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:
- Netherlands: US$799.6 million (19.4% of exported raw potatoes)
- France: $584.6 million (14.2%)
- Germany: $387.8 million (9.4%)
- China: $281.1 million (6.8%)
- Egypt: $272.7 million (6.6%)
- United States: $239.1 million (5.8%)
- Canada: $237.5 million (5.8%)
- Belgium: $209.9 million (5.1%)
- United Kingdom: $126.4 million (3.1%)
- Spain: $105.5 million (2.6%)
- Israel: $82.9 million (2%)
- Pakistan: $81 million (2%)
- Italy: $57 million (1.4%)
- South Africa: $54.9 million (1.3%)
- 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.
- Netherlands: US$2.2 billion (23.4% of exported prepared/preserved potatoes)
- Belgium: $2 billion (21.9%)
- United States: $1.4 billion (15.3%)
- Canada: $1.1 billion (11.5%)
- Germany: $436 million (4.7%)
- France: $421.2 million (4.5%)
- Poland: $274.3 million (2.9%)
- United Kingdom: $266 million (2.9%)
- Argentina: $171.9 million (1.8%)
- Spain: $93.4 million (1%)
- Mexico: $87.7 million (0.9%)
- New Zealand: $70.1 million (0.8%)
- Egypt: $69.5 million (0.7%)
- Austria: $66 million (0.7%)
- 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.
Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Data accessed on May 24, 2018.
This article was published in the 1-2019 issue of the Global Potato News magazine