Flower Bouquet Exports by Country

Flower Bouquet Exports by Country

Dutch tulip bouquet

Global sales from flower bouquet exports by country totaled US$8.8 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of flower bouquet exports rose by an average 3.8% for all exporting countries since 2013 when flower bouquet shipments were valued at $8.5 billion. Year over year, the global value of exported flower bouquets appreciated by 11.9% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar value worth of flower bouquet exports during 2017 with shipments amounting to $4.9 billion or 56% of the global total.

Latin America (excluding Mexico) plus the Caribbean represent 26.7%, trailed by African exporters at 9.6%, Asian suppliers at 6% and North American sources at 1.4%.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 0603 for cut flowers and flower buds suitable for bouquets or for ornamental purposes.

Flower Bouquet Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of flower bouquet during 2017:

  1. Netherlands: US$4.4 billion (50% of exported flower bouquets)
  2. Colombia: $1.4 billion (15.9%)
  3. Ecuador: $881.5 million (10%)
  4. Kenya: $540.9 million (6.2%)
  5. Ethiopia: $196.6 million (2.2%)
  6. Malaysia: $107.5 million (1.2%)
  7. China: $103.8 million (1.2%)
  8. Italy: $98.2 million (1.1%)
  9. Belgium: $89.6 million (1%)
  10. Germany: $72.2 million (0.8%)
  11. Thailand: $70.9 million (0.8%)
  12. Israel: $68 million (0.8%)
  13. Lithuania: $65.2 million (0.7%)
  14. Canada: $58.2 million (0.7%)
  15. United Kingdom: $51.2 million (0.6%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 93.3% of all flower bouquet exports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing flower bouquet exporters since 2013 were: China (up 30.1%), Canada (up 30%), Lithuania (up 27.9%), United Kingdom (up 26.5%) and Ethiopia (up 19.1%).

Five top suppliers posted declines in their exported flower bouquet sales, namely Belgium (down -68%), Germany (down -22%), Israel (down -20.9%), Thailand (down -4.4%) and Malaysia (down -0.4%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for flower bouquet during 2017. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the surplus between the value of each country’s flower bouquet exports and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Netherlands: US$3.2 billion (net export surplus up 6% since 2013)
  2. Colombia: $1.4 billion (up 4.8%)
  3. Ecuador: $881.5 million (up 5.3%)
  4. Kenya: $540.9 million (up 12.7%)
  5. Ethiopia: $196.6 million (up 19.1%)
  6. Malaysia: $101.7 million (up 0.8%)
  7. Israel: $66.8 million (down -21.4%)
  8. China: $48.9 million (down -22.6%)
  9. Thailand: $47.5 million (down -17.7%)
  10. South Africa: $41.8 million (up 39.7%)
  11. Mexico: $39.8 million (up 49%)
  12. Costa Rica: $32.7 million (down -7.5%)
  13. Vietnam: $29.6 million (up 396.8%)
  14. Taiwan: $27 million (down -5.7%)
  15. Turkey: $25.3 million (down -1.2%)

True to its stereotypical image as a tulip producer, the Netherlands serves as the home country with the highest surplus in the international trade of flower bouquets. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms the strong competitive advantage that Netherlands has for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for flower bouquet during 2017. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the deficit between the value of each country’s flower bouquet import purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$1.4 billion (net export deficit up 23.1% since 2013)
  2. Germany: -$1.1 billion (down -2.1%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$911.6 million (down -8.5%)
  4. France: -$364 million (down -16.5%)
  5. Russia: -$350.2 million (down -50.1%)
  6. Japan: -$341 million (down -11.3%)
  7. Switzerland: -$172.8 million (down -11.5%)
  8. Austria: -$111.6 million (up 0.5%)
  9. Denmark: -$97.1 million (down -1.2%)
  10. Poland: -$93.6 million (up 42.1%)
  11. Norway: -$88 million (down -8.3%)
  12. Sweden: -$85.7 million (down -4.3%)
  13. Italy: -$82.5 million (down -22.5%)
  14. Czech Republic: -$76 million (up 75.9%)
  15. Canada: -$74.3 million (down -24.7%)

America and Germany incurred the highest deficits when it comes to the international trade of flower bouquets. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights both countries’ strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for flower bouquet-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand from consumers.

Companies

Flower Bouquet Importing Companies

According to global trade intelligence firm Zepol, the following companies are examples of multinational cut flower buyers:

  • Almacenes Vaca (Mexico)
  • Hosley International (United States)
  • San Antonio Imports (Mexico)
  • Viveres El Triunfo (Mexico)
  • WalMart (United States)


 

