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  October 18th, 2021 | Written by

World Potato Trade Slips Under $5B

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  • Most importing countries have reduced their purchases over the last year.
  • Global potato exports shrank to 13M tonnes in 2020, dropping by -11.3% compared with the year before.
  • Global potato exports dropped from $5.1B in 2019 to $4.3B in 2020.

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘World – Potato – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

Global potato exports dropped from $5.1B in 2019 to $4.3B in 2020. France, the Netherlands and Germany constitute major potato exporters worldwide. In 2020, the average potato export price amounted to $327 per tonne, decreasing by -6.3% y-o-y. Belgium, a country with one of the highest per capita potato consumption figures, remains the world’s largest importer. Over the last year, most importing countries have reduced their potato purchases. By contrast, Belgium, Spain, the U.S., Uzbekistan, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and the UK boosted their imports. 

Global Potato Exports by Country

Global potato exports shrank to 13M tonnes in 2020, dropping by -11.3% compared with the year before. In value terms, potato exports plummeted from $5.1B in 2019 to $4.3B (IndexBox estimates) in 2020.

The biggest shipments were from France (2.3M tonnes), the Netherlands (2M tonnes) and Germany (1.9M tonnes), together recording 48% of total export. It was distantly followed by Belgium (1M tonnes), comprising a 7.7% share of total exports. Egypt (561K tonnes), Canada (530K tonnes), the U.S. (506K tonnes), China (442K tonnes), Kazakhstan (318K tonnes), India (298K tonnes), Spain (285K tonnes), the UK (279K tonnes) and Pakistan (276K tonnes) occupied a relatively small share of total exports.

In value terms, the Netherlands ($826M), France ($684M) and Germany ($374M) were the countries with the highest levels of exports in 2020, with a combined 44% share of global exports. Canada, China, the U.S., Egypt, Belgium, the UK, Spain, India, Pakistan and Kazakhstan lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 39%.

In 2020, the average potato export price amounted to $327 per tonne, falling by -6.3% against the previous year. There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major exporting countries. In 2020, the country with the highest price was China, while Kazakhstan was amongst the lowest.

World’s Largest Potato Importers

In 2020, Belgium (3M tonnes), distantly followed by the Netherlands (1.6M tonnes), Spain (0.9M tonnes) and Germany (0.7M tonnes) were the main importers of potatoes, together achieving 43% of total imports. Italy (618K tonnes), the U.S. (501K tonnes), Uzbekistan (409K tonnes), Portugal (378K tonnes), France (331K tonnes), Ukraine (285K tonnes), Russia (241K tonnes), Malaysia (236K tonnes) and Canada (233K tonnes) followed a long way behind the leaders.

In value terms, Belgium ($595M), the Netherlands ($345M) and Spain ($314M) were the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2020, together accounting for 28% of global imports. The U.S., Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Portugal, Canada, Malaysia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 30%.

Most importing countries have reduced their purchases over the last year. Belgium, Spain, the U.S., Uzbekistan, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and the UK were among the few countries that increased their imports in 2020.

The countries with the highest levels of potato per capita consumption in 2020 were Belarus (608 kg per person), Belgium (522 kg per person) and Ukraine (474 kg per person).

Source: IndexBox Platform