Top Pasta Exporters by Country

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Worldwide pasta exports by country totaled US$9.6 billion in 2018, a 2.2% increase for all pasta shippers over the five-year period starting in 2014. Year over year, the value of exported pasta gained 1.4% from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, European countries sold the highest dollar worth of exported pasta during 2018 with shipments valued at $5.1 billion or 52.7% of the global total. In second place were Asian exporters at 37.8% while 5.4% of international pasta shipments originated from North America. Smaller percentages came from Africa (2.3%), Latin America (1.2%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, then Oceania (0.6%) led by Australia and New Zealand.

For research purposes, the 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for pasta is 1902.

World Pasta Day is celebrated each October 25.

Top Pasta Exports by Country

Top 15

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

  1. Italy: US$2.9 billion (29.8% of total pasta exports)
  2. China: $923.4 million (9.6%)
  3. South Korea: $556 million (5.8%)
  4. Turkey: $552.5 million (5.7%)
  5. Thailand: $501.1 million (5.2%)
  6. Belgium: $341.6 million (3.6%)
  7. United States: $336.5 million (3.5%)
  8. Germany: $283 million (2.9%)
  9. Indonesia: $258.6 million (2.7%)
  10. Netherlands: $239.9 million (2.5%)
  11. France: $224.6 million (2.3%)
  12. Austria: $201.3 million (2.1%)
  13. Vietnam: $184.5 million (1.9%)
  14. Spain: $143.1 million (1.5%)
  15. Japan: $141.1 million (1.5%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 80.6% of all pasta exported in 2018.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing pasta exporters since 2014 were: South Korea (up 73.6%), Japan (up 55.5%), Netherlands (up 31.8%) and Austria (up 27.8%).

Three countries posted declines in their exported pasta sales namely: United States (down -10.7%), France (down -5.7%) and Italy (down -3.8%).

Advantages

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

  1. Italy: US$2.8 billion (net export surplus down -3.5% since 2014)
  2. China: $675.2 million (down -8.1%)
  3. Turkey: $544.9 million (up 10.7%)
  4. Thailand: $460.0 million (up 20.2%)
  5. South Korea: $387.6 million (up 114.9%)
  6. Indonesia: $221.8 million (up 7.5%)
  7. Vietnam: $140.4 million (down -11.5%)
  8. Belgium: $96.0 million (up 2.1%)
  9. Egypt: $60.5 million (up 55.7%)
  10. Hungary: $58.2 million (up 100.8%)
  11. Taiwan: $52.7 million (up 11.2%)
  12. Austria: $50.4 million (up 409.8%)
  13. Peru: $29.7 million (down -21.7%)
  14. Morocco: $25.8 million (up 100.6%)
  15. Ivory Coast: $25.6 million (down -25.3%)

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

Opportunities

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

  1. United States: -US$651.8 million (net export deficit up 27.6% since 2014)
  2. Germany: -$525.1 million (down -9.5%)
  3. France: -$486.1 million (up 18.4%)
  4. United Kingdom: -$470.8 million (down -10.6%)
  5. Canada: -$243.9 million (up 1.4%)
  6. Hong Kong: -$216.1 million (up 10.9%)
  7. Australia: -$202.8 million (up 9.2%)
  8. Japan: -$181.7 million (down -21.8%)
  9. Sweden: -$120 million (up 24.9%)
  10. Netherlands: -$118.5 million (up 36.9%)
  11. Switzerland: -$82 million (up 134.5%)
  12. Spain: -$78.7 million (up 104%)
  13. Angola: -$74.5 million (down -42.8%)
  14. Malaysia: -$72.8 million (up 177.3%)
  15. Portugal: -$70.6 million (up 76.8%)

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

Companies

Pasta Exporting Companies

Below are global pasta-processing businesses that represent established players engaged in the international trade of pasta. Their home country is shown within parenthesis.

  • A. Zerega’s Sons, Inc (United States)
  • Barilla Group (Italy)
  • Buitoni (Italy)
  • Colavita (Italy)
  • Dakota Growers Pasta Company (United States)
  • De Cecco (Italy)
  • Divella (Italy)
  • Ebro Foods (Spain)
  • La Molisana (Italy)
  • New World Pasta Company (United States)
  • San Remo Macaroni Co (Australia)
  • V. La Rosa and Sons Macaroni Co. (United States)


 

