Onions Exports by Country

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Onions are among the most versatile akaline vegetables used in time-tested recipes ranging from egg omelettes, salad toppings to onion juice. Chief editor at HealthAmbition.com, Helen Sanders describes the powerful benefits of onion juice including improved circulation, antioxidants and even blood sugar regulation.

So it should come as no surprise that global sales from onions exports by country totaled an impressive US$3.1 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of onions exports were up by an average 20.8% for all exporting countries since 2012 when onions shipments were valued at $2.6 billion. Year over year, the value of global onions exports retreated by -3.1% from 2015 to 2016.

Among continents, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported onions during 2016 with shipments valued at $961.1 million or almost a third (30.9%) of the global total.

In second place were European Union exporters at 30.3% while 22.4% of worldwide onions shipments originated from North America. Smaller percentages came from Africa (8.4%), Latin America excluding Mexico (3.7%) and Oceania (mostly New Zealand and Australia) at 3.3%.

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 2016:

  1. Netherlands: US$492.8 million (15.8% of total onions exports)
  2. China: $456.7 million (14.7%)
  3. Mexico: $419.7 million (13.5%)
  4. India: $382.4 million (12.3%)
  5. United States: $229.4 million (7.4%)
  6. Egypt: $197.8 million (6.4%)
  7. Spain: $152.7 million (4.9%)
  8. France: $91.6 million (2.9%)
  9. New Zealand: $81.7 million (2.6%)
  10. Peru: $70 million (2.3%)
  11. Germany: $43.6 million (1.4%)
  12. Italy: $42.7 million (1.4%)
  13. Canada: $41.6 million (1.3%)
  14. Poland: $40.7 million (1.3%)
  15. Belgium: $33.3 million (1.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 89.3% of global onions exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing onions exporters since 2012 were: Canada (up 87.7%), Belgium (up 77.9%), China (up 55.8%) and Spain (up 54.8%).

Only one of these countries posted a decline in their exported onions sales, namely Italy via its -11.9% drop.

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for onions during 2016. 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$452.7 million (net export surplus up 54.4% since 2012)
  2. Netherlands: $429.5 million (up 25.5%)
  3. Mexico: $393.4 million (up 34.5%)
  4. India: $382.4 million (up 29.8%)
  5. Egypt: $197.5 million (up 25.6%)
  6. Spain: $118.2 million (up 52.4%)
  7. New Zealand: $81.1 million (up 53.1%)
  8. Peru: $70 million (up 28.7%)
  9. South Africa: $30.7 million (up 26.4%)
  10. Poland: $26.3 million (down -0.4%)
  11. Australia: $17.8 million (down -16.6%)
  12. Sudan: $15.6 million (up 389,200%)
  13. Argentina: $14.9 million (down -71.1%)
  14. Turkey: $12.5 million (down -39.5%)
  15. Niger: $10.6 million (down -78.3%)

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 2016. 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$236.4 million (net export deficit down -8,349% since 2012)
  2. United States: -$226.7 million (up 243.5%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$207.4 million (up 28.9%)
  4. Saudi Arabia: -$149.6 million (up 36.7%)
  5. Malaysia: -$144 million (up 14%)
  6. Japan: -$133.3 million (down -27.3%)
  7. Germany: -$117.5 million (up 9%)
  8. Canada: -$111.1 million (up 7.3%)
  9. United Arab Emirates: -$63.4 million (up 16.1%)
  10. Bangladesh: -$58.1 million (up 319.6%)
  11. Sri Lanka: -$55.6 million (up 71.7%)
  12. Brazil: -$55.1 million (down -8.1%)
  13. Belgium: -$52 million (up 5%)
  14. Russia: -$48 million (down -55.2%)
  15. Indonesia: -$46.4 million (down -20.5%)

