Over the last decade, China has become a major source for the manufacture of agrochemicals, having a reputation for the provision of low priced product which in some cases has been perceived to be erosive to agrochemical pricing. This review will analyse the position of China as an exporter of agrochemicals and its position in the world market, as well as recent trends in the development of the country’s export business. The data used in this analysis is based on chapter 3808 of the export statistics which reports products packaged for retail sale; it does not include product that may be sold in technical form or under other classifications. The analysis has focused on herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and plant growth regulators, but excludes rodenticides, disinfectants etc. which are also included in chapter 3808.
Leading Agrochemical Exporting Countries 2009
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The table above, which outlines the leading agrochemical exporting countries by value, shows that in 2009, China was the fifth largest exporter of agrochemicals worldwide. In the case of Belgium, it is possible that a proportion of the export total represents re-export of product which has entered through the country’s seaports.
The Table on the following page shows the breakdown of exports by the leading fifteen exporting countries in 2009 by herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. Also included is the average price of exports, derived from the total value and volume of all product sold. The data shows that in 2009, China was the fourth largest exporter of insecticides, the ninth largest exporter of fungicides and the fifth largest exporter of herbicides.