Russia’s Top 10 Major Export Companies

Six of Russia’s 10 largest export companies specialize in the petroleum industry. Two massive Russian firms in the chemicals industry also rank among the country’s top 10 exporters. To give some contextual perspective on recent company performance, the overall value of Russian exports declined by -33.5% from US$517 billion in 2011 to $343.9 billion during […]

Brazil’s Top 10 Imports

Brazil imported US$137.6 billion worth of goods from around the globe in 2016, up by 7.8% since 2009 but down by -19.8% from 2015 to 2016. Brazilian imports represent 0.8% of total global imports totaling an estimated $16.473 trillion for 2015. From a continental perspective, 34.3% of Brazil’s total imports by value in 2016 were […]

China’s Top 10 Major Export Companies

Two behemoths from the energy sector head the list of China’s top 10 major export companies, a list determined based on company asset value as of May 2016. Also making the list were two companies each from the iron and steel, diversified metals and heavy equipment industries. In the analysis below, we compare the top […]

Britain’s Top 10 Imports

Formally called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Britain imported US$629.2 billion worth of goods in 2015, down by -12.3% since 2011. Year over year, British imports declined by -9.4% from 2014 to 2015. During the first 3 months of 2016, the slowdown in Britain’s imports continued with global purchases falling -4.3% […]

Practical Joke Items Exporters

Would you believe that practical joke items exporters earn over one billion dollars annually? Don’t laugh, it’s true. Global sales for practical joke items exporters amounted to US$1,253,536,000 in 2014. That figure represents a 30.2% gain from 2010 and is up 17.3% since 2013. The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for practical joke items […]

Brazil Major Product Supply Advantages

Brazil ran an overall trade deficit of -US$4 billion for 2014. However, Brazil did earn positive trade balances with 156 of the 222 foreign geographic entities with which it exchanges exports and imports. Brazilian exports to exceeded Brazil’s imports from Asian nations by $5.5 billion in 2014. Similarly, Brazil achieved a $5 billion trading surplus […]

US Major Product Supply Advantages

United States ran an overall trade deficit of US$726.3 billion for 2014. However, the US did earn positive trade balances with 128 of the 220 foreign geographic entities with which it exchanges exports and imports. US exports to exceeded its imports from Latin America (excluding Mexico) and Caribbean Islands by $31.8 billion in 2014. Similarly, […]

Stephen Harper’s International Trade Record

Stephen Harper has been the Canadian prime minister since 2006. This analysis shows that the Conservative Party leader has posted a mixed record in positioning Canada’s competitive advantages on global trade markets. Trade balances trending down In 2005, the year before Harper was elected to his first term, Canada posted a trade surplus equal to […]