Across Regions

US dollar value for global potato exports

World wide sales from potato exports by country totaled US$4.1 billion during 2017 for spuds in their raw form. In addition, the value of shipments for prepared and/or preserved potatoes including frozen French fries totalled another $9.3 billion.

Overall, the value of raw potato exports declined in value by an average -11.2% for all exporting countries since 2013 when raw potatoes shipments were valued at $4.6 billion. Total prepared and/or preserved potato shipments, including frozen French fries, appreciated by 6.9% over the same 5-year period.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for raw potatoes is 0701. The 6-digit prefix for frozen prepared or preserved potatoes including French fries is 200410 while 200520 is the 6-digit prefix for unfrozen potatoes prepared or preserved with vinegar or acetic acid.

Potato Exports by Country: Raw

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of unprocessed raw potatoes shipped during 2017:

  1. Netherlands: US$799.6 million (19.4% of exported raw potatoes)
  2. France: $584.6 million (14.2%)
  3. Germany: $387.8 million (9.4%)
  4. China: $281.1 million (6.8%)
  5. Egypt: $272.7 million (6.6%)
  6. United States: $239.1 million (5.8%)
  7. Canada: $237.5 million (5.8%)
  8. Belgium: $209.9 million (5.1%)
  9. United Kingdom: $126.4 million (3.1%)
  10. Spain: $105.5 million (2.6%)
  11. Israel: $82.9 million (2%)
  12. Pakistan: $81 million (2%)
  13. Italy: $57 million (1.4%)
  14. South Africa: $54.9 million (1.3%)
  15. Cyprus: $54.2 million (1.3%)

The countries above were responsible for 86.6% of raw potato exports in 2017.

Five among the above countries posted increases in the international sales of unprocessed spuds since 2013. Gainers were China (up 120.4%), Egypt (up 32.5%), Canada (up 31.5%), South Africa (up 20.2%) and the United States (up 9.9%).

Of the remaining 10 potato suppliers, the fastest decliners were Italy (down -40.3%), Pakistan (down -37.9%), United Kingdom (down -30.2%) and Germany (down -29.6%).

Potato Exports by Country: Prepared and/or Preserved

Frozen prepared and/or preserved potatoes, including French fries, amounted to $7 billion in export sales for 2017 (thus equaling 80.3%), while international shipments of unfrozen prepared or preserved potatoes were worth another $2.3 billion (representing 19.7%).

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of prepared and/or preserved potatoes during 2017, including both frozen and unfrozen goods.

  1. Netherlands: US$2.2 billion (23.4% of exported prepared/preserved potatoes)
  2. Belgium: $2 billion (21.9%)
  3. United States: $1.4 billion (15.3%)
  4. Canada: $1.1 billion (11.5%)
  5. Germany: $436 million (4.7%)
  6. France: $421.2 million (4.5%)
  7. Poland: $274.3 million (2.9%)
  8. United Kingdom: $266 million (2.9%)
  9. Argentina: $171.9 million (1.8%)
  10. Spain: $93.4 million (1%)
  11. Mexico: $87.7 million (0.9%)
  12. New Zealand: $70.1 million (0.8%)
  13. Egypt: $69.5 million (0.7%)
  14. Austria: $66 million (0.7%)
  15. Russia: $54 million (0.6%)

The 15 countries listed immediately above shipped 92.5% of all prepared or preserved spuds in 2017, regardless if frozen or unfrozen.

Fastest-growing among the above countries since 2013 were: Spain (up 105.8%), Austria (up 58.8%), Poland (up 19%), Egypt (up 18.4%) then the Netherlands (up 16.1%).

The five suppliers that experienced declines in their exported prepared and/or preserved potato sales were: Argentina (down -23.8%), Russia (down -22.5%), New Zealand (down -15.3%), Mexico (down -5.9%) and Germany (-5.4%).

One final note to crown the indisputable potato king of international trade: Dutch exporters placed first in the international trade of both raw and processed spuds.

Research Source:
Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Data accessed on May 24, 2018
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Author: Daniel Workman, Lead Analyst and Webmaster at World’s Top Exports.
Email: dworkman@rogers.com
Online: Worldstopexports.com

This article was published in the 1-2019 issue of the Global Potato News magazine