Lithium Ion Batteries Exports by Country

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Due to their high-energy density, tiny memory impact and low self-discharge rate, lithium ion batteries are one of the most common types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics.

International sales of lithium ion batteries exports by country totaled US$2.9 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of lithium ion batteries exports rose by an average 14.9% for all exporting countries since 2014 when lithium ion batteries shipments were valued at $2.5 billion. Year over year, exported lithium ion batteries appreciated by a more modest 1% from 2017 to 2018.

To put into perspective the metrics for exported lithium ion batteries, consider that exports of battery chargers and other accumulators for ion batteries amounted to $29.9 billion during 2018. That dollar amount reflects a 109.1% uptick since 2014.

Among continents, Asia sold the highest dollar worth of exported lithium ion batteries during 2018 with shipments valued at $1.6 billion or 57.1% of overall lithium battery exports. In second place were European exporters at 25.5% while 17% of worldwide lithium ion batteries shipments originated from North America.

Smaller percentages came from Africa (0.2%), Oceania (0.14%) led by Australia, then Latin America (0.05%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for lithium ion batteries is 850650. For comparative purposes, the code prefix is 850760 for lithium-ion accumulators and chargers.

Lithium Ion Batteries Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of lithium ion batteries during 2018.

  1. United States: US$404.5 million (14.1% of exported lithium ion batteries)
  2. Singapore: $399.5 million (13.9%)
  3. China: $312.7 million (10.9%)
  4. Hong Kong: $308.2 million (10.7%)
  5. Indonesia: $213.6 million (7.4%)
  6. Japan: $186.6 million (6.5%)
  7. Germany: $164 million (5.7%)
  8. France: $114.3 million (4%)
  9. South Korea: $98.1 million (3.4%)
  10. Netherlands: $95.5 million (3.3%)
  11. Belgium: $88.3 million (3.1%)
  12. United Kingdom: $63.2 million (2.2%)
  13. Israel: $62.2 million (2.2%)
  14. Poland: $55.4 million (1.9%)
  15. Canada: $52.7 million (1.8%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 91.3% of global lithium ion batteries exports in 2018.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing lithium ion batteries exporters since 2014 were: Israel (up 4,250%), Poland (up 249.6%), China (up 54.8%) and Netherlands (up 53.6%).

Three countries posted declines in their exported lithium ion batteries sales namely: Canada (down -49.8%), United Kingdom (down -25%) and Singapore (down -11.3%).

Advantages

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

  1. China: US$6.9 billion (net export surplus up 238.3% since 2014)
  2. South Korea: $3.2 billion (up 75.4%)
  3. Japan: $1.5 billion (down -0.1%)
  4. Malaysia: $773.9 million (up 1,232%)
  5. Singapore: $507.4 million (up 231.2%)
  6. Hong Kong: $393.6 million (reversing a -$106.6 million deficit)
  7. Hungary: $354 million (reversing a -$32.6 million deficit)
  8. Poland: $313.3 million (reversing a -$7.5 million deficit)
  9. Austria: $23 million (reversing a -$2 million deficit)
  10. Sri Lanka: $3.5 million (down -21.4%)
  11. Malta: $368,000 (down -55.1%)
  12. North Korea: $205,000 (up 144%)
  13. French Southern/Antarctic Terr: $61,000 (down -6,200%)
  14. Sao Tome/Principe: $2,000 (reversing a -$1,000 deficit)

Overtaking Indonesia in 2018, China generated the highest surplus in the international trade of lithium ion batteries. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms China’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for lithium ion batteries 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 purchases of imported lithium ion batteries and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$1.8 billion (net export deficit up 86.5% since 2014)
  2. Germany: -$1.4 billion (up 194.6%)
  3. India: -$1.1 billion (up 794.9%)
  4. France: -$661.1 million (up 93.2%)
  5. Netherlands: -$568.2 million (up 147.1%)
  6. Vietnam: -$562.7 million (up 19.1%)
  7. United Kingdom: -$314.2 million (up 285.1%)
  8. Australia: -$271.1 million (up 138%)
  9. Brazil: -$269.9 million (down -11.7%)
  10. Canada: -$199.4 million (up 274.2%)
  11. Indonesia: -$198.8 million (reversing a $44.1 million surplus)
  12. Italy: -$168.4 million (up 125.2%)
  13. Belgium: -$157.5 million (up 482.3%)
  14. Spain: -$142.7 million (up 241.7%)
  15. United Arab Emirates: -$120.3 million (up 712.8%)

Overtaking Malaysia in 2018, the United States incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of lithium ion batteries. In turn, this negative cashflow confirms America’s competitive disadvantages for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for countries supplying lithium ion batteries thus helping to satisfy the powerful demand from American businesses and consumers.

Companies

Lithium Ion Batteries Exporting Companies

Below are the largest global companies that supply lithium ion batteries. Shown within parenthesis is the country where the company is headquartered.

