Lemons and Limes Exporters by Country

Lemons and lemon juice

Lemon juice

Global sales from exported lemons and limes by country totaled US$3.4 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of lemons and limes exports rose by an average 36.7% for all exporting countries since 2013 when shipments were valued at $2.5 billion. From 2016 to 2017, the value of exports for these commodities fell by -3.3%.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported lemons and limes during 2017 with shipments valued at $1.4 billion or 41.4% of the global total. In second place were North American exporters at 21.3% while 14.5% of worldwide lemons and limes shipments originated from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean.

Smaller percentages came from Asia (12.8%), Africa (9.7%) as well as Australia and other Oceanian nations (0.3%).

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 080550 for fresh or dried lemons and limes. Specifically excluded are plastic containers of concentrated lemon or lime juice shaped to resemble the citrus fruit.

Lemons and Limes Exporters by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of lemons and limes during 2017:

  1. Spain: US$832.3 million (24.4% of exported lemons/limes)
  2. Mexico: $512.5 million (15%)
  3. Netherlands: $337.4 million (9.9%)
  4. Turkey: $293.1 million (8.6%)
  5. South Africa: $292.2 million (8.6%)
  6. Argentina: $249 million (7.3%)
  7. United States: $214.2 million (6.3%)
  8. Chile: $114.1 million (3.3%)
  9. Brazil: $82.1 million (2.4%)
  10. Italy: $72.4 million (2.1%)
  11. China: $54.8 million (1.6%)
  12. Germany: $33.2 million (1%)
  13. France: $29.6 million (0.9%)
  14. Egypt: $28.9 million (0.8%)
  15. Hong Kong: $28.1 million (0.8%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 93.1% of all exported lemons and limes by value in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing lemons/limes exporters since 2013 were: Hong Kong (up 233.9%), Chile (up 156%), South Africa (up 125.6%) and China (up 111.4%).

Two top exporters posted declines in their exported lemons/limes sales namely Germany (down -6.2%) and Turkey (down -2.1%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for lemons and limes 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 lemons and limes versus its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Spain: US$759.4 million (net export surplus up 38.9% since 2013)
  2. Mexico: $509.3 million (up 85.6%)
  3. South Africa: $291.2 million (up 125.5%)
  4. Turkey: $291.2 million (down -2.1%)
  5. Argentina: $246 million (up 5.5%)
  6. Chile: $102 million (up 171.1%)
  7. Brazil: $79 million (up 11.2%)
  8. Netherlands: $44.9 million (up 935.6%)
  9. Egypt: $28.9 million (up 76.6%)
  10. China: $23.7 million (up 109.2%)
  11. Colombia: $12.9 million (up 593.9%)
  12. Uruguay: $12.2 million (up 19.9%)
  13. Morocco: $6.6 million (down -45.0%)
  14. Peru: $6.6 million (up 115%)
  15. India: $6.6 million (down -29.4%)

Spain has the highest surplus in the international trade of lemons and limes. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Spain’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for lemons and limes 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 import purchases of lemons and limes versus its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$336.3 million (net export deficit up 299.9% since 2013)
  2. Germany: -$273.2 million (up 26%)
  3. France: -$227 million (up 33.7%)
  4. Russia: -$199.2 million (down -12%)
  5. United Kingdom: -$177.9 million (up 26.7%)
  6. Canada: -$132.7 million (up 45%)
  7. Poland: -$122.2 million (up 19.2%)
  8. Japan: -$116.5 million (up 30.8%)
  9. Italy: -$81.3 million (up 17.7%)
  10. Saudi Arabia: -$68.7 million (up 54.2%)
  11. Romania: -$64.6 million (up 90.8%)
  12. United Arab Emirates: -$63.4 million (down -7.1%)
  13. Switzerland: -$48.1 million (up 41.4%)
  14. Belgium: -$45.1 million (up 42.9%)
  15. Austria: -$44.6 million (up 33.4%)

The United States of America incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of lemons and limes. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights America’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for suppliers of lemons and limes that help satisfy the powerful American consumer demand for these citrus fruits.

Companies

Lemons/Limes Export Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers sell lemons and limes internationally. The home-country location for each business is shown within parentheses:

  • Alfafood GmbH (Germany)
  • Italian Food Traders (Italy)
  • Jining Eagle International Trade Co, Ltd (China)
  • Mexican Star Co (Mexico)
  • Molobela ML Trading (South Africa)
  • Novagen Genetica LtdA-EPP (Brazil)
  • Salix Fruits LLC (United States)
  • Serinmose SL (Spain)
  • Turkish Citron Lemon Interdonato Lamas (Turkey)
  • Valexotique (France)


 

