Natural Honey Imports by Country

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Worldwide purchases of imported natural honey totaled US$2.3 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of natural honey imports rose an average 14.4% for all importing countries since 2013 when natural honey purchases were valued at 2 billion.

From a continental perspective, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported natural honey during 2017 with purchases valued at $1.1 billion or 48.8% of the global total. In second place were North American importers at 25.8% while 22.1% of worldwide natural honey imports were delivered to Asia.

Smaller percentages were sold to customers in Oceania (2%), Africa (1%) and Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (0.3%).

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for natural honey is 0409.

Natural Honey Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of natural honey during 2017.

  1. United States: US$568.8 million (24.4% of imported natural honey)
  2. Germany: $281.9 million (12.1%)
  3. Japan: $143 million (6.1%)
  4. United Kingdom: $130.7 million (5.6%)
  5. France: $130.5 million (5.6%)
  6. China: $91.2 million (3.9%)
  7. Italy: $81.3 million (3.5%)
  8. Belgium: $79.7 million (3.4%)
  9. Spain: $76.8 million (3.3%)
  10. Saudi Arabia: $66.1 million (2.8%)
  11. Netherlands: $60 million (2.6%)
  12. Poland: $53.8 million (2.3%)
  13. Australia: $45 million (1.9%)
  14. Hong Kong: $44.3 million (1.9%)
  15. Switzerland: $36.6 million (1.6%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased 81.2% of all natural honey imports in 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall natural honey shipments.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for natural honey since 2013 were: Australia (up 125.5%), China (up 112.5%), Spain (up 44.8%) and Hong Kong (up 31.1%).

Two countries posted declines in their imported natural honey purchases, namely Germany (down -15%) trailed by Switzerland (down -0.7%).

USA

Natural Honey Imports into America

America’s global purchases of imported natural honey totaled US$568.8 million in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the United States imported the highest dollar value worth of natural honey during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Brazil: US$112.5 million (up 177.8% from 2013)
  2. India: $92.7 million (up 26.4%)
  3. Argentina: $89.4 million (down -41.2%)
  4. Vietnam: $64.1 million (down -26.7%)
  5. New Zealand: $46.8 million (up 342.5%)
  6. Canada: $46.6 million (up 5.1%)
  7. Ukraine: $40 million (up 321.9%)
  8. Mexico: $17.9 million (down -12.9%)
  9. Uruguay: $11.6 million (down -58.4%)
  10. Thailand: $8.8 million (up 327.8%)
  11. Turkey: $7.2 million (up 35.1%)
  12. Germany: $4.9 million (up 93.9%)
  13. Taiwan: $3.91 million (down -10.8%)
  14. France: $3.87 million (up 170.3%)
  15. Spain: $3.4 million (up 108.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 97.3% of all US natural honey imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of natural honey to America since 2013 were: New Zealand (up 342.5%), Thailand (up 327.8%), Ukraine (up 321.9%) and Brazil (up 177.8%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural honey supplied to US importers included: Uruguay (down -58.4%), Argentina (down -41.2%), Vietnam (down -26.7%) and Mexico (down -12.9%).

Overall, the value of US natural honey imports rose an average 14% from all supplying countries since 2013 when natural honey purchases were valued at $498.8 million.

Germany

Natural Honey Imports into Germany

Germany’s global purchases of imported natural honey totaled US$281.9 million in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Germany imported the highest dollar value worth of natural honey during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Mexico: US$37 million (down -33.7% from 2013)
  2. Argentina: $33.4 million (up 36.8%)
  3. Hungary: $22.6 million (up 18.1%)
  4. Ukraine: $22.3 million (up 20.7%)
  5. Spain: $20.8 million (down -18%)
  6. Bulgaria: $19.3 million (down -19%)
  7. Romania: $16.1 million (down -47.5%)
  8. New Zealand: $14.9 million (up 205.3%)
  9. Italy: $13.5 million (down -16%)
  10. Chile: $12.2 million (down -18.7%)
  11. Cuba: $11 million (down -12.4%)
  12. China: $10.6 million (down -20.2%)
  13. Turkey: $8.6 million (up 333.1%)
  14. Poland: $4.6 million (down -25.8%)
  15. Uruguay: $4.4 million (down -46.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 89.1% of all German natural honey imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of natural honey to Germany since 2013 were: Turkey (up 333.1%), New Zealand (up 205.3%), Argentina (up 36.8%) and Ukraine (up 20.7%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural honey supplied to German importers included: Romania (down -47.5%), Uruguay (down -46.7%), Mexico (down -33.7%) and Poland (down -25.8%).

