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, exported human hair (excluding hair extensions and wigs) totaled US$87.4 million in 2016.

That dollar amount represents a -23.4% decline from $114 million in international sales during 2012 but a 29.3% uptick from 2015 to 2016.

Among continents, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported human hair during 2016 with shipments valued at $70 million or 80.2% of the global total. In second place were African exporters at 14.3% while 4.1% of worldwide shipments of natural human hair originated from North America. Just 1.2% worth of hair came from Europe.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for human hair is 0501. The formal 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 2016:

  1. India: US$56.9 million (65.2% of exported human hair)
  2. Tunisia: $12 million (13.8%)
  3. Myanmar (Burma): $5 million (5.8%)
  4. United States: $3.6 million (4.1%)
  5. Singapore: $2.9 million (3.3%)
  6. Pakistan: $1.5 million (1.7%)
  7. Indonesia: $1.3 million (1.5%)
  8. Hong Kong: $757,000 (0.9%)
  9. Vietnam: $621,000 (0.7%)
  10. South Africa: $449,000 (0.5%)
  11. United Kingdom: $382,000 (0.44%)
  12. Israel: $351,000 (0.4%)
  13. Uzbekistan: $209,000 (0.24%)
  14. Ukraine: $204,000 (0.23%)
  15. Japan: $199,000 (0.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.9% of all human hair exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing human hair exporter since 2012 was Indonesia via its 3,422% gain in value since 2012. In second place was Singapore (up 914.9%), followed by Japan (up 765.2%), Myanmar (up 358%) and South Africa (up 93.5%).

Bucking the upbeat trend were 6 decliners: Tunisia (down -20.1%), India (down -27.3%), United Kingdom (down -61.1%), Israel (down -62%), Uzbekistan (down -63.8%) and Hong Kong (down -92.8%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for human hair during 2016. 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. India: US$52.3 million (net export surplus down -10.2% since 2012)
  2. United States: $2.8 million (up 189.1%)
  3. Singapore: $2.6 million (reversing a -$24,000 deficit)
  4. Tunisia: $2.1 million (down -69.3%)
  5. Myanmar (Burma): $2.1 million (up 130.7%)
  6. Pakistan: $1.5 million (up 65.8%)
  7. Hong Kong: $746,000 (down -85.9%)
  8. South Africa: $431,000 (up 133%)
  9. Uzbekistan: $209,000 (down -63.8%)
  10. Ukraine: $204,000 (no 2012 data)
  11. Japan: $154,000 (reversing a -$37,000 deficit)
  12. Tajikistan: $99,000 (no 2012 data)
  13. Malaysia: $80,000 (reversing a -$4,000 deficit)
  14. Nepal: $66,000 (reversing a -$5,000 deficit)
  15. Uganda: $37,000 (reversing a -$2,000 deficit)

India has the highest surplus in the international trade of human hair. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong Indian competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for human hair during 2016. 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$24.7 million (net export deficit up 111.1% since 2012)
  2. Austria: -$15.9 million (up 68.3%)
  3. Italy: -$13.1 million (up 12.9%)
  4. Sweden: -$1.7 million (up 3243.1%)
  5. Vietnam: -$1.4 million (no 2012 data)
  6. Germany: -$1.1 million (up 22.4%)
  7. Thailand: -$802,000 (up 81.9%)
  8. Israel: -$776,000 (reversing a -$498,000 surplus)
  9. Nigeria: -$570,000 (up 147.8%)
  10. Namibia: -$494,000 (up 218.7%)
  11. United Kingdom: -$351,000 (reversing a $486,000 surplus)
  12. Brazil: -$310,000 (down -60.1%)
  13. South Korea: -$252,000 (up 173.9%)
  14. Botswana: -$232,000 (up 866.7%)
  15. Slovakia: -$154,000 (down -17.6%)

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 November 20, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on November 20, 2017

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on November 20, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on November 20, 2017

Wikipedia, Hair theft. Accessed on November 20, 2017