According to the data of Eastern Black Sea Exporters Union (DKIB), Turkey exported 2 thousand 984 tons of honey to 39 countries in the first half of the year; the export was valued at 13 million 81 thousand 422 dollars.
Honey export of the first half of 2019 was 2 thousand 644 tons and valued at 11 million 419 thousand 418 dollars; hence Turkey’s honey export has increased by nearly 13 percent based on quantity and by 15 percent.
Honey export to USA increased by 60 percent
Turkey exported most honey to USA, Germany and Saudi Arabia. 1313 tons of honey was exported to USA and valued at 5 million 161 thousand 744 dollars in the first 6 months of 2020. First half of 2019’s honey export to USA was 912 tons and valued at 222 thousand 928 dollars; there is a 44 percent quantity and 60 percent value increases in honey export comparing the first halves of 2019 with 2020.
Honey export to Germany was valued at 2 million 288 thousand 841 dollars and to Saudi Arabia exported honey was valued at 2 million 84 thousand 523 dollars.
The countries that Turkey did not export honey in the mentioned months of 2019; yet, exported in the first half of 2020 were; Slovenia, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Yemen, Bangladesh, Hungary, Lebanon, Denmark, Djibouti, Panama, South Korea, Guinea and Finland.
Brand, packaging and quality were emphasized
Saffet Kalyoncu, the board chairman of DKIB expressed his appreciation regarding the interest in Turkish honey in his statement. He stressed the rich flora and endemic plant variety of Turkey especially Eastern Black Sea area. He stated:
‘’We have an important potential regarding honey export; yet, we are falling behind in making branded and various products contrary to arbiter countries; hence we can’t have more foreign currency inflow in the export sector. Studies regarding wrapping up honeys into little, appealing and high quality packagings and dividing the honeys based on the flower types and characteristics, are required to be extended in our country to improve honey exports. people have high value for honey organic product and health product that affect their health. ‘’
Kalyoncu also said that export with branding and good packaging is not only required for honey but also for other beekeeping products such as royal jelly, pollen and bee gum.
source: AA / translated by Bazaar Team