Top Sculptures Exporters by Country

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Sculptures come in all different shapes and sizes including gargantuan statues and life-sized replicas. Sculptures are displayed indoors or outside, and are made from a diverse range of materials such as stone like marble, metals like bronze or silver, wood, clay, glass, sand, wax and ice.

Exported sculpture sales in 2016 were worth US$4.8 billion in 2016, up by 27.1% for all sculptures shippers over the five-year period starting in 2012. Year over year, the value of exported sculptures gained 6.9% from 2015 to 2016.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported sculptures during 2016 with shipments valued at $2.5 billion or over half (51.3%) of the global total. In second place were North American exporters at 38% while 8.4% of worldwide shipments of sculptures originated from Asia.

Smaller percentages came from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean at 1.5%, Africa at 0.4% and Oceania at 0.3% led by Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for sculptures is 970300.

Top Sculptures Exporters by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of sculptures during 2016:

  1. United States: US$1.8 billion (37.1% of total exported sculptures)
  2. United Kingdom: $1.2 billion (25.5%)
  3. Switzerland: $369.7 million (7.7%)
  4. France: $342.3 million (7.2%)
  5. Germany: $208.7 million (4.4%)
  6. Italy: $134.2 million (2.8%)
  7. India: $124.4 million (2.6%)
  8. Japan: $83 million (1.7%)
  9. Brazil: $63.9 million (1.3%)
  10. Hong Kong: $57.1 million (1.2%)
  11. Belgium: $39.5 million (0.83%)
  12. Singapore: $39.3 million (0.82%)
  13. Spain: $39 million (0.82%)
  14. Austria: $38.8 million (0.81%)
  15. Canada: $38.3 million (0.8%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 95.7% of all sculptures exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing sculptures exporter since 2012 was Brazil via its 262.2% gain in value since 2012. In second place was Austria (up 237.6%), followed by India (up 234.5%), Switzerland (up 145.7%) and Belgium (up 103.9%).

Bucking the upbeat trend were three decliners: Germany (down -7%), Italy (down -11%) and Spain (down -22.5%).

Advantages

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

  1. United Kingdom: US$813.7 million (net export surplus up 819% since 2012)
  2. United States: $512.7 million (up 153.9%)
  3. France: $212.1 million (up 17.7%)
  4. India: $114.5 million (up 251.3%)
  5. Italy: $108.9 million (up 54.5%)
  6. Germany: $93.8 million (down -7.4%)
  7. Brazil: $59.9 million (reversing a -$8.1 million deficit)
  8. Spain: $22.7 million (down -44%)
  9. Belgium: $10.3 million (reversing a -$3.7 million deficit)
  10. South Africa: $10.1 million (reversing a -$3.5 million deficit)
  11. Israel: $8.3 million (up 1.5%)
  12. Philippines: $7.5 million (up 283.7%)
  13. Poland: $6.5 million (up 41%)
  14. Zimbabwe: $2.9 million (up 25%)
  15. Canada: $2.3 million (down -109.2%)

The United Kingdom has the highest surplus in the international trade of sculptures. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms strong UK competitive advantages for this specific product category.

Opportunities

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

  1. Switzerland: -US$193.1 million (net export deficit up 5% since 2012)
  2. Hong Kong: -$166 million (up 521.5%)
  3. Mexico: -$57.5 million (up 7,696%)
  4. South Korea: -$43.1 million (up 61.6%)
  5. Qatar: -$40.7 million (reversing a $15.8 million surplus)
  6. Australia: -$35 million (up 167.3%)
  7. Japan: -$22.8 million (reversing a $30.6 million surplus)
  8. Netherlands: -$19.7 million (up 815.6%)
  9. Luxembourg: -$13.2 million (up 1,409%)
  10. Norway: -$13 million (down -47.1%)
  11. Turkey: -$8.6 million (down -12.4%)
  12. Singapore: -$7.5 million (down -58.9%)
  13. Taiwan: -$4.6 million (down -19%)
  14. China: -$3.8 million (reversing a $258.6 million surplus)
  15. United Arab Emirates: -$3.7 million (down -5%)

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

Companies

Sculptures Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of sculptures-trading exporters.

  • AXH Fiberglass Fabricators Inc (United States)
  • Baoding Yilin Sculpture Co, Ltd (China)
  • BRUNEL s.r.l. Preziosi d’Autore (Italy)
  • Export Corporation (India)
  • International 68Art Co (Hong Kong)
  • JS GartenDeko e.K. (Germany)
  • Lineature (Spain)
  • Nativa Gems I. e E. de Pedras (Brazil)
  • San Teck International Pte Ltd (Singapore)
  • Sterling Sculptures (United Kingdom)

The home-country location for each business is shown within parentheses.



See also Exported Paintings and Drawings by Country, Diamond Exports by Country and Diamond Imports by Country

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Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on November 24, 2017

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on November 24, 2017

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