Exported Paintings and Drawings by Country

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Worldwide exported paintings and drawings by country totaled US$17.9 billion in 2017. That dollar amount reflects a 19.3% gain since 2013, and a -2.3% drop from 2016 to 2017.

Paintings and drawings may be subjective art where traditionally beauty resides in the eye of the beholder. What’s statistically indisputable is that exported artwork places among the fastest-growing commodities sold in the international marketplace.

Among continents, North American countries generated the highest international sales for exported paintings and drawings during 2017 with shipments valued at $8.8 billion or 49.1% of the global total. Close behind in second place were European exporters at 43.9% while 5.6% of total revenues from paintings and drawings originated from Asia.

Smaller percentages came from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (0.9%), Oceania (0.4%) and Africa (0.1%).

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 970110 which encompasses oil, watercolor and pastel paintings as well as drawings.

Exported Paintings and Drawings by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of paintings and drawings during 2017.

  1. United States: US$8.6 billion (48.2% of total paintings and drawings exports)
  2. United Kingdom: $4.3 billion (23.9%)
  3. Switzerland: $1.7 billion (9.5%)
  4. France: $829.4 million (4.6%)
  5. Germany: $449.9 million (2.5%)
  6. Hong Kong: $297.3 million (1.7%)
  7. Japan: $211.6 million (1.2%)
  8. Singapore: $172.1 million (1%)
  9. Italy: $160.1 million (0.9%)
  10. Canada: $157.5 million (0.9%)
  11. Brazil: $118.6 million (0.7%)
  12. China: $102.5 million (0.6%)
  13. Belgium: $97.5 million (0.5%)
  14. Austria: $88.3 million (0.5%)
  15. Netherlands: $87.5 million (0.5%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 97.1% of global paintings and drawings exports in 2017.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing paintings and drawings exporters since 2013 were: Belgium (up 104%), Netherlands (up 74.6%), United States (up 61.7%) and Brazil (up 56.8%).

Five countries posted declines in their exported paintings and drawings sales namely China (down -76.8%), Austria (down -56.8%), France (down -40.2%), Italy (down -35.6%) and Canada (down -4.8%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for paintings and drawings during 2017. 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 paintings and drawings and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. United Kingdom: US$2.5 billion (net export surplus up 620.6% since 2013)
  2. United States: $1.6 billion (reversing a -$667.4 million deficit)
  3. Switzerland: $375.6 million (reversing a -$341.2 million deficit)
  4. France: $332.7 million (down -68.7%)
  5. Brazil: $114.3 million (up 111.1%)
  6. Italy: $96.4 million (down -48.5%)
  7. China: $78.1 million (down -57.7%)
  8. Canada: $65.9 million (up 49.7%)
  9. Germany: $58.9 million (reversing a -$138.3 million deficit)
  10. Netherlands: $29.1 million (up 1,923%)
  11. Belgium: $22.5 million (reversing a -$39.7 million deficit)
  12. Spain: $21.7 million (down -57.8%)
  13. French Polynesia: $19.5 million (reversing a -$269,000 deficit)
  14. Israel: $8.2 million (reversing a -$10 million deficit)
  15. Poland: $5.9 million (up 43.9%)

The United Kingdom has the highest surplus in the international trade of paintings and drawings. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms the UK’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for paintings and drawings during 2017. 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 paintings and drawings purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. Hong Kong: -US$519.6 million (net export deficit up 30.4% since 2013)
  2. Singapore: -$289 million (up 1,121%)
  3. Japan: -$249.2 million (up 2,106%)
  4. South Korea: -$205.5 million (reversing a $66.4 million surplus)
  5. Bermuda: -$105.2 million (up 6,801%)
  6. United Arab Emirates: -$52.8 million (reversing a $4.8 million surplus)
  7. Qatar: -$27.7 million (down -22.5%)
  8. Austria: -$24.4 million (reversing a $79.6 million surplus)
  9. Australia: -$22.7 million (up 971%)
  10. Mexico: -$20.7 million (up 149.4%)
  11. Norway: -$19.9 million (reversing a $21.6 million surplus)
  12. Turkey: -$13.4 million (down -24.7%)
  13. Taiwan: -$12 million (down -57.5%)
  14. Luxembourg: -$11.6 million (reversing a $7 million surplus)
  15. Sweden: -$10.8 million (reversing a $9.7 million surplus)

Trading hub Hong Kong incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of paintings and drawings. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights Hong Kong’s strong competitive disadvantages for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for paintings and drawings-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand among Hong Kong traders.

