Top Pickles Exporters by Country

Pickled cucumbers (courtesy of Pixabay.com)

Pickled cucumbers (Pixabay)

Sweet, sour, hot or dill, pickled cucumbers are one of the world’s most popular condiments. Globally, exports of pickles totaled US$567.2 million in 2017.

That dollar amount represents a -6.6% dip since 2013 but an 8.4% uptick from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported pickles during 2017 with shipments valued at $271.9 million or almost half (47.9%) of the global total. In second place were Asian exporters at 38.2% while 12.6% of worldwide pickles shipments originated from North America with just 1% coming from Africa.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for pickles is 200110, a product technically referred to as cucumbers and gherkins prepared or preserved by vinegar or acetic acid.

Top Pickles Exporters by Country

Countries

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

  1. Germany: US$127.6 million (22.5% of total pickles exports)
  2. India: $94.5 million (16.7%)
  3. Turkey: $77.1 million (13.6%)
  4. United States: $66.6 million (11.8%)
  5. Netherlands: $58.5 million (10.3%)
  6. Poland: $22.2 million (3.9%)
  7. Vietnam: $18.6 million (3.3%)
  8. China: $9.4 million (1.7%)
  9. Belgium: $7.9 million (1.4%)
  10. Sri Lanka: $7.5 million (1.3%)
  11. Hungary: $6.9 million (1.2%)
  12. Egypt: $5.2 million (0.9%)
  13. France: $5 million (0.9%)
  14. Canada: $4.8 million (0.9%)
  15. Belarus: $4.1 million (0.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 90.9% of all pickles exports by value.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing pickles exporters since 2013 were: Egypt (up 1,217%), China (up 90.4%), Netherlands (up 32.1%) and Canada (up 31.2%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported pickles sales were led by: Belgium (down -67.3%), Belarus (down -53.3%), Vietnam (down -28%), Hungary (down -23.6%) and India (down -20%).

Advantages

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

  1. India: US$94.4 million (net export surplus down -20.2% since 2013)
  2. Turkey: $77 million (down -7.7%)
  3. Germany: $72.1 million (up 27.3%)
  4. Vietnam: $18.4 million (down -28.4%)
  5. Poland: $12.1 million (down -26.8%)
  6. United States: $7.8 million (down -38.2%)
  7. Sri Lanka: $7.4 million (down -1.9%)
  8. China: $6.1 million (up 87.9%)
  9. Egypt: $4.8 million (reversing a -$307,000 deficit)
  10. Netherlands: $3.7 million (reversing a -$4.9 million deficit)
  11. Hungary: $3.4 million (down -47%)
  12. Macedonia: $3.4 million (down -31.4%)
  13. Belarus: $2 million (down -54.2%)
  14. Lebanon: $1.9 million (down -37%)
  15. Uzbekistan: $1.5 million (down -16.3%)

India has the highest surplus in the international trade of pickles. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong Indian competitive advantages for this specific product category.

Opportunities

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

  1. Canada: -US$61.9 million (net export deficit up 9.1% since 2013)
  2. United Kingdom: -$38.1 million (up 30.6%)
  3. France: -$35.9 million (down -1.3%)
  4. Russia: -$27 million (down -58.2%)
  5. Switzerland: -$14.3 million (down -11.4%)
  6. Spain: -$13.9 million (up 123.7%)
  7. Australia: -$9.9 million (up 44.9%)
  8. Belgium: -$8.3 million (up 89.4%)
  9. Japan: -$6.72 million (down -20.5%)
  10. South Korea: -$6.71 million (up 23.8%)
  11. Romania: -$6.45 million (up 152.9%)
  12. Denmark: -$6.42 million (up 1.3%)
  13. Czech Republic: -$5.8 million (up 41.9%)
  14. Italy: -$5.7 million (down -47.8%)
  15. Sweden: -$5.1 million (up 59.5%)

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

Companies

Pickles Exporting Companies

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

  • Diane Doux (France)
  • Kalaycioglu Gida Pazarlama Sanayi (Turkey)
  • Lunii Foods, LLC (United States)
  • Marvino Trading Limited (Hong Kong)
  • Orient Vietnam Company Limited (Vietnam)
  • Riviana Foods Pvt Ltd (India)
  • Yantai Reiyo Foods Co Ltd (China)


 

See also Imported Pickles by Country, Top Cucumbers Exporting Countries, Top Sweet Pepper and Chili Pepper Exporters and Eggplant Exports by Country

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Alibaba, Supplier showroom for pickles. Accessed on August 24, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on August 24, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on August 24, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on August 24, 2018

Wikipedia, Pickled cucumber. Accessed on August 24, 2018