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In 2016, the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) exported a total €960 million worth of eggs. Trade between Member States (intra-EU exports) accounted for over 90% (€866 million) of the total value of eggs exported, while the exports of eggs to countries located outside the EU were worth around €95 million.


Eggs exported within the EU came mainly from the Netherlands

The Netherlands exported eggs to other EU Member States worth €347 million in 2016, representing 40% of the total value of intra-EU exports of eggs. This made it the largest egg exporter of all EU Member States, ahead of Poland (€181 million, 21%), Germany (€135 million, 16%) and Belgium (€51 million, 6%).


Trade in eggs between EU Member States

The source dataset can be found here.


In 2016, Germany was the main importer of eggs exported from other Member States. Eggs from the EU worth €369 million were exported to Germany (43% of total intra-EU exports of eggs). The Netherlands was the second largest recipient of EU exported eggs (€176 million, 20%). Other major destinations within the EU were Belgium (€58 million, 7%), the United Kingdom (€34 million, 4%), Italy and France (both around €28 million, 3%) and the Czech Republic (€26 million, 3%).

Switzerland was the main destination for exports outside the EU (receiving €34 million worth of eggs in 2016, or 36% of total extra-EU exports of eggs). Switzerland was followed by the United Arab Emirates (€15 million, 15%), Israel (€6 million, 6%), Sierra Leone (€4 million, 5%) and Mauritania (nearly €4 million, 4%).

This news item marks today's World Egg Day.