Motorcycle Exports by Country

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Global sales from motorcycle exports by country amounted to US$21.4 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of motorcycle exports were up by an average 8.3% for all exporting countries since 2012 when motorcycle shipments were valued at $19.8 billion. Year over the value of exported motorcycles went up by 1.8% from 2015 to 2016.

Among continents, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported motorcycles during 2016 with shipments valued at $12.7 billion or 59.4% of the global total.

In second place were European exporters at 32.2% while 7% of worldwide motorcycle shipments originated from North America. Smaller percentages came from Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean at 0.7%, Africa at 0.3% and Oceania (mostly Australia and New Zealand) at 0.1%.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for motorcycles is 8711.

Motorcycle Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of motorcycles during 2016:

  1. China: US$6 billion (27.8% of total motorcycle exports)
  2. Japan: $2.4 billion (11.2%)
  3. Germany: $1.8 billion (8.4%)
  4. India: $1.6 billion (7.5%)
  5. Italy: $1.4 billion (6.7%)
  6. United States: $1.3 billion (6%)
  7. Thailand: $1.2 billion (5.6%)
  8. Austria: $1.1 billion (4.9%)
  9. Belgium: $823.5 million (3.8%)
  10. Netherlands: $552.5 million (2.6%)
  11. Taiwan: $491.6 million (2.3%)
  12. Indonesia: $468.1 million (2.2%)
  13. France: $460.5 million (2.1%)
  14. Vietnam: $355 million (1.7%)
  15. United Kingdom: $295.4 million (1.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 94.2% of global motorcycle exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing motorcycle exporters since 2012 were: Indonesia (up 133.2%), Vietnam (up 89.9%), France (up 79.9%) and Austria (up 54%).

Four countries posted declines in their exported motorcycle sales: Japan (down -22.9%), Italy (down -16%), United Kingdom (down -8%) and Taiwan (down -3.1%).

Advantages

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

  1. China: US$5.8 billion (net export surplus up 5.4% since 2012)
  2. Japan: $1.8 billion (down -20.6%)
  3. India: $1.6 billion (up 20.3%)
  4. Thailand: $1 billion (down -0.2%)
  5. Austria: $779 million (up 82.5%)
  6. Italy: $575.3 million (down -41.5%)
  7. Indonesia: $406.8 million (up 1164.1%)
  8. Germany: $371.9 million (up 190.6%)
  9. Taiwan: $367.8 million (down -18.1%)
  10. Vietnam: $148.7 million (up 29.2%)
  11. Brazil: $101.4 million (up 218.4%)
  12. Romania: $34.1 million (down -864%)
  13. Singapore: $2.9 million (down -105%)
  14. Kyrgyzstan: $586,000 (down -221.8%)
  15. Gambia: $235,000 (down -124.9%)

China has the highest surplus in the international trade of Motorcycle. 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 motorcycles 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 motorcycle purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. France: -US$821.3 million (net export deficit down -14.4% since 2012)
  2. United States: -$788.4 million (down -20.4%)
  3. Philippines: -$783.5 million (up 220.2%)
  4. Australia: -$488 million (down -21%)
  5. Myanmar: -$446.5 million (up 28.1%)
  6. Spain: -$403.6 million (up 181.8%)
  7. Switzerland: -$399.7 million (up 28.7%)
  8. Netherlands: -$397.3 million (up 4.8%)
  9. United Kingdom: -$363.2 million (up 47.2%)
  10. Argentina: -$326.6 million (down -28.5%)
  11. Bangladesh: -$298.5 million (up 113.7%)
  12. Mexico: -$254.8 million (up 6.8%)
  13. Turkey: -$239 million (up 169.4%)
  14. Sri Lanka: -$222.5 million (up 73.5%)
  15. South Korea: -$204.6 million (up 272.8%)

France incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of motorcycles. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights France’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for Motorcycle-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand.

