Aerospace Exports by Country

Aerospace Exports by Country

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Global sales from aerospace exports by country amounted to US$328.7 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of aerospace exports were up by an average 14.4% for all exporting countries since 2012 when aerospace shipments were valued at $287.3 billion. The value of global aerospace exports declined -1% from 2015 to 2016.

From a continental perspective, North America accounted for the highest dollar value worth of aerospace exports during 2016 with shipments amounting to $145.5 billion (44.3% of global total). In second place were European Union exporters at 43.3% while 9% of worldwide aerospace shipments originated from Asia.

Smaller percentages were sourced from Latin America excluding Mexico plus the Caribbean (1.7%), Oceania (0.5%) and Africa (0.4%).

The 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 88 for aircraft and spacecraft including satellites.

Aerospace Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of aerospace products during 2016:

  1. United States: US$134.6 billion (41% of total aerospace exports)
  2. France: $53.4 billion (16.2%)
  3. Germany: $44.6 billion (13.6%)
  4. United Kingdom: $21 billion (6.4%)
  5. Canada: $10.3 billion (3.1%)
  6. Singapore: $6.7 billion (2%)
  7. Japan: $5.1 billion (1.6%)
  8. Spain: $5.1 billion (1.5%)
  9. Italy: $4.9 billion (1.5%)
  10. Brazil: $4.8 billion (1.5%)
  11. Ireland: $4.1 billion (1.2%)
  12. China: $3.4 billion (1%)
  13. India: $3 billion (0.9%)
  14. Netherlands: $2.6 billion (0.8%)
  15. Israel: $2.4 billion (0.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 93.1% of global aerospace exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing aerospace exporters since 2012 were: Ireland (up 750.3%), China (up 120.8%), India (up 70.3%) and Netherlands (up 44.4%).

Three countries posted declines in their exported aerospace sales led by: Italy (down -14%), Brazil (down -8%) and France (down -2.3%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for aircraft and spacecraft 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 Aircraft exports and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. United States: US$103.6 billion (net export surplus up 29.5% since 2012)
  2. Germany: $24.7 billion (up 27.7%)
  3. France: $19.6 billion (down -16.4%)
  4. Canada: $3.2 billion (down -30.2%)
  5. Brazil: $3.1 billion (up 35%)
  6. Italy: $2.7 billion (down -26.1%)
  7. United Kingdom: $2.2 billion (down -40.5%)
  8. Israel: $1.6 billion (up 41.7%)
  9. Spain: $847 million (down -65.5%)
  10. Austria: $611.9 million (up 147.4%)
  11. Mexico: $457.4 million (up 1622.3%)
  12. Jordan: $197 million (down -293.4%)
  13. Belgium: $156.9 million (down -49.8%)
  14. Tunisia: $122.5 million (down -496.1%)
  15. Czech Republic: $90.7 million (down -555.1%)

America has the highest surplus in the international trade of aerospace goods. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms the strong U.S. competitive advantage for this technology-based product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for Aircraft 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 aerospace import purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. China: -US$19.4 billion (net export deficit up 20.6% since 2012)
  2. United Arab Emirates: -$15.3 billion (up 74.1%)
  3. Ireland: -$9.5 billion (up 256.2%)
  4. Qatar: -$5 billion (up 422%)
  5. Turkey: -$3.6 billion (up 35.2%)
  6. Taiwan: -$2.7 billion (up 463.3%)
  7. Saudi Arabia: -$2.3 billion (up 144.1%)
  8. South Korea: -$2.2 billion (up 20.6%)
  9. Vietnam: -$2.2 billion (up 76.9%)
  10. Switzerland: -$2 billion (up 1558.4%)
  11. Thailand: -$1.7 billion (up 29.4%)
  12. Japan: -$1.6 billion (down -49.8%)
  13. Malaysia: -$1.5 billion (down -56.3%)
  14. Hong Kong: -$1.2 billion (down -42%)
  15. Netherlands: -$1.2 billion (up 1937.1%)

China incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of aircraft and spacecraft. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights strong Chinese competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for aeropace-supplier countries that help satisfy the powerful Chinese demand.

Companies

Aircraft Exporting Companies

Below are global aerospace conglomerates that represent the largest players in the worldwide aerospace market trade. Shown within parenthesis is the country where the company is headquartered.

