Top Sweet Pepper and Chili Pepper Exporters

Sweet peppers red and yellow

Sweet/bell peppers

International sales of exported sweet peppers (also called bell peppers) and chili peppers totaled US$4.9 billion during 2017.

That dollar amount reflects an average 4.5% increase in value from $4.9 billion in 2013. From 2016 to 2017, global sales of peppers appreciated by 2.2%.

Europe exported the highest dollar worth of peppers during 2017 with shipments valued at $2.7 billion or over half (53.2%) of the overall total. In second place was North America at 30.9% while 11.1% of worldwide shipments of peppers originated from Asian exporters. Smaller percentages came from Africa (3.3%), Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (1.2%) and Oceania led by New Zealand and Australia (0.4%).

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 2017.

  1. Spain: US$1.14 billion (22.4% of total peppers exports)
  2. Netherlands: $1.1 billion (21.6%)
  3. Mexico: $984.7 million (19.4%)
  4. Canada: $353.2 million (6.9%)
  5. United States: $231.7 million (4.6%)
  6. Morocco: $154.7 million (3%)
  7. Israel: $105.5 million (2.1%)
  8. Turkey: $96.4 million (1.9%)
  9. South Korea: $91.1 million (1.8%)
  10. China: $81.6 million (1.6%)
  11. Belgium: $79.6 million (1.6%)
  12. France: $73.9 million (1.5%)
  13. Jordan: $56.1 million (1.1%)
  14. Vietnam: $53.9 million (1.1%)
  15. Slovenia: $48 million (0.9%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 91.4% of global peppers exports in 2017.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing peppers exporters since 2013 were: China (up 130.9%), Morocco (up 109.9%), Vietnam (up 56.5%) and Jordan (up 53.5%).

Three countries posted declines in their exported peppers sales namely Israel (down -53.4%), Slovenia (down -35.9%) and the Netherlands (down -3.3%).

Advantages

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

  1. Spain: US$1.1 billion (net export surplus up 10.2% since 2013)
  2. Mexico: $983.4 million (up 13.6%)
  3. Netherlands: $882.1 million (down -5.1%)
  4. Morocco: $154.7 million (up 110%)
  5. Canada: $105.9 million (up 28.7%)
  6. Israel: $103.8 million (down -54.1%)
  7. Turkey: $96.4 million (up 18.5%)
  8. South Korea: $91.1 million (up 0.2%)
  9. China: $76.2 million (up 115.6%)
  10. Jordan: $56.1 million (up 56.4%)
  11. Vietnam: $48.6 million (up 41.1%)
  12. Greece: $26 million (down -15.5%)
  13. India: $25.9 million (down -0.5%)
  14. Dominican Republic: $22.6 million (down -6.1%)
  15. Honduras: $16.2 million (down -30.6%)

Overtaking the leader in 2016 Mexico, Spain 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 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 peppers purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$1.2 billion (net export deficit up 11.6% since 2013)
  2. Germany: -$794.7 million (down -6.8%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$431.3 million (up 2%)
  4. France: -$234.3 million (up 26.7%)
  5. Russia: -$160.8 million (down -34%)
  6. Japan: -$134.8 million (down -11.8%)
  7. Poland: -$93.8 million (up 21.7%)
  8. Italy: -$79.7 million (down -12%)
  9. Switzerland: -$76 million (down -4.8%)
  10. Sweden: -$70.4 million (down -5.3%)
  11. Czech Republic: -$64.3 million (down -4.6%)
  12. Austria: -$58.7 million (down -0.04%)
  13. Norway: -$58.7 million (down -4.5%)
  14. Malaysia: -$49.1 million (up 40%)
  15. Denmark: -$48.9 million (down -3%)

