Trade and markets


Banana - world imports and exports

Source: FAO

Banana markets indicators:  Prices  |  Exports  |  Imports

Banana market review 2013-2014
In 2013 the global banana trade reached a new peak, marked by ample supplies due to production recovery in the major banana-producing areas and strong demand in all major markets. As a result, exports surpassed 17 million tonnes – 6.1 percent above the level in 2012 and marking a third consecutive year of strong export growth.

Banana market review and banana statistics 2012-2013
This report is issued on an annual basis to Members and Observers of the Sub-Group on Bananas of the Intergovernmental Group on Bananas and Tropical Fruits. It brings together the information available to FAO, supplemented by data obtained from other sources, in particular with regard to preliminary estimates. 

The changing role of multinational companies in the global banana trade
On 10 March 2014, Chiquita, the largest banana trading company in the world, and Fyffes, one of the main suppliers to the European market, announced a merger, making the new company ChiquitaFyffes, an undisputed leader in the banana market.


  • Kaison Chang
    Secretary of the IGG for bananas and tropical fruits