Leek Market - Belgium's Leek Exports Plunge 47% to $46M

Vegetables And Melons September 02, 2015
Author: Svetlana Sitkova
Head of Industrial Research Department

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Despite a huge drop in exports in 2014, Belgium was still able to hold the second spot in the global leek and other alliaceous vegetable trade. In 2014, Belgium exported 70 thousand tonnes of leeks and other alliaceous vegetables totaling 46 million USD, 47% under the previous year. Its primary trading partner on the global leek market was France, where it supplied 33.6% of its total leek and other alliaceous vegetable exports in value terms, accounting for 53.8% of France's total imports.

From 2007 to 2014, Belgium was a net exporter of leeks and other alliaceous vegetables. Over this period, exports consistently exceeded imports in value terms. In physical terms this difference was even more pronounced.

The Netherlands and China were among the other main global suppliers of leeks and other alliaceous vegetables in 2014. However, the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014 were Mexico (+9.6% per year) and Portugal (+9.2% per year). Still, it was The Netherlands that significantly strengthened its position in the global export structure.

Belgium's top 5 trading partners in 2014 were France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, with a combined 77.5% share of Belgium's leek and other alliaceous vegetable exports. The share of Spain increased modestly (+3.8 percentage points), while the share of Germany dipped slightly (-3.8 percentage points).

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