Top Tin Exporters

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Global sales from tin exports by country amounted to US$1.2 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of tin exports were up by an average 221.7% for all exporting countries since 2012 when tin shipments were valued at $364.9 million. Year over the year, the value of exported tin improved by 68.4% from 2015 to 2016.

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Among continents, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported tin during 2016 with shipments valued at $837 million or close to three-quarters (71.3%) of global tin exports.

In second place were African exporters at 16.2% while 8.2% of worldwide tin shipments originated from one Oceania nation, Australia. Smaller percentages come from Latin America excluding Mexico (3.5%), Europe (0.5%) and North America (0.3%).

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 2609 for tin ores and concentrates.

Top Tin Exporters

Countries

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

  1. Myanmar (Burma): US$818 million (69.7% of total tin exports)
  2. Australia: $96.8 million (8.2%)
  3. Democratic Rep. Congo: $53 million (4.5%)
  4. Nigeria: $51.6 million (4.4%)
  5. Congo: $46.5 million (4%)
  6. Rwanda: $35 million (3%)
  7. Brazil: $32.7 million (2.8%)
  8. Laos: $8.7 million (0.7%)
  9. Bolivia: $7.6 million (0.7%)
  10. Singapore: $6.3 million (0.5%)
  11. United States: $3.1 million (0.3%)
  12. Côte d’Ivoire: $2.5 million (0.2%)
  13. Russia: $2 million (0.2%)
  14. United Kingdom: $1.7 million (0.1%)
  15. South Korea: $1.3 million (0.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.4% of global tin exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing tin exporters since 2012 were: South Korea (up 7,244%), Nigeria (up 1,703%), Myanmar (up 964%) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (up 199.1%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported tin sales were led by: Bolivia (down -86.6%), United States (down -35.9%), Rwanda (down -33.8%), Australia (down -13.7%) and Laos (down -11.2%).

Advantages

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

  1. Myanmar (Burma): US$818 million (net export surplus up 963.6% since 2012)
  2. Australia: $96.7 million (down -13.7%)
  3. Democratic Rep. Congo: $53 million (up 199.1%)
  4. Nigeria: $51.6 million (up 1,710%)
  5. Congo: $46.5 million (down -1.6%)
  6. Rwanda: $35 million (down -33.7%)
  7. Brazil: $32.4 million (up 135.7%)
  8. Laos: $8.7 million (down -11.2%)
  9. Bolivia: $7.6 million (down -86.6%)
  10. United States: $3.1 million (down -35.9%)
  11. Côte d’Ivoire: $2.5 million (no change)
  12. Singapore: $2.1 million (down -18.3%)
  13. Russia: $2 million (down -136.7%)
  14. United Kingdom: $1.7 million (up 129.2%)
  15. South Korea: $1.3 million (up 8,700%)

Myanmar has by far the highest surplus in the international trade of tin. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Myanmar’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

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

  1. China: -US$814.2 million (net export deficit up 363% since 2012)
  2. Malaysia: -$295.5 million (down -1.6%)
  3. Thailand: -$77.4 million (up 550.2%)
  4. Taiwan: -$7 million (down -2215.9%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: -$2.8 million (up 22.2%)
  6. India: -$728,000 (up 175.8%)
  7. Vietnam: -$331,000 (down -94.2%)
  8. Belgium: -$217,000 (down -374.7%)
  9. Poland: -$197,000 (up 12.8%)
  10. France: -$165,000 (down -118.2%)
  11. Italy: -$163,000 (up 158.7%)
  12. Hungary: -$162,000 (up 1,329%)
  13. Indonesia: -$76,000 (down -95.3%)
  14. Saudi Arabia: -$74,000 (down -86.7%)
  15. Romania: -$66,000 (down -52.9%)

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

Companies

Tin Exporting Companies

Below are the top 10 tin-producing companies that also engage in the international trade of tin presented in descending order based on tin output. The home country for each business is shown within parenthesis.

  • Yunnan Tin (China)
  • Malaysia Smelting Corporation (Malaysia)
  • PT Timah (Indonesia)
  • Yunnan Tin Chengfeng (China)
  • Minsur (Peru)
  • EM Vinto (Bolivia)
  • Thaisarco (Thailand)
  • Guangxi China Tin (China)
  • Metallo Chimique (Belgium)
  • Gejiu Zi-Li (China)

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RankExporter2016 Tin Exports% World Total
1.Myanmar (Burma)US$818 million69.7%
2.Australia$96.8 million8.2%
3.Democratic Rep. Congo$53 million4.5%
4.Nigeria$51.6 million4.4%
5.Congo$46.5 million4%
6.Rwanda$35 million3%
7.Brazil$32.7 million2.8%
8.Laos$8.7 million0.7%
9.Bolivia$7.6 million0.7%
10.Singapore$6.3 million0.5%
11.United States$3.1 million0.3%
12.Côte d'Ivoire$2.5 million0.2%
13.Russia$2 million0.2%
14.United Kingdom$1.7 million0.1%
15.South Korea$1.3 million0.1%
16.Portugal$908,0000.1%
17.France$877,0000.1%
18.Hong Kong$861,0000.1%
19.Uganda$764,0000.1%
20.Peru$676,0000.1%
21.Ireland$663,0000.1%
22.China$454,0000.04%
23.Mongolia$350,0000.03%
24.Vietnam$315,0000.03%
25.Kenya$275,0000.02%
26.Taiwan$234,0000.02%
27.Thailand$185,0000.02%
28.Israel$103,0000.01%
29.Malaysia$69,0000.01%
30.Colombia$61,0000.01%
31.Hungary$49,0000.004%
32.Guinea$41,0000.003%
33.Oman$38,0000.003%
34.Zambia$24,0000.002%
35.Spain$5,0000.0004%
36.Mexico$3,0000.0003%
37.Saudi Arabia$3,0000.0003%
38.Kazakhstan$3,0000.0003%
39.Austria$1,0000.0001%
40.Sierra Leone$1,0000.0001%










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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 27, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 27, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 27, 2017

Statistica (The Statistics Portal), Leading tin producing companies worldwide in 2016. Accessed on June 27, 2017