Exported Paintings and Drawings by Country

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Worldwide, exports of paintings and drawings by country totaled US$22.2 billion in 2018. That dollar amount reflects a 24.5% gain since 2014, and a 23.2% uptick from 2017 to 2018.

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 America sold the highest dollar amount for exported paintings and drawings during 2018 with shipments valued at $11.1 billion or almost half (49.9%) of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 38.9% while 9.5% of total revenues from the international sales of paintings and drawings originated from Asia. Smaller percentages came from suppliers in Latin America (1.3%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Oceania (0.2%) led by Australia and New Zealand, then 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 2018.

  1. United States: US$10.9 billion (49.3% of exported paintings/drawings)
  2. United Kingdom: $4.6 billion (20.7%)
  3. Switzerland: $2 billion (8.9%)
  4. Hong Kong: $1.1 billion (5.1%)
  5. France: $811.3 million (3.7%)
  6. Germany: $507.2 million (2.3%)
  7. Japan: $293.5 million (1.3%)
  8. Singapore: $288.5 million (1.3%)
  9. Brazil: $224.7 million (1%)
  10. Italy: $182 million (0.8%)
  11. Austria: $160.2 million (0.7%)
  12. China: $145.7 million (0.7%)
  13. Canada: $119.1 million (0.5%)
  14. Belgium: $113.7 million (0.5%)
  15. South Korea: $84.2 million (0.4%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 97.2% of global paintings and drawings exported in 2018.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing paintings/drawings exporters since 2014 were: Brazil (up 422.2%), Hong Kong (up 235.6%), Japan (up 118.1%) and Belgium (up 87.9%).

Five leading countries posted declines in their exported paintings/drawings sales namely: China (down -55.2%), Italy (down -54.1%), Canada (down -20%), Austria (down -13.8%) and United Kingdom (down -6.4%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for paintings and drawings during 2018. 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 States: US$3.1 billion (net export surplus up 113.8% since 2014)
  2. United Kingdom: $2.6 billion (up 75%)
  3. France: $311.8 million (reversing a -$79.2 million deficit)
  4. Brazil: $207.7 million (up 18345.8%)
  5. Germany: $188.7 million (reversing a -$132.6 million deficit)
  6. Switzerland: $179 million (down -65.4%)
  7. China: $67.9 million (down -61.9%)
  8. Italy: $60.2 million (down -82.1%)
  9. Singapore: $60.1 million (up 169%)
  10. Argentina: $35.9 million (up 6,454%)
  11. Austria: $34.4 million (down -41.3%)
  12. Belgium: $28.7 million (reversing a -$38.2 million deficit)
  13. Denmark: $18.5 million (up 40%)
  14. India: $17.2 million (down -77.9%)
  15. Spain: $12.9 million (down -15.4%)

Overtaking the United Kingdom in 2018, the United States of America earned the highest surplus in the international trade of paintings and drawings. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms America’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for paintings and drawings during 2018. 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$1.2 billion (net export deficit up 100.9% since 2014)
  2. South Korea: -$236.3 million (reversing a $5.7 million surplus)
  3. Japan: -$131.9 million (up 37.3%)
  4. United Arab Emirates: -$123.5 million (up 259.8%)
  5. Luxembourg: -$88.9 million (reversing a $50.8 million surplus)
  6. Taiwan: -$42.9 million (up 112.1%)
  7. Netherlands: -$29 million (reversing a $2.1 million surplus)
  8. Mexico: -$24 million (down -55.2%)
  9. Canada: -$20.8 million (reversing a $3.5 million surplus)
  10. Australia: -$19.8 million (up 55.3%)
  11. Bahamas: -$13.4 million (up 1572.3%)
  12. British Virgin Islands: -$10.1 million (reversing a $5.6 million surplus)
  13. Kuwait: -$9.9 million (up 750.3%)
  14. Saudi Arabia: -$9.3 million (up 59.1%)
  15. Qatar: -$9.1 million (down -77.7%)

