Top Live Bees Exporters by Country

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Live bees exports by country totaled US$52.3 million in 2016, doubling the dollar amount for all live bees shippers from $26.1 million during 2012. Year over year, the value of exported live bees gained 5.5% from 2015 to 2016.

Among continents, North American countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported live bees during 2016 with shipments valued at $26.4 million or half (50.4%) of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 34.3% while 7.9% of worldwide live bees shipments originated from Asia. Another 6.7% came from Oceanian nations led by New Zealand and Australia.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for live bees is 010641.

Top Live Bees Exporters by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of live bees during 2016:

  1. Canada: US$19.5 million (37.3% of exported live bees)
  2. Slovakia: $12.2 million (23.2%)
  3. United States: $6.8 million (13%)
  4. Netherlands: $2.9 million (5.6%)
  5. New Zealand: $2.7 million (5.1%)
  6. Uzbekistan: $1.6 million (3.1%)
  7. Belgium: $1.1 million (2.1%)
  8. Israel: $1.1 million (2.1%)
  9. Turkey: $898,000 (1.7%)
  10. Australia: $850,000 (1.6%)
  11. Spain: $662,000 (1.3%)
  12. Italy: $534,000 (1%)
  13. Pakistan: $404,000 (0.8%)
  14. Ukraine: $251,000 (0.5%)
  15. Argentina: $185,000 (0.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.9% of all live bees exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing live bees exporter since 2012 was Pakistan via its 40,300% gain in value since 2012. In second place was Belgium (up 4,550%), followed by Italy (up 360.3%), Spain (up 192.9%) and Turkey (up 186.9%).

Bucking the upbeat trend were two decliners: New Zealand (down -4%) and Argentina (down -11.5%).

Advantages

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

  1. Slovakia: US$12.2 million (no 2012 trade balance data)
  2. Canada: $9.1 million (up 149.3% since 2012)
  3. United States: $6 million (up 45.3%)
  4. New Zealand: $2.7 million (down -4%)
  5. Uzbekistan: $1.6 million (up 8.6%)
  6. Israel: $1.1 million (up 145%)
  7. Australia: $850,000 (up 1.6%)
  8. Turkey: $804,000 (up 186.1%)
  9. Belgium: $724,000 (reversing a -$54,000 deficit)
  10. Pakistan: $226,000 (reversing a -$16,000 deficit)
  11. Argentina: $185,000 (down -11.5%)
  12. Italy: $160,000 (up 185.7%)
  13. Ukraine: $138,000 (up 25.5%)
  14. Cambodia: $53,000 (no 2012 trade balance data)
  15. Mexico: $39,000 (up 21.9%)

Slovakia has the highest surplus in the international trade of live bees. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong Slovakian competitive advantages for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for live bees 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 live bees purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. Saudi Arabia: -US$12 million (net export deficit up 82.5% since 2012)
  2. United Arab Emirates: -$9 million (up 2,437%)
  3. Spain: -$7.1 million (up 44,475%)
  4. Japan: -$4 million (up 13%)
  5. Morocco: -$3.3 million (up 9%)
  6. United Kingdom: -$1.9 million (up 1,620%)
  7. Netherlands: -$1.7 million (up 1,243%)
  8. France: -$1.4 million (up 382%)
  9. Russia: -$1.1 million (down -62.3%)
  10. Kuwait: -$993,000 (up 33.9%)
  11. Kazakhstan: -$811,000 (up 32.1%)
  12. Hungary: -$626,000 (up 370.7%)
  13. Finland: -$404,000 (up 10.8%)
  14. South Korea: -$367,000 (down -33.5%)
  15. China: -$361,000 (up 68.7%)

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

Companies

Bee Hives Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of companies that export customized bee hives.

  • Biosota Organics Pty Ltd (Australia)
  • Epsilon Industries YYM LTD (Israel)
  • Finex Trading Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Heze City Minghui Native Products (China)
  • New Sunshine International (New Zealand)
  • Salcan Mobilya (Turkey)
  • South Florida Bee Supplies, LLC (United States)
  • VITCO Beekeeping Supplies (India)

The home-country location for each business is shown within parentheses:



 

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Research Sources:
Alibaba, Suppliers for live bees. Accessed on November 21, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on November 21, 2017

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on November 21, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on November 21, 2017

Wikipedia, Beekeeping. Accessed on November 21, 2017