Top Human Hair Exporters by Country

Model's hair (courtesy of Pixabay)

Model’s hair (Pixabay)

Raw human hair has significant commercial value. In some countries, criminals have made hair-theft muggings a recurrent problem.

Natural human hair is also a coveted commodity in international trade, processed by businesses into hair extensions and wigs.

Globally, international sales of exported human hair (excluding hair extensions and wigs) totaled US$81.2 million in 2017. That dollar amount reflects a -24.9% decline from $108.2 million in exports during 2013 and a -6.4% drop from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported human hair during 2017 with shipments valued at $44.5 million or 54.7% of the global total. In second place were North American exporters at 42.3%. Much smaller percentages came from Europe at 1.7%, Latin America plus the Caribbean at 0.9%, Africa at 0.4% with just $2,000 from Oceania or 0.002%.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 0501 for human hair. The formal prefix code label for 0501 is unworked human hair whether or not washed or scoured and the waste of human hair.

Top Human Hair Exporters by Country

Countries

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

  1. United States: US$34.3 million (42.3% of total human hair exports)
  2. India: $26.3 million (32.4%)
  3. Hong Kong: $9.7 million (12%)
  4. Singapore: $4.1 million (5%)
  5. Pakistan: $1.6 million (2%)
  6. Indonesia: $1.05 million (1.3%)
  7. United Kingdom: $1.01 million (1.2%)
  8. Brazil: $725,000 (0.9%)
  9. Myanmar (Burma): $365,000 (0.4%)
  10. Thailand: $294,000 (0.4%)
  11. South Africa: $285,000 (0.4%)
  12. Japan: $284,000 (0.3%)
  13. Italy: $270,000 (0.3%)
  14. Vietnam: $202,000 (0.2%)
  15. Israel: $147,000 (0.2%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.3% of all human hair exports in 2017.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing human hair exporters since 2013 were: Thailand (up 1,860%), Singapore (up 1,581%), United States (up 1,144%) and Brazil (up 806.3%).

Five countries posted declines in their exported human hair sales namely Myanmar (down -88.2%), Italy (down -79.8%), Israel (down -79.6%), India (down -63.2%) and South Africa (down -15.7%).

Advantages

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

  1. United States: US$33.2 million (net export surplus up 1,931% since 2013)
  2. India: $24.8 million (down -58.2%)
  3. Hong Kong: $8.3 million (up 128.9%)
  4. Singapore: $3.3 million (up 6,678%)
  5. Pakistan: $1.6 million (up 36.7%)
  6. United Kingdom: $630,000 (up 250%)
  7. Brazil: $292,000 (reversing a -$623,000 deficit)
  8. Thailand: $284,000 (reversing a -$257,000 deficit)
  9. South Africa: $283,000 (up 69.5%)
  10. Japan: $191,000 (reversing a -$51,000 deficit)
  11. Kuwait: $71,000 (reversing an -$11,000 deficit)
  12. Uzbekistan: $69,000 (down -87.7%)
  13. Malaysia: $52,000 (reversing a -$3,000 deficit)
  14. Cambodia: $34,000 (no change)
  15. Bangladesh: $10,000 (down -95.3%)

Overtaking India in 2017, the United States of America has the highest surplus in the international trade of human hair. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong American competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for human hair 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 human hair purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. Indonesia: -US$24.3 million (net export deficit up 1.5% since 2013)
  2. Myanmar (Burma): -$21.8 million (reversing a $1.6 million surplus)
  3. Austria: -$9.7 million (up 57.8%)
  4. Italy: -$7.8 million (down -28.7%)
  5. Sweden: -$2.3 million (up 5,874%)
  6. Dominican Republic: -$1.2 million (no 2013 data)
  7. Israel: -$995,000 (reversing a $477,000 surplus)
  8. Vietnam: -$852,000 (no 2013 data)
  9. Panama: -$815,000 (no 2013 data)
  10. Germany: -$554,000 (down -20.4%)
  11. Trinidad/Tobago: -$368,000 (no 2013 data)
  12. Honduras: -$336,000 (no 2013 data)
  13. Laos: -$294,000 (no 2013 data)
  14. Bolivia: -$273,000 (no 2013 data)
  15. Namibia: -$226,000 (up 2.7%)

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

Companies

Human Hair Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of human hair exporters. The home-country location for each business is shown within parentheses:

  • B & K Import & Export (United States)
  • Business-Salon Group Ltd (Ukraine)
  • Evergreen Products Factory Ltd (Hong Kong)
  • GRV Exports (India)
  • Rawhair Import Export Company (Vietnam)
  • UNICS Co, Ltd (Japan)
  • Waheed Universal Hair Company (Pakistan)
  • Widya International (Indonesia)


 

See also Top Exporters of Wigs, Beards and Eyelashes, Beauty Cosmetics and Skincare Exports by Country and Perfumes Exporters by Country

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Alibaba, Supplier showroom for human hair. Accessed on June 13, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 13, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 13, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 13, 2018

Wikipedia, Hair theft. Accessed on June 13, 2018