Which Country Imports the Most Roots and Tubers in the World?

Plant Propagation January 25, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global roots and tubers imports amounted to 336 thousand tonnes in 2015, falling by -7.1% against the previous year level. Overall, the global roots and tubers imports indicated a pronounced decline from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total import volume decreased at an average annual rate of -1.0% over the last eight years.

The growth pace was the most rapid in 2014, when the output figure increased by +14% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global roots and tubers imports attained its maximum volume of 394 thousand tonnes in 2010. From 2011 to 2015, the total roots and tubers imports growth failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, global roots and tubers imports amounted to $423 million in 2015. Overall, the value of global roots and tubers imports increased robustly from 2007 to 2015, expanding at an average annual rate of +5.6%. This trend pattern, however, indicated relatively mild fluctuations throughout the analyzed period.

Top Roots And Tubers Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (112K Tonnes)

2. Japan (38K Tonnes)

3. Canada (26K Tonnes)

4. United Arab Emirates (23K Tonnes)

5. United Kingdom (19K Tonnes)

6. Malaysia (15K Tonnes)

7. Belgium (14K Tonnes)

Roots And Tubers Imports By Country

The country with the largest volume of the roots and tubers imports in absolute volumes was the United States (112 thousand tonnes), accounting for 33% of global imports. It was followed by Japan (38 thousand tonnes), with a share of 11% of global imports. Moreover, roots and tubers imports in the United States exceeded the figures recorded by the world's second largest importer, Japan (38 thousand tonnes), threefold. The third position in this ranking was occupied by Canada with a share of 8%.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of roots and tubers imports in the United States stood at +2.4%. The remaining importing countries recorded the following average annual growth rates: Japan (-7.0% per year) and Canada (+9.8% per year).

In value terms, the United States (145 million USD), Japan (86 million USD) and Canada (34 million USD) were the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2015, together accounting for 63% of total imports.

Malaysia (+18.6% per year) had the highest growth rates of roots and tubers imports among the main importing countries over the last eight years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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