Chemical Exports by Country

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Global sales from chemical exports by country totaled US$581.8 billion in 2018.

Overall, the dollar value of exported chemicals rose by an average 4.1% for all exporting countries since 2014 when chemical shipments were valued at $559.1 billion. Year over year, the combined total for exported chemicals appreciated by 17.2% from 2017 to 2018.

Exported inorganic chemicals were valued at $131.7 billion during 2018 (22.6% of the global total) while worldwide organic chemical shipments were worth much more at $450.1 billion (77.4%).

The respective 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefixes are 28 for inorganic chemicals and 29 for organic chemicals.

Chemical Exports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of chemicals during 2018 encompassing both organic and inorganic chemicals:

  1. China: US$80 billion (13.7% of total exported chemicals)
  2. United States: $52.7 billion (9.1%)
  3. Belgium: $41.7 billion (7.2%)
  4. Germany: $36.3 billion (6.2%)
  5. Ireland: $34.1 billion (5.9%)
  6. South Korea: $30.9 billion (5.3%)
  7. Netherlands: $30.7 billion (5.3%)
  8. Japan: $24.8 billion (4.3%)
  9. Switzerland: $21.3 billion (3.7%)
  10. India: $19.8 billion (3.4%)
  11. Singapore: $17.5 billion (3%)
  12. Saudi Arabia: $17 billion (2.9%)
  13. France: $15.6 billion (2.7%)
  14. Taiwan: $13.7 billion (2.3%)
  15. United Kingdom: $12.7 billion (2.2%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped over three-quarters (77.1%) of global chemical exports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing chemicals exporters since 2014 were: India (up 46.9%), China (up 32.3%), Ireland (up 25.2%) and South Korea (up 10%).

Five top countries posted declines in their exported chemicals sales namely: Germany (down -18.8%), France (down -12.1%), Japan (down -9.2%), Singapore (down -7.1%) and United States (down -4.2%).

Organic

The following list showcases the top 15 exporters of organic chemicals in 2018.

  1. China: US$59.8 billion (13.3% of exported organic chemicals)
  2. United States: $40.2 billion (8.9%)
  3. Belgium: $37.7 billion (8.4%)
  4. Ireland: $33.1 billion (7.4%)
  5. Germany: $26.9 billion (6%)
  6. South Korea: $25.4 billion (5.6%)
  7. Netherlands: $25.1 billion (5.6%)
  8. Switzerland: $20.8 billion (4.6%)
  9. Japan: $18.9 billion (4.2%)
  10. India: $17.7 billion (3.9%)
  11. Singapore: $16.9 billion (3.8%)
  12. Saudi Arabia: $16.4 billion (3.6%)
  13. France: $11.9 billion (2.6%)
  14. Taiwan: $11.5 billion (2.6%)
  15. United Kingdom: $11.3 billion (2.5%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 83% of organic chemical exports in 2018 by value.

Global exports of organic chemicals rose in value by 3% since 2014 and appreciated by 17.2% from 2017 to 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing organic chemicals exporters since 2014 were: India (up 47.4%), China (up 31.6%), Ireland (up 25.3%) and Saudi Arabia (up 17.7%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported organic chemicals sales were led by: Germany (down -19.9%), Japan (down -19.3%), France (down -11.5%), Singapore (down -7.9%) and United States (down -5.1%).

Inorganic

The following list highlights the leading 15 exporters of inorganic chemicals in 2018.

  1. China: US$20.2 billion (15.3% of total inorganic chemicals exports)
  2. United States: $12.5 billion (9.5%)
  3. Germany: $9.3 billion (7.1%)
  4. Australia: $8.2 billion (6.2%)
  5. Japan: $5.8 billion (4.4%)
  6. Netherlands: $5.6 billion (4.2%)
  7. South Korea: $5.5 billion (4.2%)
  8. Brazil: $4.2 billion (3.2%)
  9. Belgium: $4 billion (3%)
  10. France: $3.7 billion (2.8%)
  11. Russia: $3.6 billion (2.7%)
  12. Canada: $3.6 billion (2.7%)
  13. Chile: $2.2 billion (1.7%)
  14. Taiwan: $2.2 billion (1.6%)
  15. Kazakhstan: $2.1 billion (1.6%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 70.4% of inorganic chemical exports in 2018 by value.

International shipments of inorganic chemicals appreciated by 8% since 2014 but rose in value by 17.4% from 2017 to 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing inorganic chemicals exporters since 2014 were: Japan (up 52.9%), South Korea (up 49.8%), Chile (up 47.3%) and Australia (up 40.6%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported inorganic chemicals sales were led by: Russia (down -29.4%), Kazakhstan (down -24.8%), Germany (down -15.5%), France (down -13.7%) and Canada (down -12%).

Companies

According to Chemical & Engineering News, the following companies are major players in global 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 Lithium Ion Batteries Exports by Country and Uranium Exports by Country

Research Sources:
Chemical & Engineering News, Volume 93 Issue 30, pp. 14-26. Accessed on June 5, 2018

Forbes Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 29, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 29, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 29, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 29, 2019