Which Country Imports the Most Pepper in the World?

Vegetables And Melons January 25, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global pepper imports amounted to 1,005 thousand tonnes in 2015, picking up by +5.6% against the previous year level. Overall, the global pepper imports indicated a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +3.0% over the last eight years.

The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010, when the output figure increased by +9% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global pepper imports reached its maximum volume in 2015, and is likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, global pepper imports amounted to $1,003 million in 2015. Overall, the value of global pepper imports increased robustly from 2007 to 2015, expanding at an average annual rate of +3.0%. This trend pattern, however, indicated relatively mild fluctuations throughout the analyzed period.

Top Pepper Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (204K Tonnes)

2. Thailand (77K Tonnes)

3. Spain (56K Tonnes)

4. Germany (50K Tonnes)

5. Sri Lanka (50K Tonnes)

6. Malaysia (47K Tonnes)

7. Mexico (37K Tonnes)

Pepper Imports By Country

The country with the largest volume of the pepper imports in absolute volumes was the United States (204 thousand tonnes), accounting for 20% of global imports. It was followed by Thailand (77 thousand tonnes), with a share of 8% of global imports. Moreover, pepper imports in the United States exceeded the figures recorded by the world's second largest importer, Thailand (77 thousand tonnes), threefold. The third position in this ranking was occupied by Spain with a share of 6%.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of pepper imports in the United States stood at +3.5%. The remaining importing countries recorded the following average annual growth rates: Thailand (+7.0% per year) and Spain (+7.4% per year).

In value terms, the country with the largest volume of imports of pepper in absolute volumes was the United States (1,063 million USD), making up 23% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Germany (353 million USD), with a share of 8% of global imports. Moreover, pepper imports in the United States exceeded the figures recorded by the world's second largest importer, Germany (353 million USD), threefold. It was followed by Singapore with a share of 5%.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of pepper imports in the United States was at +12.9%. The remaining importing countries experienced the following average annual growth rates: Germany (+9.3% per year) and Singapore (+18.5% per year).

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Source: World: Pepper - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025