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Live Animal Exports by Country 2024

Many countries around the globe are known for their excellent livestock, and sometimes that livestock needs to be exported to a different country to support its agricultural endeavors. Here is a closer look at which countries export the most live animals.

Livestock Exports by the Numbers

The number of live animals exported by a country is not measured by head but rather by value. France leads the way, with a total number of live animal exports in 2022 that measured $22.6 million U.S. dollars. Though this was down over the 2021 value, $23.8 billion U.S. dollars, it is still nearly ten times the number of the second leading county.

The Netherlands is the second leading country, having a total export value for its live animals of $2.5 million U.S. dollars. Again, this is less than France by far, but it is also quite a bit more than Canada, the third leading country. Canada’s live animal export value is just under $2 million U.S. dollars. Next in line is Germany, which exports $1.96 million U.S. dollars of animals, followed by Germany, which has an export value of 1.4 million U.S. dollars. Denmark, the United States, and Australia all follow, with values of $1.2 million, $1.19 million, and $1.06 million, respectively.

What Kind of Animals are Commonly Exported

France, the leading country for livestock exports, commonly exports cattle, pigs, horses, chickens, and other bovine. Though it falls behind France in the total number of exported live animals, Australia leads the way in the exporting of sheep and cattle.

In many instances, exported live animals are used for breeding purposes. They are designed to change the genetic makeup of the local population in the areas where they are sent. When exporting animals to use as food, most of the time, it makes more sense to send the meat, not the live animal.

- Main exports include: Live bovine animals; Live horses, asses, mules and hinnies; Live poultry, 'fowls of the species Gallus domesticus, ducks, geese, turkeys and guinea fowls'; Live animals (excl. horses, asses, mules, hinnies, bovine animals, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, Live swine, Live sheep and goats.

