Flower Bouquet Exports by Country

Flower Bouquet Exports by Country

Dutch tulip bouquet

Global sales from flower bouquet exports by country amounted to US$7.7 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of flower bouquet exports were down by an average -7.3% for all exporting countries since 2012 when flower bouquet shipments were valued at $8.3 billion. Year over year, the value of global flower bouquet exports depreciated by -4.6% from 2015 to 2016.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar value worth of flower bouquet exports during 2016 with shipments amounting to $4 billion or 52.3% of global flower exports. Latin America (excluding Mexico) and Caribbean countries accounted for 28.4%, followed by African exporters at 10.5%, Asian suppliers at 7% and North American sources at 1.5%.

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 2016:

  1. Netherlands: US$3.5 billion (45.8% of total flower bouquet exports)
  2. Colombia: $1.3 billion (17%)
  3. Ecuador: $802.5 million (10.4%)
  4. Kenya: $675 million (8.8%)
  5. China: $105.5 million (1.4%)
  6. Malaysia: $104.5 million (1.4%)
  7. Italy: $93.3 million (1.2%)
  8. Belgium: $90.6 million (1.2%)
  9. Germany: $79.3 million (1%)
  10. Israel: $77.9 million (1%)
  11. Thailand: $70.3 million (0.9%)
  12. Lithuania: $58.3 million (0.8%)
  13. Canada: $57.2 million (0.7%)
  14. Spain: $42.9 million (0.6%)
  15. United Kingdom: $39.7 million (0.5%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 92.7% of all flower bouquet exports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing flower bouquet exporters since 2012 were: Lithuania (up 447.5%), United Kingdom (up 87.3%), Kenya (up 49%) and Spain (up 47.3%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported flower bouquet sales were led by: Belgium (down -63.9%), Netherlands (down -14.3%), Malaysia (down -13.6%) and Thailand (down -7.5%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for flower bouquet during 2016. 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$2.5 billion (net export surplus down -24.1% since 2012)
  2. Colombia: $1.3 billion (up 3.3%)
  3. Ecuador: $802.5 million (up 4%)
  4. Kenya: $674.9 million (up 49%)
  5. Malaysia: $99.3 million (down -12.9%)
  6. Israel: $76.5 million (down -1.7%)
  7. China: $66.7 million (down -14%)
  8. Thailand: $47 million (down -18.1%)
  9. Costa Rica: $38.1 million (up 7.9%)
  10. Mexico: $36.8 million (up 44.8%)
  11. South Africa: $32.9 million (down -18.7%)
  12. Uganda: $29.9 million (up 16,392%)
  13. Taiwan: $24.8 million (down -34.7%)
  14. Vietnam: $23.7 million (up 575.8%)
  15. Turkey: $23.6 million (down -16.1%)

True to its stereotypical image as a tulip producer, Netherlands has the highest surplus in the international trade of flower bouquet. 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 2016. 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 20.8% since 2012)
  2. Germany: -$1.1 billion (down -0.8%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$972.7 million (up 4.3%)
  4. France: -$368.4 million (down -13%)
  5. Russia: -$356.2 million (down -52.3%)
  6. Japan: -$340.1 million (down -22.7%)
  7. Switzerland: -$174.6 million (down -6.5%)
  8. Denmark: -$103.7 million (up 12.7%)
  9. Austria: -$95.7 million (down -11.1%)
  10. Italy: -$88.7 million (down -28.4%)
  11. Sweden: -$82.5 million (up 0.1%)
  12. Norway: -$81.7 million (down -8.9%)
  13. Canada: -$67.6 million (down -30.9%)
  14. Belgium: -$62.4 million (up 62.9%)
  15. Poland: -$61.5 million (down -0.4%)

America and Germany incurred the highest deficit in 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 around the world.

