Top Water and Ice Exporters

Ice water exports

Ice water

International sales for water and ice exports by country amounted to US$1.3 billion in 2017. The overall value of exported water and ice rose by an average 36.2% for all exporting countries since 2013 when water and ice shipments were valued at $935.7 million.

From 2016 to 2017, the value of globally exported water and ice increased by 18.7%.

Among continents, Asian countries generated the highest dollar worth of exported water and ice during 2017 with shipments valued at $746.1 million or 58.5% of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 20.3% while 12.2% of worldwide water and ice shipments originated from Oceania led by Fiji and New Zealand. North American suppliers accounted for 8%.

Smaller percentages came from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (0.7%) then Africa (0.2%).

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 2017.

  1. China: US$651 million (51.1% of total water/ice exports)
  2. Fiji: $143.7 million (11.3%)
  3. France: $90.1 million (7.1%)
  4. United States: $80.3 million (6.3%)
  5. Turkey: $49.1 million (3.8%)
  6. Norway: $33.5 million (2.6%)
  7. Germany: $27.3 million (2.1%)
  8. Belgium: $20.4 million (1.6%)
  9. Canada: $17.9 million (1.4%)
  10. Iceland: $15 million (1.2%)
  11. Malaysia: $14.1 million (1.1%)
  12. United Kingdom: $11.6 million (0.9%)
  13. Italy: $10.6 million (0.8%)
  14. Russia: $8.4 million (0.7%)
  15. United Arab Emirates: $8.1 million (0.6%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 92.7% of all water and ice exports in 2017.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing water/ice exporters since 2013 were: Fiji (up 47,654%), United Arab Emirates (up 164.4%), United States (up 106.9%) and Russia (up 106.3%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported water/ice sales were led by: Italy (down -37.7%), Canada (down -15.8%), Malaysia (down -13.9%), Belgium (down -9.3%) and Germany (down -3.8%).

Advantages

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

  1. China: US$633.4 million (net export surplus up 25.2% since 2013)
  2. Fiji: $143.7 million (up 75,919%)
  3. France: $73.3 million (down -3.3%)
  4. Turkey: $48.6 million (up 43.3%)
  5. Norway: $32.5 million (up 1.4%)
  6. Iceland: $14.8 million (up 94.4%)
  7. Malaysia: $12.7 million (down -19.1%)
  8. Germany: $12.4 million (down -24.1%)
  9. New Zealand: $6.5 million (up 92.3%)
  10. Greece: $6.5 million (up 81.8%)
  11. Thailand: $5.7 million (up 183.4%)
  12. Russia: $5 million (up 243%)
  13. Spain: $4 million (up 27.3%)
  14. Czech Republic: $3.6 million (down -23.8%)
  15. Italy: $3.4 million (down -74%)

The People’s Republic of China has the highest surplus in the international trade of water and ice. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms China’s competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

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

  1. Hong Kong: -US$613.7 million (net export deficit up 27.1% since 2013)
  2. United States: -$108.9 million (up 9.2%)
  3. Macao: -$37.1 million (no 2013 data)
  4. Netherlands: -$24.1 million (up 22.8%)
  5. Singapore: -$20.5 million (up 12.2%)
  6. Japan: -$17.7 million (down -58.7%)
  7. Ireland: -$13.2 million (up 33.7%)
  8. Belgium: -$11.5 million (up 165.5%)
  9. Mexico: -$11.1 million (up 36.4%)
  10. United Arab Emirates: -$10.1 million (up 63.1%)
  11. United Kingdom: -$5.9 million (down -27.6%)
  12. Oman: -$5.5 million (up 179.9%)
  13. Cambodia: -$3.5 million (up 1,141%)
  14. Panama: -$3.5 million (up 20,394%)
  15. El Salvador: -$3.3 million (up 53.1%)

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 Trading Partners

Research Sources:
Alibaba, Supplier showroom for ice maker machines. Accessed on June 16, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 16, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 16, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 16, 2018

Wikipedia, Icemaker. Accessed on June 16, 2018