Onions Exports by Country

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Global sales from onions exports by country totaled US$3.1 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of onions exports dropped by an average -11.7% for all exporting countries since 2013 when international sales of onions were valued at $3.5 billion. Year over year, the value of globally exported onions retreated by -2.7% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported onions during 2017 with shipments valued at $1 billion or a third (33.3%) of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 30.8% while 20.8% of worldwide shipments originated from North America.

Smaller percentages came from Africa at 8.6%, Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean at 3.1% and Oceania–mostly New Zealand and Australia–also at 3.1%.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code is 070310 for onions and shallots. A shallot is a small bulb that resembles an onion. Shallots are used to make pickles or as an onion substitute.

Onions Exports by Country

Countries

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

  1. Netherlands: US$545.6 million (17.5% of total onions exports)
  2. China: $507.2 million (16.3%)
  3. Mexico: $386.7 million (12.4%)
  4. India: $359.6 million (11.5%)
  5. United States: $218.8 million (7%)
  6. Egypt: $206.5 million (6.6%)
  7. Spain: $130.4 million (4.2%)
  8. New Zealand: $80.7 million (2.6%)
  9. France: $76.2 million (2.4%)
  10. Peru: $68.6 million (2.2%)
  11. Italy: $44.3 million (1.4%)
  12. Canada: $42.2 million (1.4%)
  13. Turkey: $40.6 million (1.3%)
  14. Poland: $40.5 million (1.3%)
  15. Germany: $39.1 million (1.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 89.4% of global onions exports in 2017 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing onions exporters since 2013 were: Turkey (up 49.1%), China (up 36.5%), Canada (up 34.2%) and Peru (up 9.1%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported onions sales were led by: India (down -40.2%), France (down -24.5%), Germany (down -21.6%), United States (down -15.2%) and Poland (down -11.2%).

Advantages

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

  1. China: US$506.1 million (net export surplus up 36.3% since 2013)
  2. Netherlands: $436.9 million (down -2.6%)
  3. India: $357.7 million (down -39.9%)
  4. Mexico: $338.7 million (up 4.4%)
  5. Egypt: $205.3 million (up 1.4%)
  6. Spain: $106.7 million (down -9.2%)
  7. New Zealand: $80.2 million (up 6.6%)
  8. Peru: $68.6 million (up 9.1%)
  9. Turkey: $40.6 million (up 50%)
  10. Poland: $30.8 million (up 7.9%)
  11. South Africa: $25.4 million (up 4.3%)
  12. Italy: $21.4 million (reversing a -$191,000 deficit)
  13. Sudan: $11.8 million (up 66.7%)
  14. Australia: $11.1 million (down -53.2%)
  15. Azerbaijan: $10.7 million (up 1,786%)

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

Opportunities

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

  1. Vietnam: -US$246 million (net export deficit, reversing a $380,000 surplus in 2013)
  2. United States: -$217.1 million (up 104.4%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$167.1 million (down -31.8%)
  4. Malaysia: -$157.7 million (down -13%)
  5. Saudi Arabia: -$137.9 million (up 36.8%)
  6. Japan: -$131.6 million (down -23.3%)
  7. Russia: -$128.5 million (up 3.1%)
  8. Germany: -$106.3 million (down -25.6%)
  9. Canada: -$95 million (down -21.3%)
  10. Sri Lanka: -$87.8 million (up 7.6%)
  11. United Arab Emirates: -$81 million (down -13%)
  12. Bangladesh: -$76.2 million (up 342.5%)
  13. Indonesia: -$61.7 million (down -5.1%)
  14. Belgium: -$48.4 million (down -22.5%)
  15. South Korea: -$47.6 million (up 40.4%)

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

Companies

Onions Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following companies are examples of onions-trading exporters. Home-country location is shown within parentheses:

  • Aalia Gmbh (Germany)
  • Agricola Dece SL (Spain)
  • BHK Krakow Joint Venture Sp ZOO (Poland)
  • Camill Alimentos S/A (United States)
  • JDGC (France)
  • Jinxiang Luteng Trading Co, Ltd (China)
  • Naqshbandi Enterprise (Pakistan)
  • Silas Export (Netherlands)
  • SMA Trading (Egypt)
  • Sri Parvathi Exports (India)