Searchable List of Flower Bouquet Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2017 Flower Bouquet Exports% World Total
1.NetherlandsUS$4.4 billion50%
2.Colombia$1.4 billion15.9%
3.Ecuador$881.5 million10%
4.Kenya$540.9 million6.2%
5.Ethiopia$196.6 million2.2%
6.Malaysia$107.5 million1.2%
7.China$103.8 million1.2%
8.Italy$98.2 million1.1%
9.Belgium$89.6 million1%
10.Germany$72.2 million0.8%
11.Thailand$70.9 million0.8%
12.Israel$68 million0.8%
13.Lithuania$65.2 million0.7%
14.Canada$58.2 million0.7%
15.United Kingdom$51.2 million0.6%
16.South Africa$45.7 million0.5%
17.Spain$45.4 million0.5%
18.Mexico$41.5 million0.5%
19.Vietnam$37.7 million0.4%
20.Costa Rica$33.3 million0.4%
21.Taiwan$30.7 million0.4%
22.Turkey$28.9 million0.3%
23.United States$25.9 million0.3%
24.Latvia$23.6 million0.3%
25.France$18.8 million0.2%
26.Guatemala$18.3 million0.2%
27.India$16.3 million0.2%
28.New Zealand$14.7 million0.2%
29.South Korea$14.6 million0.2%
30.Poland$12.7 million0.1%
31.Tanzania$12.4 million0.1%
32.Egypt$11.3 million0.1%
33.Zambia$10.5 million0.1%
34.Singapore$10.2 million0.1%
35.Kazakhstan$9.2 million0.1%
36.Armenia$8.8 million0.1%
37.Portugal$8.4 million0.1%
38.Denmark$8.2 million0.1%
39.Japan$7.7 million0.1%
40.Morocco$7.6 million0.1%
41.Nigeria$7.6 million0.1%
42.Zimbabwe$7.3 million0.1%
43.Peru$7.3 million0.1%
44.Indonesia$6.1 million0.1%
45.Hungary$5.8 million0.1%
46.Chile$4.7 million0.1%
47.Australia$4.7 million0.1%
48.Austria$4 million0.05%
49.Czech Republic$3.6 million0.04%
50.Estonia$3.2 million0.04%
51.Bulgaria$3 million0.03%
52.Slovakia$2.5 million0.03%
53.Hong Kong$2.5 million0.03%
54.Rwanda$2.4 million0.03%
55.Luxembourg$1.6 million0.02%
56.Croatia$1.3 million0.02%
57.Côte d'Ivoire$1.2 million0.01%
58.Marshall Islands$1.1 million0.01%
59.Pakistan$1.1 million0.01%
60.Philippines$1 million0.01%
61.Finland$976,0000.01%
62.Ghana$911,0000.01%
63.Mauritius$873,0000.01%
64.Ukraine$864,0000.01%
65.Cameroon$612,0000.01%
66.Russia$559,0000.01%
67.Lesotho$496,0000.01%
68.Dominican Republic$487,0000.01%
69.Ireland$462,0000.01%
70.Greece$361,0000.004%
71.Serbia$343,0000.004%
72.Romania$330,0000.004%
73.Iran$240,0000.003%
74.Brazil$224,0000.003%
75.Malawi$202,0000.002%
76.United Arab Emirates$182,0000.002%
77.Sri Lanka$151,0000.002%
78.Mozambique$127,0000.001%
79.Slovenia$121,0000.001%
80.Belarus$114,0000.001%
81.Sweden$113,0000.001%
82.Azerbaijan$107,0000.001%
83.Oman$94,0000.001%
84.Panama$89,0000.001%
85.Burkina Faso$88,0000.001%
86.Uzbekistan$64,0000.001%
87.Macedonia$63,0000.001%
88.Suriname$61,0000.001%
89.Switzerland$58,0000.001%
90.Laos$44,0000.001%
91.Kuwait$43,0000.0005%
92.Saudi Arabia$39,0000.0004%
93.Senegal$35,0000.0004%
94.Barbados$34,0000.0004%
95.Lebanon$33,0000.0004%
96.Jordan$30,0000.0003%
97.Georgia$25,0000.0003%
98.Mali$22,0000.0003%
99.Nicaragua$20,0000.0002%
100.Niger$13,0000.0001%
101.Macao$10,0000.0001%
102.Gambia$10,0000.0001%
103.Bolivia$10,0000.0001%
104.Tunisia$10,0000.0001%
105.French Polynesia$9,0000.0001%
106.Benin$9,0000.0001%
107.Cayman Islands$8,0000.0001%
108.Bosnia/Herzegovina$7,0000.0001%
109.Namibia$7,0000.0001%
110.Nepal$7,0000.0001%
111.Moldova$6,0000.0001%
112.Saint Kitts/Nevis$6,0000.0001%
113.Comoros$6,0000.0001%
114.Palestine$5,0000.0001%
115.Bangladesh$4,0000.00005%
116.Myanmar (Burma)$4,0000.00005%
117.Antigua/Barbuda$4,0000.00005%
118.Qatar$3,0000.00003%
119.Syria$3,0000.00003%
120.Sudan$3,0000.00003%
121.Jamaica$3,0000.00003%
122.Togo$3,0000.00003%
123.St Maarten (Dutch)$2,0000.00002%
124.Dominica$2,0000.00002%
125.Iceland$1,0000.00001%
126.Honduras$1,0000.00001%
127.Bhutan$1,0000.00001%
128.Saint Lucia$1,0000.00001%
129.Norway$1,0000.00001%
130.Sao Tome/Principe$1,0000.00001%
131.Madagascar$1,0000.00001%
132.Uganda$1,0000.00001%
133.US Minor Outlying Is$1,0000.00001%

See also Netherlands Top 10 Exports and Netherlands Top Trading Partners

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 24, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 24, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 24, 2018

Zepol’s company summary highlights by HTS code. Accessed on May 24, 2018