Top Sweet Pepper and Chili Pepper Exporters

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Sweet/bell peppers

International sales of exported sweet peppers (also called bell peppers) and chili peppers totaled US$5.5 billion during 2018. That dollar amount reflects an average 12.9% increase in value from $4.9 billion in 2014. From 2017 to 2018, global sales of peppers appreciated by 6.7%.

Europe exported the highest dollar worth of peppers during 2018 with shipments valued at $2.7 billion or roughly half (49.7%) of the overall total. In second place was North America at 32.4% while 13.4% of worldwide shipments of peppers originated from Asian exporters. Smaller percentages came from Africa (3.1%), Latin America (1.2%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, then Oceania (0.3%) led by New Zealand and Australia.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 070960 for fresh or chilled peppers. That code prefix encompasses both sweet peppers and chili peppers.

Peppers Exports by Country

Countries

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

  1. Spain: US$1.22 billion (22.1% of total peppers exports)
  2. Mexico: $1.16 billion (21%)
  3. Netherlands: $1.08 billion (19.5%)
  4. Canada: $386.5 million (7%)
  5. United States: $242.6 million (4.4%)
  6. Morocco: $151.9 million (2.8%)
  7. Israel: $136.4 million (2.5%)
  8. Vietnam: $120.2 million (2.2%)
  9. Turkey: $118 million (2.1%)
  10. South Korea: $93.8 million (1.7%)
  11. China: $77.1 million (1.4%)
  12. France: $69.3 million (1.3%)
  13. Belgium: $64.3 million (1.2%)
  14. Jordan: $48.3 million (0.9%)
  15. Austria: $44.4 million (0.8%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 90.8% of global peppers exports.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing peppers exporters since 2014 were: Vietnam (up 210.8%), Morocco (up 95.8%), China (up 61.2%) and Turkey (up 47.5%).

Three countries posted declines in their exported peppers sales, namely: Israel (down -27.4%), France (down -3.6%) and Belgium (down -2.8%).

Advantages

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

  1. Mexico: US$1.2 billion (net export surplus up 30% since 2014)
  2. Spain: $1.1 billion (up 10.7%)
  3. Netherlands: $879.5 million (up 6.3%)
  4. Morocco: $151.9 million (up 95.9%)
  5. Israel: $136 million (down -27.6%)
  6. Canada: $119.3 million (up 58.9%)
  7. Vietnam: $117.8 million (up 205.8%)
  8. Turkey: $117.8 million (up 47.6%)
  9. South Korea: $93.8 million (up 11.1%)
  10. Jordan: $48.2 million (up 6%)
  11. Iran: $40.3 million (up 159.5%)
  12. India: $33.1 million (up 8.1%)
  13. Greece: $23.9 million (down -2.6%)
  14. Dominican Republic: $19.9 million (down -28.1%)
  15. Honduras: $19.7 million (down -9.1%)

Mexico achieved the highest surplus in the international trade of peppers. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong Mexican competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

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

  1. United States: -US$1.3 billion (net export deficit up 18.4% since 2014)
  2. Germany: -$787.6 million (down -2.4%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$423.5 million (down -3.1%)
  4. France: -$217.2 million (up 18.6%)
  5. Russia: -$194.6 million (down -8.3%)
  6. Japan: -$135.6 million (up 2.6%)
  7. Poland: -$104 million (up 18.8%)
  8. Italy: -$87.1 million (up 8.5%)
  9. Switzerland: -$77 million (up 4.4%)
  10. Sweden: -$73.5 million (down -0.8%)
  11. Czech Republic: -$70 million (up 8.7%)
  12. Austria: -$63.1 million (up 4.4%)
  13. Norway: -$58.6 million (down -2.1%)
  14. Denmark: -$57.3 million (up 9.4%)
  15. Romania: -$54.4 million (up 108.5%)

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

Companies

Peppers Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following companies are also examples of companies that trade sweet and/or chili peppers including seeds. The home-country location is shown within parentheses:

  • Alfafood GmbH (Germany)
  • American Top Foods LLC (United States)
  • Boumamar Trading (Netherlands)
  • Cannery Row SL (Spain)
  • Henan Alchemy Food Co, Ltd (China)
  • Mave Enterprises Inc (United States)
  • Shanxi Qinghe Trading Co, Ltd (China)
  • TMEM (France)
  • Vast Exporters (India)
  • Viet Star Import Export Company Limited (Vietnam)


 

