Natural Honey Exports by Country

Natural Honey Exports by Country

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Global sales from natural honey exports by country totaled US$2.264 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of natural honey exports fell by an average -4% for all exporting countries since 2014 when natural honey shipments were valued at $2.4 billion. Year over year, global exports of natural honey decreased in value by -5.6% from 2017 to 2018.

Among continents, European countries sold the highest dollar value worth of natural honey exported during 2018 with shipments amounting to $878 million or 38.8% of overall international honey sales. That percentage compares with 24.2% from Asian exporters, 15% from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, and 12.3% from Oceania (mostly New Zealand and Australia). Smaller percentages came North America (9.1%) and Africa (0.6%).

For research purposes, the 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for natural honey is 0409.

Natural Honey Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of natural honey during 2018.

  1. China: US$249.3 million (11% of total natural honey exports)
  2. New Zealand: $245.5 million (10.8%)
  3. Argentina: $169.7 million (7.5%)
  4. Germany: $140.5 million (6.2%)
  5. Mexico: $120.4 million (5.3%)
  6. Spain: $107.3 million (4.7%)
  7. India: $102.4 million (4.5%)
  8. Ukraine: $98.2 million (4.3%)
  9. Brazil: $95.4 million (4.2%)
  10. Hungary: $90.6 million (4%)
  11. Belgium: $77.6 million (3.4%)
  12. Vietnam: $67.6 million (3%)
  13. Canada: $61.2 million (2.7%)
  14. Romania: $49.4 million (2.2%)
  15. Poland: $42.9 million (1.9%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped about three-quarters (75.9%) of all natural honey exports during 2018.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing natural honey exporters since 2014 were: New Zealand (up 46%), Canada (up 33.1%), India (up 32.7%) and Belgium (up 6.2%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported natural honey sales were led by: Vietnam (down -49.2%), Mexico (down -18.1%), Argentina (down -17%), Spain (down -13.6%) and Romania (down -9.1%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for natural honey during 2018. 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 natural honey exports and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. New Zealand: US$245.2 million (net export surplus up 46.3% since 2014)
  2. China: $179.1 million (down -11.2%)
  3. Argentina: $169.7 million (down -17%)
  4. Mexico: $120.4 million (down -18.1%)
  5. India: $99.2 million (up 31.6%)
  6. Ukraine: $98.1 million (up 5.6%)
  7. Brazil: $95.2 million (down -3.4%)
  8. Hungary: $90.6 million (up 2.4%)
  9. Vietnam: $65.5 million (down -50.6%)
  10. Spain: $39.3 million (down -36.8%)
  11. Bulgaria: $38.7 million (down -1%)
  12. Romania: $38 million (down -17.5%)
  13. Canada: $32.4 million (up 92%)
  14. Chile: $29 million (up 5.7%)
  15. Turkey: $25.6 million (up 35.8%)

New Zealand has the highest surplus in the international trade of natural honey. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms the Oceania island nation’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for natural honey during 2018. 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 natural honey import purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$472.2 million (net export deficit down -15.8% since 2014)
  2. Germany: -$165.2 million (down -3.4%)
  3. Japan: -$145.1 million (up 21.2%)
  4. France: -$97.5 million (down -19.2%)
  5. United Kingdom: -$94.8 million (down -14.3%)
  6. Italy: -$69.8 million (up 55.8%)
  7. Saudi Arabia: -$62.7 million (up 24.9%)
  8. Netherlands: -$45.8 million (down -12.6%)
  9. Switzerland: -$33.4 million (up 3.4%)
  10. Hong Kong: -$28.7 million (down -10.9%)
  11. United Arab Emirates: -$24.6 million (down -4.4%)
  12. Sweden: -$23.6 million (up 19.5%)
  13. Australia: -$20 million (up 60.4%)
  14. Poland: -$19.5 million (up 167.5%)
  15. Singapore: -$16.4 million (down -9.7%)

United States generated the highest deficit in the international trade of natural honey. In turn, this negative cashflow confirms America’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for natural honey-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand from American consumers.

Companies

Natural Honey Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following companies are also examples of natural honey-trading companies located in the country shown within parentheses:

  • Capilano Honey Ltd (Australia)
  • Caprilush International (Mexico)
  • Duc Cuong Phat Company Limited (Vietnam)
  • Dutch Golld Honey (United States)
  • Groeb Farms, Inc (United States)
  • Navrang SL (Spain)
  • Nuxten Health Ltd (New Zealand)
  • Rowse Honey Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Zanchetta Alimentos LTDA (Brazil)
  • Zhejiang Jiangshan Bee Enterprise Co, Ltd (China)

In addition, here are 5 other multinational honey suppliers based on searches from global trade intelligence firm Zepol.

