Motorcycle Exports by Country

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Global sales from motorcycle exports by country totaled US$28.1 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of motorcycle exports rose by an average 28.6% for all exporting countries since 2014 when motorcycle shipments were valued at $21.8 billion. Year over the value of exported motorcycles appreciated 12.5% from 2017 to 2018.

Among continents, Asian countries sold the highest dollar worth of exported motorcycles during 2018 with shipments valued at $16.7 billion or 59.4% of the global total. In second place were European exporters at 34.6% while 5.2% of worldwide motorcycle shipments originated from North America.

Smaller percentages came from Latin America (0.6%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Africa (0.1%) and Oceania (also 0.1%) mostly Australia and New Zealand.

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 2018.

  1. China: US$7.6 billion (26.9% of total exported motorcycles)
  2. Japan: $3.1 billion (10.9%)
  3. Germany: $2.4 billion (8.4%)
  4. India: $2.1 billion (7.6%)
  5. Italy: $1.5 billion (5.5%)
  6. Austria: $1.5 billion (5.4%)
  7. Thailand: $1.5 billion (5.2%)
  8. United States: $1.3 billion (4.5%)
  9. Netherlands: $1.2 billion (4.3%)
  10. Indonesia: $1.1 billion (3.9%)
  11. Belgium: $976 million (3.5%)
  12. Taiwan: $664.9 million (2.4%)
  13. France: $508.9 million (1.8%)
  14. Vietnam: $408.4 million (1.5%)
  15. United Kingdom: $324.5 million (1.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 93.1% of global motorcycle exports in 2018 by value.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing motorcycles exporters since 2014 were: Indonesia (up 669.9%), Netherlands (up 173.7%), Austria (up 56.5%) and Belgium (up 36.6%).

Two countries posted declines in their exported motorcycles sales namely Vietnam (down -19.5%) and United States (down -10%).

Advantages

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

  1. China: US$7.3 billion (net export surplus up 29.7% since 2014)
  2. Japan: $2.4 billion (up 8.5%)
  3. India: $2.1 billion (up 15.6%)
  4. Thailand: $1.2 billion (up 13.6%)
  5. Austria: $1.1 billion (up 65.5%)
  6. Indonesia: $1 billion (reversing a -$1.9 million deficit)
  7. Taiwan: $550.3 million (up 23.8%)
  8. Italy: $452.4 million (down -40.4%)
  9. Germany: $325.3 million (down -40.3%)
  10. Hungary: $275.5 million (reversing a -$5 million deficit)
  11. Belgium: $124.8 million (reversing a -$67.7 million deficit)
  12. Brazil: $121 million (up 32.7%)
  13. Bulgaria: $118.9 million (reversing a -$5.4 million deficit)
  14. Vietnam: $73.5 million (down -83.2%)
  15. Romania: $55.8 million (up 85.2%)

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 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 imported motorcycle purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$1.5 billion (net export deficit up 119.1% since 2014)
  2. Philippines: -$1.3 billion (up 249.4%)
  3. France: -$1.2 billion (up 28.2%)
  4. Spain: -$641.3 million (up 97%)
  5. Nigeria: -$594.4 million (down -40.9%)
  6. United Kingdom: -$501.4 million (up 35.3%)
  7. Argentina: -$500.2 million (up 64.7%)
  8. Netherlands: -$491.8 million (up 12.3%)
  9. Australia: -$473.4 million (down -12.8%)
  10. Switzerland: -$428.2 million (up 28.6%)
  11. Myanmar (Burma): -$402.4 million (up 52.6%)
  12. Canada: -$375.5 million (up 43%)
  13. Bangladesh: -$333.2 million (no 2014 data)
  14. South Korea: -$303.2 million (up 153.5%)
  15. Mexico: -$286.4 million (down -11.4%)

Overtaking France in 2018, the United States of America incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of motorcycles. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights America’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 in 2018

