Global sales from potatoes exports by country amounted to US$4.85 billion during 2019 for spuds in their raw form. In addition, the value of shipments for prepared or preserved potatoes including frozen French fries represents another $12.8 billion in international sales.
Overall, the value of exported raw potatoes expanded in value by an average 34.3% for all exporting countries since 2015 when raw potatoes shipments were valued at $3.61 billion. Total prepared or preserved potatoes shipments including frozen French fries appreciated by 62.6% over the same 5-year period.
The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for raw potatoes is 0701. The 6-digit prefix for frozen prepared or preserved potatoes including French fries is 200410 while 200520 is the 6-digit prefix for unfrozen potatoes prepared or preserved with vinegar or acetic acid.
Potatoes Exports by Country: Raw
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of unprocessed raw potatoes shipped during 2019.
- Netherlands: US$1 billion (21.2% of total exported raw potatoes)
- France: $815.8 million (16.8%)
- Germany: $436.2 million (9%)
- China: $398.1 million (8.2%)
- Egypt: $259.6 million (5.4%)
- United States: $255.5 million (5.3%)
- Belgium: $234.2 million (4.8%)
- Canada: $228.8 million (4.7%)
- United Kingdom: $182.2 million (3.8%)
- Spain: $175.5 million (3.6%)
- India: $72.2 million (1.5%)
- Italy: $70.5 million (1.5%)
- Denmark: $68.5 million (1.4%)
- Cyprus: $54.1 million (1.1%)
- Israel: $50.9 million (1%)
The above countries produced 89.3% of raw potatoes exported during 2019.
Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of raw potatoes since 2015 were: France (up 74.9%), China (up 74.7%), Spain (up 66.9%) and Netherlands (up 64.8%).
The lone top exporters to experience a reduction in their exported raw potatoes sales over the 5-year period was Israel, via its -39.1% drop.
Potatoes Exports by Country: Prepared or Preserved
Frozen prepared or preserved potatoes including French fries amounted to $12.8 billion in export sales for 2019 (thus equaling 80.8% of the overall prepared or preserved total), while international shipments of unfrozen prepared or preserved potatoes were worth another $2.5 billion (representing 19.2%).
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of prepared or preserved potatoes during 2019, including both frozen and unfrozen goods.
- Belgium: US$2.57 billion (24.8% of frozen prepared/preserved potato exports)
- Netherlands: $2.27 billion (21.9%)
- United States: $1.5 billion (14.7%)
- Canada: $1.2 billion (11.3%)
- France: $495.4 million (4.8%)
- Germany: $470 million (4.5%)
- Argentina: $218.9 million (2.1%)
- Poland: $312.2 million (3%)
- New Zealand: $69.7 million (0.7%)
- United Kingdom: $266.5 million (2.6%)
- Austria: $63.1 million (0.6%)
- Turkey: $52.7 million (0.5%)
- Egypt: $31.1 million (0.3%)
- India: $29.6 million (0.3%)
- China: $31.9 million (0.3%)
The 15 countries listed above shipped 92.4% of all prepared or preserved spuds in 2019, regardless if frozen or unfrozen.
Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of frozen prepared or preserved potatoes since 2015 were: Turkey (up 526.2%), India (up 228%), Poland (up 61.2%) and Belgium (up 60%).
Two top suppliers endured declines in their international sales of those types of exported potatoes, namely Egypt (down -53.1%) and China (down -14.4%).
See also Potatoes Imports by Country, Asparagus Exports by Country, Top Sweet Pepper and Chili Pepper Exports and Top Cucumbers Exporting Countries
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