Top Sculptures Exporters by Country

Sand sculptures (courtesy of Pixabay.com)

Sand sculptures (Pixabay)

Exported sculpture sales totaled US$4.6 billion in 2017, up by 0.7% for all sculptures shippers over the five-year period starting in 2013. Year over year, the value of exported sculptures fell -3.8% from 2016 to 2017.

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.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported sculptures during 2017 with shipments valued at $2.2 billion or almost half (47.7%) of the global total. In second place were North American exporters at 39% while 10.7% of worldwide shipments of sculptures originated from Asia. Smaller percentages came from Latin America at 1.5% excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Africa at 0.5%, and Oceania at 0.3%–the latter comprised mostly of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 970300 for original sculptures and statues regardless of materials from which they are made.

Top Sculptures Exporters by Country

Countries

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

  1. United States: US$1.7 billion (37.9% of total exported sculptures)
  2. United Kingdom: $864.3 million (18.8%)
  3. Switzerland: $445.2 million (9.7%)
  4. France: $287.8 million (6.3%)
  5. Germany: $213.5 million (4.7%)
  6. Singapore: $203.4 million (4.4%)
  7. Italy: $145.3 million (3.2%)
  8. Belgium: $120.1 million (2.6%)
  9. Hong Kong: $67.1 million (1.5%)
  10. Brazil: $66.4 million (1.4%)
  11. Saudi Arabia: $66.3 million (1.4%)
  12. Japan: $48.3 million (1.1%)
  13. Canada: $46.1 million (1%)
  14. South Korea: $32.9 million (0.7%)
  15. Spain: $30.9 million (0.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 95.4% of all sculptures exports in 2017 by value.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing sculptures exporters since 2013 were: Saudi Arabia (up 1,639%), Belgium (up 411%), Singapore (up 246.2%) and Switzerland (up 94.7%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported sculptures sales were led by: Italy (down -42.4%), Canada (down -39.4%), United Kingdom (down -23.9%), Spain (down -23.9%) and Japan (down -19.3%).

Advantages

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

  1. United Kingdom: US$621.8 million (net export surplus up 17.8% since 2013)
  2. United States: $510.4 million (reversing a -$43.8 million deficit)
  3. France: $157.9 million (down -32%)
  4. Germany: $103.8 million (up 34.4%)
  5. Singapore: $103.8 million (reversing a -$806,000 deficit)
  6. Italy: $100.5 million (down -54.8%)
  7. Belgium: $79.5 million (reversing a -$24.9 million deficit)
  8. Saudi Arabia: $64.9 million (up 1,843%)
  9. Brazil: $57.8 million (up 200%)
  10. Czech Republic: $5.3 million (up 230.3%)
  11. India: $3.2 million (down -98%)
  12. Spain: $3.1 million (down -91%)
  13. Senegal: $2.7 million (up 230%)
  14. Ireland: $2.6 million (reversing a -$48,000 deficit)
  15. Cayman Islands: $2.2 million (reversing a -$5.5 million deficit)

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 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 sculptures purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United Arab Emirates: -US$96.9 million (net export deficit up 3,340% since 2013)
  2. Hong Kong: -$65.2 million (up 77.9%)
  3. South Korea: -$42.1 million (up 71.6%)
  4. Australia: -$31.1 million (up 33.1%)
  5. Switzerland: -$23.8 million (down -75.1%)
  6. Denmark: -$19 million (up 1,686%)
  7. Iran: -$11 million (no 2013 data)
  8. Norway: -$10 million (reversing a $3.1 million surplus)
  9. Taiwan: -$9 million (down -9.6%)
  10. China: -$7.9 million (down -108.1%)
  11. Turkey: -$6.6 million (down -31.3%)
  12. Luxembourg: -$6.3 million (up 366%)
  13. South Africa: -$5.7 million (reversing a $1.8 million surplus)
  14. Northern Mariana Is: -$5.6 million (no 2013 data)
  15. Netherlands: -$5.6 million (down -43.8%)

Overtaking Switzerland in 2017, the United Arab Emirates incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of sculptures. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights the UAE’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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