Exported Paintings and Drawings by Country

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Paintings and drawings represent subjective art where beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But what’s statistically indisputable is that exported artwork places among the fastest-growing commodities sold in the international marketplace.

Exported paintings and drawings by country totaled US$18.3 billion in 2016, up by an average 29.4% from all paintings and drawings exporters over the five-year period starting in 2012. Year over year, global sales of paintings and drawings decreased by an average -4% from 2015 to 2016.

Among continents, North American countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported paintings and drawings during 2016 with shipments valued at $8.4 billion or 45.7% of the worldwide total. Close behind in second place were European exporters at 43.7% while 9.3% of worldwide paintings and drawings sales originated from Asia.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 970110 for 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 2016:

  1. United States: US$8.1 billion (44.3% of exported paintings and drawings)
  2. United Kingdom: $4.4 billion (23.8%)
  3. Switzerland: $1.3 billion (7.1%)
  4. France: $1.3 billion (7.1%)
  5. Hong Kong: $373.8 million (2%)
  6. Germany: $343 million (1.9%)
  7. Singapore: $317 million (1.7%)
  8. Japan: $263.2 million (1.4%)
  9. South Korea: $260.7 million (1.4%)
  10. Canada: $253.1 million (1.4%)
  11. India: $186.4 million (1%)
  12. Italy: $170.6 million (0.93%)
  13. Austria: $166.5 million (0.91%)
  14. China: $143.1 million (0.8%)
  15. Brazil: $129.1 million (0.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 96.5% of global paintings and drawings exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing paintings and drawings exporters since 2012 were: Brazil (up 368.5%), India (up 357.1%), South Korea (up 235.9%) and Singapore (up 166.9%).

Four countries posted declines in their exported paintings and drawings sales: Germany (down -48.3%), China (down -32%), Italy (down -19.1%), United Kingdom (down -4.9%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for paintings and drawings during 2016. 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$2.3 billion (net export surplus reversing a -$616.1 million deficit in 2012)
  2. United States: $1.7 billion (up 7,187%)
  3. France: $976.6 million (up 91.1%)
  4. Italy: $124.7 million (up 205.8%)
  5. Brazil: $121.2 million (up 524.2%)
  6. Canada: $114.1 million (up 9,003%)
  7. China: $84.4 million (down -58.3%)
  8. Switzerland: $67 million (reversing a -$57.6 million deficit)
  9. Greece: $40.5 million (reversing a -$992,000 deficit)
  10. Belgium: $31.2 million (down -8.1%)
  11. Austria: $29.5 million (reversing a -$37.9 million deficit)
  12. Israel: $27.7 million (reversing a -$42.8 million deficit)
  13. Poland: $22.7 million (up 42.3%)
  14. Denmark: $18.1 million (up 13.5%)
  15. Iran: $15.9 million (up 8.1%)

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 2016. 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$538.4 million (net export deficit up 114.5% since 2012)
  2. Venezuela: -$167.2 million (up 161.7%)
  3. Singapore: -$95.3 million (up 4144.8%)
  4. Luxembourg: -$80.7 million (up 1301.2%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: -$68.1 million (reversing a $52.2 million surplus)
  6. Germany: -$57.6 million (reversing a $201.8 million surplus)
  7. Mexico: -$53.4 million (up 578%)
  8. Japan: -$46.9 million (down -20%)
  9. British Virgin Islands: -$34 million (reversing an $854,000 surplus)
  10. Australia: -$25.9 million (up 630.6%)
  11. Taiwan: -$24.1 million (up 128.9%)
  12. Bahamas: -$21.9 million (up 1813.4%)
  13. Turkey: -$19.2 million (up 29.4%)
  14. Qatar: -$16.4 million (down -15.6%)
  15. Czech Republic: -$13.1 million (up 490.4%)

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:

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









 