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 and Chili Pepper Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2017 Sweet & Chili Pepper Exports% World Total
1.SpainUS$1.14 billion22.4%
2.Netherlands$1.1 billion21.6%
3.Mexico$984.7 million19.4%
4.Canada$353.2 million6.9%
5.United States$231.7 million4.6%
6.Morocco$154.7 million3%
7.Israel$105.5 million2.1%
8.Turkey$96.4 million1.9%
9.South Korea$91.1 million1.8%
10.China$81.6 million1.6%
11.Belgium$79.6 million1.6%
12.France$73.9 million1.5%
13.Jordan$56.1 million1.1%
14.Vietnam$53.9 million1.1%
15.Slovenia$48 million0.9%
16.Austria$43.9 million0.9%
17.Germany$38.7 million0.8%
18.Greece$32.2 million0.6%
19.Hungary$29.9 million0.6%
20.Italy$28.2 million0.6%
21.India$25.9 million0.5%
22.Dominican Rep$22.6 million0.4%
23.Poland$18.4 million0.4%
24.New Zealand$17.5 million0.3%
25.Honduras$16.4 million0.3%
26.Guatemala$13.7 million0.3%
27.Thailand$11 million0.2%
28.United Kingdom$10.4 million0.2%
29.Macedonia$10.4 million0.2%
30.Czech Republic$10.3 million0.2%
31.Lithuania$9 million0.2%
32.Serbia$8.3 million0.2%
33.Malaysia$6.6 million0.1%
34.Egypt$5.1 million0.1%
35.Albania$4.9 million0.1%
36.Macao$4.6 million0.1%
37.Iran$4.6 million0.1%
38.Uzbekistan$3.8 million0.1%
39.Bangladesh$3.7 million0.1%
40.Bulgaria$3.6 million0.1%
41.Syria$3.5 million0.1%
42.Portugal$3.1 million0.1%
43.Denmark$3 million0.1%
44.El Salvador$2.5 million0.05%
45.South Africa$2.4 million0.05%
46.Oman$2.4 million0.05%
47.Latvia$2.2 million0.04%
48.Costa Rica$2 million0.04%
49.Saudi Arabia$2 million0.04%
50.Senegal$1.9 million0.04%
51.Laos$1.7 million0.03%
52.Kyrgyzstan$1.6 million0.03%
53.Guinea$1.6 million0.03%
54.Ireland$1.6 million0.03%
55.Russia$1.4 million0.03%
56.Kazakhstan$1.3 million0.03%
57.Bosnia/Herzegovina$1.2 million0.02%
58.Sweden$1.1 million0.02%
59.Australia$1 million0.02%
60.Peru$977,0000.02%
61.Singapore$918,0000.02%
62.Croatia$892,0000.02%
63.Kenya$866,0000.02%
64.Ukraine$850,0000.02%
65.Cambodia$835,0000.02%
66.Tunisia$687,0000.01%
67.Indonesia$635,0000.01%
68.Tanzania$622,0000.01%
69.United Arab Emirates$609,0000.01%
70.Yemen$511,0000.01%
71.Slovakia$500,0000.01%
72.Zimbabwe$497,0000.01%
73.Jamaica$495,0000.01%
74.Luxembourg$435,0000.01%
75.Gambia$413,0000.01%
76.Trinidad/Tobago$384,0000.01%
77.Taiwan$382,0000.01%
78.Armenia$366,0000.01%
79.Haiti$284,0000.01%
80.Cuba$258,0000.01%
81.Lebanon$257,0000.01%
82.Panama$224,0000.004%
83.Turkmenistan$197,0000.004%
84.Belarus$192,0000.004%
85.Georgia$167,0000.003%
86.Myanmar (Burma)$165,0000.003%
87.Finland$155,0000.003%
88.Romania$154,0000.003%
89.Pakistan$149,0000.003%
90.Namibia$138,0000.003%
91.Madagascar$133,0000.003%
92.Colombia$121,0000.002%
93.Djibouti$109,0000.002%
94.Rwanda$97,0000.002%
95.Norway$92,0000.002%
96.Saint Lucia$90,0000.002%
97.Azerbaijan$82,0000.002%
98.Kuwait$63,0000.001%
99.Fiji$60,0000.001%
100.Sri Lanka$52,0000.001%
101.Afghanistan$47,0000.001%
102.Switzerland$46,0000.001%
103.Hong Kong$41,0000.001%
104.Uganda$39,0000.001%
105.Estonia$38,0000.001%
106.Cameroon$35,0000.001%
107.Nicaragua$35,0000.001%
108.Côte d'Ivoire$33,0000.001%
109.Algeria$29,0000.001%
110.Ecuador$21,0000.0004%
111.Burkina Faso$18,0000.0004%
112.Philippines$17,0000.0003%
113.Sudan$15,0000.0003%
114.Moldova$15,0000.0003%
115.Guyana$11,0000.0002%
116.Ghana$11,0000.0002%
117.Bolivia$11,0000.0002%
118.Chile$11,0000.0002%
119.Uruguay$11,0000.0002%
120.Montenegro$10,0000.0002%
121.Tokelau$9,0000.0002%
122.Tonga$8,0000.0002%
123.Argentina$8,0000.0002%
124.Cyprus$6,0000.0001%
125.Iceland$5,0000.0001%
126.Swaziland$5,0000.0001%
127.St Vincent/Grenadines$5,0000.0001%
128.Suriname$3,0000.0001%
129.Brazil$3,0000.0001%
130.Qatar$2,0000.00004%
131.New Caledonia$2,0000.00004%
132.Japan$2,0000.00004%
133.Mauritius$1,0000.00002%
134.Mozambique$1,0000.00002%
135.Angola$1,0000.00002%
136.Antigua/Barbuda$1,0000.00002%


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

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 11, 2018

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

Wikipedia, Bell Pepper. Accessed on June 11, 2018

Wikipedia, Chili Pepper. Accessed on June 11, 2018

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