Imports – Top 10 Products by Country

Analysis from 2013-14 on Australia's top vegetable imports by country of origin.

Prepared potatoes (frozen) were the major imported levied* vegetable at $114 million in 2013-14. While prepared potato imports have fluctuated over the last six years, peaking in 2011-12 at $133 million, New Zealand was the major source of Australia’s prepared potato imports, occupying 51% of the market in 2013-14. Australia’s frozen prepared potatoes from New Zealand increased by 45% from the previous year at $58 million in 2013-14.

Perhaps the biggest story from this data was the significant increase by 1363% of prepared potatoes (not frozen) from the United States over the past six years. However, prepared potato (not frozen) imports from the United States fell by 58% in 2013-14 to $5 million.

Australian imports of sweet corn (frozen) had been stagnant since 2009-10, and fell by 24% since 2008-09. Accordingly, sweet corn (frozen) imports from New Zealand (Australia’s main importer of frozen sweet corn) had also declined by 21% since 2008-09.

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*’Levied’ refers to products where an Australian producer would pay the vegetable or potato levy if produced in Australia.

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