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$181.8 million in 2017. That dollar amount represents a 29.3% gain for all Brussels sprouts shippers over the five-year period starting in 2013.

Year over year, the value of exported Brussels sprouts increased by 0.9% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported Brussels sprouts during 2017 with shipments valued at $90.8 million or 49.9% of the worldwide total. Trailing that at 43.8% were North American exporters while 3% of worldwide Brussels sprouts shipments originated from Africa. Coming in at lower percentages were Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean at 2.1% trailed by Asia at 0.7% then Oceania at 0.5%.

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

Top Brussels Sprouts Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of Brussels sprouts during 2017.

  1. Netherlands: US$74.3 million (40.9% of total Brussels sprouts exports)
  2. Mexico: $52.6 million (28.9%)
  3. United States: $23.2 million (12.8%)
  4. Belgium: $9.5 million (5.2%)
  5. Canada: $3.7 million (2%)
  6. Morocco: $3.5 million (1.9%)
  7. Guatemala: $2.7 million (1.5%)
  8. United Kingdom: $1.4 million (0.8%)
  9. Spain: $1.4 million (0.8%)
  10. Egypt: $1.2 million (0.7%)
  11. France: $981,000 (0.5%)
  12. Dominican Republic: $975,000 (0.5%)
  13. Saudi Arabia: $975,000 (0.5%)
  14. Italy: $918,000 (0.5%)
  15. Poland: $905,000 (0.5%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.1% of all Brussels sprouts exported in 2017 by value.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing Brussels sprouts exporters since 2013 were: Canada (up 888.5%), Mexico (up 87.9%), France (up 82%) and Dominican Republic (up 47.7%).

Four countries posted declines in their exported Brussels sprouts sales: Poland (down -65.9%), Saudi Arabia (down -56.1%), United Kingdom (down -39.7%) and Italy (down -30.8%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for Brussels sprouts during 2017. 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$50.3 million (net export surplus up 80.5% since 2013)
  2. Netherlands: $49.1 million (down -1%)
  3. Belgium: $4 million (down -4.7%)
  4. Morocco: $3.5 million (up 1.9%)
  5. Guatemala: $2.7 million (up 28.1%)
  6. Egypt: $1.2 million (up 28.4%)
  7. Dominican Republic: $939,000 (up 47.4%)
  8. Australia: $885,000 (up 164.2%)
  9. South Africa: $694,000 (down -8.4%)
  10. Poland: $607,000 (down -67.2%)
  11. Iran: $292,000 (down -75.5%)
  12. Chile: $112,000 (no 2013 data)
  13. Belarus: $51,000 (reversing a -$2,000 deficit)
  14. New Zealand: $14,000 (down -84.1%)
  15. China: $12,000 (down -99.6%)

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 2017. 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$35.9 million (net export deficit up 690.2% since 2013)
  2. Germany: -$27.8 million (up 7.9%)
  3. Canada: -$17.9 million (up 18.6%)
  4. United Kingdom: -$15.7 million (down -15.6%)
  5. France: -$6.5 million (down -35.7%)
  6. Italy: -$4.4 million (up 131.2%)
  7. Kuwait: -$4 million (up 48.9%)
  8. Switzerland: -$2.1 million (down -4%)
  9. Sweden: -$1.4 million (down -12.5%)
  10. Austria: -$1.3 million (up 7.1%)
  11. Spain: -$1.1 million (up 330.8%)
  12. Qatar: -$968,000 (down -69.4%)
  13. Ireland: -$882,000 (down -26.0%)
  14. Denmark: -$875,000 (up 21.5%)
  15. Saudi Arabia: -$672,000 (reversing a $2.2 million surplus)

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 September 9, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on September 9, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on September 9, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on September 9, 2018

Wikipedia, Brussels sprout. Accessed on September 9, 2018