World Banana Exports by Region, 2015-2019 (forecast) Million Tonnes

Global exports of bananas, excluding plantain, areexpected to reach a new record high of 20.2 million tonnes in 2019, an estimated increase of 5 percent compared to 2018. Data from the first nine months of the year indicate that strong supply growth in Ecuador and the Philippines, the two leading exporters, is again chiefly accountable for this rise. Fast expansion in exports has also been recorded for Panama, which benefited from ample growth in supplies following the activation of a major banana production zone in the Baru district.

Adverse weather conditions attributed to the El Niño weather phenomenon meanwhile have continued to affect shipments from several other key suppliers, most severely from Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, and to lesser extent also from Ecuador and Colombia

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