Top Cookies Exporters by Country

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Also called sweet biscuits in some countries, a wide range of cookies are beloved snacks around the globe. In the United States, favorites include chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, white chocolate, sugar and shortbread cookies according to

Cookies exported by country in 2016 totaled US$7.4 billion, up by 2.5% for all cookies shippers over the five-year period starting in 2012. Year over year, the value of exported cookies appreciated by 2.2% from 2015 to 2016.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported cookies during 2016 with shipments valued at $4.4 billion or 59.6% of the global total. In second place were Asian exporters at 18.5% while 15.1% of worldwide cookies shipments originated from North America. Smaller percentages came from Latin America (4%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Africa (1.8%) and Oceania (1%) led by Australia and New Zealand.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for sweet biscuits is 190531.

Top Cookies Exporters by Country


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

  1. Germany: US$708.3 million (9.6% of total cookies exports)
  2. Netherlands: $649.2 million (8.8%)
  3. Mexico: $592.9 million (8%)
  4. Belgium: $591.6 million (8%)
  5. United Kingdom: $414.4 million (5.6%)
  6. Canada: $341.1 million (4.6%)
  7. Turkey: $324.1 million (4.4%)
  8. France: $284.6 million (3.8%)
  9. Poland: $266.7 million (3.6%)
  10. Italy: $245.2 million (3.3%)
  11. Indonesia: $233.2 million (3.2%)
  12. Spain: $220.7 million (3%)
  13. Denmark: $202.6 million (2.7%)
  14. United States: $184.2 million (2.5%)
  15. Czech Republic: $172.3 million (2.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped nearly three-quarters (73.4%) of all cookies exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing cookies exporter since 2012 was Mexico via its 77.5% gain in value since 2012. In second place was Indonesia (up 76.4%), followed by Czech Republic (up 39.3%), Italy (up 24.2%) and Turkey (up 22%).

Bucking the upbeat trend were 7 decliners led by the United States (down -20.5%), Canada (-13.3%), Germany (down -8.1%), France (down -7.9%) and Denmark (down -6.3%).


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

  1. Mexico: US$552.8 million (net export surplus up 87.4% since 2012)
  2. Netherlands: $352.1 million (down -6.4%)
  3. Belgium: $319 million (up 21.6%)
  4. Turkey: $309.8 million (up 19.3%)
  5. Germany: $265.1 million (down -21.6%)
  6. Indonesia: $206.2 million (up 72.2%)
  7. Poland: $188.7 million (up 31.4%)
  8. India: $160.3 million (up 22.8%)
  9. Denmark: $155.6 million (up 8.2%)
  10. Czech Republic: $117.9 million (up 460.8%)
  11. Canada: $117.4 million (down -35.6%)
  12. Malaysia: $106.5 million (up 38.7%)
  13. Italy: $102.1 million (up 106.5%)
  14. Spain: $85.8 million (down -16%)
  15. Russia: $57.5 million (reversing a -$23.7 million deficit)

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


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

  1. United States: -US$996.7 million (net export deficit up 35% since 2012)
  2. China: -$280.3 million (up 196.8%)
  3. France: -$214.8 million (down -7.5%)
  4. Saudi Arabia: -$130.2 million (up 52.6%)
  5. Ireland: -$101.4 million (up 18.6%)
  6. Iraq: -$100.2 million (no 2012 data)
  7. Hong Kong: -$67.2 million (up 54.6%)
  8. Australia: -$67.1 million (up 6.2%)
  9. Vietnam: -$61.8 million (up 86.2%)
  10. United Arab Emirates: -$59.4 million (up 152.8%)
  11. Romania: -$57 million (up 41.9%)
  12. Portugal: -$48.5 million (up 122.2%)
  13. United Kingdom: -$46 million (reversing a $46.8 million surplus)
  14. Kuwait: -$44.3 million (up 32.4%)
  15. Austria: -$43.5 million (down -16.1%)

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


Cookies Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of cookies-trading exporters. The home-country location for each business is shown within parentheses:

  • Benfel Dis Ticaret Limited Sirketi (Turkey)
  • Blue Dots SRO (Czech Republic)
  • Inc (United States)
  • Gusti d’Italia SRL (Italy)
  • Jens Schleicher GMBH (Germany)
  • LA International Trading Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • NV Solucious (Belgium)
  • Petitki (Poland)
  • Pt. Agel Langgeng (Indonesia)
  • RYS Trading Company BV (Netherlands)


