Worldwide sales of fireworks exports by country totaled US$1.03 billion in 2018. Overall, the value of exported fireworks increased by an average 4.7% for all exporting countries since 2014 when shipments of fireworks were valued at $982.7 million. Year over year, the value of exported fireworks appreciated by 21% from 2017 to 2018.
Among continents, Asia sold the highest dollar worth of exported fireworks during 2018 with shipments valued at $870.8 million or 84.6% of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 13.2%. Smaller percentages came from North America (1.2%), Latin America (0.9%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Africa (0.1%) then Oceania (0.03%) led by Australia.
For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for fireworks is 360410.
Fireworks Exports by Country
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of fireworks during 2018.
- China: US$866.3 million (84.2% of exported fireworks)
- Netherlands: $52.3 million (5.1%)
- Germany: $16 million (1.6%)
- Poland: $15.6 million (1.5%)
- Spain: $11.7 million (1.1%)
- United States: $11.3 million (1.1%)
- Czech Republic: $10 million (1%)
- Brazil: $8.8 million (0.9%)
- Italy: $4.7 million (0.5%)
- Switzerland: $3 million (0.3%)
- Austria: $3 million (0.3%)
- United Kingdom: $2.9 million (0.3%)
- Hungary: $2.8 million (0.3%)
- Belarus: $2.5 million (0.2%)
- France: $2.2 million (0.2%)
By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 98.4% of globally exported fireworks in 2018.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing fireworks exporters since 2014 were: Belarus (up 351.5%), United Kingdom (up 268.2%), Brazil (up 267.6%) and Austria (up 98.5%).
Four countries posted declines in their exported fireworks sales namely: Germany (down -35.4%), France (down -21.5%), Spain (down -8.5%) and United States (down -5.1%).
The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for fireworks 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 fireworks and its import purchases for that same commodity.
- China: US$863.1 million (net export surplus up 1.6% since 2014)
- Brazil: $7.6 million (up 567%)
- Vietnam: $713,000 (reversing a -$3.1 million deficit)
- Spain: $427,000 (down -82.1%)
- Hungary: $286,000 (down -42.2%)
- Bulgaria: $215,000 (reversing a -$408,000 deficit)
- Venezuela: $94,000 (reversing a -$2.8 million deficit)
- India: $65,000 (up 38.3%)
China earned the highest surplus in the international trade of fireworks. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong Chinese competitive advantage for this specific product category.
The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for fireworks 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 fireworks purchases and its exports for that same commodity.
- United States: -US$390.8 million (net export deficit up 29.5% since 2014)
- Germany: -$116.8 million (up 2.7%)
- Netherlands: -$39.6 million (up 20.3%)
- Russia: -$34.5 million (up 28.1%)
- United Kingdom: -$32.7 million (up 13.3%)
- Poland: -$25.5 million (up 49.3%)
- Japan: -$23.8 million (down -24.1%)
- Indonesia: -$21 million (down -22%)
- France: -$18.1 million (up 12.8%)
- Italy: -$18 million (down -10.9%)
- Denmark: -$16.2 million (up 50.8%)
- Canada: -$12.8 million (down -12.4%)
- Guatemala: -$9.53 million (up 327.6%)
- Taiwan: -$9.49 million (up 3.4%)
- Thailand: -$8.3 million (up 5.4%)
The United States of America incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of fireworks. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights America’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for fireworks-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful consumer demand.
Fireworks Exporting Companies
Below are global fireworks companies that represent established players engaged in the international fireworks trade. The home country for each firm is shown within parenthesis.
- Brock’s Fireworks Ltd (United Kingdom)
- Fantastic Fireworks (United Kingdom)
- Fireworks by Grucci (United States)
- Göteborgs FyrverkeriFabrik (Sweden)
- Kimbolton Fireworks (United Kingdom)
- Maravillas de Colombia SA (Colombia)
- Melrose Pyrotechnics (United States)
- Pyro Spectaculars (United States)
- Pyrotecnico (United States)
- Reaction Fireworks (United Kingdom)
- Standard Fireworks (India)
- Star Fireworks (United Kingdom)
- Zambelli Fireworks (United States)
See also Chemical Exports by Country, Lithium Ion Batteries Exports by Country and China’s Top Trading Partners
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