Top Water and Ice Exporters

Ice water exports

Ice water

Global sales from water and ice exports by country amounted to US$1.1 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of exported water and ice rose by an average 18.7% for all exporting countries since 2012 when water and ice shipments were valued at $923.1 million. From 2015 to 2016, the value of global water and ice exports appreciated by 5.9%.

Among continents, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported water and ice during 2016 with shipments valued at $704.5 million or 64.3% of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 24.4% while 8.8% of worldwide water and ice shipments originated from North America.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 220190 for ice, snow and ordinary natural water.

Ice Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of water and ice during 2016:

  1. China: US$611.8 million (55.8% of total water/ice exports)
  2. France: $82.9 million (7.6%)
  3. United States: $79.2 million (7.2%)
  4. Turkey: $49.3 million (4.5%)
  5. Norway: $46.7 million (4.3%)
  6. Germany: $25.2 million (2.3%)
  7. Luxembourg: $17.7 million (1.6%)
  8. Canada: $16.9 million (1.5%)
  9. Iceland: $15.8 million (1.4%)
  10. Malaysia: $14.4 million (1.31%)
  11. Belgium: $13.9 million (1.27%)
  12. Italy: $13.9 million (1.3%)
  13. United Kingdom: $11.8 million (1.1%)
  14. United Arab Emirates: $7.6 million (0.7%)
  15. New Zealand: $7.5 million (0.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 92.6% of all water and ice exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing water and ice exporters since 2012 were: Luxembourg (up 1,380%), United Arab Emirates (up 1,074%), New Zealand (up 191.9%) and the United States (up 153.6%).

Five countries posted declines in their exported water and ice sales: Belgium (down -18.2%), Italy (down -13.5%), Canada (down -10.6%), Malaysia (down -1.4%) and France (down -1.2%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for water and ice 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 exported water and ice and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. China: US$594.7 million (net export surplus up 24.5% since 2012)
  2. France: $66.9 million (down -7.7%)
  3. Turkey: $48.9 million (up 78.1%)
  4. Norway: $45.9 million (up 5.5%)
  5. Iceland: $15.7 million (up 106.6%)
  6. Germany: $15.3 million (up 37.3%)
  7. Malaysia: $14.1 million (down -2.2%)
  8. Italy: $10.5 million (down -15.6%)
  9. Luxembourg: $6.8 million (down -769.4%)
  10. New Zealand: $6.2 million (up 174%)
  11. Spain: $4.6 million (up 413.2%)
  12. Thailand: $4.1 million (up 62.2%)
  13. Greece: $4 million (up 30%)
  14. Canada: $3.8 million (down -76.4%)
  15. Czech Republic: $3.6 million (down -20.7%)

China has the highest surplus in the international trade of water and ice. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong Chinese competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for water and ice 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 imported water and ice purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. Hong Kong: -US$579.4 million (net export deficit up 27% since 2012)
  2. United States: -$93.8 million (down -12%)
  3. Macao: -$32.6 million (up 16.3%)
  4. Singapore: -$22.5 million (up 38%)
  5. Japan: -$21.9 million (down -51.1%)
  6. Mexico: -$20.4 million (up 289.6%)
  7. Ireland: -$18.2 million (up 35.7%)
  8. United Arab Emirates: -$17.6 million (up 440.2%)
  9. Netherlands: -$13.4 million (down -61.2%)
  10. Belgium: -$8.4 million (up 47.3%)
  11. Myanmar (Burma): -$7.9 million (no data for 2012)
  12. United Kingdom: -$6.2 million (down -9.3%)
  13. Oman: -$5.7 million (up 6,415%)
  14. Kuwait: -$3.6 million (reversing a $458,000 surplus)
  15. Saudi Arabia: -$3.3 million (up 290.8%)

Hong Kong incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of water and ice. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights Hong Kong’s competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for water and ice-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand.

Companies

Ice Maker Machinery Exporters

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following companies manufacture ice-making machinery available for international sales. The home-country country for each business is shown within parentheses:

  • Dongguan Hengxing Kitchen Equipment Co, Ltd (China)
  • Hangzhou Icedeer Refrigeration Equipment Co, Ltd (China)
  • IKLIM Hardward & Machinery SDN BHD (Malaysia)
  • Rosen Ice Machines & Refrigeration Systems (Turkey)
  • Shenzhen Sindeice Systems Co, Ltd (China)
  • Soluzioni e Referenze Srls (Italy)
  • US Ice Machine Manufacturing Co (United States)










 

See also Highest Value Chinese Export Products and China’s Top Trade Partners

Research Sources:
Alibaba, Supplier showroom for ice maker machines. Accessed on July 31, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on July 31, 2017

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on July 31, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on July 31, 2017

Wikipedia, Icemaker. Accessed on July 31, 2017