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Salt industry worldwide - Statistics & Facts

Salt, a crucial element of life, is manufactured as a seasoning for human consumption as well as used in chemical industries. The most prominent use for salt is as a feedstock for the production of industrial chemicals. The worldwide market for salt production was valued at above 14 billion U.S. dollars, with 293 million metric tons of salt produced that year. China, the United States, and India are the top three countries for salt production and altogether produced a combined total of 130 million metric tons of salt in 2019.

India exports the most salt of any country, transporting over 12 billion kilograms in 2018. The United States was the leading importer of salt worldwide that year, where it is used in industrial applications within sectors such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture and livestock, and chemical productions.

The United States imported about 17 million metric tons of salt in 2018, an increase from 12.6 million the year before. Salt for human consumption holds the most considerable portion of the seasoning and spice market in the United States.

Americans' have been eating less salt since 2014, when there was a peak of a reported 55.6 million metric tons. Consumers in the U.S. tend to limit their food intake based on artificial sweeteners, sugar or artificial preservatives rather than salt. However, reports have shown that diets high in sodium do have some health risks, such as high blood pressure, stroke, or heart failure. The estimated average adult salt intake equivalent in the United States amounted to nine grams per day.

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