Car Exports by Country

Car Exports by Country

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Total global car exports by country were valued at US$775.2 billion for 2018. Cars represent the world’s number three exported product by value, trailing both exports of crude oil and refined petroleum oils.

The $775.2 billion in total international car exports for 2018 reflects a 9.3% increase since 2014 and a 3.4% acceleration compared to the $749.5 billion spent worldwide in 2017 for international car purchases.

Among continents, European countries sold the highest dollar value worth of car exports during 2018 with shipments totaling $423.6 billion or 54.6% of international car sales. In second place were suppliers in Asia at 24.9% followed by North American automobile exporters at 18.3%. Smaller percentages came from shippers in Africa (1.3%), Latin America (0.8%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, then Oceania (0.04%) led by Australia and New Zealand.

For research purposes, the 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for cars is 8703.

Car Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of cars in 2018.

  1. Germany: US$154.7 billion (20% of total exported cars)
  2. Japan: $99.1 billion (12.8%)
  3. United States: $51.4 billion (6.6%)
  4. Mexico: $49.4 billion (6.4%)
  5. United Kingdom: $42 billion (5.4%)
  6. Canada: $41 billion (5.3%)
  7. South Korea: $38.2 billion (4.9%)
  8. Spain: $35.5 billion (4.6%)
  9. Belgium: $34.1 billion (4.4%)
  10. France: $25.2 billion (3.3%)
  11. Czech Republic: $22.8 billion (2.9%)
  12. Slovakia: $22 billion (2.8%)
  13. Italy: $16.9 billion (2.2%)
  14. Turkey: $12.4 billion (1.6%)
  15. Sweden: $11.6 billion (1.5%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 84.7% of global cars exports in 2018 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing cars exporters since 2014 were: Sweden (up 135.8%), Turkey (up 71.5%), Mexico (up 52.5%) and Slovakia (up 50.1%).

Five countries experienced declines in their exported cars sales namely: United States (down -16.6%), South Korea (down -14.7%), Canada (down -8.6%), Germany (down -3.5%) and United Kingdom (down -0.9%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports involving international car sales for 2018. 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 car exports and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Germany: US$93.2 billion (net export surplus down -18.1% since 2014)
  2. Japan: $86.9 billion (up 11.3%)
  3. Mexico: $38.8 billion (up 62.9%)
  4. South Korea: $27 billion (down -26.4%)
  5. Slovakia: $19 billion (up 51.5%)
  6. Spain: $13.2 billion (down -21.5%)
  7. Canada: $11.1 billion (down -38%)
  8. Thailand: $9.9 billion (up 88.3%)
  9. India: $6.9 billion (up 24.1%)
  10. Turkey: $6.5 billion (reversing a -$465 million deficit)
  11. Hungary: $5.5 billion (down -14.6%)
  12. Sweden: $2.9 billion (reversing a -$3.1 billion deficit)
  13. Romania: $2.9 billion (up 13.4%)
  14. Indonesia: $2.21 billion (up 90.3%)
  15. South Africa: $2.17 billion (reversing a -$335.5 million deficit)

Germany has the highest surplus in the international trade of cars. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Germany’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for cars during 2018. 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 car import purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$127.1 billion (net export deficit up 34.2% since 2014)
  2. China: -$41 billion (down -25.7%)
  3. Australia: -$16.5 billion (up 15.5%)
  4. Italy: -$15.5 billion (up 37.7%)
  5. France: -$13 billion (up 10.5%)
  6. Switzerland: -$9.9 billion (down -2.1%)
  7. Saudi Arabia: -$8 billion (down -47.4%)
  8. United Arab Emirates: -$6.8 billion (up 12.6%)
  9. Norway: -$6.2 billion (up 13.5%)
  10. Russia: -$6 billion (down -48.8%)
  11. Taiwan: -$5 billion (up 110.9%)
  12. Chile: -$4.8 billion (up 41.7%)
  13. Argentina: -$4.6 billion (up 853.5%)
  14. Israel: -$4.5 billion (up 12.1%)
  15. Belgium: -$4.4 billion (reversing a $3.3 billion surplus)

The United States incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of cars far ahead of the second-place deficit for China. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights the America’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for car-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand that U.S. drivers represent.

Companies

Car Exporting Companies

According to Forbes Global 2000 rankings, the following car and truck producing companies are among the top 100 largest companies in the world:

  • Toyota Motor (Japan)
  • Volkswagen Group (Germany)
  • Daimler (Germany)
  • Ford Motor (United States)
  • BMW Group (Germany)
  • General Motors (United States)
  • Honda Motor (Japan)
  • Hyundai Motor (South Korea)
  • Nissan Motor (Japan)
  • SAIC Motor (China)

The above corporations are presented in the same order as they appear in the Forbes listing.