Companies

Flower Bouquet Importing Companies

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

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








Searchable List of Flower Bouquet Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2016 Flower Bouquet Exports% World Total
1.NetherlandsUS$3.5 billion45.8%
2.Colombia$1.3 billion17%
3.Ecuador$802.5 million10.4%
4.Kenya$675 million8.8%
5.China$105.5 million1.4%
6.Malaysia$104.5 million1.4%
7.Italy$93.3 million1.2%
8.Belgium$90.6 million1.2%
9.Germany$79.3 million1%
10.Israel$77.9 million1%
11.Thailand$70.3 million0.9%
12.Lithuania$58.3 million0.8%
13.Canada$57.2 million0.7%
14.Spain$42.9 million0.6%
15.United Kingdom$39.7 million0.5%
16.Costa Rica$38.6 million0.5%
17.Mexico$38.4 million0.5%
18.Vietnam$37 million0.5%
19.South Africa$36.1 million0.5%
20.Uganda$29.9 million0.4%
21.Taiwan$28.5 million0.4%
22.India$28.3 million0.4%
23.Turkey$27.7 million0.4%
24.United States$23.8 million0.3%
25.Egypt$23.5 million0.3%
26.Poland$18.4 million0.2%
27.Guatemala$17.6 million0.2%
28.France$17.5 million0.2%
29.South Korea$16.8 million0.2%
30.Zambia$14.9 million0.2%
31.New Zealand$14.7 million0.2%
32.Czech Republic$12.1 million0.2%
33.Tanzania$11.5 million0.1%
34.Singapore$10.4 million0.1%
35.Indonesia$9.5 million0.1%
36.Latvia$9.3 million0.1%
37.Portugal$8.2 million0.1%
38.Belarus$7.9 million0.1%
39.Peru$7.7 million0.1%
40.Denmark$7.4 million0.1%
41.Morocco$7.3 million0.1%
42.Japan$6.6 million0.1%
43.Kazakhstan$5.5 million0.1%
44.Austria$5.4 million0.1%
45.Chile$4.9 million0.1%
46.Hungary$4.5 million0.1%
47.Armenia$4.4 million0.1%
48.Ethiopia$3.9 million0.1%
49.Australia$3.6 million0.05%
50.Hong Kong$2.8 million0.04%
51.Zimbabwe$2.3 million0.03%
52.Croatia$1.6 million0.02%
53.Bulgaria$1.6 million0.02%
54.Côte d'Ivoire$1.4 million0.02%
55.Mauritius$1.2 million0.02%
56.Russia$1.2 million0.02%
57.Philippines$1.2 million0.02%
58.Ukraine$1 million0.01%
59.Ghana$883,0000.01%
60.Turkmenistan$794,0000.01%
61.Dominican Republic$630,0000.01%
62.Slovakia$541,0000.01%
63.Cameroon$540,0000.01%
64.Finland$482,0000.01%
65.Ireland$437,0000.01%
66.Greece$383,0000.005%
67.Senegal$331,0000.004%
68.Kuwait$297,0000.004%
69.Marshall Islands$291,0000.004%
70.Burkina Faso$270,0000.004%
71.Romania$252,0000.003%
72.Serbia$247,0000.003%
73.Comoros$199,0000.003%
74.Malawi$182,0000.002%
75.United Arab Emirates$182,0000.002%
76.Estonia$179,0000.002%
77.Lesotho$167,0000.002%
78.Brazil$152,0000.002%
79.Rwanda$134,0000.002%
80.Sri Lanka$122,0000.002%
81.Iran$119,0000.002%
82.Saint Kitts/Nevis$117,0000.002%
83.Pakistan$100,0000.001%
84.Slovenia$95,0000.001%
85.Lebanon$92,0000.001%
86.Nigeria$84,0000.001%
87.Macedonia$81,0000.001%
88.Suriname$81,0000.001%
89.Panama$78,0000.001%
90.Georgia$78,0000.001%
91.Oman$66,0000.001%
92.Switzerland$59,0000.001%
93.French Polynesia$34,0000.0004%
94.Barbados$32,0000.0004%
95.Sweden$27,0000.0004%
96.Brunei Darussalam$25,0000.0003%
97.Saudi Arabia$15,0000.0002%
98.Mali$14,0000.0002%
99.Azerbaijan$14,0000.0002%
100.Tunisia$11,0000.0001%
101.Tokelau$11,0000.0001%
102.Namibia$9,0000.0001%
103.Myanmar (Burma)$8,0000.0001%
104.Bosnia/Herzegovina$7,0000.0001%
105.Honduras$6,0000.0001%
106.Sao Tome/Principe$6,0000.0001%
107.Moldova$6,0000.0001%
108.Madagascar$5,0000.0001%
109.Syrian Arab Republic$5,0000.0001%
110.Luxembourg$4,0000.0001%
111.Jamaica$4,0000.0001%
112.Cambodia$4,0000.0001%
113.Gambia$3,0000.00004%
114.Iceland$3,0000.00004%
115.Laos$3,0000.00004%
116.Qatar$2,0000.00003%
117.Dominica$2,0000.00003%
118.Benin$2,0000.00003%
119.Bhutan$2,0000.00003%
120.Antigua/Barbuda$2,0000.00003%
121.Bolivia$1,0000.00001%
122.Bangladesh$1,0000.00001%
123.Cuba$1,0000.00001%
124.Fiji$1,0000.00001%
125.Equatorial Guinea$1,0000.00001%
126.Palestine$1,0000.00001%
127.Guinea$1,0000.00001%
128.Nicaragua$1,0000.00001%
129.Saint Lucia$1,0000.00001%
130.Saint Helena$1,0000.00001%
131.Jordan$1,0000.00001%
132.Sudan$1,0000.00001%
133.US Minor Outlying Is.$1,0000.00001%

See also Netherlands Top 10 Exports and Netherlands Top Import Partners

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 23, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 23, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 23, 2017

Zepol’s company summary highlights by HTS code. Accessed on May 23, 2017