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 powerful consumer 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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RankExporter2016 Onions Exports% World Total
1.NetherlandsUS$492.8 million15.8%
2.China$456.7 million14.7%
3.Mexico$419.7 million13.5%
4.India$382.4 million12.3%
5.United States$229.4 million7.4%
6.Egypt$197.8 million6.4%
7.Spain$152.7 million4.9%
8.France$91.6 million2.9%
9.New Zealand$81.7 million2.6%
10.Peru$70 million2.3%
11.Germany$43.6 million1.4%
12.Italy$42.7 million1.4%
13.Canada$41.6 million1.3%
14.Poland$40.7 million1.3%
15.Belgium$33.3 million1.1%
16.South Africa$32.8 million1.1%
17.Malaysia$22.4 million0.7%
18.Australia$21.3 million0.7%
19.Argentina$19.4 million0.6%
20.Austria$17.4 million0.6%
21.Sudan$15.7 million0.5%
22.Turkey$12.5 million0.4%
23.Chile$12.3 million0.4%
24.Niger$10.6 million0.3%
25.Tajikistan$10.2 million0.3%
26.Morocco$9 million0.3%
27.United Arab Emirates$8.7 million0.3%
28.Japan$8.3 million0.3%
29.Pakistan$8.3 million0.3%
30.Russia$8.2 million0.3%
31.Guatemala$5.9 million0.2%
32.Myanmar (Burma)$5.8 million0.2%
33.Thailand$5.8 million0.2%
34.United Kingdom$5.5 million0.2%
35.Singapore$5.5 million0.2%
36.Denmark$5 million0.2%
37.Czech Republic$5 million0.2%
38.Brazil$5 million0.2%
39.South Korea$4.8 million0.2%
40.Kazakhstan$4.3 million0.1%
41.Senegal$4.3 million0.1%
42.Iran$3.8 million0.1%
43.Serbia$3.7 million0.1%
44.Uzbekistan$3.6 million0.1%
45.Yemen$3.6 million0.1%
46.Vietnam$3.4 million0.1%
47.Syria$2.8 million0.1%
48.Ethiopia$2.7 million0.1%
49.Slovakia$2.6 million0.1%
50.Kuwait$2.3 million0.1%
51.Hungary$2 million0.1%
52.Colombia$2 million0.1%
53.Ukraine$2 million0.1%
54.Macedonia$1.8 million0.1%
55.Lithuania$1.7 million0.1%
56.Namibia$1.6 million0.1%
57.Portugal$1.6 million0.05%
58.Lebanon$1.4 million0.04%
59.Slovenia$1.3 million0.04%
60.Kenya$1.2 million0.04%
61.Ireland$972,0000.03%
62.Oman$933,0000.03%
63.Greece$793,0000.03%
64.Tanzania$760,0000.02%
65.Sweden$731,0000.02%
66.Latvia$727,0000.02%
67.Azerbaijan$681,0000.02%
68.Burkina Faso$615,0000.02%
69.Netherlands Antilles$556,0000.02%
70.Philippines$527,0000.02%
71.Belarus$527,0000.02%
72.Madagascar$499,0000.02%
73.Palestine$445,0000.01%
74.Jordan$433,0000.01%
75.Kyrgyzstan$425,0000.01%
76.Indonesia$410,0000.01%
77.Israel$341,0000.01%
78.Albania$324,0000.01%
79.Hong Kong$322,0000.01%
80.Croatia$306,0000.01%
81.Bulgaria$297,0000.01%
82.Luxembourg$262,0000.01%
83.Georgia$189,0000.01%
84.Ecuador$186,0000.01%
85.Brunei Darussalam$185,0000.01%
86.Uruguay$156,0000.01%
87.Jamaica$155,0000.005%
88.Taiwan$145,0000.005%
89.Moldova$133,0000.004%
90.Laos$100,0000.003%
91.Uganda$90,0000.003%
92.Côte d'Ivoire$89,0000.003%
93.Honduras$83,0000.003%
94.Armenia$69,0000.002%
95.Estonia$67,0000.002%
96.Bosnia/Herzegovina$63,0000.002%
97.Romania$63,0000.002%
98.Sri Lanka$56,0000.002%
99.Turkmenistan$36,0000.001%
100.Saudi Arabia$35,0000.001%
101.Costa Rica$32,0000.001%
102.Afghanistan$32,0000.001%
103.Liberia$23,0000.001%
104.Rwanda$22,0000.001%
105.Bangladesh$22,0000.001%
106.Switzerland$21,0000.001%
107.Tonga$18,0000.001%
108.Nigeria$14,0000.0005%
109.Algeria$13,0000.0004%
110.Western Sahara$12,0000.0004%
111.Trinidad/Tobago$11,0000.0004%
112.Saint Kitts/Nevis$11,0000.0004%
113.Nicaragua$10,0000.0003%
114.Suriname$9,0000.0003%
115.Iceland$9,0000.0003%
116.Montenegro$8,0000.0003%
117.Norway$6,0000.0002%
118.Ghana$5,0000.0002%
119.Cambodia$5,0000.0002%
120.Burundi$4,0000.0001%
121.Finland$4,0000.0001%
122.Tunisia$4,0000.0001%
123.El Salvador$3,0000.0001%
124.Dominican Republic$2,0000.0001%
125.Cameroon$2,0000.0001%
126.Cyprus$2,0000.0001%
127.Botswana$2,0000.0001%
128.Swaziland$2,0000.0001%
129.Mozambique$2,0000.0001%
130.Mali$1,0000.00003%
131.Qatar$1,0000.00003%











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