European Union

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From 2006-2010, European Union (EU) imports of cardamom decreased from 1,666 MTs to 1,593 MTs. Germany (with imports of 445 MTs), the Netherlands (431 MTs) and the United Kingdom (414 MTs) were the primary EU importers in 2010. Traditionally, the UK has been the largest importer as cardamom enjoys a strong demand among the country’s large Asian community. The European continent, especially in the Scandinavian countries, Green Cardamom is a popular ingredient in the bakery and dessert products.

EU Imports of Cardamom

Suppliers 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
MTs $000s MTs $000s MTs $000s MTs $000s MTs $000s
Guatemala 1,346 $4,012 1,316 $6,025 1,292 $12,543 1,365 $12,944 1,68 $24,234
India 202 $902 220 $1,073 167 $1,024 199 $1,353 159 $2,570
Others 118 $551 106 $596 132 $1,193 57 $607 66 $937
Total 1,666 $5,465 1,642 $7,694 1,591 $14,760 1,621 $14,904 1,593 $27,741

Source:Eurostat
Harmonized Code: 09083000(CN8):Cardamoms

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The EU imports a majority of its cardamom from Guatemala. In 2010, the EU imported 1,368 MTs from Guatemala and only 225 MTs from the rest of the world, including 159 MTs from India. Although EU import volumes were relatively stable over the period, values increased dramatically from US$5.4 million to 2006 to US$27.7 million in 2010 due in large part to price spikes.