Top Almonds Exporters by Country

Unshelled almonds

Unshelled almonds

Combined exports of shelled plus in-shell almonds by country totaled US$6.5 billion during 2018. That dollar amount reflects an overall -3.4% decline for all almonds shippers over the five-year period starting in 2014 when exported almonds were worth $6.7 billion. Year over year, the value of exported almonds depreciated by -0.5% from 2017 to 2018.

Among continents, North American countries sold the highest dollar worth of both shelled and in-shell almonds shipped during 2018 valued at $4.4 billion or more than two-thirds (67.5%) of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 18.9% while 6.3% of worldwide almonds shipments originated from Asia. Oceania exporters, almost exclusively in Australia, provided another 6.3% worth of almonds well ahead of shippers in Latin America (0.9%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, and Africa (0.1%).

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 080211 for fresh or dried almonds in shell, 080212 for unshelled almonds.

Top Almonds Exporters by Country

Total Almonds

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of almonds during 2018, including both in-shell and unshelled versions.

  1. United States: US$4.4 billion (67.5% of total almonds exports)
  2. Spain: $692.6 million (10.7%)
  3. Australia: $407.5 million (6.3%)
  4. Hong Kong: $222.5 million (3.4%)
  5. Germany: $132.7 million (2.1%)
  6. Netherlands: $126.7 million (2%)
  7. Italy: $109 million (1.7%)
  8. Turkey: $76.9 million (1.2%)
  9. Chile: $58.4 million (0.9%)
  10. Belgium: $49.1 million (0.8%)
  11. Afghanistan: $21 million (0.32%)
  12. United Kingdom: $17.2 million (0.27%)
  13. France: $16.1 million (0.25%)
  14. Vietnam: $14.9 million (0.23%)
  15. Iran: $13.4 million (0.21%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 97.8% of total almonds exported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing almonds exporters since 2014 were: Vietnam (up 6,147%), Hong Kong (up 225.1%), Australia (up 35.7%) and Chile (up 35%).

Three countries posted declines in their exported almonds sales namely: Iran (down -40.4%), Afghanistan (down -22%) and Belgium (down -19.2%).

Shelled

Worldwide exports of shelled almonds totaled US$5.1 billion in 2018. That dollar amount reflects a -7.5% decrease for all shelled almonds shippers over the five-year period starting in 2014. Year over year, the value of shelled almond exports rose 0.6% from 2017 to 2018.

Among continents, North American countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported shelled almonds during 2018 with shipments valued at $3.4 billion or about two-thirds (66%) of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 23.4% followed by Asia at 5.2% then Oceania at 4.1% led by Australia. Just 1.1% came from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean trailed by 0.1% supplied by Africa.

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

  1. United States: US$3.4 billion (66% of exported shelled almonds)
  2. Spain: $680.8 million (13.3%)
  3. Australia: $209.4 million (4.1%)
  4. Germany: $132.1 million (2.6%)
  5. Netherlands: $125.5 million (2.5%)
  6. Italy: $106.8 million (2.09%)
  7. Hong Kong: $105.2 million (2.06%)
  8. Turkey: $76.8 million (1.5%)
  9. Chile: $57.5 million (1.12%)
  10. Belgium: $47.4 million (0.93%)
  11. Afghanistan: $17.8 million (0.35%)
  12. United Kingdom: $16.3 million (0.32%)
  13. France: $15.6 million (0.31%)
  14. Iran: $13 million (0.3%)
  15. Vietnam: $12.2 million (0.2%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 97.7% of all shelled almonds exports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing shelled almonds exporters since 2014 were: Vietnam (up 4,991%), Hong Kong (up 53.6%), Chile (up 32.8%) and Netherlands (up 26.6%).

Those countries that posted declines in their international shelled almonds sales were led by: United Kingdom (down -53.2%), Iran (down -42.2%), Afghanistan (down -33.9%) and Australia (down -30.3%).

In-Shell

Global sales for exported in-shell almonds by country in 2018 amounted to US$1.36 billion.

Overall, the value of unshelled almonds exports rose by an average 15.8% for all exporting countries since 2014. From 2017 to 2018, the value of in-shell almond exports depreciated by -4.6%.

Among continents, North American countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of in-shell almonds during 2018 with shipments valued at $993.3 million or 73.1% of the global total. In second place were Oceanian exporters at 14.6% (mostly Australia) while 10.2% of in-shell almonds shipments originated from Asia. European exporters shipped 1.9% worth of unshelled almonds, trailed by suppliers in Africa (0.1%) and Latin America (also 0.1%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean.

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of in-shell almonds during 2018.

  1. United States: US$993.3 million (73.1% of exported in-shell almonds)
  2. Australia: $198.1 million (14.6%)
  3. Hong Kong: $117.4 million (8.6%)
  4. Spain: $11.8 million (0.9%)
  5. Thailand: $7.4 million (0.5%)
  6. Portugal: $4.8 million (0.4%)
  7. Afghanistan: $3.2 million (0.2%)
  8. Vietnam: $2.8 million (0.2%)
  9. United Arab Emirates: $2.4 million (0.2%)
  10. India: $2.3 million (0.2%)
  11. Italy: $2.2 million (0.2%)
  12. Belgium: $1.7 million (0.1%)
  13. Netherlands: $1.2 million (0.1%)
  14. Chile: $919,000 (0.1%)
  15. United Kingdom: $897,000 (0.1%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.4% of all in-shell almonds exports during 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing in-shell almonds exporters since 2014 were: Thailand (up 372,050%), India (up 1,870%), Chile (up 105.1%) and Netherlands (up 88.2%).

Four countries posted declines in their international in-shell almonds sales namely: United Arab Emirates (down -91.8%), Belgium (down -83.4%), Afghanistan (down -36.1%) and United Kingdom (down -2.8%).

Companies

Almond Exporting Companies

Below are American companies that sell almonds internationally. Most of these businesses are headquartered in California.

  • Big Tree Organic Farms
  • Blue Diamond Growers
  • Chico Nut Company
  • Crown Nut Co
  • Mariani Nut Company
  • South Valley Almond Company
  • The Almond Co
  • The Wonderful Company

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers also supply almonds to their customers. The home-country location for each business is shown within parentheses:

  • Al Osool Foodstuff Trading LLC (United Arab Emirates)
  • Alfafood GmbH (Germany)
  • Beatty Davids Limited (United Kingdom)
  • Boumamar Trading (Netherlands)
  • DI Sano SRL (Italy)
  • Exportadora Baika SA (Chile)
  • Gervais Henri Florent (France)
  • Mine Dor Danismanlik Dis Ticaret Limited Sirketi (Turkey)
  • P & B International Pty Ltd (Australia)
  • Summit Almonds LLC (United States)


 

See also Grapes Exports by Country, Bananas Exports by Country, Kiwifruit Exports by Country and Top Walnuts Exporters by Country

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Forbes Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 25, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 25, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 25, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 25, 2019

Wikipedia, Blue Diamond Growers. Accessed on June 7, 2018