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 2016, world pearls exports were US$3.3 billion.
African Exporters

Africa exported $36,000 worth of pearls led by the following countries:

  1. South Africa: $21,000
  2. French South Antarctic: $6,000
  3. Mauritius: $4,000
  4. Nigeria: $4,000
  5. Botswana: $1,000
Asian Exporters

Asia exported $2.3 billion worth of pearls led by the following countries:

  1. Hong Kong, China: $1.8 billion
  2. Japan: $282.6 million
  3. China: $67.8 million
  4. Indonesia: $45.3 million
  5. Thailand: $28.5 million
  6. Philippines: $21.2 million
  7. Myanmar (Burma): $14.5 million
  8. India: $6.4 million
  9. Vietnam: $3.7 million
10. Singapore: $3.7 million
European Union (EU) Exporters

European Union exported $48.9 million worth of pearls led by the following EU members:

  1. United Kingdom: $28.3 million
  2. Italy: $6.8 million
  3. Germany: $6 million
  4. France: $5.6 million
  5. Belgium: $1.7 million
  6. Spain: $157,000
  7. Austria: $101,000
  8. Denmark: $77,000
  9. Czech Republic: $69,000
10. Sweden: $44,000
Latin American and Caribbean Exporters

Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean exported $906,000 worth of pearls led by the following countries:

  1. Bahamas: $793,000
  2. Turks/Caicos Islands: $35,000
  3. Belize: $27,000
  4. Peru: $21,000
  5. Panama: $13,000
  6. Trinidad/Tobago: $13,000
  7. Dominican Republic: $3,000
  8. Brazil: $1,000
Middle Eastern Exporters

Middle East exported $686.1 million worth of pearls led by the following countries:

  1. United Arab Emirates: $685 million
  2. Bahrain: $1.1 million
  3. Lebanon: $22,000
  4. Israel: $15,000
  5. Kuwait: $7,000
North American Exporters

North America exported $33.4 million worth of pearls led by the following countries:

  1. United States: $31.1 million
  2. Canada: $2.2 million
  3. Mexico: $5,000
Oceanian Exporters

Oceania exported $185.7 million worth of pearls led by the following countries:

  1. French Polynesia: $112.7 million
  2. Australia: $72.6 million
  3. New Zealand: $197,000
  4. Fiji: $149,000
  5. Cook Islands: $28,000
The accompanying list identifies exporters with the fastest-growing international sales of pearls from 2012 to 2016. Overall, the 5-year percentage gain for this exported product category was 123%.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis

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