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Figure 12.7 Share of importing countries in international ginger market (2000). Order of countries as in Table 12.17.

followed by the United States (10.16%), the United Kingdom (5.31%), Saudi Arabia (4.48%), Malaysia (4.22%), Singapore (4.18%), the Netherlands (3.68%), Canada (2.53%), Germany (1.20%), and Hong Kong (0.50%). In Figure 12.7, ginger imports by various countries are depicted in graphical form for the year 2000 indicating more or less the same situation after 5 years.

Japan, one of the major importers of ginger in the world, imports more than half of its requirement from China (Table 12.18). Thailand exports most preferred fresh ginger in large quantities to Japan. Japan's imports from India mainly constitute dry ginger. In recent years, the Spices Board has taken initiatives to study the Japanese market to increase India's share in that country's imports.

U.S. Imports of Ginger

In the United States, fresh ginger dominates the import market while dried ginger accounts for only a fraction of the government's unground total import. Ginger import increased over 50 percent in import tonnage in 1999 and gained another 14 percent in the year 2000. Since dried ginger is most heavily used in processed foods, its increasing

Table 12.18 Ginger imports by Japan (1994-1998) average, qty. = tons, value = US $'000

Country

Qty

Value

Unit value

Qty

Value

China

45,089.6

49,643.8

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