Mexico is the largest avocado exporter in the world, as it accounts for almost half of all avocados exported. In 2019, Mexico achieved a new export record after its avocado shipments amounted to 3.104 billion dollars, i.e. a 13.5% year-on-year increase.
The United States, Canada, and Japan led the top 10 destinations for Mexico's avocado exports in 2019, according to data from the Ministry of Economy.
The United States continues to be a key market for Mexican exporters with a 76.9% share and shipments that amounted to 2.388 billion dollars.
Mexican avocado shipments to Canada in 2019 amounted to $ 225 million; while shipments to Japan amounted to 181 million dollars.
Spain ranked as the fourth destination market with $ 71 million. It was followed by the Netherlands with $ 65 million and France with 41 million.
Honduras was the seventh-largest destination for Mexican avocados in 2019 with shipments of $ 23 million. It was followed by China and El Salvador with sales of 19 million each and, finally, by the United Kingdom, which ranked tenth with 17 million dollars.
Latin America also plays an important role in the supply of avocados to the European Union, with shipments from Peru, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic.
The health benefits of avocados, particularly in relation to their high content of healthy fats, along with their flavor have spurred the rapid growth in demand for the fruit in flourishing import markets, mainly in China and Japan.