Top Cucumbers Exporting Countries

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Worldwide sales for cucumbers exports by country totaled US$2.7 billion in 2018. Overall, the value of exported cucumbers rose by an average 12.3% for all exporting countries since 2014 when total international shipments of cucumbers were valued at $2.4 billion. Year over year, the value of globally exported cucumbers increased by 8.2% from 2017 to 2018.

Cucumbers often serve an important culinary support role as crunchy ingredients for many food dishes, from garden salads to sweet pickles.

From a continental perspective, Europe sold the highest dollar worth of exported cucumbers during 2018 with shipments valued at $1.6 billion or 58.8% of the global total. In second place were North American exporters at 31.7% while 8.3% of international cucumbers sales originated from Asia. Smaller percentages came from Latin America (0.9%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Africa (0.3%) and Oceania (0.02%) mostly Australia and New Zealand.

For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 070700 for fresh or chilled cucumbers and gherkins. Gerkhins refer to a small variety of cucumber or a young green cucumber used for pickling.

What Are The Top Cucumbers Exporting Countries?

Countries

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

  1. Spain: US$706.1 million (26.4% of total cucumbers exports)
  2. Netherlands: $565.3 million (21.2%)
  3. Mexico: $521.4 million (19.5%)
  4. Canada: $265.2 million (9.9%)
  5. United States: $59.7 million (2.2%)
  6. China: $55.2 million (2.1%)
  7. Belgium: $50.9 million (1.9%)
  8. Iran: $49.8 million (1.9%)
  9. Turkey: $41.1 million (1.5%)
  10. Greece: $32.5 million (1.2%)
  11. Jordan: $28.2 million (1.1%)
  12. Germany: $26 million (1%)
  13. Belarus: $24.5 million (0.9%)
  14. Poland: $17.3 million (0.6%)
  15. France: $17.1 million (0.6%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 92.1% of global cucumbers exports in 2018.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing cucumbers exporters since 2014 were: China (up 71.2%), Poland (up 66.5%), Canada (up 45.8%) and Mexico (up 27.2%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported cucumbers sales were led by: Iran (down -57%), Jordan (down -49%), Turkey (down -46.7%), Belarus (down -24%) and France (down -21.5%).

Advantages

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

  1. Spain: US$699.1 million (net export surplus up 17% since 2014)
  2. Mexico: $521.3 million (up 27.2%)
  3. Netherlands: $430.4 million (up 25.8%)
  4. Canada: $197 million (up 73.6%)
  5. China: $55.2 million (up 71.1%)
  6. Iran: $49.8 million (down -57%)
  7. Turkey: $41 million (down -46.8%)
  8. Greece: $31.9 million (down -18.1%)
  9. Jordan: $27.9 million (down -49.7%)
  10. Belarus: $18.2 million (up 15.2%)
  11. Honduras: $11.8 million (up 156.4%)
  12. Afghanistan: $11.5 million (no 2014 data)
  13. Dominican Republic: $10.3 million (up 40.6%)
  14. Albania: $9.9 million (up 555.3%)
  15. Azerbaijan: $9.2 million (down -31.4%)

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

Opportunities

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

  1. United States: -US$757 million (net export deficit up 23.3% since 2014)
  2. Germany: -$612.4 million (up 20.7%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$214.9 million (up 10.1%)
  4. Russia: -$117.9 million (down -58.5%)
  5. France: -$72.7 million (up 20.9%)
  6. Czech Republic: -$58.8 million (up 27.7%)
  7. Poland: -$55.1 million (up 47.3%)
  8. Sweden: -$49.7 million (up 9.6%)
  9. Denmark: -$38.1 million (up 32.1%)
  10. Switzerland: -$28.5 million (up 15.8%)
  11. Austria: -$27.2 million (up 23.4%)
  12. Norway: -$19.2 million (up 11.7%)
  13. Slovakia: -$17.9 million (up 54.9%)
  14. Belgium: -$16.1 million (up 86.5%)
  15. Hong Kong: -$14.2 million (up 275.9%)

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

Companies

Cucumbers Exporting Companies

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

  • AA Group, S. COOP. (Spain)
  • Aalia Gmbh (Germany)
  • Beverages Development Kft (Hungary)
  • Camill Alimentos S/A (United States)
  • Harma Fruit Christos H. Kelesides & Partners (Greece)
  • Immortal Produce Co. (Jordan)
  • Jose Rene Silva Anguiano (Mexico)
  • Milexim (Turkey)
  • Yekta Novin (Mobin) (Iran)
  • Yunnan Chuntian Agricultural Products Co. (China)


 

