Natural Honey Exports by Country

Natural Honey Exports by Country

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Global sales from natural honey exports by country totaled US$2.4 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of natural honey exports appreciated by an average 15.2% for all exporting countries since 2013 when natural honey shipments were valued at $2.1 billion. Year over year, global exports of natural honey increased in value by 7.7% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar value worth of natural honey exports during 2017 with shipments amounting to $937.9 million or 39% of international honey sales. That percentage compares with 24.3% from Asian exporters, 15.9% from Latin America (excluding Mexico) plus the Caribbean, and 12.4% from Oceania (mostly New Zealand trailed by Australia). Smaller percentages came from North America (8%) then Africa (0.4%).

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 2017.

  1. China: US$270.7 million (11.3% of total natural honey exports)
  2. New Zealand: $268.1 million (11.2%)
  3. Argentina: $183.2 million (7.6%)
  4. Germany: $145.6 million (6.1%)
  5. Ukraine: $133.9 million (5.6%)
  6. Brazil: $121.3 million (5%)
  7. Spain: $110.3 million (4.6%)
  8. Mexico: $104.7 million (4.4%)
  9. India: $104 million (4.3%)
  10. Hungary: $97.3 million (4%)
  11. Belgium: $77.3 million (3.2%)
  12. Vietnam: $70.6 million (2.9%)
  13. Canada: $60.6 million (2.5%)
  14. Romania: $52.1 million (2.2%)
  15. Bulgaria: $48.1 million (2%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped over three-quarters (76.9%) of all natural honey exports during 2017.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing natural honey exporters since 2013 were: Ukraine (up 152.9%), Brazil (up 124.1%), New Zealand (up 91.3%) and India (up 37.4%).

Five countries posted declines in their exported natural honey sales: Vietnam (down -21.6%), Argentina (down -13.9%), Mexico (down -6.8%), Romania (down -4.5%) and Canada (down 2.6%).

Advantages

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

  1. New Zealand: US$266.7 million (net export surplus up 91% since 2013)
  2. Argentina: $182.9 million (down -13.9%)
  3. China: $179.3 million (down -11.9%)
  4. Ukraine: $133.8 million (up 153%)
  5. Brazil: $121.1 million (up 123.8%)
  6. Mexico: $104.7 million (down -6.8%)
  7. India: $101.6 million (up 36.3%)
  8. Hungary: $94.3 million (up 4.5%)
  9. Vietnam: $69.5 million (down -22.6%)
  10. Bulgaria: $43.2 million (up 3.2%)
  11. Romania: $41.6 million (down -15.2%)
  12. Spain: $33.5 million (down -12.8%)
  13. Canada: $28.8 million (down -15%)
  14. Uruguay: $25.4 million (down -34.9%)
  15. Turkey: $23.4 million (up 80.5%)

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 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 natural honey import purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$542.3 million (net export deficit up 13.7% since 2013)
  2. Japan: -$142.8 million (up 23.3%)
  3. Germany: -$136.3 million (down -28.8%)
  4. United Kingdom: -$102.2 million (down -3.4%)
  5. France: -$94.1 million (up 15.4%)
  6. Netherlands: -$52.2 million (up 18%)
  7. Italy: -$45.7 million (up 184.4%)
  8. Hong Kong: -$39.2 million (up 44.8%)
  9. Saudi Arabia: -$35.9 million (up 2.9%)
  10. United Arab Emirates: -$30.3 million (up 64.2%)
  11. Switzerland: -$29.3 million (down -6.1%)
  12. Sweden: -$25.9 million (up 28.8%)
  13. Singapore: -$23 million (up 54.3%)
  14. Austria: -$16.4 million (down -14.1%)
  15. Australia: -$14 million (reversing a $7 million surplus)

