Worldwide, exports of sunglasses by country totaled US$7.02 billion in 2019. That dollar amount reflects a 15.1% increase for all shippers of sunglasses over the five-year period starting in 2015. Year over year, the value of exported sunglasses fell by -1.7% from 2018 to 2019.
Among continents, suppliers in Europe sold the highest dollar worth of exported sunglasses during 2019 with shipments valued at $3.9 billion or over half (55.7%) of globally exported sunglasses. In second place were sunglasses exporters in Asia at 37.9% while 5.9% of worldwide sunglasses shipments originated from North America. Smaller percentages came from Oceania (0.3%) led by Australia, Latin America (0.2%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, and Africa (0.1%).
For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for sunglasses is 900410.
Top Sunglasses Exporters by Country
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of sunglasses during 2019.
- Italy: US$2.8 billion (40% of exported sunglasses)
- China: $1.5 billion (21.9%)
- Hong Kong: $777.5 million (11.1%)
- United States: $398.2 million (5.7%)
- Germany: $247.4 million (3.5%)
- France: $220.7 million (3.1%)
- Netherlands: $148.2 million (2.1%)
- Japan: $135.9 million (1.9%)
- Spain: $94.7 million (1.3%)
- United Kingdom: $86.1 million (1.2%)
- Taiwan: $85.5 million (1.2%)
- Switzerland: $36.4 million (0.5%)
- Belgium: $36.1 million (0.5%)
- Czech Republic: $35.7 million (0.5%)
- Austria: $33.8 million (0.5%)
By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 95.1% of globally exported sunglasses in 2019.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing exporters of sunglasses since 2015 were: Hong Kong (up 94.6%), Belgium (up 64.9%), Spain (up 55.2%) and Japan (up 53.1%).
Five major suppliers posted declines in their international sales of sunglasses: United Kingdom (down -45.1%), Switzerland (down -19.9%), Austria (down -10%), United States (down -3.9%) and the Czech Republic (down -1.1%).
Listed below are the countries that posted positive net exports in the international trade of sunglasses during 2019. 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 sunglasses and its import purchases for that same commodity.
- Italy: US$2.3 billion (net export surplus up 9.2% since 2015)
- China: $1.2 billion (down -3.9%)
- Taiwan: $59.7 million (up 5.9%)
- Slovenia: $8.1 million (up 40.7%)
- Mauritius: $205,000 (down -91.2%)
- Nauru: $68,000 (reversing a -$1,000 deficit)
- Cameroon: $19,000 (reversing an -$86,000 deficit)
- Sierra Leone: $9,000 (reversing a -$4,000 deficit)
- Falkland Is (Malvinas): $8,000 (reversing a -$7,000 deficit)
- Guam: $1,000 (reversing a -$24,000 deficit)
Sunglasses export leader Italy generated the highest surplus in the international trade of sunglasses. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Italy’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.
The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for sunglasses during 2019. 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 sunglasses purchases and its exports for that same commodity.
- United States: -US$1.3 billion (net export deficit up 14.4% since 2015)
- France: -$212.6 million (up 14.4%)
- United Kingdom: -$210.9 million (up 13.5%)
- Spain: -$196.4 million (up 17.2%)
- Canada: -$160.1 million (down -0.6%)
- South Korea: -$129.8 million (down -29.3%)
- Australia: -$106.1 million (down -5%)
- Germany: -$98.8 million (down -17%)
- Mexico: -$97.2 million (up 16.4%)
- United Arab Emirates: -$85.6 million (down -9%)
- Switzerland: -$79.7 million (up 65.6%)
- Turkey: -$69.9 million (down -45.6%)
- Brazil: -$61.3 million (down -27.4%)
- Japan: -$60 million (up 1.6%)
- India: -$59.6 million (up 19.2%)
By far, the United States incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of sunglasses. This billion-dollar negative cashflow highlights America’s strong competitive disadvantages for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for sunglasses-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful US consumer demand.
Sunglasses Exporting Companies
According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of sunglasses-trading exporters.
- Celeb Eyewear (United States)
- ISP Professional Limited (Hong Kong)
- Jie Hao Enterprise Ltd (Taiwan)
- Kachi Global Pte Ltd (Singapore)
- Kost International BV (Netherlands)
- La Giardiniera-SRL (Italy)
- Linhai Tangtian Trade Co, Ltd (China)
- Seiko Industry Co, Ltd (Japan)
The home-country location for the headquarters of each business is shown within parentheses.
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