Rubber Tires Exports by Country

Rubber tires exports

New automobile tire

Global sales from new rubber tires exports by country totaled US$74.7 billion in 2017.

Overall, that dollar value reflects an average -13.9% decline for all exporting countries since 2013 when rubber tires shipments were valued at $86.8 billion. Year over year, the value of globally exported rubber tires appreciated by 6.2% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of rubber tires exports during 2017 with shipments amounting to $33.9 billion or 45.3% of exported tire sales. European exporters shipped 41.3% of the global total, while 9.9% of the value of new rubber tire shipments came from North America.

Smaller percentages came from Latin America excluding Mexico plus the Caribbean (2.9%), Africa (0.5%) then Oceania countries Australia plus New Zealand (0.1%).

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for new pneumatic rubber tires is 4011.

Rubber Tires Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of new rubber tires during 2017:

  1. China: US$14.2 billion (19% of exported new rubber tires)
  2. Germany: $5.9 billion (7.9%)
  3. Japan: $4.8 billion (6.5%)
  4. United States: $4.7 billion (6.2%)
  5. Thailand: $4.4 billion (5.9%)
  6. South Korea: $3.4 billion (4.6%)
  7. Netherlands: $2.6 billion (3.5%)
  8. France: $2.5 billion (3.4%)
  9. Poland: $2.1 billion (2.9%)
  10. Spain: $2.1 billion (2.8%)
  11. Czech Republic: $2.1 billion (2.8%)
  12. Slovakia: $1.9 billion (2.5%)
  13. Canada: $1.7 billion (2.3%)
  14. Indonesia: $1.6 billion (2.1%)
  15. Hungary: $1.5 billion (2%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped almost three-quarters (74.3%) of global rubber tires exports in 2017.

Three top exporters grew their international sales of new rubber tires since 2013 namely Thailand (up 27.7%), Slovakia (up 7.6%) and the Netherlands.

Those countries that posted declines in their exported rubber tires sales were led by: Japan (down -33.4%), France (down -31.1%), Spain (down -24.3%), Canada (down -21.3%) and United States (down -18.4%).

Advantages

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

  1. China: US$13.4 billion (net export surplus down -12% since 2013)
  2. Thailand: $4 billion (up 32.2%)
  3. Japan: $3.7 billion (down -39.4%)
  4. South Korea: $2.7 billion (down -26.6%)
  5. Czech Republic: $1.2 billion (down -16.4%)
  6. Slovakia: $1.2 billion (up 2.6%)
  7. Romania: $1.1 billion (down -3.2%)
  8. Indonesia: $1.1 billion (up 0.4%)
  9. Poland: $913.2 million (down -28.8%)
  10. Hungary: $910.5 million (down -9.9%)
  11. India: $894.4 million (down -34%)
  12. Portugal: $614.2 million (down -11.1%)
  13. Taiwan: $549.8 million (down -26.5%)
  14. Serbia: $543.1 million (up 81.6%)
  15. Vietnam: $423.1 million (up 802.5%)

China has the highest surplus in the international trade of rubber tires. 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 rubber tires 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 rubber tires import purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$9.5 billion (net export deficit up 4.5% since 2013)
  2. Mexico: -$2 billion (down -3.8%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$1.9 billion (up 5.4%)
  4. Australia: -$1.9 billion (down -26.4%)
  5. Canada: -$1.4 billion (up 10%)
  6. Saudi Arabia: -$1.1 billion (down -36.5%)
  7. United Arab Emirates: -$976.3 million (up 445.5%)
  8. France: -$930.5 million (up 75.5%)
  9. Germany: -$913 million (down -21.8%)
  10. Sweden: -$831.9 million (up 2.5%)
  11. Italy: -$673 million (down -27.1%)
  12. Switzerland: -$589.4 million (down -14.5%)
  13. Colombia: -$589 million (down -15.6%)
  14. Austria: -$575.8 million (down -15%)
  15. Belgium: -$559 million (down -8.6%)

United States incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of rubber tires. In turn, this negative cashflow confirms America’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for rubber tires-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand from American businesses and consumers.

Companies

Rubber Tires Exporting Companies

Rubber & Plastic News publishes an annual ranking of the world’s top tire makers. Below are the top 10 rubber tire companies. Shown within parenthesis is the country where the tire manufacturer is headquartered.