  • Bee Honey (Vietnam)
  • Compania Inversora Platens (Argentina)
  • Honeyma (Argentina)
  • Miel Mex (Mexico)
  • Mieles Del Mayab (Mexico)


 

Searchable List of Natural Honey Exporting Countries in 2018

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RankExporterNatural Honey Exports (US$)%Total
1.China$249,251,00011%
2.New Zealand$245,491,00010.8%
3.Argentina$169,748,0007.5%
4.Germany$140,512,0006.2%
5.Mexico$120,405,0005.3%
6.Spain$107,302,0004.7%
7.India$102,408,0004.5%
8.Ukraine$98,177,0004.3%
9.Brazil$95,420,0004.2%
10.Hungary$90,622,0004%
11.Belgium$77,584,0003.4%
12.Vietnam$67,599,0003%
13.Canada$61,221,0002.7%
14.Romania$49,404,0002.2%
15.Poland$42,936,0001.9%
16.Bulgaria$42,095,0001.9%
17.United Kingdom$33,445,0001.5%
18.Australia$32,648,0001.4%
19.France$32,053,0001.4%
20.Italy$30,504,0001.3%
21.Chile$29,045,0001.3%
22.Turkey$25,669,0001.1%
23.United States$25,469,0001.1%
24.Thailand$24,127,0001.1%
25.Greece$18,325,0000.8%
26.Cuba$17,563,0000.8%
27.Netherlands$16,405,0000.7%
28.Denmark$15,423,0000.7%
29.Austria$14,411,0000.6%
30.Saudi Arabia$14,277,0000.6%
31.Uruguay$14,098,0000.6%
32.Serbia$12,370,0000.5%
33.Yemen$12,075,0000.5%
34.Moldova$11,741,0000.5%
35.Portugal$10,434,0000.5%
36.Iran$9,194,0000.4%
37.Singapore$7,714,0000.3%
38.Pakistan$6,998,0000.3%
39.Switzerland$6,341,0000.3%
40.United Arab Emirates$6,213,0000.3%
41.Czech Republic$5,399,0000.2%
42.Guatemala$4,873,0000.2%
43.Ireland$4,742,0000.2%
44.Russia$4,682,0000.2%
45.Egypt$4,677,0000.2%
46.El Salvador$4,455,0000.2%
47.Nicaragua$3,971,0000.2%
48.Taiwan$3,538,0000.2%
49.Hong Kong$3,346,0000.1%
50.Zambia$3,133,0000.1%
51.Myanmar (Burma)$3,117,0000.1%
52.Lithuania$3,093,0000.1%
53.Jordan$2,775,0000.1%
54.Slovenia$2,734,0000.1%
55.South Africa$2,406,0000.1%
56.Croatia$2,233,0000.1%
57.Oman$1,779,0000.1%
58.Kyrgyzstan$1,492,0000.1%
59.Slovakia$1,243,0000.1%
60.Dominican Republic$1,064,0000.05%
61.Lebanon$992,0000.04%
62.Malaysia$986,0000.04%
63.Indonesia$910,0000.04%
64.Sweden$842,0000.04%
65.Latvia$806,0000.04%
66.Sierra Leone$738,0000.03%
67.North Macedonia$668,0000.03%
68.Kazakhstan$503,0000.02%
69.Norway$484,0000.02%
70.Estonia$461,0000.02%
71.Kuwait$451,0000.02%
72.Madagascar$342,0000.02%
73.Ethiopia$329,0000.01%
74.Tanzania$320,0000.01%
75.Japan$292,0000.01%
76.Morocco$274,0000.01%
77.Bahrain$269,0000.01%
78.Israel$266,0000.01%
79.Armenia$258,0000.01%
80.Kenya$238,0000.01%
81.South Korea$227,0000.01%
82.Belarus$162,0000.01%
83.Bangladesh$155,0000.01%
84.Algeria$141,0000.01%
85.Finland$140,0000.01%
86.Laos$135,0000.01%
87.Uzbekistan$116,0000.01%
88.Bosnia/Herzegovina$100,0000.004%
89.Nepal$90,0000.004%
90.Azerbaijan$71,0000.003%
91.Georgia$70,0000.003%
92.Luxembourg$70,0000.003%
93.Cyprus$68,0000.003%
94.Niue$62,0000.003%
95.Rwanda$54,0000.002%
96.Bolivia$54,0000.002%
97.Tajikistan$39,0000.002%
98.Macao$29,0000.001%
99.Colombia$28,0000.001%
100.Sri Lanka$26,0000.001%
101.Senegal$25,0000.001%
102.Philippines$23,0000.001%
103.Sudan$23,0000.001%
104.Afghanistan$21,0000.001%
105.Guinea$21,0000.001%
106.Timor-Leste$20,0000.001%
107.Mauritius$18,0000.001%
108.Mongolia$12,0000.001%
109.South Sudan$11,0000.0005%
110.Tunisia$11,0000.0005%
111.Peru$10,0000.0004%
112.Malawi$9,0000.0004%
113.Mali$8,0000.0004%
114.Guyana$7,0000.0003%
115.Togo$7,0000.0003%
116.Ecuador$6,0000.0003%
117.Montenegro$6,0000.0003%
118.Pitcairn$4,0000.0002%
119.Grenada$4,0000.0002%
120.Ivory Coast$3,0000.0001%
121.Honduras$3,0000.0001%
122.Benin$3,0000.0001%
123.Zimbabwe$3,0000.0001%
124.Malta$3,0000.0001%
125.Syria$3,0000.0001%
126.Turkmenistan$3,0000.0001%
127.Uganda$2,0000.0001%
128.Botswana$2,0000.0001%
129.Angola$2,0000.0001%
130.Cambodia$2,0000.0001%
131.Chad$1,0000.00004%
132.Brunei Darussalam$1,0000.00004%
133.Bermuda$1,0000.00004%
134.Andorra$1,0000.00004%
135.French Polynesia$1,0000.00004%
136.Ghana$1,0000.00004%
137.US Minor Outlying Is$1,0000.00004%


See also Natural Honey Imports by Country, Bananas Exports by Country and Sugar Exports by Country

Research Sources:
Alibaba, Supplier information for natural honey. Accessed on May 1, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on July 28, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 1, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 1, 2019

Zepol’s company summary highlights by HTS code. Accessed on May 1, 2019