Ever wonder which countries export the most pearls? See the list, which also shows each exporter's percentage of global pearls exports within parenthesis. In 2015, world pearls exports were US$1.3 billion.
African Exporters

Africa exported $150,000 worth of pearls led by the following countries:

  1. French S Antarctic Terr: $135,000
  2. South Africa: $8,000
  3. Nigeria: $4,000
  4. Cameroon: $1,000
  5. Mauritius: $1,000
  6. Niger: $1,000
Asian Exporters

Asia exported $461.3 million worth of pearls led by the following countries:

  1. Japan: $267 million
  2. China: $98.1 million
  3. Indonesia: $31.2 million
  4. Philippines: $20.3 million
  5. Thailand: $14.4 million
  6. Myanmar (Burma): $10 million
  7. Singapore: $6.2 million
  8. Hong Kong: $5.2 million
  9. Vietnam: $4.1 million
10. India: $2.9 million
European Exporters

Europe exported $125.4 million worth of pearls led by the following countries:

  1. France: $42.3 million
  2. United Kingdom: $32.4 million
  3. Switzerland: $27.1 million
  4. Germany: $9.6 million
  5. Italy: $9 million
  6. Belgium: $3.8 million
  7. Netherlands: $592,000
  8. Spain: $272,000
  9. Austria: $132,000
10. Denmark: $55,000
Latin American and Caribbean Exporters

Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean exported $174,000 worth of pearls led by the following countries:

  1. Haiti: $78,000
  2. Belize: $60,000
  3. Saint Kitts/Nevis: $19,000
  4. Bolivia: $9,000
  5. Colombia: $4,000
  6. Turks/Caicos Islands: $4,000
Middle Eastern Exporters


Middle East exported $517.9 million worth of pearls led by the following countries:

  1. United Arab Emirates: $517.5 million
  2. Israel: $203,000
  3. Lebanon: $108,000
  4. Qatar: $101,000
  5. Bahrain: $20,000
  6. Oman: $18,000
North American Exporters

North America exported $38.1 million worth of pearls led by the following countries:

  1. United States: $37.7 million
  2. Canada: $382,000
  3. Mexico: $16,000
Oceanian Exporters

Oceania exported $177.8 million worth of pearls led by the following countries:

  1. French Polynesia: $120.7 million
  2. Australia: $56.4 million
  3. New Zealand: $359,000
  4. Fiji: $266,000
  5. Cook Islands: $104,000
The accompanying list identifies exporters with the fastest-growing international sales of pearls from 2011 to 2015. Overall, the 5-year percentage decline for this exported product category was -15.6%.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis

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