Searchable List of Cookies Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2016 Cookies Exports% World Total
1.Germany$708.3 million9.6%
2.Netherlands$649.2 million8.8%
3.Mexico$592.9 million8%
4.Belgium$591.6 million8%
5.United Kingdom$414.4 million5.6%
6.Canada$341.1 million4.6%
7.Turkey$324.1 million4.4%
8.France$284.6 million3.8%
9.Poland$266.7 million3.6%
10.Italy$245.2 million3.3%
11.Indonesia$233.2 million3.2%
12.Spain$220.7 million3%
13.Denmark$202.6 million2.7%
14.United States$184.2 million2.5%
15.Czech Republic$172.3 million2.3%
16.India$165.8 million2.2%
17.Malaysia$159 million2.1%
18.Russia$99.3 million1.3%
19.Austria$78.2 million1.1%
20.Thailand$76.6 million1%
21.Sweden$75.6 million1%
22.Serbia$52.2 million0.7%
23.Switzerland$50.8 million0.7%
24.Singapore$50.3 million0.7%
25.Ukraine$48.5 million0.7%
26.Portugal$47.8 million0.6%
27.China$45.3 million0.6%
28.Saudi Arabia$44.8 million0.6%
29.Egypt$41.7 million0.6%
30.Oman$41.6 million0.6%
31.Costa Rica$38.3 million0.5%
32.United Arab Emirates$38 million0.5%
33.South Africa$37.8 million0.5%
34.Peru$37.6 million0.5%
35.Hong Kong$37.5 million0.5%
36.Australia$36.8 million0.5%
37.Argentina$34.9 million0.5%
38.Guatemala$33.2 million0.4%
39.Brazil$31.7 million0.4%
40.Colombia$28.6 million0.4%
41.New Zealand$27.8 million0.4%
42.Taiwan$24.6 million0.3%
43.Dominican Republic$24.4 million0.3%
44.Slovakia$22.6 million0.3%
45.Bulgaria$22.6 million0.3%
46.Croatia$21.6 million0.3%
47.Tunisia$19.1 million0.3%
48.Lithuania$18.6 million0.3%
49.El Salvador$16.6 million0.2%
50.Hungary$16 million0.2%
51.Japan$14.8 million0.2%
52.Sri Lanka$14.7 million0.2%
53.Pakistan$14.3 million0.2%
54.Ireland$13.4 million0.2%
55.Bosnia/Herzegovina$12.7 million0.2%
56.Greece$12.6 million0.2%
57.South Korea$12.5 million0.2%
58.Jordan$12.2 million0.2%
59.Latvia$12.1 million0.2%
60.Honduras$11.8 million0.2%
61.Vietnam$11.1 million0.2%
62.Trinidad/Tobago$11 million0.1%
63.Philippines$10.5 million0.1%
64.Macedonia$10.1 million0.1%
65.Slovenia$9 million0.1%
66.Romania$8.7 million0.1%
67.Kazakhstan$8.2 million0.1%
68.Moldova$8.1 million0.1%
69.Uganda$7.9 million0.1%
70.Fiji$7.4 million0.1%
71.Barbados$7.1 million0.1%
72.Montenegro$5.9 million0.1%
73.Belarus$5.8 million0.1%
74.Kuwait$5.4 million0.1%
75.Lebanon$4.9 million0.1%
76.Chile$4.9 million0.1%
77.Syria$4.3 million0.1%
78.Nicaragua$4.2 million0.1%
79.Iran$4.1 million0.1%
80.Bolivia$3.8 million0.1%
81.Finland$3.8 million0.1%
82.Namibia$3.7 million0.1%
83.Bangladesh$3.6 million0.05%
84.Cameroon$3.4 million0.05%
85.Israel$3.3 million0.04%
86.Gambia$2.9 million0.04%
87.Jamaica$2.6 million0.04%
88.Senegal$2.4 million0.03%
89.Rwanda$2.2 million0.03%
90.Ghana$2.2 million0.03%
91.Côte d'Ivoire$2.1 million0.03%
92.Morocco$1.9 million0.03%
93.Algeria$1.5 million0.02%
94.Luxembourg$1.4 million0.02%
95.Kenya$1.3 million0.02%
96.Ecuador$1.3 million0.02%
97.Yemen$1.1 million0.01%
98.Nigeria$1 million0.01%
109.Brunei Darussalam$386,0000.01%
117.Cabo Verde$220,0000.003%
123.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$101,0000.001%
135.Saint Lucia$20,0000.0003%
139.US Minor Outlying Is$12,0000.0002%
140.Br. Indian Ocean Terr.$11,0000.0001%
147.American Samoa$4,0000.0001%
150.Turks/Caicos Is$2,0000.00003%
152.Democratic Rep. Congo$1,0000.00001%
153.Faroe Islands$1,0000.00001%

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Research Sources:
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Huffington Post, The Definitive List of America’s Favorite Cookies. Accessed on December 4, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on December 4, 2017

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on December 4, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on December 4, 2017

Wikipedia, Cookie. Accessed on December 4, 2017