Watermelon Exports by Country

Watermelon Exports by Country

Sliced watermelons

Global sales from watermelon exports by country totaled US$1.4 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of watermelon exports fell by an average -1.6% for all exporting countries since 2013 when watermelon shipments were valued at $1.5 billion. Year over year, the value of international watermelon sales depreciated -13.1% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported watermelons during 2017 with shipments valued at $671.3 million or 46.7% of worldwide exports. In second place were North American exporters at 26.1% while 9.6% of total watermelon shipments originated from Latin American excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean.

Shippers in Asia were responsible for 9.5% of the global total, followed by African exporters at 7.5% and Oceania (mostly Australia, Tonga and New Zealand) at 0.5%.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 080711 for fresh watermelons.

Watermelons Exports by Country

Countries

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

  1. Spain: US$364.6 million (25.3% of total exported watermelons)
  2. Mexico: $253.7 million (17.6%)
  3. United States: $121.9 million (8.5%)
  4. Netherlands: $82.2 million (5.7%)
  5. Italy: $81.6 million (5.7%)
  6. Morocco: $78.5 million (5.5%)
  7. Greece: $50.9 million (3.5%)
  8. Brazil: $36.3 million (2.5%)
  9. Vietnam: $31.6 million (2.2%)
  10. China: $31.4 million (2.2%)
  11. Honduras: $31.4 million (2.2%)
  12. Guatemala: $26.5 million (1.8%)
  13. Costa Rica: $22.2 million (1.5%)
  14. Malaysia: $19.7 million (1.4%)
  15. Iran: $18.8 million (1.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 87% of global watermelons exports in 2017 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing watermelons exporters since 2013 were: Vietnam (up 30,290%), Morocco (up 559.2%), Honduras (up 222.7%) and Brazil (up 119.9%).

Five top countries posted declines in their exported watermelons sales namely Iran (down -85.7%), Mexico (down -20.5%), Greece (down -19.9%), Italy (down -8%) and the United States (down -5.7%).

Advantages

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

  1. Spain: US$315.9 million (net export surplus down -6.6% since 2013)
  2. Mexico: $253.2 million (down -20.6%)
  3. Morocco: $78.4 million (up 562%)
  4. Italy: $61.1 million (down -5.4%)
  5. Greece: $50.2 million (down -20%)
  6. Brazil: $36.3 million (up 119.9%)
  7. Honduras: $31.3 million (up 225.6%)
  8. Vietnam: $28.7 million (reversing a -$560,000 deficit)
  9. Guatemala: $26.3 million (up 49.9%)
  10. Costa Rica: $22.1 million (up 42.1%)
  11. Malaysia: $19.6 million (up 20.5%)
  12. Iran: $18.7 million (down -85.7%)
  13. Panama: $17.6 million (up 12.6%)
  14. Egypt: $17.4 million (up 30.1%)
  15. Hungary: $13.1 million (down -17.9%)

Overtaking Mexico, Spain had the highest surplus in the international trade of watermelons for 2017. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Spain’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

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

  1. United States: US-$227.1 million (net export deficit up 16.5% since 2013)
  2. Germany: -$211.2 million (up 10.9%)
  3. Canada: -$114.3 million (down -3.9%)
  4. France: -$100.9 million (up 48.8%)
  5. United Kingdom: -$77.5 million (up 47.4%)
  6. Poland: -$45 million (up 15.4%)
  7. Czech Republic: -$26.8 million (up 2.6%)
  8. Kuwait: -$22.4 million (up 11%)
  9. Switzerland: -$22.1 million (up 31%)
  10. Sweden: -$21 million (up 10.1%)
  11. Austria: -$20.7 million (up 7.3%)
  12. Netherlands: -$19.5 million (up 506.4%)
  13. Norway: -$19.1 million (up 3.1%)
  14. Belgium: -$15.3 million (up 55.9%)
  15. Denmark: -$15.1 million (up 33.3%)

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

Companies

Watermelons Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following companies are also examples of watermelon-trading companies located in the country shown within parentheses:

  • 3GM (United States)
  • AA Group, S COOP (Spain)
  • Agronest (Mexico)
  • AMOT-ADEX Internacional, Importacao e Exportacao LTDA (Brazil)
  • Cooperative Lukus (Morrocco)
  • Euro-Piramis Bt. (Hungary)
  • Golden Aroma Agr Sdn. BHD (Malaysia)
  • Hoang Tho Co Ltd (Vietnam)
  • Samouilidis Josef (Greece)
  • Yunnan Chuntian Agricultural Products Co Ltd (China)


 