Global trade 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 in 2018

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RankExporterPaintings/Drawings Exports (US$)%World Total
1.United States$10.9 billion49.3%
2.United Kingdom$4.6 billion20.7%
3.Switzerland$2 billion8.9%
4.Hong Kong$1.1 billion5.1%
5.France$811.3 million3.7%
6.Germany$507.2 million2.3%
7.Japan$293.5 million1.3%
8.Singapore$288.5 million1.3%
9.Brazil$224.7 million1%
10.Italy$182 million0.8%
11.Austria$160.2 million0.7%
12.China$145.7 million0.7%
13.Canada$119.1 million0.5%
14.Belgium$113.7 million0.5%
15.South Korea$84.2 million0.4%
16.Netherlands$74.3 million0.3%
17.India$68.5 million0.3%
18.Spain$61 million0.3%
19.Australia$45.2 million0.2%
20.Denmark$39.6 million0.2%
21.Israel$39.6 million0.2%
22.Argentina$37 million0.2%
23.Norway$35.1 million0.2%
24.South Africa$18.1 million0.1%
25.Sweden$18 million0.1%
26.United Arab Emirates$17.4 million0.1%
27.Turkey$13.6 million0.1%
28.Poland$13.4 million0.1%
29.British Virgin Islands$12.1 million0.1%
30.Ireland$8 million0.04%
31.Luxembourg$6.9 million0.03%
32.New Zealand$6.7 million0.03%
33.Panama$6.4 million0.03%
34.Taiwan$6.2 million0.03%
35.Venezuela$6.1 million0.03%
36.Portugal$5.2 million0.02%
37.Russia$5.1 million0.02%
38.Seychelles$4.9 million0.02%
39.Czech Republic$3.8 million0.02%
40.Iran$3.5 million0.02%
41.Vietnam$2.7 million0.01%
42.Indonesia$2.7 million0.01%
43.Colombia$2.5 million0.01%
44.US Minor Outlying Is$2.3 million0.01%
45.Trinidad/Tobago$2.2 million0.01%
46.Finland$2.2 million0.01%
47.Ethiopia$2.2 million0.01%
48.Greece$2.1 million0.01%
49.Thailand$2 million0.01%
50.Cuba$1.8 million0.01%
51.Estonia$1.7 million0.01%
52.Serbia$1.7 million0.01%
53.Lebanon$1.7 million0.01%
54.Slovakia$1.6 million0.01%
55.Cayman Islands$1.5 million0.01%
56.Mexico$1.5 million0.01%
57.Morocco$1.5 million0.01%
58.Hungary$1.4 million0.01%
59.Liberia$1.4 million0.01%
60.Macao$1.3 million0.01%
61.Saudi Arabia$1.3 million0.01%
62.Bahamas$1.2 million0.01%
63.Malaysia$1.1 million0.01%
64.Iceland$1 million0.005%
65.Dominican Republic$1 million0.005%
66.Cameroon$965,0000.004%
67.Uruguay$922,0000.004%
68.Kenya$899,0000.004%
69.Philippines$840,0000.004%
70.Malta$812,0000.004%
71.Lithuania$655,0000.003%
72.Bulgaria$585,0000.003%
73.Albania$511,0000.002%
74.Peru$421,0000.002%
75.Sri Lanka$411,0000.002%
76.Ivory Coast$391,0000.002%
77.Mauritius$352,0000.002%
78.Oman$347,0000.002%
79.Senegal$332,0000.001%
80.Slovenia$301,0000.001%
81.Gibraltar$277,0000.001%
82.Barbados$254,0000.001%
83.Marshall Islands$250,0000.001%
84.Namibia$223,0000.001%
85.Croatia$221,0000.001%
86.French Polynesia$218,0000.001%
87.Jordan$199,0000.001%
88.Costa Rica$197,0000.001%
89.Iraq$182,0000.001%
90.Qatar$181,0000.001%
