Exporting Mexican Honey Breaks Down International Barriers
How to Export Honey from Mexico
Mexico’s honey market has recovered significantly in recent years with regard to worldwide production, as various regions of the country have become major exporters of the product and sales are reaching record highs.
Dubbed “liquid gold,” honey plays a role in the health, cosmetics, food, pharmaceutical industries, among others. This places honey as one of the most marketed animal by-products in the world.
The honey industry is currently experiencing shifts due to factors such as climate change, market prices, and legislation in various countries, which have influenced the stability and growth of this sector.
In 2016, the global marketplace indicated that honey production had reached stable levels. The Agri-Food and Fishing Information Service of Mexico also indicated in 2016 that Mexico positioned itself as the eighth largest producer of honey worldwide to reach a total production of 55,084 tons and exporting 29,109 tons, which has a value of 93.7 million dollars.
Honey-Producing Regions in Mexico
Currently, Jalisco, Campeche, Veracruz, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Puebla, Michoacán, Yucatán, and Guerrero are the main honey-producing states in Mexico.
Last year, Germany’s market was one of the most interested in using Mexican honey in their homes. In 2016 alone, Mexican honey producers shipped a total of 13,103.4 tons of honey to Germany with a value of over 43 million dollars, which was reported by the Federal Statistics Office of Wiesbaden.
Requirements for Exporting Honey to Europe
The honey industry is one of the most demanding in terms of production processes, transportation, and sale of its products. Natural honey in liquid form can be transported either in bulk or packaged for sale. Regardless of the shipping method, the characteristics of this product require special care during transport, both in terms of environment and technique. But how can honey be transported to places like Germany?
According to the Secretary of Economy of Mexico, the following requirements must be met in order to transport honey to Europe:
- Check contaminants in food
- Check plaguicide residues in edible plant and animal by-products
- Check veterinary medication residues in animals and edible animal by-products
- Sanitary control for animal by-products intended for human consumption
- Sanitary control of animal by-products that are not intended for human consumption
- Traceability, compliance, and responsibility for food and animal feed
- Labeling of food products
- Optional – organically produced product (when applicable)
Exports must also comply with the following Official Mexican Standards in order to verify that the product meets the highest quality standards:
- NOM-120-SSA1-1994: Goods and Services Standard. Hygiene and sanitation practices for the food, non-alcoholic beverages, and alcoholic beverages processes.
- Trademark registration.
- Bar code.
- Certificates from the Mexican Secretary of Health (SSA) and Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS).
- Zoosanitary export certificates from the National Agro-Alimentary Health, Safety and Quality Service (SENASICA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).
- Certificate from the Secretary of Economy.
- Certificate of movement of goods EUR.1 (SE-03-037).
- Payment of fees according to the Import and Export Duty Act (Ley de los Impuestos Generales de Importación y de Exportación or LIGIE in Spanish).
Special Requirements for Exporting Honey to the European Union
The European Union has set forth the following list of requirements for imports of Mexican honey:
- General principles and requirements based on food-related legislation
- Traceability – registry as a provider in the country of origin (Regulation (CE) no. 178/2002, Article 18)
- General standards related to hygiene of food products and edible animal by-products
- Standards on residues, plaguicides, veterinary medications, and contaminants from and in foods
- Special standards on genetically modified foods and animal feed, bioproteins, and new foods
- General standards on materials intended to come in contact with food
- Official checks and inspections aimed at ensuring compliance with EU standards on foods and animal feed
- Plants and certain plant by-products must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate
TIBA has 20 years of experience managing bulk liquids and perishable goods. Our staff includes experts who are knowledgeable about standards and specifications for these goods, which enables us to tailor each shipment to the climate and regional requirements of the goods being shipped.
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