Worldwide sales of fireworks exports by country totaled US$994.2 million in 2019. Overall, the value of exported fireworks increased by an average 2.7% for all exporting countries since 2015 when shipments of fireworks were valued at $968.1 million. Year over year, the value of exported fireworks dropped by -5.5% from 2018 to 2019.
Among continents, supplies in Asia sold the highest dollar worth of exported fireworks during 2019 with shipments valued at $819.6 million or 82.4% of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 14.5%. Smaller percentages came from Latin America (2.4%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, North America (0.6%), Africa (0.1%) and Oceania’s (0.02%) New Zealand and 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 2019.
- China: US$799 million (80.4% of exported fireworks)
- Netherlands: $60.7 million (6.1%)
- Brazil: $22.9 million (2.3%)
- Germany: $16.6 million (1.7%)
- Poland: $14.5 million (1.5%)
- Spain: $12.1 million (1.2%)
- Czech Republic: $11.4 million (1.1%)
- Israel: $10.8 million (1.1%)
- United States: $5.6 million (0.6%)
- Italy: $3.7 million (0.4%)
- Singapore: $3.4 million (0.3%)
- France: $3 million (0.3%)
- United Kingdom: $2.9 million (0.3%)
- Austria: $2.4 million (0.2%)
- Switzerland: $2.3 million (0.2%)
By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 97.7% of global fireworks exported in 2019.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing fireworks exporters since 2015 were: Singapore (up 342,100%), Brazil (up 1,120%), United Kingdom (up 108.4%) and Poland (up 100.6%).
Those countries that posted declines in their exported fireworks sales were led by: United States (down -56.1%), Austria (down -20.6%), Switzerland (down -12.7%), China (down -5.6%) and Italy (down -3.7%).
The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for fireworks during 2019. 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$794.8 million (net export surplus, down -6.1% since 2015)
- Brazil: $21.9 million (up 2,522%)
- Israel: $9.1 million (reversing a -$2.2 million deficit)
- Hong Kong: $1.1 million (reversing a -$4.2 million deficit)
- Vietnam: $953,000 (reversing a -$5.1 million deficit)
- Spain: $876,000 (down -51.5%)
- Albania: $835,000 (reversing a -$576,000 deficit)
- Latvia: $11,000 (reversing a -$153,000 deficit)
- India: $6,000 (down -86.4%)
The People’s Republic of China generated 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 2019. 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$381.6 million (net export deficit, down -2.3% since 2015)
- Germany: -$101 million (down -16.1%)
- Indonesia: -$37.4 million (up 74.6%)
- Russia: -$32.9 million (up 55.5%)
- United Kingdom: -$24.6 million (down -20.1%)
- Japan: -$23.5 million (down -3.3%)
- Netherlands: -$20.1 million (up 6.8%)
- Italy: -$17.8 million (down -0.9%)
- France: -$17 million (up 11%)
- Poland: -$15.8 million (up 7.7%)
- Canada: -$12.02 million (up 14.4%)
- Denmark: -$12 million (down -14.6%)
- Oman: -$11.1 million (up 6,019%)
- Thailand: -$8.9 million (up 31.5%)
- Guatemala: -$8.2 million (up 138.6%)
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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