Top Headphones Exporters

Headphones exporters

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Global sales from headphones exports by country totaled US$10.1 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of headphones exports were up by an average 8.6% for all exporting countries since 2012 when headphones shipments were valued at $9.3 billion. Year over year, exported headphones sales moderated to 1.5% from 2015 to 2016.

Among continents, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported headphones during 2016 with shipments valued at $6.9 billion or just over two-thirds (67.9%) of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 22.9% while 8.9% of worldwide headphones shipments originated from North America.

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 2016:

  1. China: US$3.6 billion (35.1% of total exported headphones)
  2. Hong Kong: $1.6 billion (15.4%)
  3. Vietnam: $1.3 billion (13.3%)
  4. Netherlands: $494.8 million (4.9%)
  5. United States: $475.5 million (4.7%)
  6. Mexico: $408.4 million (4.04%)
  7. Germany: $408.1 million (4.03%)
  8. Belgium: $290.2 million (2.9%)
  9. United Kingdom: $235.2 million (2.3%)
  10. Czech Republic: $194.9 million (1.9%)
  11. Sweden: $132.6 million (1.3%)
  12. Malaysia: $110.8 million (1.09%)
  13. Denmark: $108.6 million (1.07%)
  14. Thailand: $78.3 million (0.8%)
  15. Poland: $73.4 million (0.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 93.5% of all headphones exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing headphones exporters since 2012 were: Poland (up 262.4%), Vietnam (up 180.9%), Malaysia (up 96.3%) and Denmark (up 93.8%).

Four countries experienced declines in their exported headphones sales: Thailand (down -27.5%), China (down -15.7%), Hong Kong (down -7.6%) and Netherlands (down -1.3%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive 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 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 Trade Partners

Research Sources:
Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on July 31, 2017

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on July 31, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on July 31, 2017

Wikipedia, List of headphone manufacturers. Accessed on July 31, 2017