World’s Top Export Countries

Cargo ship at sea

Cargo ship at sea

Overall, total export products were worth an estimated US$19.228 trillion in 2018. That dollar amount reflects a 1.2% gain over the 5-year period starting in 2014 and an 8.5% uptick from $17.727 trillion one year earlier during 2017.

Based on statistics from the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook, the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for all countries totaled $135.2 trillion for 2018.

Therefore, exported goods account for about 14.2% of overall worldwide economic output in terms of GDP.

As of June 11, 2019, the earth’s population was 7.711 billion. The $19.288 billion in total 2018 global exports translates to roughly $2,500 for every person on the planet.

Top Export Countries

Below are the world’s top export countries that shipped the highest dollar value in exports during 2018. Also shown is the change in the total value of exported products for each country from 2017 to 2018.

RankCountry2018 Export Sales2017-8
1.China$2.494 trillion+10.2%
2.United States$1.664 trillion+7.6%
3.Germany$1.557 trillion+7.6%
4.Japan$738.2 billion+5.7%
5.Netherlands$723.3 billion+11%
6.South Korea$605.2 billion+5.5%
7.Hong Kong$569.1 billion+3.5%
8.France$568.4 billion+8.6%
9.Italy$546.9 billion+7.8%
10.United Kingdom$487.1 billion+10.2%
11.Belgium$466.7 billion+8.4%
12.Mexico$450.5 billion+10%
13.Canada$449.8 billion+6.9%
14.Russia$449.3 billion+25.1%
15.Singapore$411.7 billion+10.3%
16.Spain$345.1 billion+7.9%
17.Taiwan$335.8 billion+5.7%
18.India$323.1 billion+9.2%
19.Switzerland$310.5 billion+3.7%
20.Vietnam$277.4 billion+29.7%
21.Saudi Arabia$267.4 billion+21.5%
22.Poland$260.7 billion+11.3%
23.Australia$253.8 billion+10.5%
24.Thailand$249.8 billion+5.8%
25.Malaysia$247.3 billion+14.3%
26.Brazil$239.9 billion+10.2%
27.Czech Republic$202.3 billion+11.1%
28.Austria$184.7 billion+10%
29.Indonesia$180.2 billion+6.8%
30.United Arab Emirates$173.3 billion-43.8%
31.Turkey$168 billion+7%
32.Ireland$167 billion+21%
33.Sweden$166 billion+8.5%
34.Hungary$125.9 billion+10.7%
35.Norway$123 billion+20.6%
36.Denmark$107.6 billion+6.1%
37.Iraq$97.3 billion+40.5%
38.South Africa$94.4 billion+7%
39.Slovakia$94.3 billion+11.7%
40.Qatar$82.7 billion+29.5%
41.Romania$79.7 billion+12.7%
42.Chile$75.5 billion+9%
43.Finland$75.3 billion+11.9%
44.Portugal$68.7 billion+10.4%
45.Philippines$67.5 billion-1.8%
46.Iran$66.6 billion-37.1%
47.Kuwait$66.4 billion+21.2%
48.Israel$61.9 billion+1.2%
49.Argentina$61.6 billion+5.4%
50.Kazakhstan$61 billion+26.1%
51.Nigeria$52.9 billion+29.9%
52.Ukraine$47.4 billion+9.1%
53.Peru$47.2 billion+7.3%
54.Slovenia$44.2 billion+15.2%
55.Bangladesh$42.5 billion+6.9%
56.Angola$42.1 billion+20.9%
57.Colombia$41.8 billion+10.6%
58.Algeria$41.6 billion+18.2%
59.New Zealand$39.8 billion+4.6%
60.Greece$39.5 billion+22.7%
61.Oman$36.9 billion+27.6%
62.Belarus$33.5 billion+14.4%
63.Lithuania$33.4 billion+13.8%
64.Bulgaria$33.2 billion+5.8%
65.Venezuela$33 billion+3.1%
66.Libya$30 billion+53.8%
67.Egypt$29.4 billion+13.3%
68.Morocco$29.3 billion+14.5%
69.Pakistan$23.6 billion+8%
70.Ecuador$21.6 billion+13%
71.Azerbaijan$20.1 billion+45.5%