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Country
2022 Exports
2021 Exports
2020 Exports
2019 Exports
2018 Exports
France$23.35 Mn$24.18 Mn$22.73 Mn$2.41 Mn$2.48 Mn
Netherlands$2.00 Mn$2.09 Mn$2.02 Mn$2.30 Mn$2.32 Mn
Canada$1.96 Mn$1.69 Mn$1.36 Mn$1.49 Mn$1.32 Mn
Germany$1.41 Mn$1.39 Mn$1.37 Mn$1.55 Mn$1.67 Mn
Denmark$1.22 Mn$1.28 Mn$1.53 Mn$1.54 Mn$1.29 Mn
United States$1.20 Mn$1.28 Mn$965,955$1.03 Mn$1.11 Mn
Australia$1.06 Mn$1.26 Mn$1.36 Mn$1.49 Mn$1.37 Mn
United Kingdom$891,543$974,132$755,955$726,850$708,696
Belgium$798,307$779,465$725,594$756,756$694,233
Spain$777,327$790,519$845,951$796,144$849,372
Mexico$695,483$722,344$891,165$833,563$763,472
Ireland$620,601$631,860$478,139$508,314$509,519
Hong Kong$580,400$720,812$569,957$570,968$147,546
China$542,360$560,831$599,665$510,018$544,086
Hungary$528,229$522,350$468,546$469,302$427,321
Romania$500,994$585,625$461,404$489,724$444,472
Sudan$478,766$373,944$184,009$504,845$765,039
Czech Republic$428,136$389,571$349,271$376,679$392,864
Portugal$383,250$339,166$289,025$232,950$255,568
New Zealand$333,611$319,400$326,673$176,885$155,245
Colombia$320,731$160,725$151,569$60,550$49,852
Brazil$304,431$168,842$304,193$456,651$623,544
Malaysia$203,152$234,175$209,917$201,876$203,651
Slovakia$190,956$190,142$182,638$188,164$206,472
Croatia$190,624$168,282$124,612$104,346$115,226
Poland$164,408$161,714$161,498$166,493$147,848
Thailand$156,657$403,004$742,673$381,456$292,409
Somalia$155,705$262,088$245,837$252,772$218,595
Austria$136,108$137,687$146,763$157,411$170,943
Turkey$129,013$106,398$83,406$84,612$57,966
Jordan$121,705$129,015$152,940$159,902$100,103
Namibia$111,963$101,823$83,852$147,351$210,121
Lithuania$106,371$88,446$74,229$72,194$92,980
Slovenia$100,797$83,633$61,901$57,637$71,206
Mali$99,790$251,452$137,122$252,772$218,595
Botswana$96,234$79,391$40,066$6,863$189
Georgia$87,470$62,287$50,885$38,682$33,485
Uruguay$77,017$219,112$113,762$103,125$273,661
Latvia$76,823$60,873$60,379$57,656$55,566
United Arab Emirates$70,723$30,095$42,405$56,361$90,455
Oman$68,875$139,686$67,892$57,540$136,409
Kyrgyzstan$68,821$11,391$20,544$3,898$5,810
Saudi Arabia$65,513$81,981$76,784$62,297$88,623
Indonesia$63,945$61,863$80,407$65,904$60,951
Bulgaria$62,165$47,932$46,652$45,841$53,838
Italy$59,252$54,121$46,808$44,351$56,280
Russia$56,657$52,817$56,771$49,261$42,656
Serbia$53,817$64,144$54,748$40,620$43,785
South Africa$49,886$67,844$70,267$71,420$72,316
Mauritius$49,395$49,259$33,364$23,055$21,001
Estonia$47,432$40,627$31,884$27,608$30,697
Iran$44,705$7,638$6,020$6,046$69,193
Egypt$42,773$33,126$29,740$27,091$25,977
Luxembourg$42,334$45,131$36,702$42,749$42,855
Pakistan$39,975$8,945$9,683$6,285$9,829
Ukraine$38,975$40,878$51,507$62,548$45,787
Chile$36,124$51,229$35,575$24,167$8,555
Djibouti$33,838$22,480$21,547$62,600$53,693
Qatar$30,420$27,751$14,155$14,580$12,950
Kuwait$29,607$5,820$11,347$2,438$54,960
Sweden$29,297$32,720$28,165$29,076$27,134
Singapore$28,423$22,744$13,351$2,434$3,084
Ethiopia$27,117$33,627$42,380$59,325$42,312
Japan$26,772$23,977$13,400$36,730$31,794
Uganda$24,359$22,089$10,168$563$1,543
Israel$22,304$22,383$19,241$15,965$16,382
Switzerland$21,120$24,153$16,325$18,252$18,668
Argentina$20,723$21,703$15,879$30,198$37,752
Greece$18,575$18,069$16,775$21,462$16,562
Armenia$17,518$23,251$15,570$7,397$2,198
Vietnam$16,942$13,438$7,003$12,156$10,182
Nicaragua$15,079$17,594$3,480$5,775$9,976
Morocco$14,905$17,556$14,033$11,842$10,047
Kenya$14,569$14,498$8,933$10,293$6,585
Laos$13,737$256,568$294,284$229,299$91,880
Myanmar$13,355$36$68,395$233,271$364,165
Iceland$11,971$17,743$11,387$8,161$8,504
Costa Rica$11,588$10,793$8,576$7,384$7,471
