Top Glass and Glassware Exports by Country

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Glass and glassware exports by country totaled US$76.5 billion in 2018. That dollar amount reflects a 2.6% gain for all product shippers over the five-year period starting in 2014 when shipments of these commodities were worth $74.6 billion. Year over year, the value of exported glass and glassware increased 5.9% from 2017 to 2018.

Made principally from silica, glass is a hardened material that is typically transparent but can also be produced in many different colors and textures. Glass-related products include architectural glass, mirrors, stained glass windows, glass tiles, eyeglasses as well as many household glassware items such as bottles, jars and pitchers.

Among continents, Europe sold the highest dollar worth of exported glass and glassware during 2018 with shipments valued at $33.5 billion or 43.8% of the global total. Close behind in second place were Asian exporters at 43.4% while 10.5% of worldwide glass and glassware shipments originated from suppliers in North America. Smaller percentages came from Africa (1.1%), Latin America (1%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, and Oceania (0.1%) led by Australia and New Zealand.

For research purposes, the 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 70 for glass and glassware. There are many subcategories; a small sampling includes:

  • Glass fibers, glass wool and related articles (16.6% of the overall total)
  • Tempered and laminated safety glass (14%)
  • Household glassware including tableware, kitchenware, bathroom items, indoor decorations (11%)
  • Glass sheets (5.5%)

Top Glass and Glassware Exports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of glass and glassware during 2018.

  1. China: US$16.9 billion (22% of total glass/glassware exports)
  2. Germany: $7.7 billion (10.1%)
  3. United States: $5.8 billion (7.6%)
  4. France: $3.5 billion (4.6%)
  5. Japan: $3.3 billion (4.3%)
  6. Hong Kong: $3.1 billion (4%)
  7. Italy: $2.8 billion (3.6%)
  8. Belgium: $2.4 billion (3.1%)
  9. Poland: $2.3 billion (3%)
  10. Taiwan: $2 billion (2.6%)
  11. Czech Republic: $2 billion (2.6%)
  12. South Korea: $1.8 billion (2.3%)
  13. Mexico: $1.6 billion (2.1%)
  14. Spain: $1.6 billion (2.1%)
  15. Netherlands: $1.5 billion (1.9%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped over three-quarters (76%) of all glass and glassware exports in 2018.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing glass/glassware exporters since 2014 were: South Korea (up 33%), Poland (up 15.8%), Hong Kong (up 9.6%) and Germany (up 5.3%).

Five countries posted declines in their exported glass/glassware sales namely: Japan (down -9.8%), Taiwan (down -5.2%), Italy (down -3.9%), France (down -1.6%) and Belgium (down -0.1%).

Advantages

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

  1. China: US$9.1 billion (net export surplus up 4.2% since 2014)
  2. Germany: $1.5 billion (up 15.4%)
  3. Hong Kong: $1.1 billion (up 764.9%)
  4. Czech Republic: $956.9 million (down -10.2%)
  5. Japan: $848 million (down -26%)
  6. Poland: $710.1 million (down -4.8%)
  7. Italy: $641.5 million (down -17.6%)
  8. Belgium: $428.4 million (up 4.4%)
  9. Taiwan: $409.7 million (up 238.4%)
  10. Bulgaria: $284.4 million (up 11.1%)
  11. Luxembourg: $256.2 million (up 32.3%)
  12. Egypt: $249.8 million (up 56%)
  13. Hungary: $225.2 million (up 1.9%)
  14. Turkey: $184.6 million (down -0.7%)
  15. Malaysia: $166.7 million (reversing a -$25.1 million deficit)

China has the highest surplus in the international trade of glass and glassware. 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 glass and glassware 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 glass and glassware purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$2.9 billion (net export deficit up 75.9% since 2014)
  2. Canada: -$2 billion (up 4.1%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$1.1 billion (down -7.8%)
  4. Australia: -$730.6 million (up 15.8%)
  5. Switzerland: -$527.8 million (up 13.7%)
  6. Singapore: -$526.2 million (down -12.7%)
  7. South Korea: -$510 million (down -63.9%)
  8. India: -$450.7 million (up 297.6%)
  9. Sweden: -$430.4 million (up 64.4%)
  10. Spain: -$384.3 million (up 146.7%)
  11. Norway: -$360.1 million (up 5%)
  12. Netherlands: -$357.3 million (up 1,281%)
  13. France: -$355.5 million (up 184.4%)
  14. Romania: -$324.1 million (up 47.9%)
  15. United Arab Emirates: -$322.5 million (up 46.2%)

The United States of America incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of glass and glassware. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights America’s competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for glass and glassware-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand.

Companies

Glass-Related Exporters

Below are global producers that represent established players engaged in the international trade of glass and glassware ranging from crystal glassware, glass ceramics, tempered glass and Venetian glass. Shown within parenthesis is the home country where the headquarters is located.

