According to data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN), COMTRADE, Spain dominated the global export of melons in 2018 for the second consecutive year, after having surpassed Guatemala for the first time in 2017.
The total global amount of melons exported in 2018 was 2,236.29 million kilos, 405.72 of which were exported by Spain, 396.99 by Guatemala and 254.38 by Honduras. Spain (18.14%), Guatemala (17.75%) and Honduras (11.38%) combined accounted for 47.27 percent of the total volume of melons exported during the year 2018.
The United States (US) ranks fourth with 203.25 million kilos, followed by Brazil with 197.6, the Netherlands with 169.94, Mexico with 132.74, Costa Rica with 115.36, Morocco with 59.11 and China, in tenth place with 50.57 million kilos.
Spain is also the country that obtained the highest turnover from melon exports during the year 2018, with a total of 306.03 million Euro out of the 1,537.24 million Euro generated globally.
The second most important country in this ranking was Guatemala, with 199.57 million Euro, followed by the Netherlands, with 166.41 million Euro, Honduras, with 162.56, the US, with 116.22 million Euro, Brazil, with 115.2, Mexico, with 67.94, China, with 66.59, Morocco, with 58.34, and last in the ranking is France, with 56.68 million Euro obtained from its melon exports.
Of the ten largest exporters, the highest price paid for melons for export in 2018 was obtained by China, with 1.317 Euro / kilo. It is followed by Morocco, with an average price of 0.987 Euro / kilo, and the Netherlands, which stood third with an average price of 0.979 Euro per kilo in 2018.
Spain ranks fourth, since it sold its melons abroad at an average price of 0.754 Euro per kilo.
Spain shipped 110.61 million kilos of melon to France, 87.9 to Germany, 56.57 to the United Kingdom, 46.8 to the Netherlands and 39.96 million kilos to Portugal.
Meanwhile, 96.95% of Guatemalan exports (358.89 million kilos) were intended for the US market, with 7.41 million kilos going also to El Salvador and 2.2 million kilos to Honduras.
Lastly, Honduran melon shipments went mainly to the US, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.