Searchable List of Onions Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2017 Exported Onions% World Total
1.NetherlandsUS$545.6 million17.5%
2.China$507.2 million16.3%
3.Mexico$386.7 million12.4%
4.India$359.6 million11.5%
5.United States$218.8 million7%
6.Egypt$206.5 million6.6%
7.Spain$130.4 million4.2%
8.New Zealand$80.7 million2.6%
9.France$76.2 million2.4%
10.Peru$68.6 million2.2%
11.Italy$44.3 million1.4%
12.Canada$42.2 million1.4%
13.Turkey$40.6 million1.3%
14.Poland$40.5 million1.3%
15.Germany$39.1 million1.3%
16.Belgium$31.7 million1%
17.South Africa$27.8 million0.9%
18.Malaysia$15.2 million0.5%
19.Australia$14.8 million0.5%
20.Afghanistan$12.8 million0.4%
21.Sudan$12 million0.4%
22.Pakistan$11.9 million0.4%
23.Austria$11.1 million0.4%
24.Azerbaijan$10.8 million0.3%
25.Yemen$10.4 million0.3%
26.Chile$9.6 million0.3%
27.Indonesia$9.1 million0.3%
28.Tajikistan$8.5 million0.3%
29.Thailand$8.4 million0.3%
30.Kyrgyzstan$8.3 million0.3%
31.Morocco$7.6 million0.2%
32.Tanzania$7.1 million0.2%
33.Senegal$6.8 million0.2%
34.Kazakhstan$6.3 million0.2%
35.Argentina$6.3 million0.2%
36.Kenya$6.2 million0.2%
37.Guatemala$5.2 million0.2%
38.United Kingdom$5.2 million0.2%
39.Uzbekistan$5.1 million0.2%
40.Iran$4.2 million0.1%
41.Singapore$4.1 million0.1%
42.Czech Republic$4.1 million0.1%
43.Japan$3.9 million0.1%
44.United Arab Emirates$3.9 million0.1%
45.Russia$3.6 million0.1%
46.Serbia$3.1 million0.1%
47.Ukraine$2.9 million0.1%
48.Ethiopia$2.9 million0.1%
49.Denmark$2.8 million0.1%
50.Slovakia$2.8 million0.1%
51.Colombia$2.6 million0.1%
52.Hungary$2.5 million0.1%
53.Brazil$2.3 million0.1%
54.Lithuania$1.8 million0.1%
55.Namibia$1.8 million0.1%
56.Portugal$1.7 million0.1%
57.Slovenia$1.5 million0.05%
58.Ireland$1.5 million0.05%
59.Syria$1.5 million0.05%
60.Macedonia$1.2 million0.04%
61.Lebanon$1 million0.03%
62.Myanmar (Burma)$927,0000.03%
63.Vietnam$849,0000.03%
64.Latvia$784,0000.03%
65.Moldova$726,0000.02%
66.Belarus$687,0000.02%
67.Sweden$665,0000.02%
68.Greece$643,0000.02%
69.Algeria$600,0000.02%
70.Philippines$576,0000.02%
71.Honduras$566,0000.02%
72.Madagascar$527,0000.02%
73.Nigeria$438,0000.01%
74.Hong Kong$426,0000.01%
75.Bulgaria$416,0000.01%
76.Kuwait$353,0000.01%
77.Benin$343,0000.01%
78.South Korea$333,0000.01%
79.Luxembourg$306,0000.01%
80.Ecuador$271,0000.01%
81.Jordan$253,0000.01%
82.Nicaragua$226,0000.01%
83.Uganda$200,0000.01%
84.Jamaica$175,0000.01%
85.Georgia$172,0000.01%
86.Zambia$164,0000.01%
87.Croatia$162,0000.01%
88.Albania$158,0000.01%
89.Taiwan$151,0000.005%
90.Oman$146,0000.005%
91.Saudi Arabia$130,0000.004%
92.Romania$112,0000.004%
93.Estonia$106,0000.003%
94.Sri Lanka$97,0000.003%
95.Palestine$96,0000.003%
96.Tunisia$50,0000.002%
97.Cameroon$46,0000.001%
98.Norway$37,0000.001%
99.Costa Rica$33,0000.001%
100.Finland$33,0000.001%
101.Bosnia/Herzegovina$28,0000.001%
102.Switzerland$27,0000.001%
103.Côte d'Ivoire$19,0000.001%
104.Laos$16,0000.001%
105.Iraq$14,0000.0004%
106.Ghana$11,0000.0004%
107.Cambodia$11,0000.0004%
108.Dominican Rep$8,0000.0003%
109.Iceland$7,0000.0002%
110.Uruguay$7,0000.0002%
111.Bangladesh$5,0000.0002%
112.El Salvador$4,0000.0001%
113.Nepal$4,0000.0001%
114.Suriname$4,0000.0001%
115.South Sudan$3,0000.0001%
116.Anguilla$2,0000.0001%
117.Mali$2,0000.0001%
118.Antigua/Barbuda$2,0000.0001%
119.Cyprus$2,0000.0001%
120.Congo$2,0000.0001%
121.Burkina Faso$2,0000.0001%
122.Turkmenistan$1,0000.00003%
123.Curaçao$1,0000.00003%
124.Mozambique$1,0000.00003%
125.Rwanda$1,0000.00003%
126.Togo$1,0000.00003%











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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, Onion. Accessed on June 4, 2018

Alibaba, supplier information for onions. Accessed on June 4, 2018