3,500 million kilos of watermelons purchased worldwide

During 2014, a total of over 3,500 million kilos of watermelons were purchased worldwide, according to data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN).

Watermelon purchases by all countries of the world last year amounted to a total volume of 3,538.31 million kilos worth 1,137.88 million Euro; an average price of 0.322 Euro per kilo.

The biggest buyers were the United States, Iraq and Germany, in that order.

Of the world's 10 largest watermelon importers, the countries paying the best prices are, in order, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Canada.

The total volume of watermelons bought by the U.S. last year amounted to 654.33 million kilos, 18.49 percent of the total, for which they paid 223.66 million Euro, with an average price of 0.342 Euro per kilo.

The second largest buyer was Iraq, with a volume of 605.43 million kilos (17.11% of the total), a value of 106.04 million Euro and an average price of 0.175 Euro per kilo.

In 2014, Germany bought a total of 313.19 million kilos (8.85%), paying 145.73 million Euro for them, with an average price of 0.465 Euro per kilo.

The fourth among the world's largest watermelon importers is China, which bought 214.61 million kilos of this fruit (6.07%). China paid the rest of the world an average price of 0.143 Euro per kilo, with a total value of its purchases totalling 30.63 million Euro.

Canada stands fifth in the ranking, with watermelon imports reaching 213.59 million kilos (6.04%) worth 85.89 million Euro and an average price of 0.402 Euro per kilo.

The UAE imported 175.32 million kilos (4.95%) worth 33.91 million Euro with an average price of 0.193 Euro/kg. France's purchases amounted to 118.41 million kilos (3.35%) worth 56.61 million Euro, with an average price of 0.478 Euro per kilo. Poland bought 108.39 million kilos (3.06%), for 29.54 million Euro, at an average price of 0.273 Euro per kilo. The Netherlands ranks ninth in the world ranking after buying 106.62 million kilos of watermelons (3.01%) for 69.24 million Euro at an average price of 0.649 Euro/kilo. The tenth place in the ranking of global watermelon buyers was for the UK, with 92.1 million kilos (2.6%), 46.71 million Euro and an average price of 0.507 Euro per kilo.

The largest watermelon suppliers for the U.S. were Mexico, with 568.9 million kilos, Guatemala, with 77.98 and Honduras with 4.5 million kilos. Spain sold 13,000 kilos.

Iraq bought its watermelons mainly from Iran, with 594.9 million kilos. Other suppliers were Turkey, with 10.46 million kilos and Kuwait, with 36,000 kilos.

Germany imported 200.97 million kilos of watermelons from Spain, 68.07 million from Italy and 13.36 million kilos from Greece.

Source: hortoinfo.es

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