72.Serbia$19.2 billion+13.4%
73.Cambodia$19 billion+5.9%
74.Estonia$17.8 billion+15.9%
75.Croatia$17.4 billion+8.5%
76.Ghana$17.1 billion+19.1%
77.Luxembourg$16.2 billion+2.8%
78.Tunisia$15.5 billion+9.1%
79.Myanmar (Burma)$15.4 billion+10.8%
80.Latvia$14.6 billion+12.3%
81.Ivory Coast$11.8 billion-5.9%
82.Costa Rica$11.3 billion+6.1%
83.Papua New Guinea$11.2 billion+5.7%
84.Sri Lanka$11.2 billion-4.9%
85.Trinidad/Tobago$11 billion+14.6%
86.Guatemala$9.8 billion-10.9%
87.Democr. Rep. Congo$9.7 billion+17.6%
88.Congo$9.7 billion+18.6%
89.Dominican Republic$9.5 billion+7.1%
90.Turkmenistan$9.3 billion+17.9%
91.Zambia$9.1 billion+11.4%
92.Paraguay$9 billion+4.2%
93.Bolivia$9 billion+9.4%
94.Uzbekistan$8.4 billion-3.2%
95.Honduras$8.2 billion+65.7%
96.Bahrain$7.8 billion-47.6%
97.Jordan$7.8 billion+3.8%
98.Uruguay$7.6 billion-3.1%
99.Mongolia$7.4 billion+19.4%
100.Bosnia/Herzegovina$7.2 billion+12.8%
101.North Macedonia$6.9 billion+21.8%
102.Brunei Darussalam$6.5 billion+17.2%
103.Equatorial Guinea$6.4 billion+20.8%
104.Gabon$6.4 billion+18.1%
105.Iceland$5.7 billion+17.1%
106.Laos$5.6 billion+7.5%
107.Nicaragua$5.5 billion+12.5%
108.Mozambique$5.2 billion+10.1%
109.Kenya$5.1 billion-11.6%
110.Cyprus$4.9 billion+50.8%
111.Panama$4.9 billion-53.8%
112.Namibia$4.8 billion-7.3%
113.El Salvador$4.6 billion-19.4%
114.Botswana$4.5 billion-24.2%
115.Cameroon$4.2 billion+27.3%
116.Zimbabwe$4 billion+16%
117.Guinea$3.9 billion-35%
118.Lebanon$3.8 billion+16.5%
119.Tanzania$3.8 billion-9.2%
120.Georgia$3.4 billion+22.9%
121.Burkina Faso$3.3 billion+16.9%
122.Uganda$3.1 billion+6.4%
123.Malta$3 billion+20.3%
124.Madagascar$3 billion+5.3%
125.Moldova$2.7 billion+11.6%
126.Albania$2.7 billion+16.3%
127.Senegal$2.6 billion-12.9%
128.Armenia$2.4 billion+11%
129.Sudan$2.3 billion-45%
130.Mauritania$2.2 billion+6.2%
131.Ethiopia$2.2 billion-24.6%
132.New Caledonia$2.1 billion+26.6%
133.Mauritius$2 billion-6.6%
134.Suriname$1.9 billion+33.1%
135.Eswatini$1.8 billion-2.7%
136.Cuba$1.7 billion-9.2%
137.Kyrgyzstan$1.7 billion-5.6%
138.South Sudan$1.6 billion+26.1%
139.Chad$1.6 billion+17.4%
140.Mali$1.6 billion-18.4%
141.Jamaica$1.5 billion+15.9%
142.Guyana$1.5 billion-16.9%
143.Macao$1.4 billion-1.5%
144.Faroe Islands$1.4 billion-12.5%
145.Liberia$1.3 billion+586.5%
146.Togo$1.3 billion+70.2%
147.Yemen$1.2 billion-42.8%
148.Bahamas$1.2 billion-9.6%
149.Haiti$1.2 billion+605%
150.Lesotho$959.8 million+81.1%
151.Greenland$1.1 billion+12.1%
152.Afghanistan$1.1 billion+3.5%
153.Tajikistan$1.1 billion+9.2%
154.Fiji$1 billion+8.9%
155.Cayman Islands$1 billion+3.9%
156.Malawi$975.1 million+9.7%
157.Solomon Islands$920.4 million+84.2%
158.Nepal$735.6 million-0.7%
159.Benin$684.6 million-6.4%
160.Marshall Islands$683.2 million+3.1%
161.Sierra Leone$678.5 million+561%
162.Seychelles$646.1 million+9.2%
163.Curaçao$542.9 million-65%
164.Syrian Arab Republic$525.8 million-32%
165.Barbados$457.7 million-5.7%
166.Montenegro$449.7 million+6.8%
167.Eritrea$376.7 million-13.4%
168.Rwanda$353.3 million-41.9%
169.Bhutan$306.5 million+25.9%
170.British Virgin Islands$295.9 million-39.7%
171.North Korea$294 million-85%
172.Niger$285.8 million-85.7%
