Trade and markets


On account of ample growth in supplies, global exports of banana, excluding plantain, are estimated to have reached a record high of 19.2 million tonnes in 2018. This would mark an increase of 4.4 percent compared to 2017. Strong supply growth in the two leading exporters – Ecuador and the Philippines – are mainly accountable for this rise. Global import volumes of bananas are estimated to have reached 18.3 million tonnes in 2018, an increase of 2 percent compared to 2017. Preliminary estimates indicate growth of 4 percent in the largest net importer, the European Union, and a 1 percent contraction in the United States.

Banana Market Review 2018

The Banana Market Review 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 and offers an overview of recent developments in banana trade. It is prepared by the Team on International Investment and Tropical Fruits, Trade and Markets Division, FAO, which delivers research and analyses on agricultural investments in developing countries, and economic data and analyses on tropical fruits. 

Previous editions: 20172015-2016 | 2013-2014 | 2012-2013

Banana Statistical compendium 2018

The Banana Statistical compendium, issued once a year, contains information on global banana trade. Its sources include information provided by FAO member nations, traders, news bulletins and the opinions of commodity specialists and represents the most authoritative and up-to-date source of information on the world banana economy.

Previous editions: 2017

Bananas and major tropical fruits in Latin America and the Caribbean – The significance of the region to world supply. This article represents an introductory background note to the medium-term outlook for bananas and major tropical fruits in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be published in July 2019 in the forthcoming edition of the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2019-2028.

Banana Market Review Preliminary Results 2018. This document provides an assessment of the 2018 market situation for bananas. It includes statistical tables related to gross exports and net imports at country level, with preliminary inputs for 2017 and forecasts for 2018 based on available data covering the period January-August 2018.

Ecuador’s Banana Sector under Climate Change: An economic and biophysical assessment to promote a sustainable and climate-compatible strategy
This study is an integrated assessment of climate impacts on the banana value chain in support of the Ecuador initiatives towards sustainable and climate-adapted strategies. Evidence was generated on: (i) banana suitability under climate change in Ecuador and other banana producing countries; (ii) climate impacts on yields and potential diseases incidence for bananas in Ecuador; (iii) carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions from production to consumption, including transportation and waste disposal.