Overview of Dutch agricultural export to Taiwan in 2019

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Dutch agricultural exports to Taiwan declined slightly in 2019, with a total export value of EUR 219 million. The decline was 4.8% compared to the previous year. Flower and seedling (lily bulbs) in the past years always take 90% of the market of Taiwan, but due to several PLAMV virus infection in the field and Taiwanese government fumigate the bulbs for mite reasons, impact the harvest and quality of the flowers, caused the reduced order of bulb from NL. Export of cereal and cookies products increased in recent years as some new items were introduced to the Taiwanese market. The largest export commodity in 2019 was alcohol drinks (beer) followed by pork, cookies and potato products.

Table 1. Major Dutch agricultural commodities exported to Taiwan in 2018 and 2019 in value
Item 2019 (1.000 Euro) 2018 (1.000 Euro)
Total importation value                             219.736                            230.846
Agricultural products                             153.012                            166.038
Cereal and products                               17.906                              15.341
Vegetable and products                               11.260                              12.310
Flower and seedling                                 8.592                              10.483
Alcohol drinks                               76.907                              79.005
Cocoa products                                4.324                               3.677
Other agriculture products                               28.349                             39.786
Livestock products                               65.929                             64.310
Live animal and meat                               20.184                             20.020

Offal

                              11.662

                            11.581

Dairy products                               15.574                             14.903
Milk powder                                7.686                              6.604
Cheese                                 4.922                              5.375
Feed products                                 9.186                              9.856
Other livestock products                                              8.489                              6.443

Alcohol drinks

Dutch beer is the most important agricultural product export to Taiwan. Total import of beer stood at almost EUR 77 million in 2019. Due to the very good visibility and marketing strategy, Dutch beer is always the first choice at restaurant. But recent year more foreign beer options are available in Taiwan leading to a slight drop in exports.  
 

Livestock products - Pork

Pork exports in 2019 were valued at EUR 24 million, an increase of 1.9% from a year earlier. The Netherlands was the 5th largest exporter of pork after Canada, Spain, USA and Denmark. Around 61% of pork exported from the Netherlands into Taiwan was mainly pork belly, hind feet and offal.

Table 2. Top 5 country export frozen pork to Taiwan in 2019
Country                 

Pork, frozen

Weight (ton)         

Value (1,000 Euro)

Total

                  71.751  

                 221.497

Canada

                  31.701                        74.001

Spain 

                  11.854    

                   51.046

USA  

                    9.459

                   28.334

Denmark  

                    6.801

                   24.212

NL  

                    5.470

                   23.367

Dairy products

The Netherlands was the 8th largest exporter of dairy products in 2019, the biggest exporter being New Zealand (mostly milk powder).

Table 3. Top 8 country export Dairy products to Taiwan in 2019
Country Weight (ton) Value (1.000 Euro)
Total                                                              229.835                          745.292 

New Zealand

                                91.742                          308.859 

USA

                                60.527                            105.533 
Australia

                                23.946    

                           91.790 
France                                  12.291                            59.545

Germany 

                                  6.289

                           23.694

Argentina  

                                  3.460                             12.034

Denmark  

                                  3.308                               18.090

The Netherlands    

                                  2.947                               18.323