Searchable List of Pasta Exporting Countries in 2018

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RankExporterPasta Exports (US$)%World Total
1.Italy$2.9 billion29.8%
2.China$923.4 million9.6%
3.South Korea$556 million5.8%
4.Turkey$552.5 million5.7%
5.Thailand$501.1 million5.2%
6.Belgium$341.6 million3.6%
7.United States$336.5 million3.5%
8.Germany$283 million2.9%
9.Indonesia$258.6 million2.7%
10.Netherlands$239.9 million2.5%
11.France$224.6 million2.3%
12.Austria$201.3 million2.1%
13.Vietnam$184.5 million1.9%
14.Spain$143.1 million1.5%
15.Japan$141.1 million1.5%
16.Canada$133.6 million1.4%
17.Taiwan$105.3 million1.1%
18.Hong Kong$96.3 million1%
19.Poland$95.5 million1%
20.Russia$91.6 million1%
21.United Kingdom$91.1 million0.9%
22.Hungary$85.8 million0.9%
23.Malaysia$83.4 million0.9%
24.Switzerland$73.9 million0.8%
25.Egypt$63.4 million0.7%
26.Singapore$56.9 million0.6%
27.Mexico$53.1 million0.6%
28.Greece$50.1 million0.5%
29.Philippines$39.4 million0.4%
30.Czech Republic$39.1 million0.4%
31.Morocco$38.8 million0.4%
32.Ukraine$38.4 million0.4%
33.Australia$33.2 million0.3%
34.Lithuania$32.5 million0.3%
35.Peru$32.3 million0.3%
36.Ivory Coast$28.2 million0.3%
37.Latvia$26.3 million0.3%
38.India$25.5 million0.3%
39.Nigeria$25.4 million0.3%
40.Sweden$23.4 million0.2%
41.South Africa$22 million0.2%
42.Ireland$20.2 million0.2%
43.Portugal$18.3 million0.2%
44.Mauritius$18.3 million0.2%
45.Luxembourg$18.2 million0.2%
46.Costa Rica$18.1 million0.2%
47.Kazakhstan$18 million0.2%
48.Argentina$16.9 million0.2%
49.Saudi Arabia$16.6 million0.2%
50.Denmark$16 million0.2%
51.New Zealand$14.7 million0.2%
52.Lebanon$14.4 million0.1%
53.United Arab Emirates$13 million0.1%
54.Guatemala$12 million0.1%
55.Namibia$10.9 million0.1%
56.Chile$10.4 million0.1%
57.Brazil$10.3 million0.1%
58.Pakistan$9.8 million0.1%
59.Slovenia$9.6 million0.1%
60.Romania$9.2 million0.1%
61.Serbia$8 million0.1%
62.Nepal$7.6 million0.1%
63.Israel$6.6 million0.1%
64.Cambodia$6.6 million0.1%
65.Fiji$5.8 million0.1%
66.Bolivia$5.2 million0.1%
67.Bangladesh$5 million0.1%
68.Estonia$4.9 million0.1%
69.Tunisia$4.8 million0.05%
70.Croatia$4.5 million0.05%
71.Slovakia$4.2 million0.04%
72.Guyana$3.9 million0.04%
73.Uruguay$3.8 million0.04%
74.Jordan$3.7 million0.04%
75.Mozambique$2.6 million0.03%
76.Algeria$2.5 million0.03%
77.Ecuador$2.1 million0.02%
78.Belarus$1.8 million0.02%
79.Iran$1.8 million0.02%
80.Trinidad/Tobago$1.6 million0.02%
81.Kyrgyzstan$1.5 million0.02%
82.Finland$1.2 million0.01%
83.Botswana$1.2 million0.01%
84.Bosnia/Herzegovina$932,0000.01%
85.Colombia$789,0000.01%
86.Kenya$718,0000.01%
87.Sri Lanka$710,0000.01%
88.Uganda$697,0000.01%
89.Bulgaria$686,0000.01%
90.Haiti$680,0000.01%
91.Myanmar (Burma)$677,0000.01%
92.Norway$644,0000.01%
93.Dominican Republic$585,0000.01%
94.El Salvador$346,0000.004%
95.Jamaica$333,0000.003%
96.Zambia$294,0000.003%
97.Azerbaijan$248,0000.003%
98.Senegal$244,0000.003%
99.Togo$225,0000.002%
100.North Macedonia$205,0000.002%
101.Cyprus$183,0000.002%
102.Albania$177,0000.002%
103.Benin$175,0000.002%
104.Palestine$155,0000.002%
105.Cameroon$145,0000.002%
106.Paraguay$110,0000.001%
107.Syrian Arab Republic$109,0000.001%
108.Honduras$108,0000.001%
109.Uzbekistan$104,0000.001%
110.Kuwait$97,0000.001%
111.Timor-Leste$97,0000.001%
112.Mali$92,0000.001%
113.Gabon$89,0000.001%
114.Armenia$85,0000.001%
115.Macao$84,0000.001%
116.Libya$62,0000.001%
117.Tajikistan$59,0000.001%
118.Liberia$55,0000.001%
119.Georgia$55,0000.001%
120.Brunei Darussalam$54,0000.001%
121.Guinea$42,0000.0004%
122.Suriname$39,0000.0004%
123.Oman$38,0000.0004%
124.Mauritania$27,0000.0003%
125.Lesotho$26,0000.0003%
126.Saint Lucia$26,0000.0003%
127.Iraq$23,0000.0002%
128.Bermuda$21,0000.0002%
129.Ghana$17,0000.0002%
130.Curaçao$17,0000.0002%
131.Niger$16,0000.0002%
132.Andorra$14,0000.0001%
133.Turkmenistan$12,0000.0001%
134.Mongolia$11,0000.0001%
135.Moldova$10,0000.0001%
136.Grenada$10,0000.0001%
137.Panama$9,0000.0001%
138.North Korea$8,0000.0001%
139.Laos$5,0000.0001%
140.Qatar$4,0000.00004%
141.Nicaragua$4,0000.00004%
142.Democr. Rep. Congo$4,0000.00004%
143.Tokelau$4,0000.00004%
144.Venezuela$3,0000.00003%
145.Cabo Verde$3,0000.00003%
146.Malta$3,0000.00003%
147.Madagascar$2,0000.00002%
148.Bahrain$2,0000.00002%
149.Ethiopia$2,0000.00002%
150.Eswatini$2,0000.00002%
151.Rwanda$1,0000.00001%
152.Tanzania$1,0000.00001%
153.Burkina Faso$1,0000.00001%
154.Greenland$1,0000.00001%
155.Gibraltar$1,0000.00001%
156.Gambia$1,0000.00001%
157.Br. Indian Ocean Terr$1,0000.00001%
158.Afghanistan$1,0000.00001%

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Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 27, 2019

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Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 27, 2019

Wikipedia, Category:Pasta companies. Accessed on July 18, 2018