Top Fresh Spinach Exports by Country

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An iron-rich leafy green vegetable, exports of fresh or chilled spinach totaled US$317.1 million in 2017. That dollar amount reflects a 35.4% gain for all spinach shippers over the five-year period starting in 2013.

Year over year, the value of exported spinach appreciated 9.9% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported fresh spinach during 2017 with shipments valued at $158.8 million or half (50.1%) of the global total. Close behind was North America at 45.3% far ahead of Asian spinach shippers at 3.9%.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for fresh or chilled spinach is 070970.

Spinach Exports by Country

Countries

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

  1. United States: US$121.5 million (38.3% of total spinach exports)
  2. Italy: $54.7 million (17.2%)
  3. Spain: $51.7 million (16.3%)
  4. Netherlands: $29.8 million (9.4%)
  5. Mexico: $16.5 million (5.2%)
  6. France: $6.4 million (2%)
  7. China: $5.9 million (1.9%)
  8. Canada: $5.6 million (1.8%)
  9. Malaysia: $3.9 million (1.2%)
  10. United Kingdom: $3.4 million (1.1%)
  11. Germany: $2.7 million (0.9%)
  12. Portugal: $2.6 million (0.8%)
  13. Denmark: $2.3 million (0.7%)
  14. Belgium: $1.5 million (0.5%)
  15. Australia: $1.2 million (0.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 97.7% of global spinach exports in 2017 by value.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing spinach exporters since 2013 were: United Kingdom (up 240.4%), Netherlands (up 110%), France (up 109.3%) then Mexico (up 109.3%).

Four countries posted declines in their exported spinach sales: Belgium (down -57.6%), Portugal (down -9.2%), Germany (down -9.1%) and Canada (down -0.4%).

Advantages

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

  1. United States: US$103.5 million (net export surplus up 10.5% since 2013)
  2. Italy: $52.6 million (up 97.1%)
  3. Spain: $49.8 million (up 10.9%)
  4. Mexico: $9.2 million (up 128%)
  5. China: $5.9 million (up 11.7%)
  6. Malaysia: $2.5 million (down -1.2%)
  7. Australia: $1.2 million (up 71.2%)
  8. Portugal: $1.2 million (down -50.7%)
  9. Syrian Arab Republic: $1.1 million (up 21,580%)
  10. Turkey: $525,000 (down -3.7%)
  11. Azerbaijan: $450,000 (up 703.6%)
  12. Haiti: $305,000 (reversing a -$9,000 deficit)
  13. South Africa: $205,000 (down -1.9%)
  14. Guatemala: $175,000 (up 82.3%)
  15. Egypt: $109,000 (up 5.8%)

The United States has the highest surplus in the international trade of spinach. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms America’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

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

  1. Canada: -US$107.7 million (net export deficit up 19.9% since 2013)
  2. United Kingdom: -$38.7 million (up 27.4%)
  3. Germany: -$26.2 million (up 98%)
  4. Singapore: -$12.6 million (up 25.1%)
  5. Belgium: -$11.2 million (up 82.7%)
  6. Switzerland: -$5.6 million (down -1%)
  7. Hong Kong: -$4.6 million (down -41.5%)
  8. Sweden: -$4.1 million (down -0.8%)
  9. Poland: -$3.7 million (up 57.8%)
  10. Ireland: -$3.2 million (up 66.6%)
  11. Norway: -$3.1 million (up 36.2%)
  12. United Arab Emirates: -$3.1 million (up 16.1%)
  13. Czech Republic: -$2.7 million (up 33.9%)
  14. Denmark: -$2.7 million (reversing a $541,000 surplus)
  15. Netherlands: -$2.3 million (reversing a $2 million surplus)

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

Companies

Spinach Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following firms are examples of spinach-trading exporters including suppliers of fresh spinach, frozen chopped spinach and even organic spinach powder in the case of NutriBoost.

  • Qingdao Yokid Foods Co. (China)
  • American Top Foods, LLC (United States)
  • NutriBoost (Netherlands)
  • OXL Resources Sdn. BHD (Malaysia)
  • UK Frozen Food Ltd (United Kingdom)

The home-country location for each of the above businesses is shown 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, Supplier showroom for spinach. 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, Spinach. Accessed on September 9, 2018