  • AGC Inc. (Japan)
  • Barovier & Toso (Italy)
  • Corning Incorporated (United States)
  • Duralex (France)
  • Fuyao Glass Industry Group (China)
  • Moser AS (Poland)
  • Schott AG (Germany)
  • Val Saint Lambert (Belgium)

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of companies engaged in the international trade of glass sheets. The home-country location for each business is shown within parentheses:

  • Emerge Glass India Private Ltd. (India)
  • MP Ventures (United States)
  • Rheix Italia SRL (Italy)
  • Sun Aluminium Holdings (Hong Kong)
  • Sungil Innotech (South Korea)
  • Tsy Fong Glass Co. (Taiwan)
  • Wakodo Co. (Japan)
  • Zouping Daixi Industry And Trade Co. (China)


 

Searchable List of Glass and Glassware Exporters in 2018

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RankExporterGlass/Glassware Exports (US$)%World Total
1.China$16.9 billion22%
2.Germany$7.7 billion10.1%
3.United States$5.8 billion7.6%
4.France$3.5 billion4.6%
5.Japan$3.3 billion4.3%
6.Hong Kong$3.1 billion4%
7.Italy$2.8 billion3.6%
8.Belgium$2.4 billion3.1%
9.Poland$2.3 billion3%
10.Taiwan$2 billion2.6%
11.Czech Republic$2 billion2.6%
12.South Korea$1.8 billion2.3%
13.Mexico$1.6 billion2.1%
14.Spain$1.6 billion2.1%
15.Netherlands$1.5 billion1.9%
16.United Kingdom$1.3 billion1.7%
17.Malaysia$1.2 billion1.6%
18.Austria$1.1 billion1.5%
19.Turkey$966.7 million1.3%
20.Vietnam$908 million1.2%
21.Hungary$892.7 million1.2%
22.India$888.6 million1.2%
23.Russia$744.4 million1%
24.Thailand$724.3 million0.9%
25.Portugal$689.7 million0.9%
26.Slovakia$616.5 million0.8%
27.Canada$608.3 million0.8%
28.Switzerland$508.5 million0.7%
29.Egypt$463.5 million0.6%
30.Bulgaria$463.5 million0.6%
31.Sweden$456.9 million0.6%
32.Denmark$391.5 million0.5%
33.Luxembourg$377.1 million0.5%
34.Indonesia$303.5 million0.4%
35.United Arab Emirates$302.5 million0.4%
36.Singapore$296.7 million0.4%
37.Finland$277.1 million0.4%
38.Belarus$262.4 million0.3%
39.Brazil$258.3 million0.3%
40.Romania$217.4 million0.3%
41.Croatia$215 million0.3%
42.Slovenia$213.3 million0.3%
43.Colombia$177.3 million0.2%
44.Lithuania$177.3 million0.2%
45.South Africa$177.3 million0.2%
46.Latvia$171.3 million0.2%
47.Ukraine$160.4 million0.2%
48.Estonia$141.5 million0.2%
49.Ireland$119 million0.2%
50.Saudi Arabia$114 million0.1%
51.Costa Rica$112.3 million0.1%
52.Philippines$101.2 million0.1%
53.Peru$90.1 million0.1%
54.Iran$85.4 million0.1%
55.Norway$75.2 million0.1%
56.Serbia$74.6 million0.1%
57.Bahrain$68.8 million0.1%
58.Israel$67.4 million0.1%
59.Morocco$66.5 million0.1%
60.Australia$65.5 million0.1%
61.Moldova$51.1 million0.1%
62.Chile$50.4 million0.1%
63.Tunisia$44.5 million0.1%
64.Greece$43.5 million0.1%
65.Argentina$38.9 million0.1%
66.Algeria$36.3 million0.05%
67.Kyrgyzstan$32 million0.04%
68.Guatemala$24.5 million0.03%
69.Tanzania$23.8 million0.03%
70.New Zealand$20.7 million0.03%
71.Sri Lanka$18.1 million0.02%
72.North Macedonia$15.7 million0.02%
73.Kuwait$15.7 million0.02%
74.Bosnia/Herzegovina$14.6 million0.02%
75.Pakistan$14.2 million0.02%
76.Paraguay$13.5 million0.02%
77.Ecuador$11.7 million0.02%
78.Armenia$11.6 million0.02%
79.Malta$11.3 million0.01%
80.Oman$11.2 million0.01%
81.Georgia$10.2 million0.01%
82.Macao$9.9 million0.01%
83.Kenya$9 million0.01%
84.Uzbekistan$8.1 million0.01%
85.Lebanon$7.5 million0.01%
86.Nigeria$6.6 million0.01%
87.Cameroon$6.3 million0.01%
88.North Korea$6.2 million0.01%
