Global Sesame Market Insights: A Strategic Analysis of the First Week of February

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Price Trends in China

Nigerian Sesame Spike: Recently, the price for Nigerian sesame in China rose by 50-100 RMB. Contrastingly, prices for sesame from Tanzania, Mozambique, and Ethiopia’s Humera region remained steady, showcasing selective market adjustments.

China’s Sesame Market

China’s sesame market is experiencing selective price adjustments. Notably, the Qingdao port plays a pivotal role, with current stock levels at 86,318 MT as of January 29, 2024. This data point, coupled with anticipated logistical challenges, may influence future price trends.

India’s Sesame Scenario

India’s impending sowing season faces potential setbacks from water scarcity. The country’s reliance on imported sesame, due to a local white sesame shortage, shifts the price dynamics, making imported sesame more appealing due to its lower cost compared to local varieties.

India’s Agricultural Outlook

Gujarat’s Sowing Season: Summer sesame planting in Gujarat is on the horizon, expected to start in late February or March. However, a critical note: water scarcity in Saurashtra might hinder this process, affecting production volumes.

Pakistan’s Export Landscape

Pakistan’s export value surge to $407 million in 2023 from $89,320 million in 2020 is a testament to its growing dominance in the sesame market. This 356% growth over three years emphasizes the strategic importance of market positioning.

Pakistan’s Export Surge

Impressive Growth: From 2020 to 2023, Pakistan’s sesame export value skyrocketed by 356%, jumping from $89,320 million to $407 million. This remarkable increase highlights Pakistan’s ascending trajectory in the global sesame market.

African Export Trends

Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Chad are notable for their large crop sizes and significant export volumes, with China being a primary destination. These trends underscore Africa’s critical role in supplying the global sesame demand.


The global sesame market is shaped by diverse factors, including environmental challenges in India, remarkable export growth in Pakistan, and stable versus fluctuating price trends in China. Stakeholders must consider these dynamics for strategic planning and market positioning.


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