Flower Bouquet Exports by Country

Flower Bouquet Exports by Country

Dutch tulip bouquet

Flower bouquet exports by country totaled US$7.9 billion in 2015 down by an average -6.5% for all flower bouquet shippers over the five-year period starting in 2011 when flower bouquets shipments were valued at $8.4 billion. Year over year, the value of global flower bouquet exports depreciated by -12.8% from 2014 to 2015.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar value worth of flower bouquet exports during 2015 with shipments amounting to $3.6 billion or 46.4% of global flower exports. Latin America (excluding Mexico) and Caribbean countries accounted for 27.8%, followed by African exporters at 17.9%, Asian suppliers at 6.3% 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 2015:

  1. Netherlands: US$3.2 billion (40.3% of total flower bouquets exports)
  2. Colombia: $1.3 billion (16.5%)
  3. Ecuador: $819.9 million (10.4%)
  4. Ethiopia: $662.4 million (8.4%)
  5. Kenya: $661.9 million (8.4%)
  6. Malaysia: $98.1 million (1.2%)
  7. China: $87.2 million (1.1%)
  8. Belgium: $85 million (1.1%)
  9. Italy: $84.2 million (1.1%)
  10. Germany: $82.9 million (1.1%)
  11. Lithuania: $80.2 million (1%)
  12. Israel: $68.8 million (0.9%)
  13. Thailand: $67.2 million (0.9%)
  14. Canada: $44.3 million (0.6%)
  15. Spain: $38.2 million (0.5%)

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing flower bouquets exporters since 2011 were: Lithuania (up 552.1%), Ethiopia (up 292.1%), Kenya (up 45.7%) and China (up 21.9%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported flower bouquets sales were led by: Belgium (down -67.1%), Israel (down -26.3%), Netherlands (down -26.1%) and Thailand (down -17.2%).

The listed 15 countries shipped 93.4% of all flower bouquet exports in 2015 (by value).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for flower bouquet during 2015. 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$2.2 billion (net export surplus down -36.7% since 2011)
  2. Colombia: $1.3 billion (up 3.7%)
  3. Ecuador: $819.9 million (up 20.6%)
  4. Ethiopia: $662 million (up 291.9%)
  5. Kenya: $661.8 million (up 45.7%)
  6. Malaysia: $91.7 million (down -3.1%)
  7. Israel: $67.6 million (down -27.3%)
  8. China: $57 million (down -0.8%)
  9. Thailand: $53.5 million (down -19.5%)
  10. Costa Rica: $37.3 million (up 15.5%)
  11. Mexico: $32.8 million (up 48.4%)
  12. India: $29.8 million (down -0.2%)
  13. South Africa: $28.2 million (down -3.0%)
  14. Taiwan: $25.1 million (down -19.4%)
  15. Turkey: $23.4 million (down -9.1%)

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 2015. 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$1.2 billion (net export deficit up 20.4% since 2011)
  2. Germany: -$1 billion (down -7.2%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$983.8 million (down -8.3%)
  4. Russia: -$477.8 million (down -31.8%)
  5. France: -$357.0 million (down -22.6%)
  6. Japan: -$319.5 million (down -18.1%)
  7. Switzerland: -$175.4 million (down -9.7%)
  8. Austria: -$104.5 million (down -16.3%)
  9. Denmark: -$99.8 million (up 0.1%)
  10. Italy: -$94.4 million (down -39.8%)
  11. Canada: -$87.2 million (up 3.5%)
  12. Norway: -$83.2 million (down -2.7%)
  13. Poland: -$76.3 million (down -14.6%)
  14. Sweden: -$73.4 million (down -11.3%)
  15. Czech Republic: -$63.0 million (down -17.7%)

