Consumption of dry ginger continues to grow in the European markets. According to data from the Center for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries - CBI, in 2018 direct imports of dry ginger from developing countries reached 127,000 tons. “Since 2014, the import volume has increased by 12% annually. In the same period, the import value grew by 2.6% a year, reaching 160 million euro in 2018,” the organization stated.
They also emphasized that more than 70% of imports to Europe were made directly. Ginger isn't grown anywhere in Europe and much of it is distributed in the EU via re-exports, which accounted for 27% of total imports in 2018.
According to the CBI, the markets with the greatest potential are the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The Netherlands is a key regional trade center and the other two are the largest markets for this product in Europe. Traditionally, the United Kingdom is the most important final market in the area thanks to the important population of Asian origin that has settled there, which consumes ginger regularly.
Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and France show considerable growth because of the popularity ginger is growing thanks to its health benefits and use in various recipes and drinks. In addition, Greece and Denmark have increased their ginger imports by 48% and 16% respectively.
It is important to highlight that the Netherlands is the largest importer of ginger in the EU and that its imports grew by 20% between 2014 and 2018. The country imports an important share of ginger from Peru, 5,400 tons, which is still quite far from China, the main exporter to this market with 45 thousand tons last year.
Germany, which is also mainly supplied by China, is also an important market for Peruvian ginger. In 2018 the country imported 22,600 tons of ginger, 22% of which came from Peru.
The CBI recommends the parties interested in exporting dry ginger to Europe to follow in the footsteps of Peruvian exporters, which are the second-largest ginger supplier among the developing countries, with an 8.4% share of the European import market.
In that context, the entity has asked exporters that the product always be safe and that the product only contains additives that are approved. In addition, the product mustn't have contaminants such as pesticide residues and elevated levels of mycotoxins or preservatives. Furthermore, it must also be accompanied by a statement indicating if the product contains allergens.