Top Headphones Exporters

Headphones exporters

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Global sales from headphones exports by country totaled US$13.7 billion in 2018. Overall, the value of exported headphones rose by an average 40.4% for all exporting countries since 2014 when headphones shipments were valued at $9.7 billion. Year over year, international sales of exported headphones increased by 18.2% from 2017 to 2018.

Among continents, Asia sold the highest international sales for exported headphones during 2018 with shipments valued at $8.9 billion or roughly two-thirds (65.1%) of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 27.3% while 7.2% of worldwide headphones shipments originated from North America.

Smaller percentages came from Oceania (0.3%) led by Australia and New Zealand, Latin America (0.1%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, then Africa (0.05%).

For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 851830 for headphones or earphones including combined microphone/speaker sets.

Headphones Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of headphones during 2018.

  1. China: US$3.4 billion (24.9% of total exported headphones)
  2. Hong Kong: $2.5 billion (18.4%)
  3. Vietnam: $2.2 billion (15.8%)
  4. Netherlands: $905.6 million (6.6%)
  5. United States: $575.7 million (4.2%)
  6. Germany: $541.1 million (4%)
  7. Belgium: $426 million (3.1%)
  8. Mexico: $394.5 million (2.9%)
  9. Malaysia: $393.9 million (2.9%)
  10. Czech Republic: $294.9 million (2.2%)
  11. United Kingdom: $226.5 million (1.7%)
  12. Sweden: $200.7 million (1.5%)
  13. Italy: $176.9 million (1.3%)
  14. Poland: $152.4 million (1.1%)
  15. Denmark: $144.3 million (1.1%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 91.6% of all headphones exports in 2018.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing headphones exporters since 2014 were: Malaysia (up 471.9%), Poland (up 352.2%), Vietnam (up 341.1%) and Italy (up 287.7%).

Only China posted a decline in its exported headphones sales, down -18.8%.

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for headphones 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 headphones and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Vietnam: US$2.1 billion (net export surplus up 381.6% since 2014)
  2. China: $1.4 billion (down -52.1%)
  3. Hong Kong: $639.2 million (up 475%)
  4. Malaysia: $339.9 million (up 834.2%)
  5. Belgium: $247 million (up 143.5%)
  6. Netherlands: $168.8 million (up 21.6%)
  7. Mexico: $77.3 million (down -45.5%)
  8. Czech Republic: $52.4 million (down -14.9%)
  9. Italy: $31.3 million (reversing a -$67.9 million deficit)
  10. Slovakia: $21.9 million (up 123.7%)
  11. Thailand: $5 million (down -90.7%)
  12. Myanmar (Burma): $3.9 million (reversing a -$1.1 million deficit)
  13. Greece: $2.9 million (reversing a -$10.3 million deficit)
  14. Bulgaria: $2.2 million (reversing a -$3.3 million deficit)
  15. Venezuela: $310,000 (reversing a -$2.4 million deficit)

Overtaking China in 2018, Vietnam earned the highest surplus in the international trade of headphones. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong Vietnamese competitive advantages for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for headphones 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 headphones purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$963.6 million (net export deficit down -20.3% since 2014)
  2. Japan: -$670.1 million (up 118.7%)
  3. Canada: -$432.9 million (up 77.1%)
  4. United Kingdom: -$405.5 million (up 20.8%)
  5. Australia: -$346.8 million (up 107.8%)
  6. France: -$338.5 million (up 42.1%)
  7. Russia: -$303.1 million (up 157.5%)
  8. Germany: -$269.4 million (up 101.9%)
  9. India: -$264.9 million (up 115.6%)
  10. United Arab Emirates: -$230.5 million (up 319.6%)
  11. South Korea: -$208.5 million (up 20.7%)
  12. Norway: -$122.7 million (up 79%)
  13. Brazil: -$105.9 million (down -10%)
  14. Spain: -$99.9 million (up 20.1%)
  15. Austria: -$76.8 million (up 113.6%)

United States of America incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of headphones. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights America’s competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for headphones-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand.

Companies

Headphones Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers design or manufacture audio products including headphones. Shown within parenthesis is the city and corresponding country where the headquarters for each business is located.

  • Beats Electronics (Culver City, United States)
  • Beyerdynamic (Heilbronn, Germany)
  • Bose Corporation (Framingham, United States)
  • Edifier (Beijing, China)
  • Encore Data Products (Lafayette, United States)
  • HiFiMAN Electronics (Tianjin, China)
  • KEF (Maidstone, England)
  • Koninklijke Philips NV (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Thinksound (Somersworth, United States)
  • Ultrasone (Tutzing, Germany)


 

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Research Sources:
Forbes Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 4, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 4, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 4, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 4, 2019

Wikipedia, List of headphone manufacturers. Accessed on June 18, 2018