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Global Exports of Tomato Paste, Updated February 24, 2022

24/02/2022 - François-Xavier Branthôme - Architecture of Trade
Comparison of monthly exports of tomato paste (HS code 200290) over past two years, comparison with the previous three marketing years

With a total quantity close to 3.03 million metric tonnes (mT) of tomato paste exported over the period December 2020 - November 2021, TOP10 exports of tomato paste were lower (-5.3%, about 171,000 mT) for the eighth consecutive month than in the previous twelve month (dec.19-nov.20) period. This decrease mainly reflects a return to normal activity after the exceptional rise recorded during the reference period (December 2019 - November 2020), linked to the CoVid pandemic.
The twelve-month activity level of TOP10 exporting countries thus was also 18,000 mT lower (-0.6%) compared to the same period of the three previous years. 
The data available for global exports (3.246 million mT exported over the period December 2020 - November 2021) show that despite a noticeable slowdown, global trade activity for the time being maintains slightly higher levels than in the three years preceding the Covid pandemic.
The ten countries presented accounted for 94% of the sector’s total exports on average over the last five years, with the remaining 6% distributed over approximately 80 countries.

For each of the ten countries (China, Italy, Spain, USA, Portugal, Chile, Turkey, Ukraine, Greece, Netherlands (and Iran)) that play a significant role in international trade, Tomato News presents a comparison of the monthly performances for exports of tomato paste over past two years. For greater clarity, the histograms now present as an additional reference the curve (blue dotted lines) of the average activity of the same months of the three previous marketing years.

This situation makes it possible to follow the evolution of national export dynamics and to compare recent performances with those of equivalent periods of the previous year. These elements of international trade also give a better understanding of the quantities on which the average values presented in our articles on tomato paste prices were constructed.

In the case of the Netherlands, it is important to note that this country does not have an agricultural production of processing tomatoes or an industrial first transformation industry, but only companies producing second-step tomato products (type sauces) from imported tomato paste. Tomato pastes imported into the Netherlands are mainly of Italian, Spanish or US origin. The quantities mentioned here correspond to re-exports.

Sources: Trade Data Monitor LLC, professional sources
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