Sweet Cherries Exports by Country

Sweet Cherries Exports by Country

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Globally, sales from exported sweet cherries by country totaled US$3.1 billion in 2018.

The overall value of exported sweet cherries expanded by an average 61.9% for all exporting countries since 2014 when sweet cherries shipments were valued at $1.9 billion. Year over year, sweet cherries exports rose by 38.6% from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, Latin America (excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean) sold the highest dollar worth of exported sweet cherries during 2018 with shipments valued at $1.1 billion or 35.8% of the global total. In second place were Asian exporters at 32.2% while 18.7% of worldwide sweet cherries shipments originated from North America. Smaller percentages came from Europe (9.9%), Oceania (3.4%) from only New Zealand and Australia, and Africa (0.1%).

For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 080929 for fresh cherries excluding sour cherries.

Sweet Cherries Exports by Country


Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of sweet cherries during 2018.

  1. Chile: US$1.1 billion (35.3% of exported sweet cherries)
  2. Hong Kong: $647.8 million (21.2%)
  3. United States: $502.3 million (16.4%)
  4. Turkey: $161.7 million (5.3%)
  5. Uzbekistan: $127.8 million (4.2%)
  6. Spain: $73.5 million (2.4%)
  7. Canada: $69.7 million (2.3%)
  8. Australia: $61.2 million (2%)
  9. Austria: $54.6 million (1.8%)
  10. New Zealand: $44.1 million (1.4%)
  11. Azerbaijan: $38.4 million (1.3%)
  12. Italy: $35 million (1.1%)
  13. Greece: $31 million (1%)
  14. Netherlands: $28.4 million (0.9%)
  15. Germany: $15.8 million (0.5%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 97.1% of globally exported sweet cherries in 2018.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing sweet cherries exporters since 2014 were: Hong Kong (up 406.8%), Uzbekistan (up 192.9%), Azerbaijan (up 122.2%) and New Zealand (up 88.2%).

Three leading countries posted declines in their exported sweet cherries sales namely: Greece (down -26.4%), Spain (down -26%) and Austria (down -5.4%).


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

  1. Chile: US$1.1 billion (net export surplus up 81.8% since 2014)
  2. United States: $421.8 million (up 4.1%)
  3. Turkey: $161.7 million (up 11.5%)
  4. Uzbekistan: $127.8 million (up 192.9%)
  5. Spain: $66.9 million (down -26.9%)
  6. Australia: $46.4 million (up 82.5%)
  7. New Zealand: $43.7 million (up 91.8%)
  8. Azerbaijan: $38.3 million (up 122%)
  9. Greece: $30.9 million (down -24.6%)
  10. Argentina: $15.4 million (up 33.7%)
  11. Italy: $12.1 million (reversing a -$3.7 million deficit)
  12. Serbia: $8.8 million (up 43.4%)
  13. Moldova: $6.2 million (no 2014 data)
  14. Ukraine: $2.9 million (up 100.7%)
  15. Lebanon: $2.4 million (up 121.9%)

Overtaking the United States in 2018, Chile earned the highest surplus in the international trade of sweet cherries. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Chile’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.


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

  1. China: -US$1.3 billion (net export deficit up 145.4% since 2014)
  2. Hong Kong: -$187.4 million (down -11.1%)
  3. South Korea: -$163.1 million (up 30%)
  4. Germany: -$141.9 million (up 29.1%)
  5. Russia: -$116.8 million (up 24.4%)
  6. Taiwan: -$103 million (up 11.7%)
  7. Kazakhstan: -$102.2 million (up 111.9%)
  8. Canada: -$53 million (down -37.2%)
  9. United Kingdom: -$49.7 million (down -32.9%)
  10. Japan: -$34.9 million (down -33.5%)
  11. Vietnam: -$23.4 million (up 301.5%)
  12. France: -$17.6 million (up 195.7%)
  13. Thailand: -$16.2 million (up 117.4%)
  14. Belgium: -$16 million (up 15.4%)
  15. Belarus: -$13.7 million (up 52.4%)

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


Sweet Cherries Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following companies are also examples of sweet cherries-trading companies located in the country shown within parentheses:

  • AA Group, S. Coop (Spain)
  • Aldera Dis Ticaret Ve Danismanlik Limited Sirketi (Turkey)
  • Bay Street Mobile LLC (United States)
  • Gold Fuji Co Ltd (Australia)
  • Gounousi An. Helen (Greece)
  • Industrias Agricolas Sudamricanas LTDA (Chile)
  • Jining Eagle International Trade Co Ltd (China)
  • Macfarlane Consultancy BV (Netherlands)
  • MG-Fruits EU (Austria)
  • Sutherland S.A. Produce Inc (Canada)


Searchable List of Sweet Cherries Exporting Countries in 2018

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RankExporterSweet Cherries Exports (US$)%World Total
1.Chile$1.1 billion35.3%
2.Hong Kong$647.8 million21.2%
3.United States$502.3 million16.4%
4.Turkey$161.7 million5.3%
5.Uzbekistan$127.8 million4.2%
6.Spain$73.5 million2.4%
7.Canada$69.7 million2.3%
8.Australia$61.2 million2%
9.Austria$54.6 million1.8%
10.New Zealand$44.1 million1.4%
11.Azerbaijan$38.4 million1.3%
12.Italy$35 million1.1%
13.Greece$31 million1%
14.Netherlands$28.4 million0.9%
15.Germany$15.8 million0.5%
16.Argentina$15.4 million0.5%
17.Serbia$9.7 million0.3%
18.Belgium$9.6 million0.3%
19.France$6.6 million0.2%
20.Moldova$6.5 million0.2%
21.Hungary$6.2 million0.2%
22.Poland$4.3 million0.1%
23.Ukraine$3 million0.1%
24.Denmark$2.7 million0.1%
25.Bulgaria$2.4 million0.1%
26.Lebanon$2.4 million0.1%
27.Czech Republic$2.1 million0.1%
28.Lithuania$1.9 million0.1%
29.Kyrgyzstan$1.9 million0.1%
30.South Africa$1.7 million0.1%
31.Belarus$1.6 million0.1%
32.United Kingdom$1.5 million0.05%
33.Yemen$1.5 million0.05%
34.North Macedonia$1.4 million0.05%
39.Syrian Arab Republic$463,0000.02%
46.United Arab Emirates$140,0000.005%
65.Costa Rica$7,0000.0002%

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Research Sources:
Alibaba, Supplier Information for Fresh Cherries. Accessed on June 11, 2018

Forbes Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 1, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 1, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 1, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 1, 2019