Top Brussels Sprouts Exports by Country

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Grown for its edible buds which resemble miniature cabbages, Brussels sprouts exports by country totaled US$183.5 million in 2016.

That dollar amount represents a 36.6% gain for all Brussels sprouts shippers over the five-year period starting in 2012. Year over year, the value of exported Brussels sprouts increased by 12.9% from 2015 to 2016.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported Brussels sprouts during 2016 with shipments valued at $78.3 million or 42.7% of the worldwide total. Close behind at 41.4% were North American exporters while 9.8% of worldwide Brussels sprouts shipments originated from Asia. Coming in at much lower percentages was Africa at 2.9% trailed by Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean at 2.8%.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for Brussels sprouts is 070420.

Top Brussels Sprouts Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of Brussels sprouts during 2016:

  1. Netherlands: US$63.1 million (34.4% of exported Brussels sprouts)
  2. Mexico: $57.8 million (31.5%)
  3. United States: $16.9 million (9.2%)
  4. Laos: $13.3 million (7.2%)
  5. Belgium: $6.1 million (3.3%)
  6. Guatemala: $4.3 million (2.3%)
  7. Spain: $3.6 million (2%)
  8. Saudi Arabia: $3.2 million (1.8%)
  9. Morocco: $2.5 million (1.3%)
  10. Egypt: $2.1 million (1.1%)
  11. Poland: $1.6 million (0.9%)
  12. Canada: $1.2 million (0.63%)
  13. Italy: $1.1 million (0.61%)
  14. France: $1 million (0.55%)
  15. Australia: $967,000 (0.5%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 97.4% of all Brussels sprouts exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing Brussels sprouts exporter since 2012 was Spain with its 354.1% gain in value since 2012. In second place was Canada (up 342.4%), followed by Australia (up 250.4%), Laos (up 188.6%) and Mexico (up 122.3%).

Bucking the upbeat trend were four decliners: Netherlands (down -3.2%), Morocco (down -6.9%), Poland (down -15.9%) and Italy (down -19.5%).

Advantages

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

  1. Mexico: US$57.6 million (net export surplus up 121.8% since 2012)
  2. Netherlands: $50.8 million (down -8.3%)
  3. Laos: $13.3 million (up 188.6%)
  4. Guatemala: $4.3 million (up 90.6%)
  5. Morocco: $2.5 million (down -6.4%)
  6. Saudi Arabia: $2.3 million (up 19.8%)
  7. Spain: $2.2 million (up 865.8%)
  8. Belgium: $2.2 million (up 87.5%)
  9. Egypt: $2.1 million (up 78.5%)
  10. Australia: $967,000 (up 250.4%)
  11. Poland: $919,000 (down -27.9%)
  12. China: $874,000 (down -69.2%)
  13. South Africa: $649,000 (down -15.9%)
  14. Dominican Republic: $612,000 (down -3.9%)
  15. Vietnam: $334,000 (reversing a -$3,000 deficit)

Mexico has the highest surplus in the international trade of Brussels sprouts. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong Mexican competitive advantages for this specific product category.

Opportunities

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

  1. United States: -US$31.4 million (net export deficit up 451.2% since 2012)
  2. Germany: -$23.6 million (down -13.7%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$21.6 million (up 18.4%)
  4. Canada: -$17.1 million (up 63%)
  5. France: -$5.6 million (down -21.4%)
  6. Qatar: -$4.3 million (up 53.1%)
  7. Kuwait: -$3.5 million (up 3.1%)
  8. Italy: -$2.2 million (up 26.6%)
  9. United Arab Emirates: -$2.1 million (down -29.8%)
  10. Switzerland: -$2 million (up 5.4%)
  11. Sweden: -$1.4 million (up 1.5%)
  12. Ireland: -$1.3 million (down -4.3%)
  13. Bahrain: -$1.2 million (up 25.5%)
  14. Austria: -$1 million (down -29.9%)
  15. Czech Republic: -$829,000 (up 35.2%)

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

Companies

Brussels Sprouts Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of Brussels sprouts-trading exporters that deal in fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts. Canadian firm SeedsIntl.com sells Brussels sprouts seeds.

  • 3SI Commerce (France)
  • AA Group, S. Coop (Spain)
  • Cyndacation (United States)
  • Hangzhou ZGF Group Co (China)
  • SeedsIntl.com (Canada)

The home-country location for each business is shown above within parentheses.



 

See also Top Lettuce Exports by Country, Tomatoes Exports by Country, Potatoes Exports by Country and Corn Exports by Country

Research Sources:
Alibaba, Products listing for Brussels sprouts. Accessed on November 16, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on November 16, 2017

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on November 16, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on November 16, 2017

Wikipedia, Brussels sprout. Accessed on November 16, 2017