Searchable List of Watermelon Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2017 Watermelons Exports% World Total
1.SpainUS$364.6 million25.3%
2.Mexico$253.7 million17.6%
3.United States$121.9 million8.5%
4.Netherlands$82.2 million5.7%
5.Italy$81.6 million5.7%
6.Morocco$78.5 million5.5%
7.Greece$50.9 million3.5%
8.Brazil$36.3 million2.5%
9.Vietnam$31.6 million2.2%
10.China$31.4 million2.2%
11.Honduras$31.4 million2.2%
12.Guatemala$26.5 million1.8%
13.Costa Rica$22.2 million1.5%
14.Malaysia$19.7 million1.4%
15.Iran$18.8 million1.3%
16.Hungary$18.6 million1.3%
17.Panama$17.6 million1.2%
18.Egypt$17.4 million1.2%
19.France$17 million1.2%
20.Germany$13.2 million0.9%
21.Jordan$10.4 million0.7%
22.Senegal$7.8 million0.5%
23.Australia$7.3 million0.5%
24.Turkey$6 million0.4%
25.Albania$5.3 million0.4%
26.Belgium$4.7 million0.3%
27.Portugal$4.4 million0.3%
28.Afghanistan$4.3 million0.3%
29.Russia$4.2 million0.3%
30.India$4.1 million0.3%
31.Lithuania$3 million0.2%
32.Yemen$3 million0.2%
33.Macedonia$2.9 million0.2%
34.Czech Republic$2.9 million0.2%
35.Poland$2.5 million0.2%
36.Ukraine$2.5 million0.2%
37.Peru$2.5 million0.2%
38.Tunisia$2 million0.1%
39.Kazakhstan$1.9 million0.1%
40.Latvia$1.5 million0.1%
41.Austria$1.5 million0.1%
42.Denmark$1.4 million0.1%
43.Pakistan$1.4 million0.1%
44.South Africa$1.3 million0.1%
45.United Kingdom$1.3 million0.1%
46.Bulgaria$1.1 million0.1%
47.Serbia$1.1 million0.1%
48.Hong Kong$1 million0.1%
49.Nicaragua$990,0000.1%
50.Ireland$665,0000.05%
51.Croatia$625,0000.04%
52.Sudan$583,0000.04%
53.Uganda$566,0000.04%
54.Slovenia$402,0000.03%
55.Oman$398,0000.03%
56.Tonga$397,0000.03%
57.Myanmar (Burma)$343,0000.02%
58.South Korea$343,0000.02%
59.Azerbaijan$327,0000.02%
60.Canada$314,0000.02%
61.Slovakia$314,0000.02%
62.Romania$294,0000.02%
63.Indonesia$290,0000.02%
64.Thailand$239,0000.02%
65.Montenegro$238,0000.02%
66.Syria$223,0000.02%
67.Taiwan$200,0000.01%
68.Kyrgyzstan$190,0000.01%
69.Namibia$183,0000.01%
70.Trinidad/Tobago$162,0000.01%
71.Turkmenistan$158,0000.01%
72.Guyana$149,0000.01%
73.Japan$147,0000.01%
74.Uzbekistan$145,0000.01%
75.Lebanon$143,0000.01%
76.United Arab Emirates$138,0000.01%
77.Sri Lanka$110,0000.01%
78.Kenya$103,0000.01%
79.Finland$87,0000.01%
80.New Zealand$83,0000.01%
81.Kuwait$82,0000.01%
82.Moldova$80,0000.01%
83.Switzerland$76,0000.01%
84.Sweden$64,0000.004%
85.Luxembourg$64,0000.004%
86.Algeria$56,0000.004%
87.Ethiopia$54,0000.004%
88.Cyprus$47,0000.003%
89.Dominican Rep$41,0000.003%
90.Armenia$38,0000.003%
91.Zambia$30,0000.002%
92.Norway$29,0000.002%
93.Philippines$26,0000.002%
94.Bosnia/Herzegovina$23,0000.002%
95.Israel$23,0000.002%
96.Estonia$19,0000.001%
97.Georgia$17,0000.001%
98.Tajikistan$15,0000.001%
99.Singapore$12,0000.001%
100.Mauritania$12,0000.001%
101.New Caledonia$10,0000.001%
102.US Minor Outlying Is$8,0000.001%
103.Tanzania$6,0000.0004%
104.Guam$5,0000.0003%
105.Uruguay$4,0000.0003%
106.Pitcairn$3,0000.0002%
107.Côte d'Ivoire$3,0000.0002%
108.Dominica$3,0000.0002%
109.Argentina$3,0000.0002%
110.Bangladesh$1,0000.0001%
111.Gambia$1,0000.0001%
112.El Salvador$1,0000.0001%
113.Macao$1,0000.0001%


See also Bananas Exports by Country, Pineapples Exports by Country, Apples Exports by Country, Oranges Exports by Country and Grapes Exports by Country

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 2, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 2, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 2, 2018

Alibaba, Supplier Information for Watermelons. Accessed on June 2, 2018