That dollar amount reflects an average 34.4% gain for all Brussels sprouts shippers over the five-year period starting from $191.3 million in 2017.
Year over year, the value of globally exported Brussels sprouts accelerated by 14.6% compared to $224.3 million for 2020.
The top 3 most valuable exporters of Brussels sprouts are Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States of America. Combined, that trio of major suppliers generated over four-fifths (82.1%) of the overall international sales for Brussel sprouts during 2021. Such a high percentage indicates a relatively concentrated cohort of Brussels sprouts exporters.
Among continents, suppliers in North America sold the highest dollar worth of exported Brussels sprouts during 2021 with shipments valued at $136.4 million or more than half (53.1%) of the worldwide total. In second place at 39.6% were exporters in Europe while another 4% of worldwide Brussels sprouts shipments originated from Africa.
Tinier percentages came from exporters in Latin America (1.8%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Asia (0.9%), then Oceania’s (0.7%) Australia and New Zealand only.
For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 070420 for fresh or chilled Brussels sprouts.
Top Brussels Sprouts Exports by Country
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of Brussels sprouts during 2021.
- Mexico: US$100.2 million (39% of exported Brussels sprouts)
- Netherlands: $77 million (30%)
- United States: $33.9 million (13.2%)
- Belgium: $14.1 million (5.5%)
- Morocco: $6.8 million (2.6%)
- Guatemala: $4.5 million (1.7%)
- Poland: $4 million (1.6%)
- Canada: $2.3 million (0.9%)
- Jordan: $1.8 million (0.7%)
- Australia: $1.74 million (0.7%)
- Egypt: $1.69 million (0.7%)
- South Africa: $1.67 million (0.6%)
- Spain: $1.5 million (0.6%)
- Germany: $1 million (0.4%)
- France: $991,000 (0.4%)
By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 98.5% of global Brussels sprouts exported in 2021.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing Brussels sprouts exporters since 2020 were: Egypt (up 75%), Australia (up 67.2%), Poland (up 66.3%) and Morocco (up 49.6%).
Four major suppliers posted declines in their exported Brussels sprouts sales namely Spain (down -58.3%), Canada (down -22.9%), France (down -9.1%) and Belgium (down -2.1%).
Countries Enjoying Best Trade Surpluses from Brussels Sprouts
The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for Brussels sprouts during 2021. 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 Brussels sprouts and its import purchases for that same commodity.
- Mexico: US$93.6 million (net export surplus up 24.6% since 2020)
- Netherlands: $62.4 million (up 0.2%)
- Belgium: $9.7 million (down -4.7%)
- Morocco: $6.8 million (up 49.6%)
- Guatemala: $4.5 million (up 4.3%)
- Poland: $1.76 million (up 202.2%)
- Jordan: $1.76 million (reversing a -$6,000 deficit)
- Australia: $1.74 million (up 67.2%)
- Egypt: $1.69 million (up 75%)
- South Africa: $1.67 million (up 45.2%)
- Syria: $136,000 (down -3.5%)
- Vietnam: $105,000 (reversing a -$35,000 deficit)
- China: $39,000 (down -35%)
- Indonesia: $28,000 (down -88.8%)
- Brazil: $22,000 (up 1000%)
Mexico and the Netherlands earned the highest surpluses in the international trade of Brussels sprouts during 2021. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong Mexican and Dutch competitive advantages for this specific product category.
Countries Incurring Worst Trade Deficits from Brussels Sprouts
The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for Brussels sprouts during 2021. 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 Brussels sprouts purchases and its exports for that same commodity.
- United States: -US$64.5 million (net export deficit up 28.2% since 2020)
- Germany: -$25.6 million (down -7.8%)
- Canada: -$24.8 million (up 6.9%)
- United Kingdom: -$16.7 million (up 7.4%)
- France: -$10.7 million (up 1.9%)
- Italy: -$5.4 million (up 22.7%)
- Switzerland: -$3.3 million (up 25.4%)
- Saudi Arabia: -$3 million (up 40.7%)
- Sweden: -$2 million (up 7.4%)
- Austria: -$1.6 million (down -19.1%)
- South Korea: -$1.5 million (up 25.9%)
- Denmark: -$1.5 million (up 63.9%)
- Singapore: -$1.2 million (up 27.4%)
- Czech Republic: -$1.2 million (down -9.7%)
- Croatia: -$917,000 (up 0.9%)
The United States of America incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of Brussels sprouts. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights America’s competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for Brussels sprouts-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful consumer demand.
Brussels Sprouts Exporting Companies
According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of Brussels sprouts-trading exporters that deal in fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts. Canadian firm SeedsIntl.com sells Brussels sprouts seeds.
- 3SI Commerce (France)
- AA Group, S. Coop (Spain)
- Cyndacation (United States)
- Hangzhou ZGF Group Co (China)
- SeedsIntl.com (Canada)
The home-country location for each business is shown above within parentheses.
See also Top Lettuce Exports by Country, Tomatoes Exports by Country, Potatoes Exports by Country and Corn Exports by Country
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