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Export Study - Chapter 3.6 US Organic Exports to Europe

 

At this point, is not possible to publish meaningful data for single commodities or products for sale. One reason is that there are only few entries for certain commodities. Another reason is that with the present number of responses to the survey numbers for most commodities differ too much from year to year as to yield reliable growth rates. The most dramatic impact of this factor can be seen in the exports to France, where three products, most probably exported by one exporter, accounted for more than 80% of US organic exports through 1998. With the cancellation of those imports US exports to France dropped more than 80% in one year (1999), only to more than recover in 2000. The organic export industry is obviously not yet in a state were reliable forecasts regarding specific commodities can be made.


Table 14
: US Organic Exports to Europe in 1999

Product category

Denmark
($ million)

France
($ million
)

Germany
($ million)

Nether-lands
($ million)

United Kingdom
($ million)

Projected Growth % through 2004
(average)

Grains (Wheat, incl. Durum, Oats, Barley, Millet, Buckwheat, incl. corn)

1

0.1

4

4

8

5

Rice, incl. Basmati and wild rice

0.5

0

2.5

2

5

15

Fruits (apples, pears, peaches, apricots)

1.5

0

1.0

1.5

7

20

Citrus fruits

0.3

0

0.5

0

1

10

Vegetables, salad

0

0

0

2

--

Nuts, Almonds, Cashew

1.5

0.1

1.5

2

2

10

Dried fruits (apples, pears, plums etc.), dates

0.8

0.3

2

2

2.5

15

Soy beans

1

0

3

3

4

--

Pulses

0.5

0

4

3

4

5

Herbs and spices

0

1

2

1

15

Dairy

0

0

0

0

0

0

Meat

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ready-to-eat cereals

0.3

0

0.5

0.5

0.7

10

Snacks

0.5

0

0

1.5

1.5

15

Frozen juices

0

0

0.3

0.2

0.3

30

Frozen fruit purees

0.3

0

0.4

0.4

0.4

50-100

Other

0.5

0

2

1.5

2.5

10

Total

8.7

0.5

22.7

15.1

41.9

15

Source: Organic Insights, based on survey and trade sources


The UK is the biggest importer of organic products from the US, followed by Germany (table 14). Although Italy was not subject of this study, it is well possible that Italy in recent years has become the third largest importer for US organic products, even before the Netherlands, due to its fast growing relatively large domestic market, for which it imports substantial amounts of soy beans and durum wheat from the US. Next is the Netherlands, followed by Denmark, while France presently plays hardly any role as an importer of US organic products. It should be noted, however that a large portion of the imports to the Netherlands is re-exported, mainly to Germany. We assume that the total value of organic products imported to Europe is between $120 and $150 million, with an average yearly growth rate of roughly 15%.

 
 
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