91.Mongolia$175,0000.001%
92.Saint Lucia$174,0000.001%
93.Ukraine$173,0000.001%
94.Guatemala$161,0000.001%
95.Nepal$154,0000.001%
96.Papua New Guinea$148,0000.001%
97.Myanmar (Burma)$133,0000.001%
98.Bhutan$129,0000.001%
99.Bahrain$128,0000.001%
100.Moldova$127,0000.001%
101.Zimbabwe$123,0000.001%
102.Curaçao$122,0000.001%
103.Congo$118,0000.001%
104.Mali$116,0000.001%
105.Haiti$116,0000.001%
106.Democr. Rep. Congo$107,0000.0005%
107.Jamaica$106,0000.0005%
108.Algeria$97,0000.0004%
109.Andorra$97,0000.0004%
110.Montenegro$95,0000.0004%
111.Kuwait$92,0000.0004%
112.Belarus$88,0000.0004%
113.Cambodia$77,0000.0003%
114.Latvia$77,0000.0003%
115.Syrian Arab Republic$73,0000.0003%
116.Nauru$69,0000.0003%
117.Azerbaijan$65,0000.0003%
118.Bangladesh$64,0000.0003%
119.Chile$55,0000.0002%
120.Nicaragua$49,0000.0002%
121.Cyprus$44,0000.0002%
122.North Macedonia$43,0000.0002%
123.Pakistan$41,0000.0002%
124.Georgia$39,0000.0002%
125.Ghana$37,0000.0002%
126.Gabon$35,0000.0002%
127.Saint Kitts/Nevis$35,0000.0002%
128.Benin$33,0000.0001%
129.Ecuador$31,0000.0001%
130.Cook Islands$31,0000.0001%
131.Afghanistan$31,0000.0001%
132.Mozambique$27,0000.0001%
133.Laos$25,0000.0001%
134.Bosnia/Herzegovina$25,0000.0001%
135.Faroe Islands$22,0000.0001%
136.Tanzania$22,0000.0001%
137.El Salvador$18,0000.0001%
138.Angola$18,0000.0001%
139.Kazakhstan$17,0000.0001%
140.New Caledonia$17,0000.0001%
141.Egypt$17,0000.0001%
142.Antigua/Barbuda$15,0000.0001%
143.Anguilla$14,0000.0001%
144.Rwanda$13,0000.0001%
145.Tunisia$13,0000.0001%
146.Palestine$13,0000.0001%
147.Romania$13,0000.0001%
148.Greenland$13,0000.0001%
149.St Maarten (Dutch)$10,0000.00005%
150.St Vincent/Grenadines$8,0000.00004%
151.Turks/Caicos Islands$7,0000.00003%
152.Kyrgyzstan$6,0000.00003%
153.Maldives$5,0000.00002%
154.Niger$5,0000.00002%
155.Armenia$5,0000.00002%
156.Bolivia$5,0000.00002%
157.Eswatini$5,0000.00002%
158.Togo$4,0000.00002%
159.Sudan$4,0000.00002%
160.Zambia$4,0000.00002%
161.Guinea$4,0000.00002%
162.Honduras$4,0000.00002%
163.Aruba$3,0000.00001%
164.Djibouti$3,0000.00001%
165.Burundi$2,0000.00001%
166.Central African Rep$2,0000.00001%
167.Madagascar$2,0000.00001%
168.Uganda$2,0000.00001%
169.Suriname$2,0000.00001%
170.Burkina Faso$1,0000.000005%
171.Yemen$1,0000.000005%
172.Lesotho$1,0000.000005%
173.Guyana$1,0000.000005%
174.Chad$1,0000.000005%
175.Botswana$1,0000.000005%
176.Fiji$1,0000.000005%


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Forbes Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 5, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 5, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 5, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 5, 2019

Wikipedia, Fine art. Accessed on June 19, 2018