Sweet, sour, hot or dill, pickled cucumbers are one of the world’s most popular condiments. Globally, exports of pickles totaled US$635.1 million in 2018. That dollar amount reflects a -0.4% dip since 2014 but a 10.5% uptick from 2017 to 2018.
Among continents, European countries sold the highest dollar worth of exported pickles during 2018 with shipments valued at $301.5 million or almost half (47.5%) of the global total. In second place were Asian exporters at 40.4% while 10.9% of worldwide pickles shipments originated from North America. Smaller percentages came from suppliers in Africa (1%), Latin America (0.1%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, and Oceania (also 0.1%) led by Australia.
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
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of pickles during 2018.
- Germany: US$140.3 million (22.1% of total exported pickles)
- India: $136.2 million (21.5%)
- Turkey: $79.2 million (12.5%)
- United States: $64.6 million (10.2%)
- Netherlands: $59.2 million (9.3%)
- Poland: $30.3 million (4.8%)
- Vietnam: $17.3 million (2.7%)
- Hungary: $12 million (1.9%)
- China: $8.1 million (1.3%)
- Belgium: $6.8 million (1.1%)
- Sri Lanka: $6.6 million (1%)
- Egypt: $5.6 million (0.9%)
- France: $5 million (0.8%)
- Spain: $4.9 million (0.8%)
- Canada: $4.6 million (0.7%)
The listed 15 countries shipped 91.5% of all pickles exports by value.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing pickles exporters since 2014 were: Egypt (up 373.5%), Canada (up 40.3%), Hungary (up 32.9%) and China (up 29.9%).
Those countries that posted declines in their exported pickles sales were led by: Belgium (down -61.5%), Vietnam (down -49.3%), France (down -11.5%), Spain (down -10.6%) and Sri Lanka (down -6.3%).
The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for pickles 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 pickles and its import purchases for that same commodity.
- India: US$135.9 million (net export surplus up 2.3% since 2014)
- Germany: $87.9 million (up 35.2%)
- Turkey: $79 million (down -6%)
- Poland: $18 million (up 0.3%)
- Vietnam: $17.1 million (down -49.8%)
- Hungary: $6.6 million (up 5.1%)
- Sri Lanka: $6.6 million (down -6.1%)
- Egypt: $5.1 million (up 559.9%)
- China: $4.9 million (up 18.6%)
- North Macedonia: $4.2 million (down -21.3%)
- United States: $2.4 million (down -84.3%)
- Uzbekistan: $2 million (down -35.1%)
- Lebanon: $1.6 million (down -61%)
- Iran: $1.1 million (down -85%)
- Moldova: $963,000 (up 33.4%)
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.
The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for pickles 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 pickles purchases and its exports for that same commodity.
- Canada: -US$62.8 million (net export deficit up 9.2% since 2014)
- France: -$50.5 million (up 42%)
- United Kingdom: -$40.6 million (up 12.6%)
- Russia: -$35.5 million (down -45.9%)
- Belgium: -$16.8 million (up 231.4%)
- Switzerland: -$15.9 million (down -4.2%)
- Australia: -$12 million (up 41.7%)
- Spain: -$10.2 million (down -21.3%)
- Romania: -$10.1 million (up 111.7%)
- Italy: -$8.3 million (down -22.4%)
- Austria: -$8.1 million (up 45.1%)
- South Korea: -$7.6 million (up 24.8%)
- Denmark: -$7.2 million (down -9.8%)
- Japan: -$6.8 million (down -10.5%)
- Sweden: -$6.2 million (up 56.8%)
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.
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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Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 22, 2019
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 22, 2019
Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 22, 2019
Wikipedia, Pickled cucumber. Accessed on August 24, 2018