  • Bridgestone Corp (Japan)
  • Michelin (France)
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (United States)
  • Continental AG (Germany)
  • Pirelli & C. SpA (Italy)
  • Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd (Japan)
  • Hankook Tire Group (South Korea)
  • Yokohama Rubber Company, Ltd (Japan)
  • Cheng Shin Rubber Industry Co Ltd (Taiwan)
  • Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co, Ltd (China)

Collectively, the above top 10 companies were responsible for two-thirds (67%) of global tire sales.



 

Searchable List of Rubber Tires Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2017 Rubber Tires Exports% World Total
1.ChinaUS$14.2 billion19%
2.Germany$5.9 billion7.9%
3.Japan$4.8 billion6.5%
4.United States$4.7 billion6.2%
5.Thailand$4.4 billion5.9%
6.South Korea$3.4 billion4.6%
7.Netherlands$2.6 billion3.5%
8.France$2.5 billion3.4%
9.Poland$2.1 billion2.9%
10.Spain$2.1 billion2.8%
11.Czech Republic$2.1 billion2.8%
12.Slovakia$1.9 billion2.5%
13.Canada$1.7 billion2.3%
14.Indonesia$1.6 billion2.1%
15.Hungary$1.5 billion2%
16.Romania$1.5 billion2%
17.Italy$1.5 billion2%
18.India$1.3 billion1.7%
19.Belgium$1.2 billion1.6%
20.Brazil$1.2 billion1.6%
21.Russia$1.2 billion1.6%
22.Turkey$1.1 billion1.5%
23.Portugal$1.1 billion1.5%
24.Mexico$1.1 billion1.4%
25.Taiwan$938.9 million1.3%
26.Vietnam$813.8 million1.1%
27.United Kingdom$804.5 million1.1%
28.Serbia$618.7 million0.8%
29.Luxembourg$558.1 million0.7%
30.Slovenia$382.3 million0.5%
31.Finland$378.1 million0.5%
32.Chile$341.8 million0.5%
33.Malaysia$289.7 million0.4%
34.South Africa$277.4 million0.4%
35.Belarus$237.6 million0.3%
36.Singapore$196.9 million0.3%
37.Argentina$191 million0.3%
38.Sri Lanka$182.2 million0.2%
39.Costa Rica$181.8 million0.2%
40.Philippines$176.8 million0.2%
41.Sweden$156.6 million0.2%
42.United Arab Emirates$143 million0.2%
43.Israel$125.1 million0.2%
44.Austria$91.7 million0.1%
45.Egypt$80.2 million0.1%
46.Australia$72.5 million0.1%
47.Hong Kong$72.3 million0.1%
48.Panama$71.6 million0.1%
49.Peru$61.8 million0.1%
50.Lithuania$57.1 million0.1%
51.Ukraine$48.6 million0.1%
52.Ecuador$46.3 million0.1%
53.Denmark$44.7 million0.1%
54.Latvia$44.5 million0.1%
55.Ireland$35.2 million0.05%
56.Estonia$33 million0.04%
57.Croatia$31.4 million0.04%
58.Colombia$30.3 million0.04%
59.Georgia$29.1 million0.04%
60.Switzerland$22.8 million0.03%
61.Saudi Arabia$20.1 million0.03%
62.Oman$19.6 million0.03%
63.Bulgaria$19.1 million0.03%
64.Greece$17.5 million0.02%
65.Pakistan$8.6 million0.01%
66.Zambia$8 million0.01%
67.Jamaica$6.2 million0.01%
68.British Virgin Is$6 million0.01%
69.Norway$5.4 million0.01%
70.Kenya$5 million0.01%
71.Kyrgyzstan$4.1 million0.01%
72.Kazakhstan$3.9 million0.01%
73.Jordan$3.8 million0.01%
74.Uganda$3.6 million0.005%
75.New Zealand$2.7 million0.004%
76.Uruguay$2.7 million0.004%
77.Kuwait$2.4 million0.003%
78.Lebanon$2.2 million0.003%
79.Guatemala$1.9 million0.003%
80.Moldova$1.8 million0.002%
81.Tunisia$1.5 million0.002%
82.Bangladesh$1.4 million0.002%
83.Curaçao$1.2 million0.002%
