Tomatoes Exports by Country

Tomatoes exports by country

Exported tomatoes

Global sales for all tomatoes exported by country totaled an estimated US$9.5 billion for 2018.

Overall the value of exported tomatoes increased by an average 1.1% for all exporting countries since 2014 when tomatoes shipments were valued at $9.4 billion. Year over year, exported tomatoes appreciated by 5.2% from 2017 to 2018.

At the continent level, European countries sold the highest value for exported tomatoes during 2018 with shipments amounting to $4.3 billion or 44.8% of worldwide exports. North American exporters were responsible for 31.5% worth, while Asian suppliers supplied a 14.5% share.

Smaller percentages originated from Africa (8.5%), Latin America (0.6%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, then Oceania (0.1%) led by New Zealand and Australia.

For research purposes, the 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for fresh or chilled tomatoes is 0702.

Tomatoes Exports by Country

Countries

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

  1. Mexico: US$2.3 billion (23.7% of total exported tomatoes)
  2. Netherlands: $1.9 billion (20.1%)
  3. Spain: $1.1 billion (11.5%)
  4. Morocco: $686.8 million (7.2%)
  5. Canada: $411.7 million (4.3%)
  6. France: $369.8 million (3.9%)
  7. United States: $325 million (3.4%)
  8. Turkey: $289.8 million (3%)
  9. Belgium: $283.8 million (3%)
  10. Iran: $244.7 million (2.6%)
  11. China: $207.3 million (2.2%)
  12. Azerbaijan: $177.4 million (1.9%)
  13. Jordan: $168.3 million (1.8%)
  14. Italy: $160.1 million (1.7%)
  15. Afghanistan: $94.6 million (1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 91.3% of all tomatoes exports in 2018 (by value).

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing tomatoes exporters since 2014 were: Afghanistan (up 5,706%), Azerbaijan (up 262.9%), China (up 69.8%) and Iran (up 43.3%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported tomatoes sales were led by: Jordan (down -57.8%), Italy (down -38.7%), Turkey (down -32%), Spain (down -15.8%) and France (down -12.1%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for fresh or chilled tomatoes 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 tomatoes exports and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Mexico: US$2.3 billion (net export surplus up 28.3% since 2014)
  2. Netherlands: $1.6 billion (down -2.3%)
  3. Spain: $950.2 million (down -21.3%)
  4. Morocco: $686.8 million (up 42.7%)
  5. Turkey: $289 million (down -32.2%)
  6. Iran: $244.7 million (up 43.3%)
  7. China: $207.3 million (up 69.8%)
  8. Belgium: $183.5 million (up 38.6%)
  9. Azerbaijan: $176.8 million (up 261.9%)
  10. Jordan: $168.2 million (down -57.8%)
  11. Canada: $89.7 million (up 261.4%)
  12. Afghanistan: $68.2 million (up 4,087%)
  13. Uzbekistan: $46.5 million (up 108.7%)
  14. Egypt: $41.5 million (down -41.5%)
  15. Tunisia: $39.8 million (up 75.1%)

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

Opportunities

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

  1. United States: -US$2.2 billion (net export deficit up 27.9% since 2014)
  2. Germany: -$1.4 billion (down -0.6%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$688.5 million (up 2.3%)
  4. Russia: -$624.9 million (down -40.2%)
  5. France: -$337.1 million (up 48.6%)
  6. Iraq: -$195 million (up 187.5%)
  7. Sweden: -$168.1 million (down -7.6%)
  8. Poland: -$163.3 million (up 57%)
  9. Czech Republic: -$107.9 million (up 0.9%)
  10. Romania: -$106.9 million (up 90.7%)
  11. United Arab Emirates: -$97.1 million (down -12.2%)
  12. Switzerland: -$85.8 million (up 1.3%)
  13. Austria: -$76.6 million (up 0.5%)
  14. Saudi Arabia: -$75.3 million (up 3.2%)
  15. Denmark: -$74.4 million (up 9.9%)

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

Companies

Tomato Exporting Companies

Below are large tomato exporting companies that are major players in international trade. Show within parenthesis is the country where the company is headquartered.

  • Morning Star (United States)
  • COFCO Group (China)
  • Xinjiang Chalkis Co. Ltd (China)
  • California Tomato Export Group (United States)
  • ConAgra Foods (United States)
  • Campbell Soup Company (United States)
  • Fuyuan Agriculture Products Limited (China)
  • Unilever (United Kingdom)
  • Heinz (United States)
  • Conserve Italia (Italy)
  • Kagome Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • Empresas Carozzi (Chile)
  • Parmalat SpA (Italy)
  • Xinjiang Tianye Co., Ltd. (China)


 