Overall, the value of German natural honey imports fell by an average -15% from all supplying countries since 2013 when natural honey purchases were valued at $331.9 million.

Japan

Natural Honey Imports into Japan

Japan’s global purchases of imported natural honey totaled US$143 million in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Japan imported the highest dollar value worth of natural honey during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. China: US$70.7 million (up 4.1% from 2013)
  2. New Zealand: $22.9 million (up 135.8%)
  3. Argentina: $12.2 million (up 8%)
  4. Canada: $11.5 million (down -5.6%)
  5. Hungary: $6.6 million (up 26.7%)
  6. Romania: $5.6 million (up 486.4%)
  7. Mexico: $1.9 million (up 110.9%)
  8. Spain: $1.7 million (up 133.5%)
  9. France: $1.6 million (up 38.3%)
  10. Italy: $1.4 million (up 78.5%)
  11. Australia: $1.39 million (up 46.2%)
  12. Myanmar (Burma): $1.1 million (down -47.9%)
  13. Germany: $949,000 (up 124.9%)
  14. Bulgaria: $522,000 (up 728.6%)
  15. India: $478,000 (up 359.6%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.2% of all Japanese natural honey imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of natural honey to Japan since 2013 were: Bulgaria (up 728.6%), Romania (up 486.4%), India (up 359.6%) and New Zealand (up 135.8%).

Two countries experienced declines in the value of their natural honey supplied to Japanese importers, namely Myanmar (down -47.9%) and Canada (down -5.6%).

Overall, the value of Japanese natural honey imports rose an average 23% from all supplying countries since 2013 when natural honey purchases were valued at $116.3 million.

UK

Natural Honey Imports into the UK

United Kingdom’s global purchases of imported natural honey totaled US$130.7 million in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the UK imported the highest dollar value worth of natural honey during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. China: US$42.6 million (up 16% from 2013)
  2. New Zealand: $36.6 million (up 23.4%)
  3. Mexico: $10 million (down -14.1%)
  4. Germany: $7.3 million (down -19.1%)
  5. Belgium: $5.3 million (down -22.8%)
  6. Italy: $3.7 million (up 741.8%)
  7. Spain: $3.5 million (down -5.1%)
  8. Hungary: $2.9 million (up 72.9%)
  9. Vietnam: $2.3 million (up 1,371%)
  10. Romania: $2.1 million (down -51.1%)
  11. France: $2 million (up 16.9%)
  12. Brazil: $1.7 million (down -63.7%)
  13. Argentina: $1.64 million (down -16.8%)
  14. Ireland: $1.57 million (down -67.3%)
  15. Australia: $1.2 million (down -54.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 95.3% of all UK natural honey imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of natural honey to United Kingdom since 2013 were: Vietnam (up 1,371%), Italy (up 741.8%), Hungary (up 72.9%) and New Zealand (up 23.4%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural honey supplied to UK importers included: Ireland (down -67.3%), Brazil (down -63.7%), Australia (down -54.1%) and Romania (down -51.1%).

Overall, the value of UK natural honey imports rose an average 3.4% from all supplying countries since 2013 when natural honey purchases were valued at $126.4 million.