Companies

Paintings and Drawings Export Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of international companies engaged in international sales of paintings and drawings. The home-country location for each business is shown within parentheses:

  • Art Sender (Canada)
  • Fuzhou Baodeyou Trading Co, Ltd (China)
  • Global Star Trading (HK) Limited (Hong Kong)
  • Goldbrush Inc (United States)
  • Quang Thanh Company Limited (Vietnam)
  • Ravi Exports (India)
  • Tokyo Fujishokai Co, Ltd (Japan)
  • Tumadi Traditional Batik Painting (Singapore)
  • YH-Arts Limited (United Kingdom)
  • Yuen Young Plastics Co, Ltd (Taiwan)









 

Searchable List of Paintings/Drawings Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2017 Paintings/Drawings Exports%Total
1.United StatesUS$8.6 billion48.2%
2.United Kingdom$4.3 billion23.9%
3.Switzerland$1.7 billion9.5%
4.France$829.4 million4.6%
5.Germany$449.9 million2.5%
6.Hong Kong$297.3 million1.7%
7.Japan$211.6 million1.2%
8.Singapore$172.1 million1.0%
9.Italy$160.1 million0.9%
10.Canada$157.5 million0.9%
11.Brazil$118.6 million0.7%
12.China$102.5 million0.6%
13.Belgium$97.5 million0.5%
14.Austria$88.3 million0.5%
15.Netherlands$87.5 million0.5%
16.South Korea$56.8 million0.3%
17.Spain$55.1 million0.3%
18.Israel$49.9 million0.3%
19.Australia$46.2 million0.3%
20.India$40.8 million0.2%
21.United Arab Emirates$24.7 million0.1%
22.Denmark$22.8 million0.1%
23.Bahamas$20.8 million0.1%
24.Norway$19.8 million0.1%
25.Sweden$19.7 million0.1%
26.French Polynesia$19.6 million0.1%
27.South Africa$14.2 million0.1%
28.Poland$12.3 million0.1%
29.New Zealand$9.5 million0.1%
30.Taiwan$7.1 million0.04%
31.Turkey$6.3 million0.04%
32.Czech Republic$6.2 million0.03%
33.Argentina$5.8 million0.03%
34.Finland$5.8 million0.03%
35.Ireland$5.2 million0.03%
36.Luxembourg$4.6 million0.03%
37.Nepal$4.5 million0.03%
38.Indonesia$3.6 million0.02%
39.Bermuda$3.4 million0.02%
40.Lebanon$3.3 million0.02%
41.Mexico$3.1 million0.02%
42.Colombia$2.8 million0.02%
43.Vietnam$2.7 million0.02%
44.Venezuela$2.4 million0.01%
45.Hungary$2.4 million0.01%
46.Saudi Arabia$2.2 million0.01%
47.Thailand$2.1 million0.01%
48.Slovakia$1.9 million0.01%
49.British Virgin Is$1.8 million0.01%
50.Uruguay$1.8 million0.01%
51.Malaysia$1.8 million0.01%
52.Portugal$1.7 million0.01%
53.Estonia$1.6 million0.01%
54.Panama$1.5 million0.01%
55.Cuba$1.4 million0.01%
56.Greece$1.4 million0.01%
57.Morocco$1.3 million0.01%
58.Iran$1.1 million0.01%
59.Tunisia$1.1 million0.01%
60.Philippines$972,0000.01%
61.Lithuania$923,0000.01%
62.Cayman Islands$840,0000.005%
63.Iraq$692,0000.004%
64.Bulgaria$664,0000.004%
65.Serbia$659,0000.004%
66.Nicaragua$623,0000.003%
67.Democ. Rep. Congo$618,0000.003%
68.Uzbekistan$511,0000.003%
69.Slovenia$505,0000.003%
70.Saint Lucia$484,0000.003%
71.Jamaica$376,0000.002%
72.Cameroon$356,0000.002%
73.Iceland$340,0000.002%
74.Croatia$312,0000.002%
75.Ghana$309,0000.002%
76.Peru$303,0000.002%
77.Russia$301,0000.002%
78.Dominican Rep$284,0000.002%