  • Anco Macao Commercial Offshore Li (Macau)
  • Black & Decker Suzhou Precision (China)
  • Chervon Limited (Hong Kong)
  • Samsung SDI Co Ltd (South Korea)
  • Sanyo Electric Co Ltd (Japan)

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following companies are also sellers of lithium ion batteries located in the country shown within parentheses:

  • China Aviation Lithium Battery Co (China)
  • Guangzhou Geilienergy Electronic Co (China)
  • Masterhold International Co (Taiwan)
  • Shenzhen Honghaosheng Electronics (China)
  • Sun Fat Electric Products (International ) Co Ltd (Hong Kong)


 

Searchable List of lithium Ion Batteries Exporting Countries in 2018

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RankExporterLithium Ion Batteries Exports (US$)%World Total
1.United States$404.5 million14.1%
2.Singapore$399.5 million13.9%
3.China$312.7 million10.9%
4.Hong Kong$308.2 million10.7%
5.Indonesia$213.6 million7.4%
6.Japan$186.6 million6.5%
7.Germany$164 million5.7%
8.France$114.3 million4%
9.South Korea$98.1 million3.4%
10.Netherlands$95.5 million3.3%
11.Belgium$88.3 million3.1%
12.United Kingdom$63.2 million2.2%
13.Israel$62.2 million2.2%
14.Poland$55.4 million1.9%
15.Canada$52.7 million1.8%
16.Malaysia$37.5 million1.3%
17.Mexico$29.6 million1%
18.Czech Republic$27.4 million1%
19.Romania$18.5 million0.6%
20.Switzerland$16.2 million0.6%
21.Italy$14.3 million0.5%
22.Sweden$13.8 million0.5%
23.Taiwan$12.2 million0.4%
24.Norway$11.3 million0.4%
25.Denmark$10.1 million0.4%
26.Hungary$8.1 million0.3%
27.Russia$7.9 million0.3%
28.Spain$3.8 million0.1%
29.Australia$3.5 million0.1%
30.South Africa$3.3 million0.1%
31.Slovakia$2.9 million0.1%
32.Vietnam$2.9 million0.1%
33.Austria$2.9 million0.1%
34.Thailand$2.3 million0.1%
35.Lithuania$2.1 million0.1%
36.Ivory Coast$2 million0.1%
37.Luxembourg$1.7 million0.1%
38.Croatia$1.5 million0.1%
39.India$1.4 million0.05%
40.Greece$1.2 million0.04%
41.Finland$1.1 million0.04%
42.Tunisia$1.1 million0.04%
43.Estonia$865,0000.03%
44.Slovenia$853,0000.03%
45.Ireland$849,0000.03%
46.Serbia$821,0000.03%
47.Latvia$769,0000.03%
48.Chile$739,0000.03%
49.Philippines$622,0000.02%
50.Turkey$549,0000.02%
51.United Arab Emirates$492,0000.02%
52.Bulgaria$487,0000.02%
53.New Zealand$432,0000.02%
54.Montenegro$368,0000.01%
55.Portugal$328,0000.01%
56.Brazil$291,0000.01%
57.Cameroon$183,0000.01%
58.Belarus$132,0000.005%
59.Barbados$116,0000.004%
60.Kazakhstan$116,0000.004%
61.Uruguay$105,0000.004%
62.Colombia$79,0000.003%
63.Costa Rica$66,0000.002%
64.Ukraine$57,0000.002%
65.Namibia$42,0000.001%
66.Panama$38,0000.001%
67.Egypt$36,0000.001%
68.Pakistan$35,0000.001%
69.Azerbaijan$34,0000.001%
70.Saudi Arabia$30,0000.001%
71.Paraguay$24,0000.001%
72.Iran$23,0000.001%
73.Tanzania$17,0000.001%
74.Morocco$17,0000.001%
75.Ecuador$17,0000.001%
76.Georgia$17,0000.001%
77.Gabon$14,0000.0005%
78.Iceland$14,0000.0005%
79.Malta$13,0000.0005%
80.Trinidad/Tobago$13,0000.0005%
81.Democr. Rep. Congo$11,0000.0004%
82.Kenya$10,0000.0003%
83.Benin$8,0000.0003%
84.Myanmar$8,0000.0003%
85.British Virgin Islands$7,0000.0002%
86.US Minor Outlying Is$7,0000.0002%
87.Argentina$6,0000.0002%
88.Jordan$6,0000.0002%
89.Nicaragua$6,0000.0002%
90.Mali$5,0000.0002%
91.Afghanistan$5,0000.0002%
92.Algeria$5,0000.0002%
93.Cyprus$5,0000.0002%
94.North Korea$4,0000.0001%
95.Peru$4,0000.0001%
96.Mauritius$4,0000.0001%
97.North Macedonia$3,0000.0001%
98.Sri Lanka$3,0000.0001%
99.Cayman Islands$2,0000.0001%
100.Armenia$2,0000.0001%
101.Bosnia/Herzegovina$2,0000.0001%
102.El Salvador$2,0000.0001%
103.Guatemala$2,0000.0001%
104.Senegal$2,0000.0001%
105.Eswatini$2,0000.0001%
106.Turkmenistan$1,0000.00003%
107.Uzbekistan$1,0000.00003%
108.Curaçao$1,0000.00003%
109.Papua New Guinea$1,0000.00003%
110.Lebanon$1,0000.00003%
111.Jamaica$1,0000.00003%
112.Liberia$1,0000.00003%
113.Macao$1,0000.00003%
114.Mongolia$1,0000.00003%
115.Cuba$1,0000.00003%


See also Electronic Circuit Component Exports by Country, Computer Accessories Exports by Country and Computer Device Exports by Country

Research Sources:
Alibaba, Supplier information for lithium ion batteries. Accessed on June 8, 2018

Forbes Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 31, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 31, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 31, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 31, 2019

Wikipedia, Lithium-ion battery. Accessed on June 8, 2018