 

Searchable List of natural honey Importing Countries

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RankImporter2017 Natural Honey Imports% World Total
1.United StatesUS$568.8 million24.4%
2.Germany$281.9 million12.1%
3.Japan$143 million6.1%
4.United Kingdom$130.7 million5.6%
5.France$130.5 million5.6%
6.China$91.2 million3.9%
7.Italy$81.3 million3.5%
8.Belgium$79.7 million3.4%
9.Spain$76.8 million3.3%
10.Saudi Arabia$66.1 million2.8%
11.Netherlands$60 million2.6%
12.Poland$53.8 million2.3%
13.Australia$45 million1.9%
14.Hong Kong$44.3 million1.9%
15.Switzerland$36.6 million1.6%
16.Canada$31.8 million1.4%
17.Austria$30.6 million1.3%
18.United Arab Emirates$30.3 million1.3%
19.Singapore$27.5 million1.2%
20.Sweden$27.1 million1.2%
21.Denmark$21.9 million0.9%
22.Portugal$17.0 million0.7%
23.Ireland$16 million0.7%
24.Greece$15.2 million0.7%
25.Taiwan$13.3 million0.6%
26.Malaysia$12.5 million0.5%
27.Finland$10.8 million0.5%
28.Kuwait$10.6 million0.5%
29.Romania$10.6 million0.5%
30.Czech Republic$9.4 million0.4%
31.South Korea$9.4 million0.4%
32.Oman$6.8 million0.3%
33.Qatar$6.6 million0.3%
34.Jordan$6.1 million0.3%
35.Norway$5.7 million0.2%
36.South Africa$5.7 million0.2%
37.Thailand$5.6 million0.2%
38.Israel$5.6 million0.2%
39.Indonesia$5.4 million0.2%
40.Slovakia$5.4 million0.2%
41.Bulgaria$4.9 million0.2%
42.Slovenia$4.9 million0.2%
43.Yemen$4.7 million0.2%
44.Morocco$4.3 million0.2%
45.Iraq$4.3 million0.2%
46.Croatia$3.7 million0.2%
47.Algeria$3.3 million0.1%
48.Lithuania$3 million0.1%
49.Hungary$3 million0.1%
50.Pakistan$2.8 million0.1%
51.Cyprus$2.7 million0.1%
52.Lebanon$2.4 million0.1%
53.Bahrain$2.3 million0.1%
54.India$2.2 million0.1%
55.Bangladesh$2.1 million0.1%
56.Estonia$1.8 million0.1%
57.Luxembourg$1.7 million0.1%
58.Macao$1.5 million0.1%
59.New Zealand$1.5 million0.1%
60.Mauritius$1.4 million0.1%
61.Philippines$1.3 million0.1%
62.Bosnia/Herzegovina$1.2 million0.05%
63.Vietnam$1.1 million0.05%
64.Costa Rica$1.1 million0.05%
65.Tunisia$1.1 million0.05%
66.Latvia$1.1 million0.05%
67.Montenegro$994,0000.04%
68.Mongolia$973,0000.04%
69.Iceland$950,0000.04%
70.Malta$925,0000.04%
71.Ecuador$921,0000.04%
72.Botswana$906,0000.04%
73.Sudan$790,0000.03%
74.Panama$768,0000.03%
75.Namibia$761,0000.03%
76.Somalia$746,0000.03%
77.Nepal$739,0000.03%
78.Russia$720,0000.03%
79.Macedonia$679,0000.03%
80.Brunei Darussalam$547,0000.02%
81.Angola$541,0000.02%
82.Barbados$538,0000.02%
83.Kazakhstan$477,0000.02%
84.Nigeria$456,0000.02%
85.Bolivia$448,0000.02%
86.Honduras$443,0000.02%
87.Bahamas$428,0000.02%
88.Kyrgyzstan$419,0000.02%
89.Papua New Guinea$416,0000.02%
90.Egypt$415,0000.02%
91.Colombia$411,0000.02%
92.Maldives$380,0000.02%
93.Andorra$378,0000.02%
94.Serbia$357,0000.02%
95.Belarus$352,0000.02%
96.Sri Lanka$319,0000.01%
97.Kenya$318,0000.01%
98.Cambodia$317,0000.01%
99.Libya$306,0000.01%
100.Argentina$249,0000.01%