Searchable List of Tomatoes Exporting Countries in 2018

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RankExporterTomatoes Exports (US$)%World Total
1.Mexico$2,260,996,00023.7%
2.Netherlands$1,919,738,00020.1%
3.Spain$1,096,028,00011.5%
4.Morocco$686,784,0007.2%
5.Canada$411,723,0004.3%
6.France$369,788,0003.9%
7.United States$325,046,0003.4%
8.Turkey$289,827,0003%
9.Belgium$283,845,0003%
10.Iran$244,739,0002.6%
11.China$207,269,0002.2%
12.Azerbaijan$177,381,0001.9%
13.Jordan$168,274,0001.8%
14.Italy$160,134,0001.7%
15.Afghanistan$94,580,0001%
16.Poland$78,986,0000.8%
17.Portugal$63,784,0000.7%
18.Belarus$53,700,0000.6%
19.Uzbekistan$46,612,0000.5%
20.Germany$42,992,0000.5%
21.Egypt$41,705,0000.4%
22.Tunisia$39,820,0000.4%
23.Albania$37,815,0000.4%
24.Malaysia$31,108,0000.3%
25.Austria$23,997,0000.3%
26.Guatemala$23,917,0000.3%
27.India$23,414,0000.2%
28.Armenia$23,150,0000.2%
29.Dominican Republic$18,784,0000.2%
30.Burkina Faso$17,665,0000.2%
31.Kazakhstan$15,674,0000.2%
32.Greece$15,043,0000.2%
33.South Korea$13,653,0000.1%
34.Bulgaria$13,126,0000.1%
35.Senegal$13,084,0000.1%
36.North Macedonia$12,572,0000.1%
37.Lithuania$11,830,0000.1%
38.United Kingdom$11,401,0000.1%
39.Ukraine$10,393,0000.1%
40.South Africa$10,176,0000.1%
41.Czech Republic$9,878,0000.1%
42.Pakistan$8,622,0000.1%
43.Latvia$8,560,0000.1%
44.Slovakia$8,097,0000.1%
45.Turkmenistan$7,758,0000.1%
46.Honduras$7,681,0000.1%
47.New Zealand$6,471,0000.1%
48.Serbia$6,356,0000.1%
49.Hungary$6,042,0000.1%
50.Croatia$5,892,0000.1%
51.Slovenia$5,714,0000.1%
52.Russia$4,909,0000.1%
53.Georgia$4,486,0000.05%
54.Syrian Arab Rep.$3,991,0000.04%
55.Saudi Arabia$3,846,0000.04%
56.United Arab Emirates$3,544,0000.04%
57.Uganda$3,269,0000.03%
58.Israel$2,982,0000.03%
59.Australia$2,804,0000.03%
60.Oman$2,729,0000.03%
61.Brazil$2,333,0000.02%
62.Sweden$2,090,0000.02%
63.Denmark$1,877,0000.02%
64.Yemen$1,626,0000.02%
65.Namibia$1,543,0000.02%
66.Kuwait$1,522,0000.02%
67.Luxembourg$1,514,0000.02%
68.Sri Lanka$1,358,0000.01%
69.Argentina$1,350,0000.01%
70.Ireland$1,015,0000.01%
71.Thailand$928,0000.01%
72.Peru$863,0000.01%
73.Lebanon$773,0000.01%
74.Finland$724,0000.01%
75.Romania$656,0000.01%
76.Myanmar (Burma)$541,0000.01%
77.Estonia$505,0000.01%
78.Vietnam$499,0000.01%
79.Bahrain$414,0000.004%
80.Colombia$394,0000.004%
81.Macao$368,0000.004%
82.Indonesia$240,0000.003%
83.Nicaragua$206,0000.002%
84.Taiwan$169,0000.002%
85.Japan$167,0000.002%
86.Singapore$166,0000.002%
87.Costa Rica$155,0000.002%
88.Hong Kong$108,0000.001%
89.Bangladesh$93,0000.001%
90.Palestine$91,0000.001%
91.Kyrgyzstan$83,0000.001%
92.Tanzania$74,0000.001%
93.Moldova$68,0000.001%
94.Tajikistan$63,0000.001%
95.Venezuela$63,0000.001%
96.Kenya$57,0000.001%
97.Algeria$49,0000.001%
98.Mali$47,0000.0005%
99.Ethiopia$43,0000.0005%
100.Guyana$36,0000.0004%
101.Switzerland$35,0000.0004%
102.Chile$28,0000.0003%
103.Eswatini$24,0000.0003%
104.Norway$21,0000.0002%
105.Iceland$13,0000.0001%
106.Madagascar$12,0000.0001%
107.Sierra Leone$11,0000.0001%
108.Ivory Coast$10,0000.0001%
109.Qatar$9,0000.0001%
110.Zimbabwe$8,0000.0001%
111.Uruguay$8,0000.0001%
112.Botswana$7,0000.0001%
113.Angola$6,0000.0001%
114.Tokelau$6,0000.0001%
115.Montenegro$5,0000.0001%
116.Antigua/Barbuda$5,0000.0001%
117.Cameroon$5,0000.0001%
118.Bosnia/Herzegovina$4,0000.0000%
119.Cyprus$4,0000.00004%
120.Ecuador$3,0000.00003%
121.Bhutan$3,0000.00003%
122.Bermuda$2,0000.00002%
123.Mozambique$2,0000.00002%
124.Samoa$2,0000.00002%
125.St Vincent/Grenadines$1,0000.00001%
126.Rwanda$1,0000.00001%
127.Barbados$1,0000.00001%
128.Fiji$1,0000.00001%
129.French S./Antarctic Terr.$1,0000.00001%


See also Tomatoes Imports by Country, Asparagus Exports by Country and Top Sweet Pepper and Chili Pepper Exports

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Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 8, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 8, 2019

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World Processing Tomato Council, World Consumption of Tomato Products 2007. Accessed on May 8, 2019 (and supplemented by additional research primarily using Wikipedia’s current descriptions of companies named in the WPTC presentation)

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