Chemical Exports by Country

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Global sales from chemical exports by country amounted to US$450.6 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of exported chemicals were down by an average -21.8% for all exporting countries since 2012 when chemical shipments were valued at $576.3 billion.

The 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 28 for inorganic chemicals and 29 for organic chemicals.

Exported inorganic chemicals were valued at $99.8 billion during 2016, while organic chemical shipments were much higher at $350.8 billion.

Chemical Exports by Country

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of chemicals during 2016 including both organic and inorganic chemicals:

  1. China: US$54.5 billion (12.1% of total chemical exports)
  2. United States: $45.2 billion (10%)
  3. Germany: $34.4 billion (7.6%)
  4. Belgium: $33.9 billion (7.5%)
  5. Ireland: $28.4 billion (6.3%)
  6. Netherlands: $22.9 billion (5.1%)
  7. South Korea: $21.4 billion (4.8%)
  8. Switzerland: $19.9 billion (4.4%)
  9. Japan: $19.7 billion (4.4%)
  10. Singapore: $15.7 billion (3.5%)
  11. France: $13.6 billion (3%)
  12. United Kingdom: $13 billion (2.9%)
  13. India: $12.5 billion (2.8%)
  14. Taiwan: $9.5 billion (2.1%)
  15. Italy: $8.8 billion (1.9%)


 
The listed 15 countries shipped over three-quarters (78.5%) of global chemical exports in 2016 by value.

Among the top chemicals exporters, only China recorded an increase in the value of its exported chemicals via a modest 0.3% gain from 2012 to 2016.

Those countries that posted declines in their exported chemical sales were led by: the United Kingdom (down -40.5%), Netherlands (down -33.1%), France (down -30.8%), Singapore (down -30.4%) and Japan (down -29.1%).

According to the Chemical & Engineering News, the following companies are major players in worldwide chemical sales:

  1. BASF (Germany)
  2. Dow Chemical (United States)
  3. Sinopec (China)
  4. SABIC (Saudi Arabia)
  5. ExxonMobil (United States)
  6. Formosa Plastics (Taiwan)
  7. LyondellBasell Industries (United States)
  8. DuPont (United States)
  9. Ineos (Switzerland)
  10. Bayer (Germany)

See also Highest Value Chinese Export Products and China’s Top Trading Partners

Research Sources:
Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 12, 2017

Chemical & Engineering News, Volume 93 Issue 30, pp. 14-26. Accessed on June 12, 2017