Top Military Weapons Exporters

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International sales of exported military weapons (excluding artillery products) totaled US$390.9 million in 2018. That dollar figure reflects a -3.5% drop since 2014 but a 12% increase in value from 2017 to 2018.

Applying a continental perspective, North America shipped the highest value of non-artillery military weapons at $198.3 million or 50.7% of worldwide exports for this commodity subcategory. In second place was Europe at 36.2% trailed by Asia at 10.3%. Smaller percentages came from suppliers in Latin America (1.4%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Africa (0.7%) then Oceania (also 0.7%) led by Australia.

For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for military weapons (excluding artillery products) is 930190.

Top Military Weapons Exporters

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of military weapons (excluding artillery products) during 2018.

  1. United States: US$195.5 million (50% of exported non-artillery military weapons)
  2. Norway: $63.6 million (16.3%)
  3. Croatia: $47.8 million (12.2%)
  4. Japan: $21.7 million (5.5%)
  5. South Korea: $12.6 million (3.2%)
  6. Slovakia: $8.4 million (2.1%)
  7. Switzerland: $8.3 million (2.1%)
  8. Poland: $6.3 million (1.6%)
  9. Colombia: $4.1 million (1.1%)
  10. Thailand: $2.8 million (0.7%)
  11. Canada: $2.7 million (0.7%)
  12. Australia: $2.7 million (0.7%)
  13. Sudan: $2.6 million (0.7%)
  14. Spain: $2.4 million (0.6%)
  15. Netherlands: $2.2 million (0.6%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.2% of global non-artillery military weapons exports in 2018 by value.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing non-artillery military weapons exporters since 2014 were: Japan (up 4,450%), Croatia (up 2,479%), Norway (up 1,922%) and Slovakia (up 204.4%).

Four countries posted declines in their exports of non-artillery military weapons namely: United States (down -42.1%), South Korea (down -37.2%), Switzerland (down -22.4%) and Thailand (down -13.3%).



 

See also Aerospace Exports by Country, Top Industrial Robots Exporters and Top Fireworks Exporters

Research Sources:
Forbes Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 5, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 5, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 5, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 5, 2019