Watermelon Exports by Country

Watermelon Exports by Country

Sliced watermelons

Global sales for watermelon exports by country totaled US$1.8 billion in 2018. Overall, the value of watermelon exports rose by an average 15.5% for all exporting countries since 2014 when watermelon shipments were valued at $1.5 billion. Year over year, the value of international watermelon sales gained 6.3% from 2017 to 2018.

Among continents, Europe sold the highest dollar worth of exported watermelons on international markets during 2018 with shipments valued at $908 million or over half (51%) of worldwide exports. In second place were North American exporters at 21.5% while 9.6% of total watermelon shipments originated from Asia ahead of Latin America (9.1%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, and Africa (8.5%). The laggard was Oceania (0.5%) led by Australia.

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 2018.

  1. Spain: US$506.5 million (28.4% of total exported watermelons)
  2. Mexico: $259.3 million (14.5%)
  3. Morocco: $127 million (7.1%)
  4. Italy: $125.4 million (7%)
  5. United States: $123.4 million (6.9%)
  6. Netherlands: $99.2 million (5.6%)
  7. Greece: $63.5 million (3.6%)
  8. Guatemala: $55 million (3.1%)
  9. Vietnam: $43.4 million (2.4%)
  10. China: $39.4 million (2.2%)
  11. Brazil: $31.8 million (1.8%)
  12. Honduras: $28.3 million (1.6%)
  13. France: $27.2 million (1.5%)
  14. Costa Rica: $24.1 million (1.4%)
  15. Malaysia: $20.3 million (1.1%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 88.3% of global watermelons exports in 2018.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing watermelons exporters since 2014 were: Vietnam (up 2,870%), Honduras (up 633.3%), Morocco (up 465.7%) and France (up 191.3%).

Four leading countries posted declines in their exported watermelons sales namely: China (down -17.3%), Mexico (down -12.3%), Malaysia (down -0.9%) and United States (down -0.7%).

Advantages

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

  1. Spain: US$442.3 million (net export surplus up 51.4% since 2014)
  2. Mexico: $258.7 million (down -12.4%)
  3. Morocco: $127 million (up 466.2%)
  4. Italy: $99 million (up 106%)
  5. Greece: $62.1 million (up 20.2%)
  6. Guatemala: $55 million (up 146.6%)
  7. Vietnam: $35 million (up 5837.5%)
  8. Brazil: $31.8 million (up 92.7%)
  9. Honduras: $28.3 million (up 678.2%)
  10. Costa Rica: $24 million (up 44.7%)
  11. Malaysia: $20.2 million (up 0.9%)
  12. Jordan: $17.9 million (up 105%)
  13. Panama: $17.8 million (up 4.2%)
  14. Iran: $13.9 million (down -93%)
  15. Turkey: $11.2 million (up 80.3%)

Spain earned the highest surplus in the international trade of watermelons. 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 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 watermelon import purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. Germany: -US$317.1 million (net export deficit up 71.1% since 2014)
  2. United States: -$235.7 million (up 14.2%)
  3. France: -$117.6 million (up 78.3%)
  4. Canada: -$116.2 million (up 1.8%)
  5. United Kingdom: -$93.5 million (up 53%)
  6. Poland: -$72.8 million (up 81.3%)
  7. Czech Republic: -$34.4 million (up 40.6%)
  8. Sweden: -$30.5 million (up 41.2%)
  9. Netherlands: -$29 million (reversing an $8.5 million surplus)
  10. Austria: -$26.8 million (up 38.9%)
  11. Switzerland: -$24.9 million (up 55%)
  12. Norway: -$24.9 million (up 10.8%)
  13. Denmark: -$22.7 million (up 59.6%)
  14. Belgium: -$20.7 million (up 103.3%)
  15. Finland: -$19.1 million (up 30.8%)

Overtaking the United States in 2018, Germany incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of watermelons. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights Germany’s competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for watermelon-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful consumer 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 in 2018

