Top Live Bees Exporters by Country

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Live bees exports by country totaled US$64.3 million in 2017, increasing by 50% since 2013.

Year over year, the value of exported live bees gained 23.5% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, North American countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported live bees during 2017 with shipments valued at $31.2 million or almost half (48.5%) of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 39.8% while 7.6% of worldwide shipments of live bees originated from Asia. Another 3% came from Oceanian nations led by New Zealand and Australia with just 1.1% sourced from Latin America (excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean).

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 2017.

  1. Canada: US$24.3 million (37.8% of globally exported live bees)
  2. Slovakia: $11.5 million (18%)
  3. Belgium: $8.2 million (12.8%)
  4. United States: $6.7 million (10.5%)
  5. Netherlands: $4.4 million (6.9%)
  6. Uzbekistan: $2.6 million (4%)
  7. New Zealand: $1.5 million (2.4%)
  8. Israel: $1.2 million (1.9%)
  9. Spain: $771,000 (1.2%)
  10. Turkey: $752,000 (1.2%)
  11. Chile: $450,000 (0.7%)
  12. Australia: $391,000 (0.6%)
  13. Argentina: $287,000 (0.4%)
  14. Ukraine: $209,000 (0.3%)
  15. Italy: $140,000 (0.2%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 98.8% of all live bees exported during 2016.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing exporters of live bees since 2013 were: Israel (up 20,400%), Spain (up 7,610%), Belgium (up 581.8%) and Slovakia (up 119.9%).

Bucking the upbeat trend were three decliners: Australia (down -81.7%), New Zealand (down -58.2%) and Italy (down -38.9%).

Advantages

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

  1. Canada: US$14.8 million (net export surplus up 161% since 2013)
  2. Slovakia: $11.5 million (up 123.3%)
  3. Belgium: $7.7 million (up 7,723%)
  4. United States: $6.1 million (up 31%)
  5. Uzbekistan: $2.5 million (up 12.3%)
  6. New Zealand: $1.5 million (down -58.2%)
  7. Israel: $1.2 million (up 20,400%)
  8. Turkey: $654,000 (up 53.5%)
  9. Australia: $391,000 (down -81.7%)
  10. Argentina: $287,000 (up 64.9%)
  11. Ukraine: $153,000 (no 2013 data)
  12. Mexico: $110,000 (up 1,733%)
  13. Chile: $67,000 (reversing a -$206,000 deficit)
  14. Afghanistan: $62,000 (no 2013 data)
  15. Greece: $20,000 (reversing a -$1,000 deficit)

Overtaking Slovakia in 2017, Canada has the highest surplus in the international trade of live bees. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong Canadian competitive advantages for this specific product category.

Opportunities

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

  1. Saudi Arabia: -US$13.5 million (net export deficit up 37.1% since 2013)
  2. Spain: -$7.8 million (no 2013 data)
  3. Japan: -$4.2 million (up 2.8%)
  4. Morocco: -$3.8 million (no 2013 data)
  5. United Kingdom: -$2.6 million (up 143.6%)
  6. France: -$2.6 million (up 794.1%)
  7. Russia: -$2.3 million (down -22.9%)
  8. Kuwait: -$1.3 million (up 100.3%)
  9. Kazakhstan: -$908,000 (up 69.1%)
  10. Lebanon: -$523,000 (up 152.7%)
  11. Finland: -$408,000 (up 6,700%)
  12. Switzerland: -$402,000 (up 202.3%)
  13. Azerbaijan: -$367,000 (up 110.9%)
  14. China: -$350,000 (up 27.3%)
  15. Italy: -$332,000 (up 304.9%)

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 above appears within parentheses.



 

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Research Sources:
Alibaba, Suppliers for live bees. Accessed on September 10, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on September 10, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on September 10, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on September 10, 2018

Wikipedia, Beekeeping. Accessed on September 10, 2018