The main importers of table olives, referred on percentage of world imports – average in the last six crop years – have been the United States (23%), Brazil (17%) and the European Union (16%). Together, these three markets account for 56% of world imports. The remaining importer countries represent below 6%.
The picture below shows table olive imports in eight representative markets in the last six crop years. Imports increased significantly in the 2018/19 crop year in all except the European Union, where purchases remained stable. Imports in this crop year grew most in the United States (21.5%) and Russia (9.3%) compared to the previous crop year.
The main suppliers of table olives to these markets are Spain, Argentina, Morocco, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Peru.
In terms of suppliers, Greece (53%) and Spain (32%) are the main suppliers to Australia; Argentina (54%) and Peru (21%) to Brazil; Spain (57%) and Greece (21%) to Canada; Spain (90%) to China; Spain (61%) and the United States (16%) to Japan; Spain (85%) to Russia; Spain (44%) and Greece (20%) to the United States; and Morocco (43%) and Turkey (32%) to the European Union.
The volume sold by these countries ranges from 26 000 t from Peru to almost 140 000 t from Spain.
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