  • Boeing (United States)
  • Airbus (France)
  • Lockheed Martin (United States)
  • United Technologies (United States)
  • Northrop Grumman (United States)
  • Raytheon (United States)
  • General Electric (United States)
  • Finmeccanica (Italy)
  • Safran (France)
  • Rolls Royce (United Kingdom)

Searchable List of Aerospace Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2016 Aerospace Exports% World Total
1.United StatesUS$134.6 billion41%
2.France$53.4 billion16.2%
3.Germany$44.6 billion13.6%
4.United Kingdom$21 billion6.4%
5.Canada$10.3 billion3.1%
6.Singapore$6.7 billion2%
7.Japan$5.1 billion1.6%
8.Spain$5.1 billion1.5%
9.Italy$4.9 billion1.5%
10.Brazil$4.8 billion1.5%
11.Ireland$4.1 billion1.2%
12.China$3.4 billion1%
13.India$3 billion0.9%
14.Netherlands$2.6 billion0.8%
15.Israel$2.4 billion0.7%
16.Switzerland$1.9 billion0.6%
17.South Korea$1.9 billion0.6%
18.Australia$1.5 billion0.5%
19.Austria$1.5 billion0.5%
20.Malaysia$1.3 billion0.4%
21.Belgium$1.2 billion0.4%
22.Poland$1.1 billion0.3%
23.Thailand$1 billion0.3%
24.Taiwan$779.5 million0.2%
25.Philippines$735.8 million0.2%
26.Turkey$717.5 million0.2%
27.Mexico$647.4 million0.2%
28.Sweden$598.5 million0.2%
29.Hong Kong$550.6 million0.2%
30.Norway$540.5 million0.2%
31.Saudi Arabia$496.3 million0.2%
32.South Africa$489.5 million0.1%
33.Morocco$442.1 million0.1%
34.Denmark$440.2 million0.1%
35.Portugal$423.8 million0.1%
36.Jordan$406.2 million0.12%
37.Czech Republic$405.7 million0.12%
38.United Arab Emirates$365.4 million0.11%
39.Argentina$315.6 million0.10%
40.Finland$271.2 million0.08%
41.Romania$255.7 million0.08%
42.Tunisia$240 million0.07%
43.Luxembourg$200.3 million0.06%
44.Vietnam$198.1 million0.06%
45.Malta$147.1 million0.04%
46.Indonesia$133.2 million0.04%
47.New Zealand$102 million0.03%
48.Cayman Islands$91.3 million0.03%
49.Greece$86.7 million0.03%
50.Ecuador$70.5 million0.02%
51.Oman$69.7 million0.02%
52.Slovenia$66.3 million0.02%
53.British Virgin Is$53 million0.02%
54.Myanmar (Burma)$51.1 million0.02%
55.Kyrgyzstan$44.2 million0.01%
56.Sri Lanka$44 million0.01%
57.Colombia$42 million0.01%
58.Brunei Darussalam$37.5 million0.01%
59.Lithuania$37.3 million0.01%
60.Hungary$32.8 million0.01%
61.Ukraine$28.4 million0.01%
62.Croatia$22.1 million0.01%
63.Slovakia$21.4 million0.01%
64.Serbia$18.9 million0.01%
65.Kazakhstan$13.3 million0.00%
66.Papua New Guinea$12.9 million0.004%
67.Pakistan$12.6 million0.004%
68.Latvia$11.8 million0.004%
69.Niger$11.7 million0.004%
70.Peru$11.5 million0.004%
71.Iceland$11.2 million0.003%
72.Bahamas$11 million0.003%
73.Guyana$10.4 million0.003%
74.Qatar$9.2 million0.003%
75.Chile$8.4 million0.003%
76.Iran$8 million0.002%
77.Zimbabwe$7.7 million0.002%
78.Botswana$7.5 million0.002%
79.Bulgaria$6.8 million0.002%
80.Togo$6.3 million0.002%
81.Burkina Faso$5.9 million0.002%
82.Uruguay$5.8 million0.002%
83.Namibia$5.7 million0.002%
84.Nigeria$5.3 million0.002%
85.Panama$4.7 million0.001%
86.Bahrain$4.6 million0.001%
87.Azerbaijan$4.3 million0.001%
88.Estonia$4.2 million0.001%
89.Central African Rep.$4.2 million0.001%
90.Cyprus$4.1 million0.001%
91.Macao$4.1 million0.001%
92.Algeria$4 million0.001%
93.Mauritius$3.4 million0.001%
94.Rwanda$3.1 million0.001%
95.Lebanon$2.9 million0.001%
96.Gabon$2.8 million0.001%
97.Jamaica$2.8 million0.001%
98.Democratic Rep. Congo$2.4 million0.001%
99.Kuwait$2.4 million0.001%
100.Antigua/Barbuda$2.2 million0.001%
