That dollar metric results from a 20% increase in value since 2018 when exported pickles amounted to $650.1 million.
Year over year, worldwide sales of pickle exports slowed to a 2.8% gain compared to $759 million during 2021.
The 5 biggest exporters of pickles are Germany, Türkiye, India, United States of America, and the Netherlands. Collectively, that quintet of leading suppliers accounted for almost three-quarters (72.6%) of globally exported pickles.
Among continents, suppliers in European countries generated the highest dollar worth of exported pickles during 2022 with shipments valued at $355.5 million or 45.6% of the world total. In second place were Asian exporters at 41.2% while another 11.7% of worldwide shipments of pickles originated from North America.
Smaller percentages came from suppliers in Africa (1.3%), Latin America (0.15%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, then New Zealand in Oceania (0.09%).
For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for pickles is 200110. Technically, the product is described as cucumbers and gherkins prepared or preserved by vinegar or acetic acid.
Top Pickles Exporters by Country
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of pickles during 2022.
- Germany: US$145.7 million (18.7% of total exported pickles)
- Türkiye: $145.1 million (18.6%)
- India: $126.1 million (16.2%)
- United States: $75.7 million (9.7%)
- Netherlands: $73.7 million (9.4%)
- Poland: $34.6 million (4.4%)
- Vietnam: $18 million (2.3%)
- Hungary: $14.5 million (1.9%)
- China: $11 million (1.4%)
- Canada: $9.8 million (1.3%)
- Egypt: $9.4 million (1.2%)
- Belgium: $9 million (1.2%)
- Czech Republic: $8.6 million (1.1%)
- Serbia: $8 million (1%)
- Sri Lanka: $7.6 million (1%)
By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 89.3% of globally exported pickles in 2022.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing exporters of pickles since 2021 were: Egypt (up 128.7%), Serbia (up 37.1%), United States of America (up 21.7%) and Canada (up 19.4%).
Major suppliers that posted declines in their international sales of pickles were: Vietnam (down -12.9% from 2021), Sri Lanka (down -6.8%), India (down -6.8%), Netherlands (down -5.6%) and Belgium (down -0.3%).
Countries Reaping Largest Trade Surpluses from Pickles
The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for pickles during 2022. 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 pickles and its import purchases for that same commodity.
- Türkiye: US$143 million (net export surplus up 4.2% since 2021)
- India: $126.1 million (down -6.8%)
- Germany: $46.7 million (down -12.9%)
- Netherlands: $22.5 million (up 86.9%)
- Vietnam: $17.9 million (down -13.1%)
- Poland: $14.8 million (down -1.7%)
- Egypt: $8.8 million (up 152.8%)
- Sri Lanka: $7.6 million (down -7%)
- Hungary: $6.6 million (down -0.7%)
- North Macedonia: $5.8 million (up 15.3%)
- Uzbekistan: $3.9 million (up 142.5%)
- Serbia: $3.1 million (up 206.6%)
- Lebanon: $2.1 million (down -15%)
- Iran: $1.4 million (down -9.8%)
- Moldova: $1.2 million (up 118.1%)
Türkiye and India generated the highest surpluses in the international trade of pickles. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms their strong competitive advantages for this specific product category.
Countries Enduring Largest Trade Deficits from Pickles
The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for pickles during 2022. 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 pickles purchases and its exports for that same commodity.
- Canada: -US$61.5 million (net export deficit up 3% since 2021)
- United Kingdom: -$53.8 million (up 25.5%)
- France: -$36.3 million (up 17.5%)
- United States of America: -$32.2 million (down -5.8%)
- Australia: -$15.94 million (up 14.9%)
- Romania: -$15.91 million (up 5.5%)
- Russia: -$15.87 million (down -43%)
- Switzerland: -$15.4 million (down -2.9%)
- Belgium: -$15.1 million (up 43.7%)
- Finland: -$10.1 million (up 18%)
- South Korea: -$9.6 million (up 8.4%)
- Mongolia: -$9.3 million (up 34.2%)
- Spain: -$9.2 million (down -7.2%)
- Czech Republic: -$8.42 million (down -24.1%)
- Japan: -$8.37 million (up 8.6%)
Canada incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of pickles. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights Canada’s competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for pickles-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand from US consumers.
Pickles Exporting Companies
According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of pickles exporting companies. The home-country location for each business is shown within parentheses.
- Diane Doux (France)
- Kalaycioglu Gida Pazarlama Sanayi (Turkey)
- Lunii Foods, LLC (United States)
- Marvino Trading Limited (Hong Kong)
- Orient Vietnam Company Limited (Vietnam)
- Riviana Foods Pvt Ltd (India)
- Yantai Reiyo Foods Co Ltd (China)
See also Imported Pickles by Country, Top Cucumbers Exporting Countries, Top Sweet Pepper and Chili Pepper Exporters and Eggplant Exports by Country
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