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RankExporterMotorcycles Exports (US$)%World Total
1.China$7.6 billion26.9%
2.Japan$3.1 billion10.9%
3.Germany$2.4 billion8.4%
4.India$2.1 billion7.6%
5.Italy$1.5 billion5.5%
6.Austria$1.5 billion5.4%
7.Thailand$1.5 billion5.2%
8.United States$1.3 billion4.5%
9.Netherlands$1.2 billion4.3%
10.Indonesia$1.1 billion3.9%
11.Belgium$976 million3.5%
12.Taiwan$664.9 million2.4%
13.France$508.9 million1.8%
14.Vietnam$408.4 million1.5%
15.United Kingdom$324.5 million1.2%
16.Hungary$317.4 million1.1%
17.Spain$224.4 million0.8%
18.Canada$157.2 million0.6%
19.Singapore$156.1 million0.6%
20.Czech Republic$145.4 million0.5%
21.Brazil$141.8 million0.5%
22.Bulgaria$129.6 million0.5%
23.Switzerland$105.5 million0.4%
24.Romania$87.7 million0.3%
25.Hong Kong$76.4 million0.3%
26.Poland$57.9 million0.2%
27.Luxembourg$36.1 million0.1%
28.Denmark$29.4 million0.1%
29.Portugal$21.2 million0.1%
30.Australia$20.9 million0.1%
31.South Africa$19.9 million0.1%
32.Sweden$19 million0.1%
33.Slovenia$17.4 million0.1%
34.Mexico$17.2 million0.1%
35.Lithuania$16.9 million0.1%
36.Russia$11.6 million0.04%
37.Slovakia$9.6 million0.03%
38.Philippines$7.9 million0.03%
39.Chile$6.9 million0.02%
40.Belarus$6.8 million0.02%
41.Colombia$6.5 million0.02%
42.South Korea$6.1 million0.02%
43.Estonia$6.1 million0.02%
44.Greece$5.5 million0.02%
45.New Zealand$5.2 million0.02%
46.Malaysia$4.9 million0.02%
47.Turkey$4.4 million0.02%
48.Cambodia$3.8 million0.01%
49.Togo$3.8 million0.01%
50.Uganda$3.8 million0.01%
51.Croatia$3.8 million0.01%
52.Norway$3.7 million0.01%
53.United Arab Emirates$3.6 million0.01%
54.Latvia$3.1 million0.01%
55.Pakistan$2.7 million0.01%
56.Ireland$2.6 million0.01%
57.Guatemala$2.2 million0.01%
58.Finland$1.9 million0.01%
59.Serbia$1.7 million0.01%
60.Kazakhstan$1 million0.004%
61.Kyrgyzstan$844,0000.003%
62.Nicaragua$752,0000.003%
63.Argentina$680,0000.002%
64.Lebanon$586,0000.002%
65.Israel$572,0000.002%
66.Panama$460,0000.002%
67.Tunisia$445,0000.002%
68.Cuba$338,0000.001%
69.Macao$319,0000.001%
70.Kenya$292,0000.001%
71.Tanzania$292,0000.001%
72.Georgia$264,0000.001%
73.Honduras$259,0000.001%
74.Malta$259,0000.001%
75.Qatar$207,0000.001%
76.Andorra$205,0000.001%
77.Ivory Coast$194,0000.001%
78.Niger$188,0000.001%
79.Marshall Islands$174,0000.001%
80.Nepal$168,0000.001%
81.Guinea$142,0000.001%
82.Saudi Arabia$137,0000.0005%
83.Venezuela$136,0000.0005%
84.North Macedonia$134,0000.0005%
85.El Salvador$115,0000.0004%
86.Burkina Faso$113,0000.0004%
87.Jordan$107,0000.0004%
88.Curaçao$106,0000.0004%
89.Zambia$106,0000.0004%
90.Bahrain$104,0000.0004%
91.Senegal$97,0000.0003%
92.Guyana$96,0000.0003%
93.Costa Rica$90,0000.0003%
94.Peru$83,0000.0003%
95.Bangladesh$80,0000.0003%
96.Angola$69,0000.0002%
97.Morocco$62,0000.0002%
98.Botswana$59,0000.0002%
99.Albania$56,0000.0002%
100.New Caledonia$55,0000.0002%
101.Madagascar$54,0000.0002%
102.Uzbekistan$51,0000.0002%
103.Ukraine$51,0000.0002%
104.Moldova$49,0000.0002%
105.Gibraltar$43,0000.0002%
106.Namibia$42,0000.0001%
107.Aruba$42,0000.0001%
108.Mali$40,0000.0001%
109.Fiji$40,0000.0001%
110.Azerbaijan$40,0000.0001%
111.Kuwait$39,0000.0001%
112.Cyprus$37,0000.0001%
113.Algeria$33,0000.0001%
114.Zimbabwe$26,0000.0001%
115.Oman$25,0000.0001%
116.Ghana$24,0000.0001%
117.American Samoa$22,0000.0001%
118.Belize$22,0000.0001%
119.Bosnia/Herzegovina$20,0000.0001%
120.Sri Lanka$20,0000.0001%
121.Cameroon$20,0000.0001%
122.Armenia$20,0000.0001%
123.Eswatini$20,0000.0001%
124.Paraguay$19,0000.0001%
125.Mozambique$19,0000.0001%
126.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$19,0000.0001%
127.St Maarten (Dutch)$17,0000.0001%
128.Mauritius$15,0000.0001%
129.Bermuda$15,0000.0001%
130.Benin$14,0000.00005%
131.Democr. Rep. Congo$12,0000.00004%
132.Myanmar (Burma)$11,0000.00004%
133.Central African Republic$10,0000.00004%
134.Uruguay$10,0000.00004%
135.Egypt$9,0000.00003%
136.Seychelles$8,0000.00003%
137.Sudan$7,0000.00002%
138.French Polynesia$7,0000.00002%
139.Iceland$6,0000.00002%
140.Mongolia$5,0000.00002%
141.Nauru$5,0000.00002%
142.Gambia$5,0000.00002%
143.Dominican Republic$5,0000.00002%
144.Saint Helena$5,0000.00002%
145.US Minor Outlying Is$5,0000.00002%
146.Papua New Guinea$4,0000.00001%
147.Suriname$4,0000.00001%
148.British Virgin Islands$4,0000.00001%
149.Barbados$4,0000.00001%
150.Grenada$4,0000.00001%
151.Malawi$4,0000.00001%
152.Brunei Darussalam$3,0000.00001%
153.Rwanda$3,0000.00001%
154.Saint Kitts/Nevis$3,0000.00001%
155.Tajikistan$3,0000.00001%
156.Congo$2,0000.00001%
157.Christmas Island$2,0000.00001%
158.French S./Antarctic Terr$2,0000.00001%
159.Equatorial Guinea$2,0000.00001%
160.Ethiopia$2,0000.00001%
161.Lesotho$2,0000.00001%
162.North Korea$2,0000.00001%
163.Liberia$1,0000.000004%
164.Libya$1,0000.000004%
165.Haiti$1,0000.000004%
166.Iran$1,0000.000004%
167.Bahamas$1,0000.000004%
168.Anguilla$1,0000.000004%
169.St. Pierre/Miquelon$1,0000.000004%


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

Research Sources:
Forbes Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 18, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 18, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 18, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 14, 2019

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