6.1.4 The Americas Region
Amongst the countries of America which imported Malaysia’s raw materials were the United States of America, Chile, Canada, Jamaica, Barbados, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica. As in the other regions the quantities exported at the beginning of the period from the years 2000 to 2004 to the countries in the region remained at about the same level with slight fluctuations in the quantities. After 2004, there was a significant increase in the export quantity and decreased abruptly in year 2006. Like in all other cases, the sharp increase and decline in the export trend may be attributed to many factors, one of which could have been the change in the global demand for processed materials. The main raw materials exported to these countries were other vegetable products not elsewhere specified, garlic, cloves and other spices. Ginger, other essential oils of citrus fruits and mixtures of odoriferous substances used in the food or drink industry were also traded in smaller quantities. Graphic representation of the export trend through the period from 2000 to 2007 is shown below: Refer to Appendix 5 (America: Export of herbal raw material and aromatic plants 2000-2007 by country).
Figure 237: Export Trend to Countries of the American Countries (2000-2007)
Import Shares of the Raw Materials for the Americas Region
North America imported the largest amount of the raw materials from Malaysia (70%). This was followed by South America (23%), the Caribbean (7%) and Central America (<1%). See Figure 238.
Figure 238: Percentages of Export to the Americas Regions (2000-2007)
Major Export Destinations to the Americas Region
The United States imported other vegetable products not elsewhere specified and smaller amounts of other spices, other essential oils of citrus fruits and mixtures of odoriferous substances. Canada imported garlic, seeds of coriander, other spices, other vegetable products not elsewhere specified and cloves. Chile’s imports consisted mixtures of odoriferous substances used in food or drink industry. Other countries imported other raw materials in small amounts in Table 183 (Appendix 5: America: Export of herbal raw material and aromatic plants 2000-2007 by country).
Table 183: Export destinations of Malaysia’s raw materials