Searchable List of Cucumbers Exporting Countries in 2018

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RankExporterCucumbers Exports (US$)%World Total
1.Spain$706.1 million26.4%
2.Netherlands$565.3 million21.2%
3.Mexico$521.4 million19.5%
4.Canada$265.2 million9.9%
5.United States$59.7 million2.2%
6.China$55.2 million2.1%
7.Belgium$50.9 million1.9%
8.Iran$49.8 million1.9%
9.Turkey$41.1 million1.5%
10.Greece$32.5 million1.2%
11.Jordan$28.2 million1.1%
12.Germany$26 million1%
13.Belarus$24.5 million0.9%
14.Poland$17.3 million0.6%
15.France$17.1 million0.6%
16.Austria$17 million0.6%
17.Italy$12.9 million0.5%
18.Honduras$11.8 million0.4%
19.Afghanistan$11.6 million0.4%
20.Dominican Republic$10.3 million0.4%
21.Slovenia$10.1 million0.4%
22.Albania$10.1 million0.4%
23.Bulgaria$10 million0.4%
24.Malaysia$9.9 million0.4%
25.Azerbaijan$9.2 million0.3%
26.Serbia$9.2 million0.3%
27.Romania$8.7 million0.3%
28.Czech Republic$7.5 million0.3%
29.Uzbekistan$7.2 million0.3%
30.Hungary$6.3 million0.2%
31.Kazakhstan$6 million0.2%
32.Morocco$5.4 million0.2%
33.Ukraine$5.2 million0.2%
34.Russia$5.2 million0.2%
35.Croatia$5 million0.2%
36.Lithuania$4.7 million0.2%
37.Bosnia/Herzegovina$4.7 million0.2%
38.North Macedonia$4.3 million0.2%
39.United Kingdom$3.2 million0.1%
40.South Africa$2.2 million0.1%
41.Latvia$1.9 million0.1%
42.Estonia$1.6 million0.1%
43.Armenia$1.1 million0.04%
44.Denmark$1.1 million0.04%
45.Slovakia$732,0000.03%
46.Georgia$724,0000.03%
47.Ecuador$545,0000.02%
48.Egypt$528,0000.02%
49.Lebanon$441,0000.02%
50.Portugal$435,0000.02%
51.Israel$376,0000.01%
52.Sweden$372,0000.01%
53.Thailand$356,0000.01%
54.Ireland$314,0000.01%
55.Turkmenistan$312,0000.01%
56.Luxembourg$308,0000.01%
57.Bangladesh$292,0000.01%
58.Guatemala$245,0000.01%
59.New Zealand$231,0000.01%
60.Australia$216,0000.01%
61.India$212,0000.01%
62.South Korea$130,0000.005%
63.Syrian Arab Republic$111,0000.004%
64.Bahamas$97,0000.004%
65.Senegal$93,0000.003%
66.Namibia$84,0000.003%
67.Kyrgyzstan$73,0000.003%
68.Finland$64,0000.002%
69.Moldova$62,0000.002%
70.Hong Kong$49,0000.002%
71.Yemen$48,0000.002%
72.Indonesia$46,0000.002%
73.Guyana$43,0000.002%
74.Colombia$42,0000.002%
75.Iceland$39,0000.001%
76.Brazil$31,0000.001%
77.Tajikistan$23,0000.001%
78.Dominica$21,0000.001%
79.Norway$20,0000.001%
80.Pakistan$19,0000.001%
81.Taiwan$19,0000.001%
82.Algeria$19,0000.001%
83.Peru$18,0000.001%
84.United Arab Emirates$13,0000.0005%
85.Cyprus$10,0000.0004%
86.Laos$10,0000.0004%
87.Chile$9,0000.0003%
88.Nepal$8,0000.0003%
89.Singapore$7,0000.0003%
90.Vietnam$7,0000.0003%
91.Saint Lucia$5,0000.0002%
92.Switzerland$3,0000.0001%
93.Sri Lanka$3,0000.0001%
94.Ivory Coast$2,0000.0001%
95.Suriname$2,0000.0001%
96.Eswatini$1,0000.00004%
97.Uruguay$1,0000.00004%
98.Tunisia$1,0000.00004%
99.Mozambique$1,0000.00004%
100.Mauritius$1,0000.00004%
101.Kenya$1,0000.00004%
102.Fiji$1,0000.00004%
103.Cuba$1,0000.00004%
104.Bermuda$1,0000.00004%


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Research Sources:
Alibaba, Supplier information for cucumbers. Accessed on June 14, 2018

Forbes Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 3, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 3, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 3, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 3, 2019

Wikipedia, Cucumber. Accessed on June 14, 2018