173.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$285 million+36.7%
174.Maldives$250.8 million+25.8%
175.Belize$243.3 million-12.3%
176.Gibraltar$199.5 million-53.6%
177.French Polynesia$191.1 million-3%
178.Vanuatu$175.3 million-24.6%
179.Antigua/Barbuda$162.9 million+161%
180.St Vincent/Grenadines$151 million+257%
181.Guinea-Bissau$150 million-20.7%
182.Andorra$141.2 million-7%
183.Kiribati$136.4 million-15.5%
184.US Minor Outlying Is$135.7 million+40.1%
185.Niue$132.1 million+143.9%
186.Micronesia$128.8 million+33.3%
187.Somalia$104.5 million-73.6%
188.Djibouti$103.1 million-35.5%
189.Central African Republic$99.1 million-48.4%
190.Palestine$97.6 million-26.7%
191.Burundi$97.1 million-35%
192.Comoros$94.5 million+10.5%
193.Saint Kitts/Nevis$90.7 million+172.9%
194.Dominica$83.7 million+44%
195.Timor-Leste$82.4 million+240.8%
196.Cabo Verde$75.3 million+50.7%
197.Saint Lucia$74.2 million-47.6%
198.Aruba$62.2 million-30.9%
199.Tokelau$49.9 million-30.9%
200.Cook Islands$44.5 million-5.4%
201.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$37.4 million+160.9%
202.Grenada$33.8 million-20.5%
203.Saint Helena$33.7 million+28.8%
204.Samoa$32.9 million-25.9%
205.Tuvalu$30.6 million+228%
206.Palau$29.9 million+365.6%
207.Turks/Caicos Islands$26.4 million+26.3%
208.French S./Antarctic Terr$25.7 million+74.1%
209.Bermuda$22.9 million+95.1%
210.Christmas Island$21.2 million+0.2%
211.Nauru$16.6 million-34.9%
212.Anguilla$15.2 million+8.1%
213.Tonga$13.5 million-19.8%
214.Sao Tome/Principe$12.6 million+19.7%
215.Gambia$9.1 million-59.6%
216.Br. Indian Ocean Terr$8.4 million-85.6%
217.St. Pierre/Miquelon$6.3 million+22.8%
218.American Samoa$5.4 million+383.1%
219.Montserrat$5.4 million-72.3%
220.Cocos (Keeling) Islands$4.7 million+21.5%
221.Norfolk Island$3.2 million+39.7%
222.Northern Mariana Islands$3 million-28.4%
223.St Maarten (Dutch)$2.3 million-96.9%
224.Pitcairn$1.7 million+47.2%
225.Western Sahara$715 million+6.9%
226.Guam$614 million+376%
227.Serbia/Montenegro$536 millionno 2017 data
228.Wallis/Futuna Islands$432,000-57.9%
229.Bouvet Island$20,000+566.7%
230.British Antarctic Territory$6,000+50%



 
These 20 exporting nations supplied well over two-thirds (71.6%) of total exported products sold during 2018.

All 20 of these countries grew the value of their shipments from 2017 to 2018, led by: Vietnam (up 29.7%), Russia (up 25.1%), Netherlands (up 11%), Singapore (up 10.3%), China (up 10.2%), United Kingdom (also up 10.2%) then Mexico (up 10%).

The most modest year-over-year increases belong to Hong Kong (up 3.5%) and Switzerland (up 3.7%).

See also World’s Top Exports Report Card for Products and Countries

Research Sources:
Central Intelligence Agency, The World Factbook: world economy statistics. Accessed on June 11, 2019

Central Intelligence Agency, Field Listing: Exports, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 11, 2019

International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database (GDP based on Purchasing Power Parity). Accessed on June 11, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 11, 2019

Worldometers, Current World Population. Accessed on June 11, 2019