Searchable List of Paintings/Drawings Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2016 Exported Paintings & Drawings% World Total
1.United StatesUS$8.1 billion44.3%
2.United Kingdom$4.4 billion23.8%
3.Switzerland$1.3 billion7.1%
4.France$1.3 billion7.1%
5.Hong Kong$373.8 million2%
6.Germany$343 million1.9%
7.Singapore$317 million1.7%
8.Japan$263.2 million1.4%
9.South Korea$260.7 million1.4%
10.Canada$253.1 million1.4%
11.India$186.4 million1%
12.Italy$170.6 million0.9%
13.Austria$166.5 million0.9%
14.China$143.1 million0.8%
15.Brazil$129.1 million0.7%
16.Belgium$93.2 million0.5%
17.Iran$59 million0.3%
18.Spain$51.6 million0.3%
19.Israel$49.2 million0.3%
20.Greece$43.2 million0.2%
21.Norway$38.6 million0.2%
22.Netherlands$38.2 million0.2%
23.Australia$35.5 million0.2%
24.South Africa$33.5 million0.2%
25.Poland$28.8 million0.2%
26.Denmark$26 million0.1%
27.United Arab Emirates$15.9 million0.1%
28.Sweden$9.3 million0.1%
29.British Virgin Is$9.2 million0.1%
30.Philippines$7.8 million0.04%
31.New Zealand$7.5 million0.04%
32.Ireland$7.2 million0.04%
33.Taiwan$6.5 million0.04%
34.Cayman Islands$6.2 million0.03%
35.Turkey$4.8 million0.03%
36.Sudan$4.5 million0.02%
37.Vietnam$3.3 million0.02%
38.Slovakia$3.1 million0.02%
39.Indonesia$2.8 million0.02%
40.Czech Republic$2.8 million0.02%
41.Argentina$2.5 million0.01%
42.Venezuela$2.4 million0.01%
43.Saudi Arabia$2.3 million0.01%
44.Cuba$2.1 million0.01%
45.Mexico$2.1 million0.01%
46.Trinidad/Tobago$1.9 million0.01%
47.Russia$1.8 million0.01%
48.Nicaragua$1.8 million0.01%
49.Portugal$1.7 million0.01%
50.Lebanon$1.6 million0.01%
51.Malaysia$1.4 million0.01%
52.Hungary$1.3 million0.01%
53.Finland$1.1 million0.01%
54.Peru$1.1 million0.01%
55.Ukraine$1 million0.01%
56.Kenya$996,0000.01%
57.Bulgaria$893,0000.005%
58.Luxembourg$884,0000.005%
59.Estonia$880,0000.005%
60.Georgia$713,0000.004%
61.Panama$697,0000.004%
62.Lithuania$665,0000.004%
63.Iceland$648,0000.004%
64.Thailand$648,0000.004%
65.Uruguay$586,0000.003%
66.Democratic Rep. Congo$584,0000.003%
67.Colombia$575,0000.003%
68.Kuwait$550,0000.003%
69.Morocco$511,0000.003%
70.Jordan$496,0000.003%
71.Bahamas$480,0000.003%
72.Costa Rica$448,0000.002%
73.Serbia$395,0000.002%
74.Cyprus$393,0000.002%
75.Qatar$335,0000.002%
76.Slovenia$315,0000.002%
77.Mauritius$310,0000.002%
78.Iraq$309,0000.002%
79.Saint Lucia$287,0000.002%
80.Kyrgyzstan$285,0000.002%
81.Croatia$245,0000.001%
82.Nepal$237,0000.001%
83.Faroe Islands$235,0000.001%
84.French Polynesia$226,0000.001%
85.Haiti$201,0000.001%
86.Swaziland$174,0000.001%
87.Azerbaijan$159,0000.001%
88.Brunei Darussalam$159,0000.001%
89.Jamaica$152,0000.001%
90.Bahrain$150,0000.001%
91.Syria$141,0000.001%
92.Mongolia$138,0000.001%
93.Côte d'Ivoire$133,0000.001%
94.Uzbekistan$131,0000.001%
95.Dominican Republic$126,0000.001%
96.Barbados$119,0000.001%
97.Tunisia$116,0000.001%
98.Turkmenistan$82,0000.0004%
99.Macedonia$81,0000.0004%
100.St Maarten (Dutch part)$80,0000.0004%
101.Latvia$79,0000.0004%
102.Montenegro$71,0000.0004%
103.Guatemala$70,0000.0004%
104.Sri Lanka$64,0000.0003%
105.Malta$61,0000.0003%
106.Bangladesh$60,0000.0003%
107.Senegal$50,0000.0003%
108.Anguilla$50,0000.0003%
109.Suriname$49,0000.0003%
110.Chile$46,0000.0003%
111.North Korea$46,0000.0003%
112.Bhutan$44,0000.0002%
113.Angola$43,0000.0002%
114.Zimbabwe$43,0000.0002%
115.Bosnia/ Herzegovina$40,0000.0002%
116.Botswana$34,0000.0002%
117.Turks/Caicos Islands$33,0000.0002%
118.Greenland$29,0000.0002%
119.New Caledonia$26,0000.0001%
120.Congo$21,0000.0001%
121.Ghana$20,0000.0001%
122.Egypt$20,0000.0001%
123.Belarus$19,0000.0001%
124.US Minor Outlying Is$18,0000.0001%
125.Afghanistan$16,0000.0001%
126.Honduras$16,0000.0001%
127.Kazakhstan$15,0000.0001%
128.Curaçao$15,0000.0001%
129.Oman$15,0000.0001%
130.Namibia$14,0000.0001%
131.Burundi$14,0000.0001%
132.Armenia$13,0000.0001%
133.Moldova$12,0000.0001%
134.Zambia$12,0000.0001%
135.Seychelles$12,0000.0001%
136.Saint Kitts/Nevis$11,0000.0001%
137.Macao$11,0000.0001%
138.Antigua/Barbuda$11,0000.0001%
139.Palestine$8,0000.00004%
140.Tanzania$8,0000.00004%
141.Sao Tome/Principe$7,0000.00004%
142.Ecuador$7,0000.00004%
143.Mali$7,0000.00004%
144.Madagascar$6,0000.00003%
145.Cameroon$6,0000.00003%
146.Andorra$6,0000.00003%
147.Christmas Island$5,0000.00003%
148.Aruba$5,0000.00003%
149.Nauru$4,0000.00002%
150.Pakistan$4,0000.00002%
151.Marshall Islands$4,0000.00002%
152.Malawi$4,0000.00002%
153.Gibraltar$4,0000.00002%
154.Myanmar (Burma)$4,0000.00002%
155.Fiji$3,0000.00002%
156.Dominica$3,0000.00002%
157.Equatorial Guinea$2,0000.00001%
158.Chad$2,0000.00001%
159.Bolivia$2,0000.00001%
160.Libya$2,0000.00001%
161.Guyana$2,0000.00001%
162.St Vincent/Grenadines$2,0000.00001%
163.Uganda$2,0000.00001%
164.Timor-Leste$1,0000.00001%
165.Benin$1,0000.00001%


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on August 2, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on August 2, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on August 2, 2017

Wikipedia, Fine art. Accessed on August 2, 2017

Alibaba, Supplier showroom for paintings and drawings. Accessed on August 2, 2017