101.Azerbaijan$232,0000.01%
102.Lesotho$229,0000.01%
103.Democ. Rep. Congo$213,0000.01%
104.Bermuda$207,0000.01%
105.Moldova$196,0000.01%
106.Cabo Verde$189,0000.01%
107.Albania$183,0000.01%
108.Timor-Leste$181,0000.01%
109.Greenland$175,0000.01%
110.Zimbabwe$168,0000.01%
111.Ukraine$160,0000.01%
112.Peru$159,0000.01%
113.Gabon$156,0000.01%
114.Mozambique$152,0000.01%
115.Brazil$149,0000.01%
116.Venezuela$145,0000.01%
117.Afghanistan$143,0000.01%
118.Djibouti$143,0000.01%
119.Iran$143,0000.01%
120.Swaziland$136,0000.01%
121.Uganda$126,0000.01%
122.Aruba$123,0000.01%
123.Georgia$118,0000.01%
124.Palestine$113,0000.005%
125.Syria$110,0000.005%
126.Senegal$104,0000.004%
127.Congo$104,0000.004%
128.Curaçao$96,0000.004%
129.Mali$92,0000.004%
130.Antigua/Barbuda$90,0000.004%
131.Bhutan$88,0000.004%
132.Faroe Islands$82,0000.004%
133.Cook Islands$70,0000.003%
134.Malawi$68,0000.003%
135.Dominican Rep$67,0000.003%
136.Seychelles$66,0000.003%
137.Côte d'Ivoire$65,0000.003%
138.Equatorial Guinea$64,0000.003%
139.Trinidad/Tobago$63,0000.003%
140.New Caledonia$62,0000.003%
141.Nicaragua$59,0000.003%
142.Gibraltar$59,0000.003%
143.Guyana$55,0000.002%
144.Cayman Islands$52,0000.002%
145.Ghana$49,0000.002%
146.Myanmar$40,0000.002%
147.Uzbekistan$34,0000.001%
148.Guatemala$31,0000.001%
149.Niger$28,0000.001%
150.Laos$26,0000.001%
151.Armenia$26,0000.001%
152.Burkina Faso$23,0000.001%
153.Togo$22,0000.001%
154.Cuba$20,0000.001%
155.Comoros$19,0000.001%
156.Mauritania$19,0000.001%
157.Mexico$17,0000.001%
158.Haiti$16,0000.001%
159.Chad$15,0000.001%
160.Guinea$13,0000.001%
161.North Korea$12,0000.001%
162.Fiji$11,0000.0005%
163.St. Pierre/Miquelon$10,0000.0004%
164.Ethiopia$9,0000.0004%
165.British Virgin Is$9,0000.0004%
166.Liberia$9,0000.0004%
167.Cameroon$8,0000.0003%
168.US Minor Outlying Is$8,0000.0003%
169.Wallis/Futuna Is$8,0000.0003%
170.Tonga$7,0000.0003%
171.Sao Tome/Principe$7,0000.0003%
172.Chile$7,0000.0003%
173.Madagascar$6,0000.0003%
174.Rwanda$6,0000.0003%
175.Tanzania$6,0000.0003%
176.Tajikistan$5,0000.0002%
177.Suriname$5,0000.0002%
178.Guinea-Bissau$5,0000.0002%
179.French Polynesia$5,0000.0002%
180.El Salvador$4,0000.0002%
181.Benin$4,0000.0002%
182.Uruguay$4,0000.0002%
183.Zambia$4,0000.0002%
184.Turkey$3,0000.0001%
185.Sierra Leone$3,0000.0001%
186.Br. Indian Ocean Terr$3,0000.0001%
187.Nauru$3,0000.0001%
188.Northern Mariana Is$2,0000.0001%
189.Burundi$2,0000.0001%
190.Gambia$2,0000.0001%
191.Norfolk Island$2,0000.0001%
192.Turkmenistan$1,0000.00004%
193.Falkland Is. (Malvinas)$1,0000.00004%
194.Micronesia$1,0000.00004%


See also Natural Honey Exports by Country, America’s Top Trading Partners and Germany’s Top Trading Partners

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on July 3, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on July 3, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on July 3, 2018