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Mexico, Spain and the Netherlands largest exporters of peppers

Mexico, Spain and the Netherlands, in order, lead the world's pepper exports, according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) from the United Nations for 2011, the most recent year for which there is data available in this organism.

Considering the volume, Mexico ranks first with a total of 699,657 tonnes of peppers exported in that year. Spain, which exported 511,340 tonnes of pepper, ranks second followed by the Netherlands in third place with exports that amount to 474,013 tons of this vegetable.

At a long fourth place is the United States with 105,379 tons of pepper exported. Israel follows in fifth place with a total of 101,874 exported tons of pepper in 2011.

The sixth place, already below the 100,000 tons, is occupied by Canada, which exported 98,113 tonnes, followed by China in the seventh position with 85,909 tonnes.

Turkey, which lately is having a lot of trouble due to the detection of residues in their peppers, is in eighth place with exports of 68,599 tons of pepper. Iran, with 64,944 tons, appears in ninth place, and Morocco occupies the tenth position, with 61,539 tons of pepper exported in 2011.


Positions vary slightly once the value of the exported pepper is taken into account. The first place is occupied by the Netherlands with EUR 845.96 million. Spain, with $612,450,000 EUR, remains in second place, followed by Mexico in the third spot, with $461.50 million euro, of this pepper exporters ranking.

Canada ranks in fourth place, with pepper exports for 180.45 million euro. Israel ranks fifth, with 154.11 million euro, and the United States is in sixth place with 143.42 million euro.

With less than 100 million euro, the seventh place is occupied by Morocco, whose pepper exports in 2011 netted the country 77.15 million euro. Iran follows in eighth place with 56.51 million euro, Turkey is ninth with 56.25 million euro and Lithuania ranks tenth with a total of 47.61 million euro for its exports of pepper, in 2011.

Ou of the ten countries that exported the most kilos, Canada obtained the best price for their peppers, 1.84 euro per kilo, followed by the Netherlands (1.78), Israel (1.51), United States (1.36), Morocco (1.25), and Spain at 1.20 euro per kilo of pepper sold abroad.

Spain is followed by Iran in seventh place, 0.87 euro per kilo, Turkey ranks eighth, 0.82 euro/ kg., ninth is Mexico (0.66 € / kg.), and China closes the list of the top 10 exporters of pepper by volume, with a price per kilo of only 0.39 euro.

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