Helicopters Exports by Country

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Global sales from helicopters exports by country amounted to US$6.7 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of helicopters exports were up by an average 9.5% for all exporting countries since 2012 when helicopters shipments were valued at $6.1 billion.

Among continents, North American countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported helicopters during 2016 with shipments valued at $2.9 billion or 43.8% of the global total.

In second place were European exporters at 42.1% while 9.7% of worldwide helicopters shipments originated from Asia. Smaller percentages came from Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean at 1.9%, Oceania (including Australia and New Zealand) at 1.8% and Africa at 0.8%.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for smaller helicopters is 880211 for those weighing 2,000 kilograms (4,409.25 pounds) or less. For larger helicopters, the HTS code is 880212. Both codes were used to calculate the figures organized separately below.

The value of exported smaller helicopters equaled $938.2 million in 2016. The metric for exported larger helicopters was $5.8 billion or 86% of the overall total for all helicopters sold internationally.

Helicopters Exports by Country

Total

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of helicopters (regardless of size) during 2016:

  1. United States: US$2.4 billion (36.1% of total helicopters exports)
  2. Italy: $888.8 million (13.3%)
  3. Germany: $753.8 million (11.2%)
  4. France: $537.7 million (8%)
  5. Canada: $500.7 million (7.5%)
  6. United Kingdom: $406.4 million (6.1%)
  7. Thailand: $389.7 million (5.8%)
  8. Singapore: $115.6 million (1.7%)
  9. Brazil: $98.3 million (1.5%)
  10. Australia: $79.7 million (1.2%)
  11. Israel: $59.7 million (0.9%)
  12. Sweden: $47 million (0.7%)
  13. South Africa: $37.7 million (0.6%)
  14. Spain: $36.7 million (0.55%)
  15. New Zealand: $36 million (0.54%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 95.6% of all helicopters exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing helicopters exporters since 2012 were: Thailand (up 22,044%), Brazil (up 540.5%), Israel (up 319.4%) and United States (up 218%).

Five countries posted declines in their exported helicopters sales: Canada (down -53.2%), France (down -51.1%), Italy (down -37%), South Africa (down -30.2%) and the United Kingdom (down -10.7%).

Small

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of smaller-sized helicopters during 2016 (under tariff code 880211):

  1. France: US$237.1 million (25.3% of total smaller helicopters exports)
  2. Canada: $191.4 million (20.4%)
  3. Germany: $106.5 million (11.4%)
  4. Israel: $58.2 million (6.2%)
  5. United States: $42.2 million (4.5%)
  6. Sweden: $39 million (4.2%)
  7. Czech Republic: $27.5 million (2.9%)
  8. Brazil: $25.1 million (2.7%)
  9. United Kingdom: $23.7 million (2.5%)
  10. New Zealand: $23.3 million (2.5%)
  11. Singapore: $15.7 million (1.7%)
  12. South Africa: $15.1 million (1.6%)
  13. Norway: $14 million (1.5%)
  14. Italy: $13 million (1.4%)
  15. Guyana: $9.1 million (1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 89.6% of smaller-sized helicopters exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing small helicopters exporters since 2012 were: Singapore (up 6,032%), United States (up 4,243%), Brazil (up 787.8%) and Israel (up 553.1%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported small helicopters sales were led by: Germany (down -57.3%), Czech Republic (down -50.1%), France (down -48.4%), Italy (down -41.1%) and Canada (down -38%).

Large

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of larger-sized helicopters during 2016 (under tariff code 880212):

  1. United States: US$2.4 billion (41.3% of total larger helicopters exports)
  2. Italy: $875.8 million (15.2%)
  3. Germany: $647.2 million (11.2%)
  4. Thailand: $389.1 million (6.7%)
  5. United Kingdom: $382.7 million (6.6%)
  6. Canada: $309.3 million (5.4%)
  7. France: $300.7 million (5.2%)
  8. Singapore: $99.9 million (1.7%)
  9. Brazil: $73.2 million (1.3%)
  10. Australia: $71.2 million (1.2%)
  11. Spain: $29.2 million (0.5%)
  12. South Africa: $22.6 million (0.4%)
  13. Norway: $19.5 million (0.34%)
  14. Malaysia: $18.6 million (0.32%)
  15. Philippines: $13.4 million (0.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 97.7% of large helicopters exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing large helicopters exporters since 2012 were: Thailand (up 22,057%), Spain (up 563%), Brazil (up 485%) and Australia (up 275%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported large helicopters sales were led by: Malaysia (down -77.9%), Norway (down -60.1%), Canada (down -59.4%), France (down -53.1%) and South Africa (down -40.1%).

Companies

Helicopters Manufacturing Companies

Below are established players engaged in the international trade of helicopters. The home country for each is shown within parenthesis.

  • Airbus Helicopters (France)
  • Bell Helicopter (United States)
  • Denel SOC Ltd (South Africa)
  • Helibras (Brazil)
  • Heli-Sport Helicopters (Italy)
  • RotorWay Helicopter Manufacturing Company (United States)
  • Youngcopter (Germany)










See also Highest Value Italian Export Products and Italy’s Top Trading Partners

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on July 20, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on July 20, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on July 20, 2017

Wikipedia, List of rotorcraft manufacturers by country. Accessed on July 20, 2017