Motorcycle Exports by Country

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Global sales from motorcycle exports by country totaled US$24.1 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of motorcycle exports rose by an average 15.5% for all exporting countries since 2013 when motorcycle shipments were valued at $20.9 billion. Year over the value of exported motorcycles appreciated 10.9% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported motorcycles during 2017 with shipments valued at $14.4 billion or 59.7% of the global total.

In second place were European exporters at 33.2% while 5.8% of worldwide motorcycle shipments originated from North America. Smaller percentages came from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean at 0.8%, Africa at 0.1% and Oceania (mostly Australia and New Zealand) also at 0.1%.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 8711 for motorcycles including mopeds and cycles fitted with an auxiliary motor, with or without side-cars.

Motorcycle Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of motorcycles during 2017.

  1. China: US$6.7 billion (27.6% of exported motorcycles)
  2. Japan: $2.8 billion (11.8%)
  3. Germany: $2.2 billion (9%)
  4. Thailand: $1.5 billion (6.2%)
  5. India: $1.47 billion (6.1%)
  6. Italy: $1.43 billion (5.9%)
  7. Austria: $1.29 billion (5.4%)
  8. United States: $1.27 billion (5.3%)
  9. Belgium: $914.2 million (3.8%)
  10. Netherlands: $806.8 million (3.3%)
  11. Indonesia: $744.3 million (3.1%)
  12. Taiwan: $596.8 million (2.5%)
  13. France: $452 million (1.9%)
  14. Vietnam: $352.6 million (1.5%)
  15. United Kingdom: $279.8 million (1.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 94.5% of global motorcycle exports in 2017 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing motorcycle exporters since 2013 were: Indonesia (up 488.6%), Netherlands (up 104.1%), Austria (up 61.6%) and Germany (up 54.2%).

Four exporters posted declines in their exported motorcycle sales specifically the United Kingdom (down -19.8%), India (down -10.9%), the United States (down -7.9%) and Vietnam (down -5.1%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for motorcycles during 2017. 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$6.5 billion (net export surplus up 12.6% since 2013)
  2. Japan: $2.2 billion (up 11.3%)
  3. India: $1.4 billion (down -11.7%)
  4. Thailand: $1.2 billion (down -1.3%)
  5. Austria: $900 million (up 74.3%)
  6. Indonesia: $672.6 million (reversing a -$82.2 million deficit)
  7. Germany: $476.9 million (up 106.3%)
  8. Taiwan: $470.5 million (up 6.2%)
  9. Italy: $332.5 million (down -59%)
  10. Brazil: $146.5 million (up 42.7%)
  11. Vietnam: $137.6 million (down -57.4%)
  12. Belgium: $69.5 million (reversing a -$235.4 million deficit)
  13. Romania: $41.4 million (up 191.1%)
  14. Bulgaria: $29.3 million (reversing a -$5 million deficit)
  15. Hungary: $358,000 (reversing a -$4.9 million deficit)

China has the highest surplus in the international trade of motorcycles. 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 2017. 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-$1.1 billion (net export deficit up 20.3% since 2013)
  2. United States: -$984.4 million (up 17.8%)
  3. Philippines: -$983.1 million (up 264.2%)
  4. Argentina: -$611.5 million (up 17.9%)
  5. Spain: -$529.4 million (up 150.5%)
  6. Australia: -$497.7 million (down -16.1%)
  7. United Kingdom: -$490.8 million (up 86.4%)
  8. Myanmar (Burma): -$456.5 million (up 118.7%)
  9. Netherlands: -$428.7 million (down -9.4%)
  10. Switzerland: -$387.5 million (up 28.6%)
  11. Canada: -$360.9 million (up 8.9%)
  12. Togo: -$289.2 million (up 1,734%)
  13. Mexico: -$281.8 million (up 14%)
  14. Nigeria: -$276.1 million (down -55.9%)
  15. South Korea: -$272.2 million (up 307.4%)

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)


 

