Sweet, sour, hot or dill, pickled cucumbers are one of the world’s most popular condiments. Globally, exports of pickles totaled US$544.3 million in 2019. That dollar amount reflects a 2.7% increase in value since 2015 but a -16.6% decline from 2018 to 2019.
Among continents, suppliers in European countries sold the highest dollar worth of exported pickles during 2019 with shipments valued at $306.4 million or over half (56.3%) of the global total. In second place were Asian exporters at 28.5% while 14.4% of worldwide pickles shipments originated from North America. Smaller percentages came from suppliers in Africa (0.5%), Latin America (0.2%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, and Oceania (also 0.2%) led by Australia and New Zealand.
For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for pickles is 200110. Technically, the product is described 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 2019.
- Germany: US$124.6 million (22.9% of total exported pickles)
- India: $110.1 million (20.2%)
- Netherlands: $74 million (13.6%)
- United States: $71.9 million (13.2%)
- Poland: $28.5 million (5.2%)
- Vietnam: $18.6 million (3.4%)
- Hungary: $11.8 million (2.2%)
- Belgium: $8 million (1.5%)
- China: $7.9 million (1.5%)
- Canada: $6.2 million (1.1%)
- Sri Lanka: $6.1 million (1.1%)
- Spain: $5.5 million (1%)
- Lebanon: $5.3 million (1%)
- Czech Republic: $5.2 million (1%)
- France: $5 million (0.9%)
By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 89.8% of globally exported pickles in 2019.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing exporters of pickles since 2015 were: Netherlands (up 94%), Lebanon (up 81%), Spain (up 60.4%) and China (up 58.6%).
Four countries posted declines in their international sales of pickles: Belgium (down -41.4%), Vietnam (down -24.5%), Sri Lanka (down -2.8%) and France (down -0.2%).
The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for pickles during 2019. 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$109.9 million (net export surplus up 11.7% since 2015)
- Germany: $59.2 million (up 13.4%)
- Vietnam: $18.2 million (down -26.1%)
- Poland: $15.4 million (up 10.9%)
- Netherlands: $9.9 million (reversing a -$623,000 deficit)
- United States: $6.9 million (down -27.3%)
- Sri Lanka: $6.1 million (down -2.9%)
- Lebanon: $5.2 million (up 87.8%)
- North Macedonia: $4.9 million (down -6.4%)
- China: $3.7 million (up 77.5%)
- Hungary: $3.2 million (down -34.5%)
- Egypt: $2.2 million (up 232.8%)
- Serbia: $1.7 million (reversing a -$2 million deficit)
- Syria: $1.1 million (up 56%)
- Belarus: $955,000 (down -78.6%)
India generated 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 2019. 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$65.9 million (net export deficit up 8% since 2015)
- United Kingdom: -$40.6 million (up 29.6%)
- France: -$38.4 million (up 25.6%)
- Russia: -$26.7 million (down -20.8%)
- Switzerland: -$14.9 million (up 1.5%)
- Romania: -$13.3 million (up 134.3%)
- Australia: -$11.2 million (up 28.4%)
- Belgium: -$8.6 million (up 30%)
- Spain: -$8.3 million (down -4.4%)
- South Korea: -$7.9 million (up 29.1%)
- Austria: -$7.6 million (up 69.2%)
- Finland: -$7.3 million (up 65.2%)
- Japan: -$6.6 million (down -9.1%)
- Italy: -$6.5 million (down -24.6%)
- Denmark: -$6 million (up 1.3%)
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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