 

Searchable List of Car Exporting Countries in 2018

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RankExporterCar Exports (US$)%Total
1.Germany$154.7 billion20%
2.Japan$99.1 billion12.8%
3.United States$51.4 billion6.6%
4.Mexico$49.4 billion6.4%
5.United Kingdom$42 billion5.4%
6.Canada$41 billion5.3%
7.South Korea$38.2 billion4.9%
8.Spain$35.5 billion4.6%
9.Belgium$34.1 billion4.4%
10.France$25.2 billion3.3%
11.Czech Republic$22.8 billion2.9%
12.Slovakia$22 billion2.8%
13.Italy$16.9 billion2.2%
14.Turkey$12.4 billion1.6%
15.Sweden$11.6 billion1.5%
16.Hungary$11.4 billion1.5%
17.Thailand$11.1 billion1.4%
18.United Arab Emirates$8.7 billion1.1%
19.China$8.6 billion1.1%
20.Netherlands$7.7 billion1%
21.Poland$7.3 billion0.9%
22.India$7.2 billion0.9%
23.Austria$6.8 billion0.9%
24.South Africa$6.1 billion0.8%
25.Slovenia$5.9 billion0.8%
26.Romania$5.5 billion0.7%
27.Brazil$5.1 billion0.7%
28.Portugal$4.1 billion0.5%
29.Finland$3.6 billion0.5%
30.Morocco$3.6 billion0.5%
31.Indonesia$3.3 billion0.4%
32.Russia$1.3 billion0.2%
33.Denmark$1.1 billion0.1%
34.Saudi Arabia$896.1 million0.1%
35.Serbia$896.1 million0.1%
36.Argentina$654.5 million0.1%
37.Switzerland$629.8 million0.1%
38.Hong Kong$602.2 million0.1%
39.Luxembourg$573.1 million0.1%
40.Taiwan$558.6 million0.1%
41.Kuwait$516.5 million0.1%
42.Estonia$463.5 million0.1%
43.Colombia$424.8 million0.1%
44.Malaysia$416.9 million0.1%
45.Georgia$408.3 million0.1%
46.Lithuania$386.2 million0.05%
47.Singapore$335.3 million0.04%
48.Latvia$307.2 million0.04%
49.Bahrain$292 million0.04%
50.Bulgaria$284.7 million0.04%
51.Croatia$269.8 million0.03%
52.Australia$247.1 million0.03%
53.Lebanon$243.1 million0.03%
54.Chile$198.5 million0.03%
55.Belarus$128.1 million0.02%
56.Oman$71.9 million0.01%
57.Gibraltar$61.5 million0.01%
58.New Zealand$52.4 million0.01%
59.Namibia$50 million0.01%
60.Norway$41.7 million0.01%
61.Greece$37.5 million0.005%
62.Jordan$34.7 million0.004%
63.Uzbekistan$32.6 million0.004%
64.Ireland$30.5 million0.004%
65.Vietnam$28.4 million0.004%
66.Uruguay$25.2 million0.003%
67.Kazakhstan$20.3 million0.003%
68.Uganda$19.2 million0.002%
69.Armenia$17.8 million0.002%
70.Andorra$16.1 million0.002%
71.Israel$15.2 million0.002%
72.Botswana$13.4 million0.002%
73.Macao$11.9 million0.002%
74.Qatar$10.5 million0.001%
75.Moldova$9.9 million0.001%
76.Iran$9.8 million0.001%
77.Ukraine$9.1 million0.001%
78.Philippines$8.8 million0.001%
79.Cyprus$7.8 million0.001%
80.Montenegro$7.4 million0.001%
81.Kenya$6.4 million0.001%
82.Tajikistan$6.2 million0.001%
83.Bosnia/Herzegovina$5.4 million0.001%
84.Panama$5.3 million0.001%
85.US Minor Outlying Is$5.2 million0.001%
86.Peru$4.9 million0.001%
87.Costa Rica$4.5 million0.001%
88.Tanzania$4.4 million0.001%
89.Senegal$4.4 million0.001%
90.Guatemala$4.2 million0.001%
91.North Korea$4.2 million0.001%
92.Sierra Leone$3.6 million0.0005%
93.Burkina Faso$2.8 million0.0004%
94.Ivory Coast$2.5 million0.0003%
95.Malta$2.5 million0.0003%
96.Egypt$2.3 million0.0003%
97.Eswatini$2.1 million0.0003%
98.Venezuela$2.1 million0.0003%
99.Bhutan$1.9 million0.0002%
100.Angola$1.8 million0.0002%
101.Togo$1.8 million0.0002%
102.Antigua/Barbuda$1.8 million0.0002%
103.Brunei Darussalam$1.8 million0.0002%
104.Zambia$1.7 million0.0002%
105.Gabon$1.7 million0.0002%
106.Niger$1.6 million0.0002%
107.Azerbaijan$1.6 million0.0002%
108.Nicaragua$1.5 million0.0002%
109.Kyrgyzstan$1.4 million0.0002%