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RankExporter2017 Motorcycle Exports% World Total
1.ChinaUS$6.7 billion27.6%
2.Japan$2.8 billion11.8%
3.Germany$2.2 billion9%
4.Thailand$1.5 billion6.2%
5.India$1.47 billion6.1%
6.Italy$1.43 billion5.9%
7.Austria$1.29 billion5.4%
8.United States$1.27 billion5.3%
9.Belgium$914.2 million3.8%
10.Netherlands$806.8 million3.3%
11.Indonesia$744.3 million3.1%
12.Taiwan$596.8 million2.5%
13.France$452 million1.9%
14.Vietnam$352.6 million1.5%
15.United Kingdom$279.8 million1.2%
16.Spain$177.6 million0.7%
17.Brazil$156.7 million0.6%
18.Singapore$138.6 million0.6%
19.Canada$126.9 million0.5%
20.Czech Republic$93.9 million0.4%
21.Switzerland$77.8 million0.3%
22.Romania$62.8 million0.3%
23.Hong Kong$43 million0.2%
24.Bulgaria$38.2 million0.2%
25.Hungary$36.5 million0.2%
26.Denmark$31.9 million0.1%
27.Luxembourg$29.4 million0.1%
28.Poland$25 million0.1%
29.Australia$18.8 million0.1%
30.South Africa$17.9 million0.1%
31.Guatemala$16 million0.1%
32.Slovenia$14.5 million0.1%
33.Slovakia$13 million0.1%
34.Russia$12.1 million0.1%
35.Portugal$10.1 million0.04%
36.South Korea$8.8 million0.04%
37.Sweden$8.7 million0.04%
38.Malaysia$7.8 million0.03%
39.Lithuania$7.1 million0.03%
40.Colombia$6.5 million0.03%
41.Togo$5.1 million0.02%
42.Pakistan$4.7 million0.02%
43.Panama$4.2 million0.02%
44.Greece$3.8 million0.02%
45.Latvia$3.7 million0.02%
46.United Arab Emirates$3.6 million0.02%
47.Croatia$3.6 million0.01%
48.Estonia$3.5 million0.01%
49.Saudi Arabia$3.1 million0.01%
50.Norway$3 million0.01%
51.Uganda$2.6 million0.01%
52.Chile$2.3 million0.01%
53.New Zealand$2.2 million0.01%
54.Ireland$2.2 million0.01%
55.Argentina$1.4 million0.01%
56.Serbia$1.4 million0.01%
57.Kuwait$1.3 million0.01%
58.Mexico$1.3 million0.01%
59.Finland$1.2 million0.01%
60.Turkey$1 million0.004%
61.Kyrgyzstan$899,0000.004%
62.Cambodia$609,0000.003%
63.Philippines$532,0000.002%
64.Egypt$520,0000.002%
65.Niger$465,0000.002%
66.Belarus$433,0000.002%
67.Lebanon$394,0000.002%
68.Kenya$339,0000.001%
69.Kazakhstan$318,0000.001%
70.El Salvador$307,0000.001%
71.Qatar$292,0000.001%
72.Morocco$255,0000.001%
73.Honduras$249,0000.001%
74.Nepal$247,0000.001%
75.Bangladesh$240,0000.001%
76.Curaçao$239,0000.001%
77.British Virgin Is$230,0000.001%
78.Haiti$211,0000.001%
79.Macao$199,0000.001%
80.Swaziland$191,0000.001%
81.Georgia$185,0000.001%
82.Angola$139,0000.001%
83.North Korea$136,0000.001%
84.Israel$135,0000.001%
85.New Caledonia$128,0000.001%
86.Costa Rica$128,0000.001%
87.Mauritius$122,0000.001%
88.Peru$120,0000.0005%
89.Tanzania$109,0000.0005%
90.Belize$101,0000.0004%
91.Zambia$95,0000.0004%
92.Sri Lanka$87,0000.0004%
93.Nicaragua$80,0000.0003%
94.Jordan$75,0000.0003%
95.Bahrain$71,0000.0003%
96.Dominican Rep$67,0000.0003%
97.Macedonia$62,0000.0003%
98.Andorra$50,0000.0002%
99.Malawi$50,0000.0002%
100.Ukraine$49,0000.0002%
101.Tunisia$49,0000.0002%
102.Venezuela$49,0000.0002%
103.Madagascar$46,0000.0002%
104.Liberia$44,0000.0002%
105.Namibia$43,0000.0002%
106.Cameroon$42,0000.0002%
107.French Polynesia$35,0000.0001%
108.Benin$35,0000.0001%
109.Senegal$34,0000.0001%
110.Uruguay$31,0000.0001%
111.Nigeria$28,0000.0001%
112.Malta$27,0000.0001%
113.Tajikistan$27,0000.0001%
114.Aruba$26,0000.0001%
115.Barbados$26,0000.0001%
116.Guinea$25,0000.0001%
117.Ghana$24,0000.0001%
118.Bosnia/Herzegovina$24,0000.0001%
119.Armenia$23,0000.0001%
120.Paraguay$22,0000.0001%
121.US Minor Outlying Is$20,0000.0001%
122.Montenegro$20,0000.0001%
123.Rwanda$18,0000.0001%
124.Iran$17,0000.0001%
125.Bahamas$16,0000.0001%
126.Botswana$16,0000.0001%
127.Sierra Leone$15,0000.0001%
128.St. Pierre/Miquelon$14,0000.0001%
129.Azerbaijan$14,0000.0001%
130.Democ. Rep. Congo$12,0000.00005%
131.Ecuador$12,0000.00005%
132.Côte d'Ivoire$12,0000.00005%
133.Antigua/Barbuda$11,0000.00005%
134.Gabon$10,0000.00004%
135.Congo$10,0000.00004%
136.Central African Rep$9,0000.00004%
137.Suriname$9,0000.00004%
138.Fiji$8,0000.00003%
139.St Maarten (Dutch)$8,0000.00003%
140.Trinidad/Tobago$6,0000.00002%
141.Sao Tome/Principe$5,0000.00002%
142.Jamaica$5,0000.00002%
143.Laos$5,0000.00002%
144.Cyprus$5,0000.00002%
145.Libya$4,0000.00002%
146.Lesotho$4,0000.00002%
147.Turks/Caicos Is$4,0000.00002%
148.Tuvalu$3,0000.00001%
149.Burkina Faso$3,0000.00001%
150.Vanuatu$3,0000.00001%
151.Nauru$3,0000.00001%
152.Bolivia$3,0000.00001%
153.American Samoa$2,0000.00001%
154.Myanmar (Burma)$2,0000.00001%
155.Cabo Verde$2,0000.00001%
156.Faroe Islands$2,0000.00001%
157.Gambia$2,0000.00001%
158.Cuba$2,0000.00001%
159.Papua New Guinea$2,0000.00001%
160.Marshall Islands$2,0000.00001%
161.Mozambique$1,0000.000004%
162.Christmas Island$1,0000.000004%
163.Djibouti$1,0000.000004%
164.Zimbabwe$1,0000.000004%
165.Sudan$1,0000.000004%
166.St Vincent/Grenadines$1,0000.000004%


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 2, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 2, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 2, 2018

Wikipedia, List of motorcycle manufacturers. Accessed on June 2, 2018