Lemons and Limes Exporters by Country

Lemons and lemon juice

Lemon juice

Global sales from exported lemons and limes by country totaled US$3.6 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of lemons and limes exports rose by an average 24.1% for all exporting countries since 2014 when shipments were valued at $2.9 billion. From 2017 to 2018, the value for these specific exported commodities increased by 3.1%.

Among continents, Europe sold the highest dollar worth of exported lemons and limes during 2018 with shipments valued at $1.5 billion or 42.6% of the global total. In second place were North American exporters at 20.9% while 14.4% of worldwide lemons and limes shipments originated from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean. This compares to 13.4% for Asia. Smaller percentages came from Africa (8.4%) and Oceania (0.3%) led by Australia and New Zealand.

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 2018.

  1. Spain: US$833 million (23.1% of total lemons/limes exports)
  2. Mexico: $552.1 million (15.3%)
  3. Netherlands: $421.1 million (11.7%)
  4. Turkey: $329.7 million (9.1%)
  5. South Africa: $269.5 million (7.5%)
  6. Argentina: $262.2 million (7.3%)
  7. United States: $202.4 million (5.6%)
  8. Chile: $104.8 million (2.9%)
  9. China: $95.3 million (2.6%)
  10. Brazil: $89.5 million (2.5%)
  11. Italy: $87.1 million (2.4%)
  12. Germany: $35.5 million (1%)
  13. France: $35.3 million (1%)
  14. Egypt: $29.9 million (0.8%)
  15. Portugal: $28.9 million (0.8%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 93.4% of all exported lemons and limes in 2018.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing lemons/limes exporters since 2014 were: China (up 870.6%), Portugal (up 180.8%), Egypt (up 132.6%) and Argentina (up 57.9%).

Three countries posted declines in their exported lemons/limes sales namely: United States (down -19.1%), Brazil (down -6.9%) and Germany (down -3.7%).

Advantages

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

  1. Spain: US$687.8 million (net export surplus up 2% since 2014)
  2. Mexico: $547.7 million (up 57.5%)
  3. Turkey: $327.4 million (up 16.7%)
  4. South Africa: $268.6 million (up 18%)
  5. Argentina: $261.5 million (up 57.6%)
  6. Chile: $92.3 million (up 63.4%)
  7. Brazil: $85.9 million (down -7.5%)
  8. China: $73.9 million (reversing a -$50.9 million deficit)
  9. Netherlands: $45.5 million (up 208.4%)
  10. Egypt: $29.7 million (up 131.9%)
  11. Colombia: $24 million (up 174.8%)
  12. Uruguay: $13.6 million (down -30%)
  13. Peru: $9.4 million (up 115.8%)
  14. Guatemala: $8.5 million (up 99%)
  15. India: $6.7 million (down -33%)

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 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 import purchases of lemons and limes versus its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$449.1 million (net export deficit up 211% since 2014)
  2. Germany: -$332 million (up 49.2%)
  3. France: -$234.1 million (up 25.8%)
  4. Russia: -$189.2 million (down -9.9%)
  5. United Kingdom: -$188.6 million (up 22%)
  6. Poland: -$157.6 million (up 33.4%)
  7. Canada: -$136.2 million (up 16.7%)
  8. Japan: -$117.8 million (up 14.6%)
  9. Italy: -$89.5 million (up 10.9%)
  10. Romania: -$66.3 million (up 53.8%)
  11. Saudi Arabia: -$64.4 million (up 3.6%)
  12. Switzerland: -$55 million (up 44.2%)
  13. Austria: -$54.5 million (up 54.7%)
  14. Belgium: -$51.5 million (up 53.7%)
  15. United Arab Emirates: -$50.5 million (down -40.1%)