Searchable List of Countries Exporting Lemons and Limes

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RankExporter2017 Exported Lemons/Limes% World Total
1.SpainUS$832.3 million24.4%
2.Mexico$512.5 million15%
3.Netherlands$337.4 million9.9%
4.Turkey$293.1 million8.6%
5.South Africa$292.2 million8.6%
6.Argentina$249 million7.3%
7.United States$214.2 million6.3%
8.Chile$114.1 million3.3%
9.Brazil$82.1 million2.4%
10.Italy$72.4 million2.1%
11.China$54.8 million1.6%
12.Germany$33.2 million1%
13.France$29.6 million0.9%
14.Egypt$28.9 million0.8%
15.Hong Kong$28.1 million0.8%
16.Belgium$22.5 million0.7%
17.Vietnam$20.7 million0.6%
18.Portugal$17.7 million0.5%
19.Uruguay$13.7 million0.4%
20.Colombia$13.1 million0.4%
21.Austria$10.1 million0.3%
22.Slovenia$8.7 million0.3%
23.Saudi Arabia$7.6 million0.2%
24.Morocco$6.7 million0.2%
25.Peru$6.7 million0.2%
26.India$6.6 million0.2%
27.Bulgaria$6.6 million0.2%
28.Czech Republic$6.1 million0.2%
29.Guatemala$6.1 million0.2%
30.United Kingdom$5.7 million0.2%
31.Greece$5.6 million0.2%
32.Australia$5.3 million0.2%
33.Dominican Rep$5.2 million0.2%
34.New Zealand$5.1 million0.1%
35.Uzbekistan$5.1 million0.1%
36.Denmark$4.6 million0.1%
37.Lithuania$4.5 million0.1%
38.Poland$3.9 million0.1%
39.United Arab Emirates$3.5 million0.1%
40.Singapore$3.3 million0.1%
41.Taiwan$2.2 million0.1%
42.Russia$2.2 million0.1%
43.Bolivia$2.1 million0.1%
44.Latvia$2.1 million0.1%
45.Honduras$1.6 million0.05%
46.Sweden$1.6 million0.05%
47.Malaysia$1.5 million0.04%
48.Jordan$1.3 million0.04%
49.Palestine$1.2 million0.04%
50.Cyprus$976,0000.03%
51.Somalia$938,0000.03%
52.Lebanon$886,0000.03%
53.Israel$803,0000.02%
54.Oman$679,0000.02%
55.Indonesia$660,0000.02%
56.Sri Lanka$647,0000.02%
57.Slovakia$591,0000.02%
58.Hungary$579,0000.02%
59.Uganda$552,0000.02%
60.Tunisia$544,0000.02%
61.Luxembourg$543,0000.02%
62.Thailand$539,0000.02%
63.Yemen$510,0000.01%
64.Ireland$477,0000.01%
65.Venezuela$460,0000.01%
66.Croatia$456,0000.01%
67.Ecuador$444,0000.01%
68.Kenya$418,0000.01%
69.El Salvador$396,0000.01%
70.Pakistan$310,0000.01%
71.Iran$293,0000.01%
72.Kuwait$279,0000.01%
73.Swaziland$277,0000.01%
74.Zimbabwe$264,0000.01%
75.Georgia$248,0000.01%
76.New Caledonia$238,0000.01%
77.Romania$237,0000.01%
78.Bangladesh$208,0000.01%
79.Syria$190,0000.01%
80.Ethiopia$164,0000.005%
81.Serbia$140,0000.004%
82.Ghana$117,0000.003%
83.Montenegro$97,0000.003%
84.Switzerland$81,0000.002%
85.Tanzania$73,0000.002%
86.Vanuatu$73,0000.002%
87.Guinea$70,0000.002%
88.Burkina Faso$68,0000.002%
89.Tajikistan$57,0000.002%
90.Sudan$46,0000.001%
91.Cuba$43,0000.001%
92.Finland$42,0000.001%
93.Guyana$36,0000.001%
94.Macedonia$34,0000.001%
95.South Korea$31,0000.001%
96.Guam$28,0000.001%
97.Estonia$27,0000.001%
98.Madagascar$24,0000.001%
99.Canada$18,0000.001%
100.Kazakhstan$15,0000.0004%
101.Côte d'Ivoire$13,0000.0004%
102.Afghanistan$13,0000.0004%
103.Ukraine$13,0000.0004%
104.French Polynesia$11,0000.0003%
105.Senegal$9,0000.0003%
106.Belarus$7,0000.0002%
107.Macao$6,0000.0002%
108.Dominica$5,0000.0001%
109.Japan$3,0000.0001%
110.Curaçao$3,0000.0001%
111.Panama$3,0000.0001%
112.Norway$3,0000.0001%
113.Maldives$2,0000.0001%
114.Iraq$2,0000.0001%
115.Laos$2,0000.0001%
116.Iceland$1,0000.00003%
117.Cameroon$1,0000.00003%
118.Algeria$1,0000.00003%
119.Mauritius$1,0000.00003%
120.Mozambique$1,0000.00003%
121.Philippines$1,0000.00003%
122.Togo$1,0000.00003%
123.Trinidad/Tobago$1,0000.00003%
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See also Apples Exports by Country, Oranges Exports by Country and Kiwifruits Exports by Country

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 4, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 4, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 4, 2018

Wikipedia, Citrus production. Accessed on June 4, 2018

Alibaba, Supplier showroom for lemons. Accessed on June 4, 2018