Worldwide sales for brandy exports by country totaled US$5.2 billion in 2019. Overall, the value of exported brandy rose by an average 34.8% for all exporting countries since 2015 when brandy shipments were valued at $3.9 billion. Year over year, the value of globally exported brandy appreciated by 3.8% from 2018 to 2019.
Among continents, suppliers North America sold the highest dollar worth of exported brandy during 2019 with shipments valued at $2 billion or well over a third (38.4%) of the global total. Behind in second place were European exporters at 33.6% while 25.3% of worldwide brandy shipments originated from Asia.
Smaller percentages of exported brandy came from Latin America (1.4%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Oceania (0.8%) mostly Australia and New Zealand, then Africa (0.3%).
For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 220890 for brandy.
Brandy Exports by Country
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of brandy during 2019.
- Mexico: US$1.8 billion (33.7% of total brandy exports)
- China: $698.3 million (13.4%)
- Italy: $349.7 million (6.7%)
- United States: $242.9 million (4.7%)
- Hong Kong: $215.6 million (4.1%)
- Spain: $179.8 million (3.5%)
- France: $171.3 million (3.3%)
- Germany: $158.5 million (3%)
- Belgium: $147.9 million (2.8%)
- United Kingdom: $145 million (2.8%)
- Netherlands: $125.9 million (2.4%)
- South Korea: $102.7 million (2%)
- Singapore: $90 million (1.7%)
- Taiwan: $75.6 million (1.5%)
- Latvia: $73.8 million (1.4%)
By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 87% of globally exported brandy in 2019.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing exporters of brandy since 2015 were: Taiwan (up 362.5%), Italy (up 202.5%), Belgium (up 195.5%) and Spain (up 111.6%).
Four countries posted declines in their international sales of brandy: United Kingdom (down -51.3%), Germany (down -17.1%), France (down -7.6%) and South Korea (down -0.8%).
The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for brandy during 2019. 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 brandy and its import purchases for that same commodity.
- Mexico: US$1.8 billion (net export surplus up 44% since 2015)
- China: $529.1 million (up 29.6%)
- Italy: $298 million (up 256.6%)
- Belgium: $93.7 million (reversing a -$2.4 million deficit)
- France: $84.8 million (down -36.5%)
- South Korea: $79.8 million (down -9.4%)
- Spain: $55.7 million (up 1772.3%)
- Greece: $49.8 million (up 15.5%)
- Taiwan: $45.3 million (up 558.1%)
- Latvia: $29.2 million (up 10%)
- Turkey: $28.9 million (down -23.5%)
- Austria: $26.4 million (up 80.8%)
- United Kingdom: $17.2 million (down -91.5%)
- Finland: $14.8 million (down -7.5%)
- Jamaica: $12.3 million (up 530.9%)
Mexico generated the highest surplus in the international trade of brandy. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong Mexican competitive advantages for this specific product category.
The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for brandy during 2019. 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 brandy purchases and its exports for that same commodity.
- United States: -US$1.7 billion (net export deficit up 70.2% since 2015)
- Vietnam: -$222.7 million (reversing an $8.7 million surplus)
- Germany: -$158.3 million (up 277.1%)
- Canada: -$152 million (up 52.9%)
- Russia: -$95.7 million (up 40%)
- Japan: -$82.8 million (down -6.3%)
- India: -$82.3 million (up 12%)
- Macao: -$53.5 million (up 286.5%)
- Switzerland: -$37.9 million (up 6.8%)
- Ukraine: -$37.5 million (up 984.6%)
- United Arab Emirates: -$28.2 million (up 71.6%)
- Australia: -$27.3 million (reversing a $23.4 million surplus)
- Denmark: -$25.4 million (up 114.4%)
- Panama: -$23.2 million (up 200.2%)
- Dominican Republic: -$22.4 million (reversing a $503,000 surplus)
The United States of America incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of brandy. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights America’s competitive disadvantages for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for brandy-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand.
Top Brandy Brands
Below are 10 of the most popular global brands of brandy according to Ranker.com. Shown within parenthesis is the country where the headquarters for the brand’s manufacturer is located.
- Asbach Uralt (Germany)
- Camus Cognac (France)
- Courvoisier (France)
- E&J Gallo Winery (United States)
- Hennessy (France)
- Honey Bee (India)
- Martell (France)
- Metaxa (Greece)
- Paul Masson (United States)
- Rémy Martin (France)
See also Top Vodka Exporters, Beer Exports by Country, Wine Exports by Country and Major Export Companies: Alcoholic Beverages
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