Top Headphones Exporters

Headphones exporters

Stereo headphones

Global sales from headphones exports by country totaled US$11.7 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of exported headphones rose by an average 22.8% for all exporting countries since 2013 when headphones shipments were valued at $9.5 billion. Year over year, international sales of exported headphones increased by 15.1% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, Asian countries accounted for the highest international sales for exported headphones during 2017 with shipments valued at $7.8 billion or roughly two-thirds (67.1%) of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 24.7% while 7.8% of worldwide headphones shipments originated from North America.

Smaller percentages came from Oceania (0.3%), Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (0.06%), then Africa (0.04%).

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 2017.

  1. China: US$3.3 billion (28.4% of total headphones exports)
  2. Vietnam: $2.02 billion (17.3%)
  3. Hong Kong: $1.97 billion (16.9%)
  4. Netherlands: $696.3 million (6%)
  5. United States: $517.9 million (4.4%)
  6. Germany: $421 million (3.6%)
  7. Mexico: $369.8 million (3.2%)
  8. Belgium: $365.5 million (3.1%)
  9. Czech Republic: $231.5 million (2%)
  10. United Kingdom: $221.6 million (1.9%)
  11. Malaysia: $211 million (1.8%)
  12. Sweden: $164.7 million (1.4%)
  13. Poland: $132.9 million (1.1%)
  14. Denmark: $113.8 million (1%)
  15. France: $86.2 million (0.7%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 92.8% of all headphones exports in 2017.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing headphones exporters since 2013 were: Malaysia (up 311.3%), Poland (up 298.2%), Vietnam (up 217.1%) and Belgium (up 111.5%).

One sole top country posted a decline in its exported headphones sales, specifically China and its -20.2% reduction over the 5-year period.

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for headphones during 2017. 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. China: US$2 billion (net export surplus down -28.6% since 2012)
  2. Vietnam: $1.3 billion (up 228.2%)
  3. Hong Kong: $278.7 million (up 733.9%)
  4. Belgium: $156.4 million (up 908.7%)
  5. Mexico: $126.2 million (up 65.6%)
  6. Malaysia: $75 million (up 155.4%)
  7. Netherlands: $64.5 million (down -30.8%)
  8. Czech Republic: $48.5 million (up 9.4%)
  9. Thailand: $41.1 million (down -46.8%)
  10. Cambodia: $7.9 million (up 5684.6%)
  11. Christmas Island: $45,000 (reversing a -$18,000 deficit)
  12. Cook Islands: $35,000 (reversing a -$262,000 deficit)
  13. Pitcairn: $27,000 (no data for 2012)
  14. Cocos (Keeling) Islands: $4,000 (no data for 2012)
  15. American Samoa: $4,000 (no data for 2012)

China has the highest surplus in the international trade of headphones. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong Chinese competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

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

  1. United States: -US$892.5 million (net export deficit down -22.9% since 2012)
  2. Japan: -$322 million (up 4%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$321.6 million (up 23.1%)
  4. Canada: -$243.7 million (down -8.6%)
  5. France: -$222 million (down -8.7%)
  6. Australia: -$184.4 million (up 8.5%)
  7. India: -$178.9 million (down -20.7%)
  8. Germany: -$157.2 million (up 17.1%)
  9. South Korea: -$132.1 million (down -21%)
  10. Russia: -$117.7 million (down -15.4%)
  11. United Arab Emirates: -$83.7 million (up 56.9%)
  12. Brazil: -$78.9 million (down -21.9%)
  13. Spain: -$78.7 million (up 17.2%)
  14. Norway: -$73.7 million (up 38.1%)
  15. Switzerland: -$63 million (up 3%)

United States 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)









 

See also Highest Value Chinese Export Products and China’s Top Trading Partners

Research Sources:
Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 18, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 18, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 18, 2018

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