Top Tin Exporters

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International sales from tin exports by country totaled US$1.3 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of tin exports rose by an average 339.9% for all exporting countries since 2013 when tin shipments were valued at $305.6 million. Year over the year, the value of exported tin gained 348.3% from 2016 to 2017.

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Among continents, Asian countries generated the highest dollar worth of exported tin during 2017 with shipments valued at $945.9 million or approaching three-quarters (70.4%) of the global total. In second place were African exporters at 15.2% trailed by one Oceania nation, Australia at 10%.

Smaller percentages came from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (3.2%), Europe (1%) and North America (0.2%).

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 2017.

  1. Myanmar (Burma): US$929.3 million (69.1% of total tin exports)
  2. Australia: $134.9 million (10%)
  3. Congo: $91 million (6.8%)
  4. Democratic Rep. Congo: $56.3 million (4.2%)
  5. Rwanda: $54.9 million (4.1%)
  6. Brazil: $39.9 million (3%)
  7. Laos: $8.7 million (0.65%)
  8. Russia: $8.3 million (0.62%)
  9. Singapore: $3.5 million (0.3%)
  10. Portugal: $2.6 million (0.19%)
  11. United States: $2.23 million (0.17%)
  12. Bolivia: $2.2 million (0.16%)
  13. Malaysia: $2.12 million (0.16%)
  14. Burundi: $2.06 million (0.15%)
  15. France: $1.5 million (0.11%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.7% of global tin exports in 2017.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing tin exporters since 2013 were: Myanmar (up 17,135%), Russia (up 4,918%), Laos (up 628.8%) and Malaysia (up 491.9%).

Four countries incurred declines in their international tin sales namely Bolivia (down -93.9%), Singapore (down -28.1%), United States (down -24.6%) and Rwanda (down -5.8%).

Advantages

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

  1. Myanmar (Burma): US$929.3 million (net export surplus up 17,135% since 2013)
  2. Australia: $134.9 million (up 7%)
  3. Congo: $91 million (no 2013 data)
  4. Democratic Rep. Congo: $56.3 million (up 68.9%)
  5. Rwanda: $54.9 million (down -5.8%)
  6. Brazil: $39.3 million (up 108.8%)
  7. Laos: $8.6 million (up 623.2%)
  8. Russia: $8.1 million (reversing a -$4.2 million deficit)
  9. Portugal: $2.6 million (up 225.5%)
  10. United States: $2.2 million (down -24.9%)
  11. Bolivia: $2.2 million (down -93.7%)
  12. Burundi: $2.1 million (reversing a -$1,000 deficit)
  13. Singapore: $1.3 million (up 8.6%)
  14. France: $1 million (up 1461.5%)
  15. Peru: $881,000 (no 2013 data)

Previously called Burma, 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 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 tin purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. China: -US$922.6 million (net export deficit up 217.7% since 2013)
  2. Malaysia: -$419.1 million (up 16%)
  3. Thailand: -$124.9 million (up 1,295%)
  4. Taiwan: -$5.3 million (reversing a $237,000 surplus)
  5. United Arab Emirates: -$1 million (up 376.8%)
  6. Poland: -$297,000 (up 175%)
  7. Luxembourg: -$236,000 (no 2013 data)
  8. Czech Republic: -$164,000 (no 2013 data)
  9. India: -$148,000 (reversing a $12,000 surplus)
  10. Hungary: -$121,000 (no 2013 data)
  11. Saudi Arabia: -$115,000 (down -81.1%)
  12. Indonesia: -$107,000 (down -94.4%)
  13. Mexico: -$69,000 (down -80.2%)
  14. Romania: -$52,000 (down -60.9%)
  15. Vietnam: -$42,000 (down -99.6%)

The People’s Republic of 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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RankExporter2017 Tin Exports% World Total
1.Myanmar (Burma)US$929.3 million69.1%
2.Australia$134.9 million10%
3.Congo$91 million6.8%
4.Democratic Rep. Congo$56.3 million4.2%
5.Rwanda$54.9 million4.1%
6.Brazil$39.9 million3%
7.Laos$8.7 million0.6%
8.Russia$8.3 million0.6%
9.Singapore$3.5 million0.3%
10.Portugal$2.6 million0.19%
11.United States$2.2 million0.17%
12.Bolivia$2.2 million0.16%
13.Malaysia$2.1 million0.16%
14.Burundi$2.1 million0.15%
15.France$1.5 million0.11%
16.Peru$881,0000.1%
17.Belgium$718,0000.1%
18.Ireland$577,0000.04%
19.China$566,0000.04%
20.Korea, Republic of$398,0000.03%
21.Taipei, Chinese$321,0000.02%
22.Viet Nam$319,0000.02%
23.Mongolia$313,0000.02%
24.Hong Kong, China$254,0000.02%
25.Thailand$89,0000.01%
26.Nigeria$46,0000.003%
27.Turkey$23,0000.002%
28.Colombia$13,0000.001%
29.Norway$12,0000.001%
30.Kazakhstan$11,0000.001%
31.Italy$6,0000.0004%
32.South Africa$6,0000.0004%
33.Egypt$5,0000.0004%
34.Germany$5,0000.0004%
35.Kenya$2,0000.0001%
36.Sweden$1,0000.0001%










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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 11, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 11, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 11, 2018

Statistica (The Statistics Portal), Leading tin producing companies worldwide in 2016. Accessed on June 11, 2018