Which Country Exports the Most Natural Phosphates in the World?

Chemical And Fertilizer Minerals May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

In 2016, the amount of phosphate exported worldwide totaled 25M tonnes, waning by -4.0% against the previous year figure. Overall, phosphate exports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2008, when export increased by 9% against the previous year level. In that year, global phosphate exports attained its maximum volume of 30M tonnes. From 2009 to 2016, growth of global phosphate exports failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, phosphate exports stood at $2.5B in 2016. Overall, phosphate exports continue to indicate a remarkable increase. In that year, global phosphate exports reached its maximum level of $4.9B. From 2009 to 2016, growth of global phosphate exports failed to regain its strength.

Top Phosphate Exporting Countries in the World

1. Morocco (756.3 million USD)

2. Jordan (434.4 million USD)

3. Russia (382.2 million USD)

4. Peru (299.8 million USD)

5. Egypt (153.9 million USD)

6. Israel (102.3 million USD)

7. Algeria (71.8 million USD)

Phosphate Exports By Country

In 2016, Morocco (7.9M tonnes), distantly followed by Jordan (4.7M tonnes), Peru (3.8M tonnes), Russia (2.5M tonnes), Egypt (1.5M tonnes), and Algeria (1.1M tonnes) represented the major exporters of phosphate, together generating 86% of total exports. The following exporters - Israel (1.1M tonnes) took near 4% of total exports, each.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of phosphate exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by Peru (+207.1% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest phosphate markets worldwide were Morocco ($756M), Jordan ($434M) and Russia ($382M), together accounting for 64% of global exports.Peru, Egypt, Israel and Algeria lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 26%.

Peru (+202.1% per year) had the highest growth rate of phosphate exports, in terms of the main exporting countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Phosphate Export Prices By Country

The average phosphate export price stood at $97 per tonne in 2016, descending by -12.6% against the previous year. Overall, phosphate export price continues to indicate a strong expansion. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2008, when export increased by 211% from the previous year level. In that year, average phosphate export price attained its maximum level of $165 per tonne. From 2009 to 2016, growth of average phosphate export price stood at a somewhat lower level.

There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst major exporting countries. In 2016, the country with the highest export prices was Russia ($153 per tonne), while Algeria ($63 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of phosphate export prices was attained by Russia (+8.2% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2510 - Natural calcium phosphates; natural aluminium calcium phosphates and phosphatic chalk.

Source: World: Natural Phosphates (P2O5 Content) - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025