101.Turkmenistan$2.1 million0.001%
102.Kenya$2.1 million0.001%
103.French Polynesia$1.8 million0.001%
104.Madagascar$1.7 million0.001%
105.Uganda$1.6 million0.000%
106.Congo$1.5 million0.0005%
107.Georgia$1.5 million0.0005%
108.Costa Rica$1.5 million0.0004%
109.Montenegro$1.4 million0.0004%
110.Sierra Leone$1.4 million0.0004%
111.Barbados$1.3 million0.0004%
112.Guatemala$1.3 million0.0004%
113.Swaziland$1.2 million0.0004%
114.Bangladesh$1.1 million0.0003%
115.Mali$952,0000.0003%
116.Mozambique$887,0000.0003%
117.Bhutan$782,0000.0002%
118.Equatorial Guinea$777,0000.0002%
119.Senegal$777,0000.0002%
120.Ghana$775,0000.0002%
121.Ethiopia$721,0000.0002%
122.Iraq$684,0000.0002%
123.Greenland$667,0000.0002%
124.Mongolia$665,0000.0002%
125.Tanzania$634,0000.0002%
126.Zambia$590,0000.0002%
127.Chad$587,0000.0002%
128.Afghanistan$562,0000.0002%
129.Sudan$554,0000.0002%
130.Trinidad/Tobago$541,0000.0002%
131.New Caledonia$515,0000.0002%
132.Venezuela$503,0000.0002%
133.Lesotho$468,0000.0001%
134.Moldova$410,0000.0001%
135.Timor-Leste$405,0000.0001%
136.Fiji$368,0000.0001%
137.Curaçao$359,0000.0001%
138.Nepal$357,0000.0001%
139.Macedonia$353,0000.0001%
140.Libya$349,0000.0001%
141.US Minor Outlying Is$334,0000.0001%
142.Saint Lucia$304,0000.0001%
143.Belize$304,0000.0001%
144.Laos$303,0000.0001%
145.Solomon Islands$278,0000.0001%
146.Cameroon$278,0000.0001%
147.Paraguay$263,0000.0001%
148.Suriname$257,0000.0001%
149.Eritrea$255,0000.0001%
150.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$248,0000.0001%
151.Uzbekistan$245,0000.0001%
152.Faroe Islands$214,0000.0001%
153.Angola$210,0000.0001%
154.Cambodia$193,0000.0001%
155.Bermuda$161,0000.0000%
156.Gibraltar$150,0000.0000%
157.Côte d'Ivoire$135,0000.00004%
158.Bosnia/Herzegovina$128,0000.00004%
159.Tokelau$127,0000.00004%
160.St Vincent/Grenadines$103,0000.00003%
161.Tajikistan$97,0000.00003%
162.Cook Islands$95,0000.00003%
163.Cuba$94,0000.00003%
164.Andorra$83,0000.00003%
165.Seychelles$76,0000.00002%
166.Djibouti$69,0000.00002%
167.Liberia$51,0000.00002%
168.French South Antarctic$51,0000.00002%
169.Honduras$47,0000.00001%
170.El Salvador$45,0000.00001%
171.Armenia$42,0000.00001%
172.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$42,0000.00001%
173.Vanuatu$41,0000.00001%
174.Benin$40,0000.00001%
175.Guinea$37,0000.00001%
176.Sao Tome/Principe$31,0000.00001%
177.Albania$27,0000.00001%
178.Dominican Republic$26,0000.00001%
179.Turks/Caicos Islands$19,0000.00001%
180.Saint Helena$17,0000.00001%
181.Grenada$16,0000.00000%
182.Dominica$12,0000.00000%
183.Samoa$11,0000.000003%
184.Marshall Islands$10,0000.000003%
185.North Korea$9,0000.000003%
186.Aruba$8,0000.000002%
187.St Maarten (Dutch part)$8,0000.000002%
188.Montserrat$8,0000.000002%
189.Cocos (Keeling) Islands$6,0000.000002%
190.Comoros$6,0000.000002%
191.Burundi$5,0000.000002%
192.Haiti$4,0000.000001%
193.Malawi$3,0000.000001%
194.Nicaragua$3,0000.000001%
195.Br. Indian Ocean Terr.$3,0000.000001%
196.Northern Mariana Is.$3,0000.000001%
197.Somalia$3,0000.000001%
198.Kiribati$2,0000.000001%
199.Nauru$1,0000.000000%
200.Micronesia$1,0000.000000%


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Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 20, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on January 19, 2016

Fire Support Aerospace and Defense Marketing, Top 100 Aerospace Companies — 2014. Accessed on January 19, 2016