United States has 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

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RankExporter2017 Natural Honey Exports%Total
1.ChinaUS$270.7 million11.3%
2.New Zealand$268.1 million11.2%
3.Argentina$183.2 million7.6%
4.Germany$145.6 million6.1%
5.Ukraine$133.9 million5.6%
6.Brazil$121.3 million5%
7.Spain$110.3 million4.6%
8.Mexico$104.7 million4.4%
9.India$104 million4.3%
10.Hungary$97.3 million4%
11.Belgium$77.3 million3.2%
12.Vietnam$70.6 million2.9%
13.Canada$60.6 million2.5%
14.Romania$52.1 million2.2%
15.Bulgaria$48.1 million2%
16.Poland$40.6 million1.7%
17.France$36.4 million1.5%
18.Italy$35.5 million1.5%
19.Australia$31 million1.3%
20.Saudi Arabia$30.2 million1.3%
21.United Kingdom$28.7 million1.2%
22.Thailand$28.5 million1.2%
23.United States$26.4 million1.1%
24.Uruguay$25.4 million1.1%
25.Turkey$23.4 million1%
26.Cuba$22.1 million0.9%
27.Portugal$18.8 million0.8%
28.Denmark$17.2 million0.7%
29.Chile$16.4 million0.7%
30.Greece$15.4 million0.6%
31.Austria$14.2 million0.6%
32.Moldova$14.1 million0.6%
33.Serbia$9.8 million0.4%
34.Yemen$8.2 million0.3%
35.Switzerland$7.4 million0.3%
36.Netherlands$7.3 million0.3%
37.Czech Republic$6.6 million0.3%
38.Pakistan$6.4 million0.3%
39.Russia$5.8 million0.2%
40.Taiwan$5.1 million0.2%
41.Hong Kong$5.1 million0.2%
42.Iran$4.7 million0.2%
43.Guatemala$4.5 million0.2%
44.Singapore$4.5 million0.2%
45.United Arab Emirates$3.9 million0.2%
46.Myanmar (Burma)$3.7 million0.2%
47.El Salvador$3.7 million0.2%
48.Egypt$3.4 million0.1%
49.Lithuania$3 million0.1%
50.Nicaragua$2.9 million0.1%
51.Kyrgyzstan$2.9 million0.1%
52.Oman$2.8 million0.1%
53.Ireland$2.8 million0.1%
54.Zambia$2.4 million0.1%
55.South Africa$2.3 million0.1%
56.Croatia$2.1 million0.1%
57.Malaysia$2.1 million0.1%
58.Slovakia$1.8 million0.1%
59.Indonesia$1.7 million0.1%
60.Dominican Republic$1.6 million0.1%
61.Slovenia$1.5 million0.1%
62.Ethiopia$1.4 million0.1%
63.Lebanon$1.2 million0.05%
64.Sweden$1.2 million0.05%
65.Jordan$907,0000.04%
66.Estonia$803,0000.03%
67.Latvia$759,0000.03%
68.Macedonia$709,0000.03%
69.Norway$457,0000.02%
70.Laos$451,0000.02%
71.Kuwait$429,0000.02%
72.South Korea$366,0000.02%
73.Armenia$344,0000.01%
74.Tanzania$291,0000.01%
75.Japan$272,0000.01%
76.Israel$218,0000.01%
77.Kazakhstan$203,0000.01%
78.Bangladesh$185,0000.01%
79.Sierra Leone$131,0000.01%
80.Belarus$124,0000.01%
81.Morocco$123,0000.01%
82.Bosnia/Herzegovina$115,0000.005%
83.Uzbekistan$109,0000.005%
84.Madagascar$106,0000.004%
85.Bolivia$94,0000.004%
86.Djibouti$72,0000.003%
87.Niue$72,0000.003%
88.Nepal$66,0000.003%
89.Luxembourg$63,0000.003%
90.Azerbaijan$55,0000.002%
91.Finland$50,0000.002%
92.Cameroon$44,0000.002%
93.Brunei Darussalam$43,0000.002%
94.Mauritius$41,0000.002%
95.Cyprus$37,0000.002%
96.Tajikistan$35,0000.001%
97.Andorra$34,0000.001%
98.Kenya$25,0000.001%
99.Rwanda$25,0000.001%
100.Colombia$23,0000.001%
101.Malawi$20,0000.001%
102.Sudan$20,0000.001%
103.Montenegro$18,0000.001%
104.Georgia$16,0000.001%
105.Senegal$12,0000.0005%
106.Tunisia$12,0000.0005%
107.Ecuador$11,0000.0005%
108.Libya$9,0000.0004%
109.Ghana$8,0000.0003%
110.Haiti$8,0000.0003%
111.Sri Lanka$8,0000.0003%
112.Cambodia$8,0000.0003%
113.Afghanistan$7,0000.0003%
114.Mongolia$6,0000.0002%
115.Turkmenistan$6,0000.0002%
116.Jamaica$5,0000.0002%
117.Qatar$5,0000.0002%
118.Niger$5,0000.0002%
119.Peru$5,0000.0002%
120.Grenada$5,0000.0002%
121.Palestine$4,0000.0002%
122.New Caledonia$4,0000.0002%
123.Pitcairn$4,0000.0002%
124.Mozambique$4,0000.0002%
125.Venezuela$4,0000.0002%
126.Honduras$3,0000.0001%
127.Guyana$2,0000.0001%
128.Bhutan$2,0000.0001%
129.Central African Rep$2,0000.0001%
130.Malta$2,0000.0001%
131.Côte d'Ivoire$2,0000.0001%
132.Seychelles$2,0000.0001%
133.Swaziland$2,0000.0001%
134.Syrian Arab Republic$2,0000.0001%
135.South Sudan$1,0000.00004%
136.US Minor Outlying Is$1,0000.00004%
137.Saint Lucia$1,0000.00004%
138.Aruba$1,0000.00004%
139.St Maarten (Dutch)$1,0000.00004%
140.Timor-Leste$1,0000.00004%
141.Bermuda$1,0000.00004%
142.Algeria$1,0000.00004%
143.Bahrain$1,0000.00004%
144.Guinea$1,0000.00004%
145.Benin$1,0000.00004%
146.Dominica$1,0000.00004%

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

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on November 19, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on November 19, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on November 19, 2018

Alibaba, Supplier information for natural honey. Accessed on November 19, 2018

Zepol’s company summary highlights by HTS code. Accessed on November 19, 2018