Companies

Motorcycle Exporting Companies

Below are global motorcycle makers that represent established players engaged in the international motorcycle trade. The home country for each company’s headquarters are shown within parenthesis.

  • Bajaj Auto (India)
  • Baotian Motorcycle Company (China)
  • BMW Motorrad (Germany)
  • Ducati (Italy)
  • Harley-Davidson (United States)
  • Honda (Japan)
  • Indian (United States)
  • Janus Motorcycles (United States)
  • Kawasawki (Japan)
  • Suzuki (Japan)
  • Yamaha (Japan)
  • Zero Electric Motorcycles (United States)


 

Searchable List of Motorcycle Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2016 Motorcycle Exports% World Total
1.ChinaUS$6 billion27.8%
2.Japan$2.4 billion11.2%
3.Germany$1.8 billion8.4%
4.India$1.6 billion7.5%
5.Italy$1.4 billion6.7%
6.United States$1.3 billion6%
7.Thailand$1.2 billion5.6%
8.Austria$1.1 billion4.9%
9.Belgium$823.5 million3.8%
10.Netherlands$552.5 million2.6%
11.Taiwan$491.6 million2.3%
12.Indonesia$468.1 million2.2%
13.France$460.5 million2.1%
14.Vietnam$355 million1.7%
15.United Kingdom$295.4 million1.4%
16.Canada$216.8 million1%
17.Singapore$152.6 million0.7%
18.Spain$143.7 million0.7%
19.Brazil$111.4 million0.5%
20.Switzerland$73.2 million0.3%
21.Czech Republic$69.9 million0.3%
22.Romania$51.8 million0.2%
23.Free Zones$46.2 million0.2%
24.Poland$36.2 million0.2%
25.Hong Kong, China$33.3 million0.2%
26.Togo$25.5 million0.1%
27.South Africa$24.6 million0.1%
28.Denmark$24.1 million0.1%
29.South Korea$23 million0.1%
30.Australia$20.4 million0.1%
31.Guatemala$20.2 million0.1%
32.Chile$14.5 million0.1%
33.Slovenia$13.8 million0.1%
34.Hungary$13.4 million0.1%
35.Nigeria$12.4 million0.1%
36.Sweden$11.1 million0.1%
37.United Arab Emirates$10.5 million0.05%
38.Russia$10.3 million0.05%
39.Malaysia$8.5 million0.04%
40.Slovakia$7.8 million0.04%
41.Bulgaria$6.8 million0.03%
42.Portugal$6.7 million0.03%
43.Colombia$6.2 million0.03%
44.Lithuania$5 million0.02%
45.Croatia$3.9 million0.02%
46.Latvia$3.7 million0.02%
47.Saudi Arabia$3.7 million0.02%
48.New Zealand$3.6 million0.02%
49.Estonia$3.1 million0.01%
50.Norway$3 million0.01%
51.Greece$2.7 million0.01%
52.Turkey$1.8 million0.01%
53.Kuwait$1.5 million0.01%
54.Mexico$1.5 million0.01%
55.Serbia$1.4 million0.01%
56.Finland$1.2 million0.01%
57.Gambia$1.2 million0.01%
58.Ireland$1.2 million0.01%
59.Luxembourg$1.1 million0.01%
60.Philippines$776,0000.004%
61.Kyrgyzstan$723,0000.003%
62.Burkina Faso$580,0000.003%
63.Belarus$386,0000.002%
64.Mauritius$383,0000.002%
65.Panama$356,0000.002%
66.Israel$352,0000.002%
67.Ukraine$334,0000.002%
68.US Minor Outlying Is.$319,0000.001%
69.Burundi$296,0000.001%
70.Brunei Darussalam$281,0000.001%
71.Saint Lucia$247,0000.001%
72.Senegal$238,0000.001%
73.Qatar$226,0000.001%
74.Ethiopia$226,0000.001%
75.Argentina$215,0000.001%
76.British Virgin Is.$214,0000.001%