El Salvador$10,980$13,918$11,631$11,238$9,870
Zambia$10,769$10,991$6,356$7,548$5,734
Norway$8,971$9,625$7,960$6,528$9,154
South Korea$8,429$8,185$4,472$6,253$3,188
Rwanda$8,188$9,236$7,530$6,051$7,093
Taiwan$7,016$8,219$6,163$8,224$5,888
Mongolia$6,916$3,842$1,237$1,239$1,230
Niger$6,756$19,300$11,898$23,526$37,360
Guatemala$6,452$8,128$3,480$1,678$2,312
Uzbekistan$6,221$6,383$4,891$2,321$2,604
Moldova$6,126$7,186$9,948$10,015$11,656
Belarus$5,967$10,469$5,735$7,747$5,738
Finland$5,945$6,316$7,221$6,315$5,373
Peru$5,843$5,662$3,473$5,661$5,163
Tanzania$5,757$10,899$8,363$13,925$8,825
Cyprus$4,883$3,636$629$350$1,394
Ghana$4,575$1,470$766$29$2,143
India$4,405$10,804$5,350$16,861$31,314
Belize$3,931$1,257$404$40$36
Kazakhstan$3,565$80,833$14,985$109,034$30,229
North Macedonia$2,510$2,394$1,633$2,305$2,240
Bosnia and Herzegovina$2,417$2,365$1,927$2,815$6,753
Zimbabwe$2,380$1,297$1,301$3,051$591
Ecuador$2,312$1,680$1,038$1,430$1,229
Suriname$2,189$1,225$952$3,711$1,443
Algeria$1,958$148$23$14$57
Bahrain$1,921$1,068$954$730$1,277
Malawi$1,905$1,544$636$182$67
Philippines$1,747$1,101$617$772$2,597
Barbados$1,733$1,200$1,551$1,105$955
Afghanistan$1,673$1,674$551$38$3
Burkina Faso$1,252$1,624$705$991$1,969
Eswatini$1,013$936$696$785$641
Guyana$979$1,001$654$846$1,716
Azerbaijan$830$368$151$129$393
Saint Kitts and Nevis$764$1,608$974$471$738
Sri Lanka$667$575$292$766-
Iraq$621$658$10$57$96
Cuba$590$25$4$139$617
Tunisia$572$527$412$735$638
Syria$538$1,578$1,304$1,396$339
Seychelles$486$1,256$1,242$720$1,326
Panama$472$422$405$427$538
Malta$460$149$28$128$67
Albania$348$705$507$538$680
Equatorial Guinea$330$3$13$5$4
Venezuela$322$132,254$112$155$493
Lesotho$271$298$521$330$375
Cambodia$236$787$358$209$512
Cameroon$216$9$19$12$352
Solomon Islands$215$671$288$302$88
Tajikistan$204$119$17$89$42
Montenegro$201$94$692$89$54
Madagascar$188$215$77$294$427
Guinea$133$297$247$206$216
Angola$128$79$110$146$334
Samoa$126$0$0$2$0
Dominican Republic$117$278$2,428$9,577$9,477
Paraguay$104$128$37$626$34
South Sudan$87$82$63$128$2
Tokelau$87$13$27-$27
Andorra$81$103$92$128$34
DR Congo$77$63$15$28$74
Lebanon$68$31,131$32,518$12,080$10,019
Trinidad and Tobago$68$71$45$45$45
Honduras$67$157$200$295$161
Saint Lucia$66$48$164$86$44
New Caledonia$63$3$16$100$9
Aruba$52$132$53$61$90
Ivory Coast$43$4$4$3$8
Senegal$40$62$254$187$174
Sierra Leone$34$1$44$78$0
Brunei$30$35$3$45$55
Curacao$27$40$38$167$27
Antigua and Barbuda$26$9$10$5$9
Grenada$24$0$2$6$7
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines$24$48$46$92$71
Benin$23$13$10$4$9
Haiti$23$42$42$47$118
Gabon$22$1$0$0$0
Mauritania$15$0$0$0$754
Jamaica$12$56$10$168$153
Bahamas$12$15$1$8$15
Bangladesh$9$13$4-$2
Republic of the Congo$8$0$39$98$0
Guinea Bissau$4$122$5-$0
Tonga$4$39-$3$6
Cayman Islands$4$2$4--
Sint Maarten$4$12$11$1$5
Togo$2$46$9$0$106
Eritrea$2----
Saint Pierre and Miquelon$2---$152
Mozambique$1$1$3$0$86
Libya$1$1-$25$5
Fiji$1$0$0$5$7
French Polynesia$1$8$5$5$4
Faroe Islands$1$3---
Montserrat$1-$1$0$0
Nigeria$0$1,161$372$4$6
Nepal$0$0$27$109$578
Burundi$0$6$0$0$9
Central African Republic$0$0$0$19$0
Macau$0$23$0$0$0
Maldives$0$1$0$0$0
Yemen---$125$515
North Korea-$3--$1
Chad-$8$6,035$97$17
Papua New Guinea-$5$0$3-
Turkmenistan---$164-
Palestine-$0$0$0$40
Comoros-$0$0$1$0
Guam--$1--
Marshall Islands--$1--
Gibraltar-$32---
Cook Islands--$10--
World$44.15 Mn$45.92 Mn$43.05 Mn$23.54 Mn$23.33 Mn
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Which country exports the most live animals?

France exports the most livestock - an estimated 2.5 billion U.S. dollars worth. Animals exported include cattle, bovine, pigs, horses, and chickens.

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