Searchable List of Sweet/Chili Pepper Exporting Countries in 2018

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RankExporterPeppers Exports (US$)%Total
1.Spain$1.22 billion22.1%
2.Mexico$1.16 billion21%
3.Netherlands$1.08 billion19.5%
4.Canada$386.5 million7%
5.United States$242.6 million4.4%
6.Morocco$151.9 million2.8%
7.Israel$136.4 million2.5%
8.Vietnam$120.2 million2.2%
9.Turkey$118 million2.1%
10.South Korea$93.8 million1.7%
11.China$77.1 million1.4%
12.France$69.3 million1.3%
13.Belgium$64.3 million1.2%
14.Jordan$48.3 million0.9%
15.Austria$44.4 million0.8%
16.Germany$41.7 million0.8%
17.Iran$40.3 million0.7%
18.India$33.1 million0.6%
19.Slovenia$31 million0.6%
20.Greece$30.9 million0.6%
21.Hungary$27.7 million0.5%
22.Italy$26.2 million0.5%
23.Poland$24.2 million0.4%
24.Dominican Republic$19.9 million0.4%
25.Honduras$19.8 million0.4%
26.Thailand$16.6 million0.3%
27.Guatemala$15.9 million0.3%
28.New Zealand$14.3 million0.3%
29.North Macedonia$12.2 million0.2%
30.United Kingdom$11.7 million0.2%
31.Macao$10.6 million0.2%
32.United Arab Emirates$10 million0.2%
33.Czech Republic$9.5 million0.2%
34.Lithuania$8.7 million0.2%
35.Serbia$8 million0.1%
36.Albania$7.4 million0.1%
37.Malaysia$7.2 million0.1%
38.Bulgaria$5.6 million0.1%
39.Uzbekistan$5.4 million0.1%
40.Bangladesh$5.2 million0.1%
41.Belarus$4.6 million0.1%
42.Guinea$4.5 million0.1%
43.Egypt$4.4 million0.1%
44.Portugal$4.4 million0.1%
45.Denmark$3.4 million0.1%
46.Laos$3.1 million0.1%
47.South Africa$2.7 million0.05%
48.Oman$2.7 million0.05%
49.El Salvador$2.5 million0.05%
50.Latvia$2.3 million0.04%
51.Peru$2.2 million0.04%
52.Senegal$2.1 million0.04%
53.Tunisia$1.8 million0.03%
54.Russia$1.4 million0.02%
55.Ireland$1.4 million0.02%
56.Nicaragua$1.3 million0.02%
57.Sri Lanka$1.3 million0.02%
58.Saudi Arabia$1.1 million0.02%
59.Australia$1 million0.02%
60.Cambodia$981,0000.02%
61.Dominica$954,0000.02%
62.Sweden$921,0000.02%
63.Kazakhstan$903,0000.02%
64.Croatia$880,0000.02%
65.Slovakia$852,0000.02%
66.Bosnia/Herzegovina$791,0000.01%
67.Kenya$690,0000.01%
68.Myanmar (Burma)$529,0000.01%
69.Syrian Arab Republic$526,0000.01%
70.Luxembourg$517,0000.01%
71.Singapore$485,0000.01%
72.Panama$474,0000.01%
73.Yemen$429,0000.01%
74.Jamaica$418,0000.01%
75.Philippines$402,0000.01%
76.Indonesia$387,0000.01%
77.Ukraine$365,0000.01%
78.Trinidad/Tobago$343,0000.01%
79.Kyrgyzstan$297,0000.01%
80.Tanzania$260,0000.005%
81.Finland$220,0000.004%
82.Fiji$217,0000.004%
83.Georgia$209,0000.004%
84.Pakistan$207,0000.004%
85.Romania$192,0000.003%
86.Rwanda$190,0000.003%
87.Taiwan$186,0000.003%
88.Colombia$178,0000.003%
89.Cuba$155,0000.003%
90.Brazil$151,0000.003%
91.Madagascar$143,0000.003%
92.Bahrain$142,0000.003%
93.Turkmenistan$134,0000.002%
94.Ghana$117,0000.002%
95.Lebanon$105,0000.002%
96.Venezuela$82,0000.001%
97.Palestine$81,0000.001%
98.Malawi$67,0000.001%
99.Zimbabwe$59,0000.001%
100.Estonia$52,0000.001%
101.Switzerland$48,0000.001%
102.Armenia$43,0000.001%
103.Guyana$38,0000.001%
104.Ecuador$36,0000.001%
105.Ethiopia$35,0000.001%
106.Ivory Coast$35,0000.001%
107.Norway$34,0000.001%
108.Nepal$31,0000.001%
109.Montenegro$31,0000.001%
110.Moldova$24,0000.0004%
111.Tajikistan$23,0000.0004%
112.Eswatini$21,0000.0004%
113.Algeria$20,0000.0004%
114.Cyprus$18,0000.0003%
115.Mali$18,0000.0003%
116.Chile$15,0000.0003%
117.Japan$14,0000.0003%
118.Guinea-Bissau$12,0000.0002%
119.Kuwait$10,0000.0002%
120.Azerbaijan$10,0000.0002%
121.Uruguay$10,0000.0002%
122.Burkina Faso$7,0000.0001%
123.Costa Rica$7,0000.0001%
124.Gambia$5,0000.0001%
125.Hong Kong$5,0000.0001%
126.Iceland$5,0000.0001%
127.Suriname$5,0000.0001%
128.Saint Lucia$4,0000.0001%
129.Angola$4,0000.0001%
130.Bolivia$3,0000.0001%
131.St Vincent/Grenadines$2,0000.00004%
132.Saint Kitts/Nevis$2,0000.00004%
133.Qatar$1,0000.00002%
134.Togo$1,0000.00002%
135.Mozambique$1,0000.00002%
136.Bermuda$1,0000.00002%
137.Cameroon$1,0000.00002%


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Research Sources:
Alibaba, supplier information for peppers. Accessed on June 11, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 11, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 11, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on July 16, 2019

Wikipedia, Bell Pepper. Accessed on June 11, 2018

Wikipedia, Chili Pepper. Accessed on June 11, 2018