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Banana exports by country

Worldwide banana exports by country totaled an estimated US$13.6 billion in 2018, up by an average 22.5% for all banana shippers over the five-year period starting in 2014 when bananas shipments were valued at $11.1 billion. Year over year, the value of global banana exports appreciated by 14.6% from 2017 to 2018.

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From a continental perspective, Latin American excluding Mexico plus the Caribbean accounted for the highest dollar value worth of banana exports in 2018 via shipments amounting to $8 billion or 58.7% of international banana sales. European exporters were responsible for 19% of total exported bananas, followed by Asian shippers at 13.3%.

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Smaller percentages came from exporters in North America (5.2%), Africa (3.9%) then Oceania (0.002%) led by Australia and New Zealand.

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