Exports – Destination Country

Analysis from 2013-14 on Australia's vegetable exports by country of destination.

The value of fresh vegetable exports grew to $159 million in 2013-14. Fresh vegetables accounted for 62% of total vegetable exports. Fresh vegetable exports from Australia were sent to a wide range of destinations, with these locations often only receiving specific vegetable commodities. Singapore and Japan had traditionally been the major destinations; however, in 2013-14 the United Arab Emirates surpassed Japan to become Australia’s second largest fresh vegetable export destination. Fresh vegetable exports to the United Arab Emirates increased by 26% to $23 million in 2013-14 following continuous increases, particularly the last five years. Most fresh vegetable exports were sent to Asia and the Middle East.

Frozen vegetable exports increased by 5% to $23 million in 2013-14, rebounding from the previous year, which represented the lowest export value for over a decade. New Zealand dominated this segment, accounting for 58% of the total in 2013-14. Frozen vegetable exports to New Zealand were subdued, falling by 13% to $14 million. Exports to most other countries were small with only Japan and Malaysia taking more than $1 million of frozen vegetable exports.

Processed vegetable exports fell by 15% to $36 million in 2013-14. Japan was the largest destination for processed vegetable exports, accounting for 49% of the total in 2013 14. Processed exports to Japan fell considerably by 20% to $18 million in 2013-14. Similarly, exports to New Zealand also fell by 19% to $6.7 million in 2013-14. Another standout was the increase in processed vegetable exports to China by 119% to $2 million in 2013-14. Processed vegetable exports of over $1 million occurred to six countries in 2012-13.

Other vegetable exports rose by 15 per cent to $37 million in 2013-14. Exports to Netherlands, Japan and France were the largest and in total accounted for 63% of the segment. In 2012-13 other vegetable exports to Netherlands increased by 13% to $10 million and France by 104% to $7 million.

In summary, exports remained relatively stable in the years to 2013-14. Important features of the main export destinations over this time included the importance of Japan and Singapore, the growth in exports to Asia and the Middle East, and the decline in exports to New Zealand.

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