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 in 2018

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RankExporterLemons/Limes Exports (US$)%World Total
1.Spain$833 million23.1%
2.Mexico$552.1 million15.3%
3.Netherlands$421.1 million11.7%
4.Turkey$329.7 million9.1%
5.South Africa$269.5 million7.5%
6.Argentina$262.2 million7.3%
7.United States$202.4 million5.6%
8.Chile$104.8 million2.9%
9.China$95.3 million2.6%
10.Brazil$89.5 million2.5%
11.Italy$87.1 million2.4%
12.Germany$35.5 million1%
13.France$35.3 million1%
14.Egypt$29.9 million0.8%
15.Portugal$28.9 million0.8%
16.Colombia$24.3 million0.7%
17.Vietnam$19.8 million0.5%
18.Bulgaria$17.5 million0.5%
19.Uruguay$14.6 million0.4%
20.Hong Kong$14.5 million0.4%
21.Austria$11.5 million0.3%
22.Belgium$10.6 million0.3%
23.Greece$9.6 million0.3%
24.Peru$9.4 million0.3%
25.Guatemala$8.6 million0.2%
26.Denmark$8 million0.2%
27.Slovenia$7.4 million0.2%
28.United Kingdom$7.3 million0.2%
29.India$6.7 million0.2%
30.Czech Republic$6.6 million0.2%
31.Australia$5.8 million0.2%
32.New Zealand$5.3 million0.1%
33.Morocco$4 million0.1%
34.Honduras$3 million0.1%
35.Uzbekistan$2.9 million0.1%
36.Taiwan$2.9 million0.08%
37.Israel$2.7 million0.07%
38.Latvia$2.6 million0.07%
39.Lithuania$2.5 million0.07%
40.Singapore$2.3 million0.06%
41.Dominican Republic$2.2 million0.06%
42.Poland$2.2 million0.06%
43.Russia$1.8 million0.05%
44.Ireland$1.7 million0.05%
45.Malaysia$1.6 million0.04%
46.Slovakia$1.6 million0.04%
47.Romania$1.3 million0.04%
48.Hungary$1.3 million0.04%
49.Jordan$1.2 million0.03%
50.Palestine$1.1 million0.03%
51.Sweden$1 million0.03%
52.El Salvador$733,0000.02%
53.Croatia$679,0000.02%
54.Indonesia$648,0000.02%
55.Eswatini$591,0000.02%
56.Lebanon$569,0000.02%
57.Cyprus$487,0000.01%
58.Luxembourg$463,0000.01%
59.Ukraine$423,0000.01%
60.Guyana$367,0000.01%
61.Uganda$361,0000.01%
62.Tunisia$305,0000.01%
63.Georgia$303,0000.01%
64.Ecuador$301,0000.01%
65.Thailand$268,0000.01%
66.Bolivia$258,0000.01%
67.Belarus$247,0000.01%
68.Iran$234,0000.01%
69.Serbia$224,0000.01%
70.Somalia$209,0000.01%
71.Bangladesh$191,0000.01%
72.United Arab Emirates$174,0000.005%
73.Pakistan$167,0000.005%
74.Venezuela$166,0000.005%
75.Switzerland$128,0000.004%
76.Sri Lanka$100,0000.003%
77.Albania$99,0000.003%
78.New Caledonia$98,0000.003%
79.Vanuatu$93,0000.003%
80.Guam$93,0000.003%
81.Montenegro$89,0000.002%
82.Kenya$79,0000.002%
83.Yemen$71,0000.002%
84.Syrian Arab Republic$67,0000.002%
85.Zimbabwe$62,0000.002%
86.North Macedonia$58,0000.002%
87.Costa Rica$55,0000.002%
88.Ghana$43,0000.001%
89.Estonia$43,0000.001%
90.Norway$41,0000.001%
91.Finland$38,0000.001%
92.Saudi Arabia$36,0000.001%
93.Algeria$33,0000.001%
94.Nicaragua$23,0000.001%
95.Kazakhstan$20,0000.001%
96.Iraq$18,0000.0005%
97.French Polynesia$18,0000.0005%
98.Macao$18,0000.0005%
99.Burkina Faso$18,0000.0005%
100.Madagascar$17,0000.0005%
101.Senegal$14,0000.0004%
102.Canada$14,0000.0004%
103.Kyrgyzstan$11,0000.0003%
104.Sudan$10,0000.0003%
105.Cuba$10,0000.0003%
106.Angola$10,0000.0003%
107.Armenia$9,0000.0002%
108.Tajikistan$8,0000.0002%
109.Afghanistan$7,0000.0002%
110.Haiti$6,0000.0002%
111.Ivory Coast$4,0000.0001%
112.Tokelau$4,0000.0001%
113.Mozambique$3,0000.0001%
114.Mauritius$2,0000.0001%
115.Jamaica$2,0000.0001%
116.Iceland$2,0000.0001%
117.Azerbaijan$2,0000.0001%
118.Myanmar (Burma)$1,0000.00003%
119.Belize$1,0000.00003%
120.Mali$1,0000.00003%
121.Philippines$1,0000.00003%
122.Togo$1,0000.00003%
123.Saint Lucia$1,0000.00003%


See also Apples Exports by Country, Oranges Exports by Country and Kiwifruits Exports by Country

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

Forbes Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 31, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 31, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 31, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 31, 2019

Wikipedia, Citrus production. Accessed on June 4, 2018