Imports of Netherland pepper increased again

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The Netherlands is an important trade partner of EU countries. Successful exports to this market play an important role in penetrating the EU market.

For pepper, in 2017, the country imported 13,200 tonnes of pepper (including 8,400 tonnes of whole grain, 4,800 tonnes of groundnuts), up 6% from 12,400 tonnes in 2016. Imports of whole pepper fell 7%, while import of ground pepper increased by 38%.

By 2016, Dutch imports have fallen each year since 2014 (import of 16,100 tonnes), in 2012 the volume of imports is 17,000 tonnes, while in 2010 it imported 19,400 tonnes of pepper.

The main cause is that suppliers from the producing countries export directly to the buyers in the consuming markets.

In 2017, new imports grew again. 2018 is expected to increase imports, based on import data in the first half of the year.

From January to June 2018, imports of pepper from the Netherlands were 7,900 tonnes (5,500 tonnes whole grain and 2,400 tonnes ground pepper), up 26% from 6,300 tonnes in the same period last year. Import of whole pepper and ground pepper increased by 37 and 7% respectively.

Vietnam is currently the largest supplier to this market, accounting for 40% of total Dutch imports, followed by Brazil with 26% and Indonesia with 14%.

By: Asia Pacific Commercial & Production Co., Ltd (Apaco)