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RankExporterWatermelons Exports (US$)%World Total
1.Spain$506.5 million28.4%
2.Mexico$259.3 million14.5%
3.Morocco$127 million7.1%
4.Italy$125.4 million7%
5.United States$123.4 million6.9%
6.Netherlands$99.2 million5.6%
7.Greece$63.5 million3.6%
8.Guatemala$55 million3.1%
9.Vietnam$43.4 million2.4%
10.China$39.4 million2.2%
11.Brazil$31.8 million1.8%
12.Honduras$28.3 million1.6%
13.France$27.2 million1.5%
14.Costa Rica$24.1 million1.4%
15.Malaysia$20.3 million1.1%
16.Germany$18.3 million1%
17.Jordan$17.9 million1%
18.Panama$17.8 million1%
19.Turkey$16.6 million0.9%
20.Iran$13.9 million0.8%
21.Hungary$12.8 million0.7%
22.Portugal$12.5 million0.7%
23.Senegal$9.8 million0.5%
24.India$9.8 million0.5%
25.Egypt$8.2 million0.5%
26.Australia$7.8 million0.4%
27.Russia$4 million0.2%
28.Czech Republic$3.9 million0.2%
29.United Kingdom$3.7 million0.2%
30.Peru$3.6 million0.2%
31.Belgium$3.5 million0.2%
32.Bulgaria$3.4 million0.2%
33.Albania$3.3 million0.2%
34.Lithuania$3.2 million0.2%
35.Ukraine$3.1 million0.2%
36.Austria$2.8 million0.2%
37.Poland$2.4 million0.1%
38.Kazakhstan$2.3 million0.1%
39.Tunisia$2.2 million0.1%
40.Hong Kong$1.8 million0.1%
41.Denmark$1.6 million0.1%
42.North Macedonia$1.6 million0.1%
43.Latvia$1.6 million0.1%
44.South Africa$1.4 million0.1%
45.Afghanistan$1.1 million0.1%
46.Serbia$1.1 million0.1%
47.Pakistan$1 million0.1%
48.Croatia$1 million0.1%
49.Guyana$945,0000.1%
50.Slovenia$743,0000.04%
51.Sudan$630,0000.04%
52.Uzbekistan$576,0000.03%
53.Uganda$571,0000.03%
54.South Korea$500,0000.03%
55.Thailand$435,0000.02%
56.Romania$400,0000.02%
57.Taiwan$397,0000.02%
58.Myanmar (Burma)$387,0000.02%
59.Ireland$326,0000.02%
60.Montenegro$273,0000.02%
61.Nicaragua$254,0000.01%
62.Lebanon$233,0000.01%
63.Slovakia$215,0000.01%
64.New Zealand$188,0000.01%
65.Namibia$167,0000.01%
66.Colombia$163,0000.01%
67.Japan$139,0000.01%
68.Moldova$137,0000.01%
69.Mauritania$136,0000.01%
70.Canada$135,0000.01%
71.Georgia$134,0000.01%
72.Indonesia$111,0000.01%
73.Luxembourg$108,0000.01%
74.Norway$100,0000.01%
75.Tonga$99,0000.01%
76.Switzerland$92,0000.01%
77.Syrian Arab Republic$81,0000.005%
78.Belarus$76,0000.004%
79.Estonia$63,0000.004%
80.Finland$62,0000.003%
81.Sweden$55,0000.003%
82.Yemen$49,0000.003%
83.Trinidad/Tobago$39,0000.002%
84.Azerbaijan$36,0000.002%
85.Cyprus$33,0000.002%
86.Tajikistan$29,0000.002%
87.Philippines$28,0000.002%
88.Tanzania$26,0000.001%
89.Dominican Republic$24,0000.001%
90.Bosnia/Herzegovina$21,0000.001%
91.El Salvador$20,0000.001%
92.Turkmenistan$20,0000.001%
93.Kyrgyzstan$20,0000.001%
94.Algeria$14,0000.001%
95.Israel$10,0000.001%
96.New Caledonia$10,0000.001%
97.Guinea-Bissau$7,0000.0004%
98.Bermuda$7,0000.0004%
99.Singapore$6,0000.0003%
100.Uruguay$5,0000.0003%
101.Argentina$4,0000.0002%
102.Mali$3,0000.0002%
103.Ivory Coast$2,0000.0001%
104.Kenya$1,0000.0001%
105.Iceland$1,0000.0001%
106.Fiji$1,0000.0001%
107.Mozambique$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:
Alibaba, Supplier Information for Watermelons. Accessed on June 2, 2018

Forbes Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 7, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 7, 2019

Mining Feeds, Uranium Mining Companies Listed in All Countries. Accessed on June 7, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 7, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 7, 2019