million (down -45.5%)
  6. Hungary: $81.6 million (up 35.8%)
  7. Netherlands: $81.3 million (up 199%)
  8. Thailand: $57.3 million (up 17.2%)
  9. Poland: $53 million (down -0.5%)
  10. Turkey: $30.9 million (down -11.9%)
  11. Slovenia: $27.5 million (up 165.7%)
  12. United Arab Emirates: $24.8 million (reversing a -$17.4 million deficit)
  13. Lithuania: $21 million (up 49.8%)
  14. South Africa: $19.5 million (down -10.6%)
  15. Serbia: $16.9 million (up 14%)

Overtaking Belgium, France has the highest surplus in the international trade of ice cream. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms France’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.


The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for ice cream 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 ice cream purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United Kingdom: -US$199.9 million (net export deficit up 6.8% since 2013)
  2. Saudi Arabia: -$86.3 million (up 34.6%)
  3. Austria: -$75.5 million (down -6.8%)
  4. Spain: -$61.1 million (up 161.8%)
  5. Denmark: -$56.3 million (down -20.5%)
  6. Ireland: -$53.6 million (up 153.9%)
  7. Portugal: -$50.4 million (down -0.8%)
  8. Mexico: -$44.2 million (down -17.8%)
  9. Romania: -$43 million (up 45.5%)
  10. Australia: -$37.7 million (up 27.2%)
  11. Finland: -$37.6 million (down -16%)
  12. Switzerland: -$37.5 million (up 83.7%)
  13. Singapore: -$35 million (up 3.3%)
  14. Malaysia: -$33.5 million (up 48.3%)
  15. Hong Kong: -$30.5 million (up 70%)

The United Kingdom incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of ice cream. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights United Kingdom’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for ice cream-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful consumer demand.


Ice Cream Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of ice cream-trading exporters. The home-country location for each business is shown within parentheses:

  • EUROBRANDS Lebensmittelgrosshandel (Germany)
  • Exportame Consulting SLNE (Spain)
  • Luxor Co Ltd (South Korea)
  • Maggio Nicola (Italy)
  • Mirawell General Trading LLC (United Arab Emirates)
  • MN Ice cream (Thailand)
  • NAS Gido Sanayi Ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi (Turkey)
  • RLA Distribution Services Ltd (United States)
  • SAS Khassani (France)
  • UK Frozen Food Ltd (United Kingdom)

Searchable List of Ice Cream Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2017 Ice Cream Exports% World Total
1.FranceUS$487 million13.3%
2.Germany$449.6 million12.3%
3.Belgium$403.7 million11.1%
4.Netherlands$288 million7.9%
5.Italy$260 million7.1%
6.United States$211.1 million5.8%
7.United Kingdom$140.3 million3.8%
8.Spain$137.4 million3.8%
9.Hungary$126.4 million3.5%
10.Poland$104.6 million2.9%
11.Thailand$73.3 million2%
12.United Arab Emirates$59.2 million1.6%
13.Sweden$55.6 million1.5%
14.Russia$48.7 million1.3%
15.China$47 million1.3%
16.Czech Republic$46.4 million1.3%
17.South Korea$46.2 million1.3%
18.Slovenia$44.3 million1.2%
19.Portugal$40.4 million1.1%
20.Lithuania$38.4 million1.1%
21.Greece$38.1 million1%
22.Turkey$32.8 million0.9%
23.Indonesia$31.7 million0.9%
24.Japan$29.1 million0.8%
25.New Zealand$27.6 million0.8%
26.Switzerland$26.2 million0.7%
27.Australia$24 million0.7%
28.South Africa$23.5 million0.6%
29.Serbia$23.2 million0.6%
30.Ireland$19.9 million0.5%
31.Guatemala$18.4 million0.5%
32.Croatia$17.6 million0.5%
33.Malaysia$16.3 million0.4%
34.Kuwait$15.3 million0.4%
35.Denmark$13 million0.4%
36.Costa Rica$12.7 million0.3%
37.Belarus$12.3 million0.3%
38.Canada$11.6 million0.3%
39.Ukraine$10.7 million0.3%
40.Taiwan$8.3 million0.2%
41.Latvia$8 million0.2%
42.Bulgaria$7.8 million0.2%
43.Estonia$7.6 million0.2%
44.Philippines$7 million0.2%
45.Argentina$6.7 million0.2%
46.Macedonia$6.3 million0.2%
47.Moldova$6.1 million0.2%
48.Hong Kong$6.1 million0.2%
49.El Salvador$6 million0.2%
50.Finland$5.2 million0.1%
51.Austria$4.6 million0.1%
52.India$4.4 million0.1%
53.Singapore$4.2 million0.1%
54.Romania$3.3 million0.1%
55.Israel$3.1 million0.1%
56.Kyrgyzstan$3 million0.1%
57.Jordan$2.9 million0.1%
58.Oman$2.7 million0.1%
59.Luxembourg$2.6 million0.1%
60.Egypt$2.6 million0.1%
61.Kenya$2.5 million0.1%
62.Saudi Arabia$2.4 million0.1%
63.Mexico$2 million0.1%
64.Bahrain$1.9 million0.1%
65.Qatar$1.8 million0.1%
66.Togo$1.8 million0.05%
67.Chile$1.6 million0.04%
68.Kazakhstan$1.5 million0.04%
69.Dominican Republic$1.4 million0.04%
70.Slovakia$1.3 million0.04%
71.Suriname$1.3 million0.04%
72.Sri Lanka$1.3 million0.04%
73.Nicaragua$1.2 million0.03%
74.Trinidad/Tobago$1.2 million0.03%
93.Brunei Darussalam$45,0000.001%
96.Sierra Leone$30,0000.001%

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