Which Country Exports the Most Salt and Pure Sodium Chloride in the World?

Salt May 28, 2018
Blog Blog  /  Mining  /  Salt
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

In 2016, approx. 47M tonnes of salt were exported worldwide; descending by -16.8% against the previous year level. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.3% over the period from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2013, when exports increased by 22% year-to-year. Over the period under review, global salt exports reached its maximum volume of 56M tonnes in 2015, falling back in the following year.

In value terms, salt exports totaled $2.7B in 2016. Overall, it indicated a prominent growth from 2007 to 2016: the total exports value increased at an average annual rate of +2.3% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, salt exports decreased by -18.7% against its level of 2014. Global salt export peaked of $3.3B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Salt Exporting Countries in the World

1. Netherlands (235.6 million USD)

2. Germany (211.4 million USD)

3. Mexico (144.0 million USD)

4. Chile (130.8 million USD)

5. India (121.1 million USD)

6. Canada (116.3 million USD)

7. China (65.4 million USD)

8. Spain (63.1 million USD)

9. Belarus (62.2 million USD)

10. Ukraine (33.5 million USD)

11. Brazil (26.5 million USD)

12. Egypt (25.0 million USD)

Salt Exports By Country

India (7.3M tonnes), Mexico (7.1M tonnes), and Chile (5.9M tonnes) represented roughly 44% of total exports of salt in 2016. It was distantly followed by the Netherlands (3.8M tonnes), Canada (3.2M tonnes), and Germany (2.9M tonnes), together constituting 21% share of total salt exports. Belarus (1.7M tonnes), Ukraine (1.3M tonnes), China (1.2M tonnes), Spain (1.2M tonnes), Brazil (1.1M tonnes), and Egypt (996K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of salt exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by India (+23.6% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the Netherlands ($236M), Germany ($211M) and Mexico ($144M) were the countries with the highest levels of exports in 2016, together accounting for 22% of global exports. These countries were followed by Chile, India, Canada, China, Spain, Belarus, Ukraine, Brazil and Egypt, which together accounted for a further 24%.

India (+19.2% per year) recorded the highest growth rate of salt exports, among the main exporting countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Salt Export Prices By Country

In 2016, the average export price for salt amounted to $57 per tonne, picking up by 8% against the previous year. Over the last nine years it increased at an average annual rate of +2.4%.The growth pace was the most rapid in 2008, an increase of 33% against the previous year level. Global salt export peaked of $69 per tonne in 2012; however, from 2013 to 2016, it 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 Germany ($73 per tonne), while India ($17 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of salt export prices was attained by Chile (+17.9% 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 2501 - Salt (including table salt and denatured salt); pure sodium chloride whether or not in aqueous solution; sea water.

Source: World: Salt And Pure Sodium Chloride - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025