89.Jordan$5.9 million0.01%
90.Syrian Arab Republic$5.6 million0.01%
91.Kazakhstan$5.4 million0.01%
92.Venezuela$4.8 million0.01%
93.Myanmar (Burma)$4.3 million0.01%
94.Panama$3.8 million0.005%
95.Albania$3.3 million0.004%
96.El Salvador$2.8 million0.004%
97.Trinidad/Tobago$2.5 million0.003%
98.Uruguay$1.5 million0.002%
99.Ghana$1.3 million0.002%
100.Dominican Republic$1.2 million0.002%
101.Eswatini$1.2 million0.002%
102.Barbados$1.2 million0.002%
103.Namibia$1.2 million0.002%
104.Honduras$1.2 million0.002%
105.Nepal$1.1 million0.001%
106.Bangladesh$1 million0.001%
107.Bolivia$926,0000.001%
108.Ivory Coast$913,0000.001%
109.Nicaragua$875,0000.001%
110.Laos$795,0000.001%
111.Mauritius$769,0000.001%
112.Montenegro$722,0000.001%
113.Zambia$647,0000.001%
114.Cambodia$636,0000.001%
115.Cyprus$632,0000.001%
116.Mozambique$620,0000.001%
117.Haiti$593,0000.001%
118.Uganda$558,0000.001%
119.Belize$481,0000.001%
120.Sierra Leone$460,0000.001%
121.Jamaica$451,0000.001%
122.Turkmenistan$426,0000.001%
123.Senegal$424,0000.001%
124.Zimbabwe$379,0000.0005%
125.Gibraltar$284,0000.0004%
126.Botswana$251,0000.0003%
127.Andorra$213,0000.0003%
128.Qatar$187,0000.0002%
129.Guyana$154,0000.0002%
130.Fiji$125,0000.0002%
131.Azerbaijan$119,0000.0002%
132.Angola$85,0000.0001%
133.Mongolia$84,0000.0001%
134.Niger$80,0000.0001%
135.Curaçao$69,0000.0001%
136.Iceland$54,0000.0001%
137.Cook Islands$54,0000.0001%
138.Bahamas$52,0000.0001%
139.Madagascar$49,0000.0001%
140.Tokelau$44,0000.0001%
141.Pitcairn$42,0000.0001%
142.New Caledonia$42,0000.0001%
143.Ethiopia$41,0000.0001%
144.Saint Lucia$41,0000.0001%
145.Rwanda$40,0000.0001%
146.Maldives$40,0000.0001%
147.Togo$36,0000.00005%
148.Lesotho$35,0000.00005%
149.Malawi$33,0000.00004%
150.US Minor Outlying Is$32,0000.00004%
151.Mali$31,0000.00004%
152.Seychelles$30,0000.00004%
153.Serbia/Montenegro$29,0000.00004%
154.Gambia$28,0000.00004%
155.Afghanistan$28,0000.00004%
156.French Polynesia$27,0000.00004%
157.Guinea$27,0000.00004%
158.Chad$26,0000.00003%
159.Burkina Faso$22,0000.00003%
160.British Virgin Islands$21,0000.00003%
161.Gabon$21,0000.00003%
162.Benin$17,0000.00002%
163.Suriname$17,0000.00002%
164.Congo$16,0000.00002%
165.Antigua/Barbuda$16,0000.00002%
166.Sao Tome/Principe$14,0000.00002%
167.Marshall Islands$13,0000.00002%
168.Saint Kitts/Nevis$12,0000.00002%
169.Western Sahara$12,0000.00002%
170.Tuvalu$12,0000.00002%
171.Tajikistan$11,0000.00001%
172.Burundi$11,0000.00001%
173.Democr. Rep. Congo$11,0000.00001%
174.Niue$11,0000.00001%
175.Faroe Islands$10,0000.00001%
176.Liberia$9,0000.00001%
177.Papua New Guinea$9,0000.00001%
178.Br. Indian Ocean Terr$8,0000.00001%
179.Grenada$6,0000.00001%
180.Iraq$6,0000.00001%
181.Cayman Islands$5,0000.00001%
182.St Maarten (Dutch)$5,0000.00001%
183.Somalia$5,0000.00001%
184.Samoa$5,0000.00001%
185.St Vincent/Grenadines$3,0000.000004%
186.Solomon Islands$3,0000.000004%
187.Bermuda$3,0000.000004%
188.Brunei Darussalam$3,0000.000004%
189.Greenland$3,0000.000004%
190.Libya, State of$3,0000.000004%
191.Djibouti$2,0000.000003%
192.Central African Rep$2,0000.000003%
193.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$2,0000.000003%
194.Cuba$1,0000.000001%
195.American Samoa$1,0000.000001%
196.Palestine$1,0000.000001%
197.Aruba$1,0000.000001%
198.Northern Mariana Is$1,0000.000001%
199.Turks/Caicos Islands$1,0000.000001%
200.Yemen$1,0000.000001%

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