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  • QA 007
    Question:
    Where to find coffee import data and details of the market structure for major European markets ?
    Background:
    Sofar we only export to the United States but we wish to diversify. After reviewing the different summaries presented on your website we have decided we should first of all now look for more in-depth information on coffee in individual European Union member countries.
    Asked by:
    A grower cooperative in Honduras
     
    Answer:

    The European Union is the world's largest importer of coffee with imports of about 40 million bags green coffee in 2003 (and close to 42 million bags with the addition of Norway and Switzerland). In 2003 Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia supplied over 50% of all EU green bean imports.
    Honduras reportedly supplied about 1.5 million bags or just short of 4%. Go to 02.03 for more (Link below).

    EU imports have risen further with the accession on 1 May 2004 of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia. Between them these countries imported some 3.3 million bags green coffee in 2003.


    The following organizations provide useful information, free of charge:

    The European Coffee Federation (ECF) publishes a European Coffee Report each year; the most recent one is that for 2003.  This gives useful import data and coffee-related background information on the 12 countries that were EU members as of 31 December 2003, as well as Norway and Switzerland, and some of the newly joined countries. To download a copy go to www.ecf-coffee.org  and click on ECR 2003. For earlier reports click on Publications.  The website also gives the names and email contacts for the individual member associations in each country as well as information on import duties into the EU (which are zero in the case of Honduras).


    The International Coffee Organization atwww.ico.orgis another source of international coffee import-export statistics, and one that regularly updates the available information. These statistics should also be available at your National Coffee Organization (i.e. the body that represents Honduras at the ICO).

    The International Trade Centre (ITC-Geneva) itself, operators of this website, provides a wide overview of the trade in many different products in individual countries, including coffee, through 72 detailed Product Maps atwww.p-maps.org. The statistics on this site are updated once a year but it provides interesting information on what goes where and it is a very useful tool for viewing trends. The site also offers market surveys, links to other information sources and information on selected companies. To access this service you will first have to register through the website.

    Posted 17 December 2004
     

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