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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RankExporter2015 Flower Bouquet Exports% World Total
1.NetherlandsUS$3.2 billion40.3%
2.Colombia$1.3 billion16.5%
3.Ecuador$819.9 million10.4%
4.Ethiopia$662.4 million8.4%
5.Kenya$661.9 million8.4%
6.Malaysia$98.1 million1.2%
7.China$87.2 million1.1%
8.Belgium$85 million1.1%
9.Italy$84.2 million1.1%
10.Germany$82.9 million1.1%
11.Lithuania$80.2 million1%
12.Israel$68.8 million0.9%
13.Thailand$67.2 million0.9%
14.Canada$44.3 million0.6%
15.Spain$38.2 million0.5%
16.Costa Rica$37.6 million0.5%
17.India$35.3 million0.4%
18.United Kingdom$34.9 million0.4%
19.Mexico$34.7 million0.4%
20.South Africa$31.9 million0.4%
21.Vietnam$31.5 million0.4%
22.United States$28.3 million0.4%
23.Turkey$28.3 million0.4%
24.Taiwan$28.3 million0.4%
25.Poland$22.2 million0.3%
26.New Zealand$19.3 million0.2%
27.South Korea$17.3 million0.2%
28.France$16.7 million0.2%
29.Tanzania$14.9 million0.2%
30.Guatemala$13.6 million0.2%
31.Singapore$12.7 million0.2%
32.Zambia$12.3 million0.2%
33.Peru$9.1 million0.1%
34.Portugal$7.8 million0.1%
35.Latvia$7.5 million0.1%
36.Morocco$7.4 million0.1%
37.Egypt$5.7 million0.1%
38.Hungary$4.7 million0.1%
39.Chile$4.5 million0.1%
40.Denmark$4.4 million0.1%
41.Japan$4.2 million0.1%
42.Indonesia$4 million0.1%
43.Austria$3.8 million0.05%
44.Zimbabwe$3 million0.04%
45.Czech Republic$2.9 million0.04%
46.Australia$2.8 million0.04%
47.Armenia$2.6 million0.03%
48.Hong Kong$2 million0.03%
49.Belarus$1.5 million0.02%
50.Turkmenistan$1.5 million0.02%
51.Côte d'Ivoire$1.4 million0.02%
52.Mauritius$1.3 million0.02%
53.Philippines$1.2 million0.02%
54.Croatia$1.1 million0.01%
55.Ghana$1.1 million0.01%
56.Finland$1 million0.01%
57.Russia$1 million0.01%
58.Slovakia$980,0000.01%
59.Estonia$844,0000.01%
60.Cameroon$838,0000.01%
61.Yemen$788,0000.01%
62.Romania$689,0000.01%
63.Dominican Republic$660,0000.01%
64.Bulgaria$468,0000.01%
65.Greece$401,0000.01%
66.Ireland$378,0000.005%
67.Ukraine$318,0000.004%
68.Serbia$211,0000.003%
69.Malawi$195,0000.002%
70.Burkina Faso$160,0000.002%
71.Sri Lanka$151,0000.002%
72.Uganda$150,0000.002%
73.Iran$147,0000.002%
74.Tunisia$96,0000.001%
75.Macedonia$94,0000.001%
76.Pakistan$93,0000.001%
77.Brazil$89,0000.001%
78.Bahrain$88,0000.001%
79.Lesotho$79,0000.001%
80.Marshall Islands$77,0000.001%
81.United Arab Emirates$77,0000.001%
82.Comoros$65,0000.001%
83.Brunei Darussalam$60,0000.001%
84.Panama$48,0000.001%
85.Namibia$48,0000.001%
86.Barbados$42,0000.001%
87.Georgia$34,0000.0004%
88.Albania$33,0000.0004%
89.Nigeria$31,0000.0004%
90.Azerbaijan$30,0000.0004%
91.Switzerland$30,0000.0004%
92.Lebanon$27,0000.0003%
93.Togo$26,0000.0003%
94.French Polynesia$23,0000.0003%
95.Saudi Arabia$19,0000.0002%
96.Haiti$13,0000.0002%
97.Luxembourg$10,0000.0001%
98.Syrian Arab Republic$10,0000.0001%
99.Kuwait$7,0000.0001%
100.Qatar$7,0000.0001%
101.Palestine$7,0000.0001%
102.Democratic Rep. Congo$6,0000.0001%
103.British Virgin Islands$6,0000.0001%
104.Slovenia$5,0000.0001%
105.Senegal$4,0000.0001%
106.Bolivia$4,0000.0001%
107.Sweden$4,0000.0001%
108.Uzbekistan$3,0000.00004%
109.Bosnia/Herzegovina$3,0000.00004%
110.Antigua/Barbuda$3,0000.00004%
111.Cuba$3,0000.00004%
112.Myanmar (Burma)$3,0000.00004%
113.Dominica$3,0000.00004%
114.Mali$3,0000.00004%
115.Oman$2,0000.00003%
116.Madagascar$2,0000.00003%
117.Nepal$2,0000.00003%
118.Fiji$2,0000.00003%
119.Iceland$1,0000.00001%
120.Cayman Islands$1,0000.00001%
121.Benin$1,0000.00001%
122.Saint Lucia$1,0000.00001%
123.Suriname$1,0000.00001%
124.Kyrgyzstan$1,0000.00001%
125.Laos$1,0000.00001%
126.Jamaica$1,0000.00001%
127.Mauritania$1,0000.00001%
128.Aruba$1,0000.00001%
129.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 April 30, 2016

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on April 30, 2016

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on April 30, 2016

Zepol’s company summary highlights by HTS code. Accessed on April 30, 2016