Onion Market - The Netherlands Is the Strongest Exporter of Onion and Green Shallot in the World

Vegetables And Melons September 06, 2015
Author: Olga Minchina
Account Manager

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Despite some disappointing export numbers in 2014, the Netherlands continued to lead the way in the global trade of onion and green shallot. In 2014, the Netherlands exported 1.6 million tonnes of onion and green shallot totaling 622 million USD, 8% under the previous year. Its primary trading partner on the global onion market was the United Kingdom, where it supplied 17.3% of its total onion and green shallot exports in value terms, accounting for 44.9% of the United Kingdom's total imports.

From 2007 to 2014, the Netherlands was a net exporter of onion and green shallot. Over this period exports consistently exceeded imports in value terms. In physical terms this difference was even more pronounced.

China and India were among the other main global suppliers of onion and green shallot in 2014. China was also among the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014 (+15.3% per year), and, by virtue of this sustained growth, significantly strengthened its position in the global export structure.

The Netherlands' top 5 trading partners were the aforementioned United Kingdom, as wll as Germany, Belgium, the Russian Federation and Senegal, with a combined 52.9% share of the Netherlands' onion and green shallot exports. The share of Poland increased slightly (+1.1 percentage points), while the share of Germany illustrated negative dynamics (-4.4 percentage points).

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Source: World: Onion And Shallots (Green) - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2020