79.Qatar$279,0000.002%
80.Côte d'Ivoire$278,0000.002%
81.Barbados$255,0000.001%
82.Costa Rica$241,0000.001%
83.Kuwait$210,0000.001%
84.Georgia$208,0000.001%
85.Haiti$202,0000.001%
86.Mauritius$196,0000.001%
87.Cambodia$193,0000.001%
88.Guinea$192,0000.001%
89.Antigua/Barbuda$182,0000.001%
90.Gibraltar$163,0000.001%
91.Namibia$159,0000.001%
92.Macao$156,0000.001%
93.Niger$151,0000.001%
94.Senegal$146,0000.001%
95.Cyprus$145,0000.001%
96.Chile$145,0000.001%
97.Trinidad/Tobago$135,0000.001%
98.Montenegro$133,0000.001%
99.Kenya$127,0000.001%
100.Belarus$120,0000.001%
101.Ukraine$119,0000.001%
102.Mongolia$112,0000.001%
103.Curaçao$110,0000.001%
104.Myanmar (Burma)$103,0000.001%
105.Bahrain$100,0000.001%
106.Faroe Islands$98,0000.001%
107.Kyrgyzstan$98,0000.001%
108.Latvia$94,0000.001%
109.Malta$84,0000.0005%
110.Grenada$82,0000.0005%
111.Kazakhstan$81,0000.0005%
112.Azerbaijan$81,0000.0005%
113.Oman$75,0000.0004%
114.Guatemala$71,0000.0004%
115.Tanzania$64,0000.0004%
116.Jordan$60,0000.0003%
117.Mali$60,0000.0003%
118.Gabon$53,0000.0003%
119.Zambia$53,0000.0003%
120.Angola$51,0000.0003%
121.Uganda$44,0000.0002%
122.Sri Lanka$42,0000.0002%
123.New Caledonia$39,0000.0002%
124.Anguilla$39,0000.0002%
125.Turks/Caicos Is$38,0000.0002%
126.Egypt$37,0000.0002%
127.Bolivia$31,0000.0002%
128.Cook Islands$27,0000.0002%
129.Congo$26,0000.0001%
130.Laos$26,0000.0001%
131.Andorra$24,0000.0001%
132.Somalia$23,0000.0001%
133.Swaziland$20,0000.0001%
134.Bhutan$20,0000.0001%
135.Bosnia/Herzegovina$20,0000.0001%
136.Papua New Guinea$19,0000.0001%
137.Syria$18,0000.0001%
138.Togo$17,0000.0001%
139.Bangladesh$16,0000.0001%
140.Macedonia$13,0000.0001%
141.Cocos (Keeling) Is$12,0000.0001%
142.Honduras$12,0000.0001%
143.Seychelles$11,0000.0001%
144.Suriname$10,0000.0001%
145.Greenland$10,0000.0001%
146.Afghanistan$10,0000.0001%
147.Zimbabwe$9,0000.0001%
148.Rwanda$9,0000.0001%
149.Madagascar$7,0000.00004%
150.Mozambique$7,0000.00004%
151.Benin$6,0000.00003%
152.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$6,0000.00003%
153.Ecuador$6,0000.00003%
154.El Salvador$5,0000.00003%
155.Eritrea$5,0000.00003%
156.Aruba$5,0000.00003%
157.Burkina Faso$5,0000.00003%
158.Moldova$3,0000.00002%
159.Montserrat$3,0000.00002%
160.Palestine$2,0000.00001%
161.Saint Kitts/Nevis$2,0000.00001%
162.St Vincent/Grenadines$2,0000.00001%
163.Sierra Leone$2,0000.00001%
164.Sudan$1,0000.00001%
165.Pakistan$1,0000.00001%
166.Tajikistan$1,0000.00001%
167.Maldives$1,0000.00001%
168.St Maarten (Dutcht)$1,0000.00001%
169.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$1,0000.00001%
170.Vanuatu$1,0000.00001%
171.Gambia$1,0000.00001%
172.Fiji$1,0000.00001%
173.Botswana$1,0000.00001%


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 19, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 19, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 19, 2018

Wikipedia, Fine art. Accessed on June 19, 2018

Alibaba, Supplier showroom for paintings and drawings. Accessed on June 19, 2018