- 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
The update of the latest results for Italy (March 2022) shows record activity for the month of March 2022, which records with more than 346,000 mT of tomato paste exported worldwide the second highest monthly activity in the history of global trade of tomato products, behind the record set in March 2020 with 351,000 mT. A similar peak of activity had already marked the month of March 2021.
With a total quantity slightly higher than 3.18 million metric tonnes (mT) of tomato paste exported over the period April 2021 - March 2022, TOP10 exports of tomato paste were lower (-6.6%, about 225,000 mT) than in the previous twelve months (Apr.2020 – Mar.2021) period.
The twelve-month activity level of TOP10 exporting countries thus was also 15,800 mT higher (0.5%) compared to the same period of the three previous years.
The data available for global exports (3.4 million mT) over the period (April 2021 – March 2022) show that despite a noticeable slowdown, global trade activity for the time being maintains higher levels (6.9%) 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, 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.
Sources: Trade Data Monitor LLC, professional sources,