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  • World coffee exports - basic figures

     
     

    Coffee is an important commodity in the world economy, accounting for exports worth approximately US$13.5 billion in coffee year 2008/09 (October–September) and an estimated US$ 15.4 billion in 2009/10 when some 5.6 million tonnes (93.4 million bags) were shipped.

     

    World coffee exports, by value and volume
    1997/98 – 2009/10
     

    Coffee year 

    US$ billion 

    Million bags* 

    Cts/lb FOB** 

    1999/00 

      8.7 

    89.4 

      74 

    2000/01 

      5.8 

    90.4 

      49 

    2001/02 

      4.9 

    86.7 

      43 

       2002/03    

      5.5 

    88.2 

      47 

    2003/04 

      6.4 

    88.8 

      55 

    2004/05 

      8.9 

    89.0 

      76 

    2005/06  

    10.1 

    87.9 

      87 

    2006/07 

    12.5 

    98,4 

     96 

    2007/08 

    15.0 

    96.1 

    118 

    2008/09 

    13.5 

    97.4 

    105 

    2009/10 

    15.4 

    93.4 

    125 

    Source: ICO. * Bags of 60 kg net. ** Rounded to nearest cent.

    Some 70 countries produce coffee. Of these, 45, nearly all of whom are exporting members of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), are responsible for over 97% of world output. (Details on www.ico.org and in section 01.05.)

     

    In 2010 the ICO estimated total coffee sector employment at about 26 mln persons in 52 producing countries - see Doc. ICC 105-5 at www.ico.org.


    For many countries, coffee exports not only are a vital contributor to foreign exchange earnings but also account for a significant proportion of tax income and gross domestic product. For seven countries the average share of coffee exports in total export earnings exceeded 10% in the period 2000–2010, although the importance of coffee in the economy of many countries is diminishing over time. This can be demonstrated by the fact that during the period 1996 to 2000, there were 15 countries which fell into this category, i.e. the average share of coffee exports in their total export earnings exceeded 10%.

     

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