Helicopters Exports by Country

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Worldwide sales for helicopters exports by country totaled US$5.3 billion in 2017.

The overall value of exported helicopters declined by an average -28.2% for all exporting countries since 2013 when helicopters shipments were valued at $7.3 billion. Year over year, exports of helicopters depreciated by -21.3% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, European suppliers generated the most revenue from exported helicopters during 2017 with deliverables valued at $3.3 billion or 62.4% of the global total. In second place were North American exporters at 27.7% while 6.5% of international helicopter sales originated from Asia. Smaller percentages came from Oceania (notably Australia and New Zealand) at 1.8%, Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean at 1.1%, and Africa at 0.7%.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) 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 presented below.

The value of exported smaller helicopters equaled $1.038 billion in 2017 for 19.7% of the overall total. The comparable metric for exported larger helicopters was $4.229 billion or 80.3% of total helicopters sold in the global marketplace.

Helicopters Exports by Country

Total

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of helicopters (including both large and small models) during 2017.

  1. Italy: US$1 billion (19.3% of total exported helicopters)
  2. Germany: $918.1 million (17.4%)
  3. United States: $834.6 million (15.8%)
  4. Canada: $622.6 million (11.8%)
  5. France: $450.1 million (8.5%)
  6. United Kingdom: $382.5 million (7.3%)
  7. Russia: $122 million (2.3%)
  8. Singapore: $109.9 million (2.1%)
  9. Thailand: $103.3 million (2%)
  10. Poland: $76.8 million (1.5%)
  11. Australia: $65.5 million (1.2%)
  12. Norway: $53.3 million (1%)
  13. Denmark: $45.9 million (0.9%)
  14. Czech Republic: $44.5 million (0.84%)
  15. Switzerland: $42.5 million (0.81%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 92.8% of all exported helicopters in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing helicopters exporters since 2013 were: Thailand (up 2,711%), Norway (up 224.2%), Switzerland (up 214.6%) and Germany (up 83.3%).

Those countries that posted declines in their international sales of helicopters were led by: Singapore (down -64.8%), Czech Republic (down -60.1%), Russian Federation (down -60.1%), France (down -59.4%) and Poland (down -52.3%).

Small

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of smaller-sized helicopters during 2017 (under tariff code 880211).

  1. France: US$261.1 million (25.2% of exported small helicopters)
  2. Canada: $246.8 million (23.8%)
  3. Germany: $214.8 million (20.7%)
  4. Thailand: $38.9 million (3.7%)
  5. Czech Republic: $37.1 million (3.6%)
  6. Switzerland: $30 million (2.9%)
  7. United Kingdom: $24.2 million (2.3%)
  8. Sweden: $21.8 million (2.1%)
  9. Brazil: $20.3 million (2%)
  10. Austria: $17 million (1.6%)
  11. South Africa: $15.3 million (1.5%)
  12. Spain: $13.9 million (1.3%)
  13. Italy: $13 million (1.3%)
  14. Singapore: $11.9 million (1.1%)
  15. Australia: $10.2 million (1%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 94.1% of smaller-sized exported helicopters in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of small helicopters since 2013 were: Thailand (up 4,331%), Sweden (up 360%), Brazil (up 195.2%) and Switzerland (up 187.1%).

Those countries that posted declines in their international sales of small helicopters were led by: Italy (down -89.7%), Singapore (down -77.4%), Czech Republic (down -61.1%), South Africa (down -60%) and France (down -48.8%).

Large

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of larger-sized helicopters during 2017 (under tariff code 880212).

  1. Italy: US$1 billion (23.7% of exported large helicopters)
  2. United States: $834.6 million (19.7%)
  3. Germany: $703.3 million (16.6%)
  4. Canada: $375.8 million (8.9%)
  5. United Kingdom: $358.3 million (8.5%)
  6. France: $189 million (4.5%)
  7. Russia: $121.1 million (2.9%)
  8. Singapore: $98.1 million (2.3%)
  9. Poland: $73.8 million (1.7%)
  10. Thailand: $64.4 million (1.5%)
  11. Australia: $55.3 million (1.3%)
  12. Denmark: $45.6 million (1.1%)
  13. Norway: $43.8 million (1%)
  14. South Korea: $30.4 million (0.7%)
  15. China: $25.3 million (0.6%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 95.1% of larger-sized exported helicopters exports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of large helicopters since 2013 were: Thailand (up 2,203%), Norway (up 552%), South Korea (up 418%) and Germany (up 189.8%).

Those countries that posted declines in their international sales of large helicopters were led by: China (down -85.2%), France (down -68.4%), Singapore (down -62.2%), Russian Federation (down -60.4%) and Poland (down -52.5%).

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 June 14, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 14, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 14, 2018

Wikipedia, List of rotorcraft manufacturers by country. Accessed on June 14, 2018