Top Strawberries Exporters by Country

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Global export sales by all countries totaled an estimated US$2.5 billion during 2017 for fresh strawberries, while the value of shipments for frozen strawberries amounted to an estimated $939.8 million.

Overall, the value of globally exported fresh strawberries increased in value by about 8.1% since 2013 when fresh strawberries exports were valued at $2.4 billion. Shipments of frozen strawberries appreciated by 5.2% over the same 5-year period up from $893.6 million in 2013.

Renown for its bright red color, juicy texture, sweetness and distinct aroma, a strawberry is a popular fruit eaten raw or consumed in prepared foods and drinks including puddings, jams, pies, ice cream, milkshakes and juices.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 081010 for fresh strawberries while the 6-digit prefix for frozen strawberries is 081110 whether or not sweetened.

Fresh Strawberries Exports by Top Countries

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

  1. Spain: US$634.4 million (24.9% of total exported fresh strawberries)
  2. United States: $473.3 million (18.6%)
  3. Mexico: $418.6 million (16.5%)
  4. Netherlands: $305.9 million (12%)
  5. Belgium: $184.8 million (7.3%)
  6. Egypt: $90 million (3.5%)
  7. Morocco: $50.1 million (2%)
  8. South Korea: $43 million (1.7%)
  9. Germany: $42.2 million (1.7%)
  10. Italy: $41.8 million (1.6%)
  11. France: $40.8 million (1.6%)
  12. Greece: $31.7 million (1.2%)
  13. Australia: $24.8 million (1%)
  14. Serbia: $20.6 million (0.8%)
  15. Japan: $15.9 million (0.6%)


 

The above countries produced 95% of globally exported fresh strawberries in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of raw strawberries since 2013 were: Japan (up 548%), Australia (up 211.4%), Serbia (up 131.1%), Mexico (up 107.5%), South Korea (up 50.5%) and Morocco (up 32.1%).

Four top countries experienced declining international sales for their fresh strawberries: Greece (down -47.5%), France (down -25.8%), Italy (down -23%) and the Netherlands (down -19.2%).

Frozen Strawberries Exports by Top Countries

The following list showcases the 15 nations that garnered the highest international sales of frozen strawberries in 2017.

  1. Poland: US$176.6 million (18.8% of total exported frozen strawberries)
  2. Mexico: $143.1 million (15.2%)
  3. China: $110.1 million (11.7%)
  4. Egypt: $65.8 million (7%)
  5. Morocco: $61.5 million (6.5%)
  6. Netherlands: $57.5 million (6.1%)
  7. United States: $52.9 million (5.6%)
  8. Chile: $49 million (5.2%)
  9. Spain: $48.9 million (5.2%)
  10. Belgium: $41.4 million (4.4%)
  11. Turkey: $27 million (2.9%)
  12. Peru: $18 million (1.9%)
  13. Germany: $16.5 million (1.8%)
  14. France: $12.6 million (1.3%)
  15. Serbia: $10.8 million (1.1%)

The 15 countries listed immediately above shipped about 94.9% of all frozen strawberries exported during 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing international sellers of frozen strawberries since 2013 were: Serbia (up 244.2%), Egypt (up 160.7%), Turkey (up 57%), Chile (up 47.2%) and France (up 45%).

Leading the value declines in exported frozen strawberries were: Netherlands (down -35.5%), Belgium (down -25.9%), Morocco (down -23.5%), China (down -17%) and United States (down -13.5%).

See also Apples Exports by Country, Bananas Exports by Country, Sweet Cherries Exports by Country and Kiwifruit Exports by Country

Research Sources:
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on April 22, 2018

Wikipedia, Strawberry. Accessed on April 22, 2018