110.Tunisia$1.3 million0.0002%
111.Trinidad/Tobago$1.3 million0.0002%
112.El Salvador$1.2 million0.0002%
113.Honduras$1.2 million0.0002%
114.Benin$1.1 million0.0001%
115.Barbados$1.1 million0.0001%
116.Fiji$1.1 million0.0001%
117.Iceland$1 million0.0001%
118.Curaçao$985,0000.0001%
119.Jamaica$974,0000.0001%
120.Seychelles$881,0000.0001%
121.Mauritius$837,0000.0001%
122.Aruba$799,0000.0001%
123.Mozambique$761,0000.0001%
124.North Macedonia$761,0000.0001%
125.Zimbabwe$760,0000.0001%
126.Mali$740,0000.0001%
127.St Vincent/Grenadines$666,0000.0001%
128.Liberia$657,0000.0001%
129.Madagascar$605,0000.0001%
130.Pakistan$605,0000.0001%
131.Algeria$535,0000.0001%
132.Libya$508,0000.0001%
133.Guyana$502,0000.0001%
134.Equatorial Guinea$495,0000.0001%
135.Congo$468,0000.0001%
136.Bahamas$451,0000.0001%
137.Iraq$448,0000.0001%
138.Mongolia$419,0000.0001%
139.Haiti$418,0000.0001%
140.British Virgin Islands$379,0000.00005%
141.Ethiopia$360,0000.00005%
142.Ghana$343,0000.00004%
143.Paraguay$341,0000.00004%
144.Dominican Republic$334,0000.00004%
145.Marshall Islands$332,0000.00004%
146.New Caledonia$331,0000.00004%
147.Turkmenistan$328,0000.00004%
148.Cuba$317,0000.00004%
149.Sao Tome/Principe$259,0000.00003%
150.Faroe Islands$252,0000.00003%
151.Grenada$248,0000.00003%
152.Sudan$246,0000.00003%
153.Belize$221,0000.00003%
154.Djibouti$196,0000.00003%
155.Democr. Rep. Congo$182,0000.00002%
156.Cambodia$180,0000.00002%
157.Lesotho$170,0000.00002%
158.Saint Lucia$170,0000.00002%
159.Sri Lanka$168,0000.00002%
160.Myanmar$165,0000.00002%
161.Malawi$165,0000.00002%
162.Anguilla$154,0000.00002%
163.Suriname$150,0000.00002%
164.Guinea$141,0000.00002%
165.Solomon Islands$106,0000.00001%
166.St Maarten (Dutch)$101,0000.00001%
167.Nepal$95,0000.00001%
168.Cameroon$86,0000.00001%
169.Guinea-Bissau$85,0000.00001%
170.Bangladesh$82,0000.00001%
171.French Polynesia$81,0000.00001%
172.Turks/Caicos Islands$77,0000.00001%
173.Somalia$76,0000.00001%
174.Saint Helena$76,0000.00001%
175.South Sudan$75,0000.00001%
176.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$75,0000.00001%
177.Tonga$64,0000.00001%
178.Papua New Guinea$64,0000.00001%
179.Samoa$57,0000.00001%
180.Tokelau$54,0000.00001%
181.Br. Indian Ocean Terr.$53,0000.00001%
182.Laos$50,0000.00001%
183.Gambia$49,0000.00001%
184.Dominica$48,0000.00001%
185.Rwanda$46,0000.00001%
186.Timor-Leste$45,0000.00001%
187.Ecuador$42,0000.00001%
188.Afghanistan$42,0000.00001%
189.Central African Rep.$37,0000.000005%
190.Syrian Arab Republic$36,0000.000005%
191.Norfolk Island$33,0000.000004%
192.Nigeria$30,0000.000004%
193.Nauru$28,0000.000004%
194.Bermuda$27,0000.000003%
195.Palau$27,0000.000003%
196.American Samoa$26,0000.000003%
197.Saint Kitts/Nevis$24,0000.000003%
198.Falkland Is. (Malvinas)$22,0000.000003%
199.Yemen$13,0000.000002%
200.Wallis/Futuna Islands$13,0000.000002%
201.Eritrea$12,0000.000002%
202.Montserrat$11,0000.000001%
203.Burundi$10,0000.000001%
204.Albania$9,0000.000001%
205.Cayman Islands$4,0000.000001%
206.Cocos (Keeling) Is$4,0000.000001%
207.Cook Islands$2,0000.0000003%
208.Comoros$1,0000.0000001%
209.Christmas Island$1,0000.0000001%
210.French S./Antarctic Terr.$1,0000.0000001%
211.Northern Mariana Is.$1,0000.0000001%


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International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on July 23, 2019

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