77.Guinea$187,0000.001%
78.Honduras$186,0000.001%
79.Paraguay$182,0000.001%
80.Lebanon$180,0000.001%
81.New Caledonia$155,0000.001%
82.St Vincent/Grenadines$154,0000.001%
83.Pakistan$148,0000.001%
84.Morocco$148,0000.001%
85.Botswana$146,0000.001%
86.Sri Lanka$145,0000.001%
87.Niger$145,0000.001%
88.El Salvador$141,0000.001%
89.Uruguay$134,0000.001%
90.Angola$122,0000.001%
91.Sierra Leone$114,0000.001%
92.Cambodia$112,0000.001%
93.St Maarten (Dutch part)$112,0000.001%
94.Rwanda$110,0000.001%
95.Jordan$101,0000.0005%
96.Madagascar$100,0000.0005%
97.Peru$96,0000.0004%
98.North Korea$78,0000.0004%
99.Benin$76,0000.0004%
100.Costa Rica$67,0000.0003%
101.Ghana$66,0000.0003%
102.Belize$62,0000.0003%
103.Tanzania$62,0000.0003%
104.Bangladesh$53,0000.0002%
105.Armenia$53,0000.0002%
106.Namibia$53,0000.0002%
107.Macedonia$52,0000.0002%
108.Gabon$48,0000.0002%
109.Swaziland$46,0000.0002%
110.Kazakhstan$45,0000.0002%
111.Lesotho$41,0000.0002%
112.Cyprus$41,0000.0002%
113.Andorra$37,0000.0002%
114.Georgia$31,0000.0001%
115.Kenya$28,0000.0001%
116.Nauru$26,0000.0001%
117.Bosnia/Herzegovina$25,0000.0001%
118.Curaçao$23,0000.0001%
119.Libya$19,0000.0001%
120.Egypt$19,0000.0001%
121.Uganda$18,0000.0001%
122.Malta$15,0000.0001%
123.Zambia$13,0000.0001%
124.Tunisia$12,0000.0001%
125.Aruba$12,0000.0001%
126.Côte d'Ivoire$12,0000.0001%
127.Cameroon$12,0000.0001%
128.French Polynesia$11,0000.0001%
129.Mali$11,0000.0001%
130.Mongolia$11,0000.0001%
131.Montenegro$11,0000.0001%
132.Venezuela$11,0000.0001%
133.Liberia$10,0000.00005%
134.Djibouti$10,0000.00005%
135.Democratic Rep. Congo$10,0000.00005%
136.Barbados$9,0000.00004%
137.Seychelles$9,0000.00004%
138.Papua New Guinea$9,0000.00004%
139.Guyana$8,0000.00004%
140.Moldova$8,0000.00004%
141.Nicaragua$8,0000.00004%
142.Zimbabwe$7,0000.00003%
143.Bahrain$6,0000.00003%
144.Solomon Islands$6,0000.00003%
145.Faroe Islands$5,0000.00002%
146.Iceland$5,0000.00002%
147.Suriname$5,0000.00002%
148.Sao Tome/Principe$5,0000.00002%
149.Laos$4,0000.00002%
150.Cook Islands$4,0000.00002%
151.Dominica$4,0000.00002%
152.Myanmar (Burma)$4,0000.00002%
153.Gibraltar$3,0000.00001%
154.Iran$3,0000.00001%
155.Mozambique$3,0000.00001%
156.Nepal$3,0000.00001%
157.Tuvalu$3,0000.00001%
158.Cuba$2,0000.00001%
159.Congo$2,0000.00001%
160.Chad$2,0000.00001%
161.Algeria$2,0000.00001%
162.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$1,0000.000005%
163.Malawi$1,0000.000005%
164.Macao$1,0000.000005%
165.Timor-Leste$1,0000.000005%
166.Anguilla$1,0000.000005%


See also China’s Top Trading Partners, Car Exports by Country and Truck Exports by Country

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 11, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 11, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 11, 2017

Wikipedia, List of motorcycle manufacturers. Accessed on June 11, 2017