84.Morocco$939,0000.001%
85.Solomon Islands$760,0000.001%
86.Iran$654,0000.001%
87.Tokelau$642,0000.001%
88.North Korea$618,0000.001%
89.Bahrain$585,0000.001%
90.Senegal$530,0000.001%
91.Macao$524,0000.001%
92.El Salvador$491,0000.001%
93.Mauritius$473,0000.001%
94.Bosnia/Herzegovina$430,0000.001%
95.Sierra Leone$418,0000.001%
96.Togo$382,0000.001%
97.Venezuela$303,0000.0004%
98.Namibia$300,0000.0004%
99.Andorra$286,0000.0004%
100.Armenia$276,0000.0004%
101.Cameroon$240,0000.0003%
102.Qatar$239,0000.0003%
103.Cyprus$237,0000.0003%
104.Ghana$235,0000.0003%
105.Haiti$225,0000.0003%
106.Mozambique$223,0000.0003%
107.Liberia$193,0000.0003%
108.Dominican Republic$189,0000.0003%
109.Botswana$177,0000.0002%
110.Tajikistan$171,0000.0002%
111.Democ. Rep. Congo$160,0000.0002%
112.Saint Kitts/Nevis$157,0000.0002%
113.Central African Rep$156,0000.0002%
114.Macedonia$150,0000.0002%
115.Brunei Darussalam$137,0000.0002%
116.Cambodia$131,0000.0002%
117.Papua New Guinea$113,0000.0002%
118.Paraguay$92,0000.0001%
119.Tanzania$84,0000.0001%
120.Suriname$84,0000.0001%
121.Cuba$77,0000.0001%
122.Malta$77,0000.0001%
123.Honduras$74,0000.0001%
124.Niger$73,0000.0001%
125.Malawi$62,0000.0001%
126.Zimbabwe$50,0000.0001%
127.Nicaragua$45,0000.0001%
128.Madagascar$41,0000.0001%
129.Benin$40,0000.0001%
130.Marshall Islands$36,0000.00005%
131.Myanmar (Burma)$35,0000.00005%
132.Bolivia$35,0000.00005%
133.Cayman Islands$28,0000.00004%
134.Azerbaijan$25,0000.00003%
135.New Caledonia$25,0000.00003%
136.Angola$24,0000.00003%
137.Samoa$24,0000.00003%
138.Wallis/Futuna Is$21,0000.00003%
139.Antigua/Barbuda$21,0000.00003%
140.Iceland$19,0000.00003%
141.Bahamas$18,0000.00002%
142.Swaziland$15,0000.00002%
143.Greenland$11,0000.00001%
144.Trinidad/Tobago$10,0000.00001%
145.US Minor Outlying Is$10,0000.00001%
146.Pitcairn$10,0000.00001%
147.Timor-Leste$9,0000.00001%
148.Iraq$9,0000.00001%
149.Eritrea$8,0000.00001%
150.Djibouti$5,0000.00001%
151.Afghanistan$5,0000.00001%
152.Gibraltar$5,0000.00001%
153.Côte d'Ivoire$5,0000.00001%
154.Vanuatu$5,0000.00001%
155.Aruba$5,0000.00001%
156.Lesotho$4,0000.00001%
157.Barbados$4,0000.00001%
158.Cabo Verde$4,0000.00001%
159.Gabon$4,0000.00001%
160.Fiji$3,0000.000004%
161.Maldives$3,0000.000004%
162.Libya$2,0000.000003%
163.Montenegro$2,0000.000003%
164.Guyana$2,0000.000003%
165.Faroe Islands$2,0000.000003%
166.Cocos (Keeling) Is$2,0000.000003%
167.Congo$1,0000.000001%
168.Cook Islands$1,0000.000001%
169.Equatorial Guinea$1,0000.000001%
170.Bermuda$1,0000.000001%
171.Algeria$1,0000.000001%
172.Guinea$1,0000.000001%
173.Yemen$1,0000.000001%
174.Tonga$1,0000.000001%
175.South Sudan$1,0000.000001%

See also China’s Top 10 Exports and China’s Top Trading Partners

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 30, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 30, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 30, 2018

Wikipedia, List of tire companies. Accessed on May 30, 2018

Rubber & Plastic News, Bridgestone retains ranking as world’s top tire maker (September 8, 2015). Accessed on May 30, 2018