The overall value of exported fireworks increased by an average 30.4% for all exporting countries since 2018 when global shipments of fireworks were valued at $1 billion.
Year over year, the value of exported fireworks accelerated by 40.8% compared to $927 million during 2021.
The top 5 fireworks exporters are mainland China, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. Collectively, that quintet earned 95% of the international revenues for all fireworks products exported in 2022.
Among continents, suppliers in Asia sold the highest dollar worth of exported fireworks during 2022 with shipments valued at $1.15 billion or 87.9% of the global total. In a distant second place were exporters in Europe at 10.9%.
Even smaller percentages came from North America (0.6%) mostly the United States, Latin America (0.5%) including the Caribbean, Africa (0.06%), then Oceania’s (0.03%) New Zealand and Australia only.
For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for fireworks is 360410.
Fireworks Exports by Country
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of fireworks during 2022.
- China: US$1.1 billion (87.4% of exported fireworks)
- Germany: $31.2 million (2.4%)
- Netherlands: $30.5 million (2.3%)
- Poland: $19.6 million (1.5%)
- Spain: $17.0 million (1.3%)
- Czech Republic: $15.6 million (1.2%)
- United States: $8.0 million (0.6%)
- Italy: $7.8 million (0.6%)
- France: $5.0 million (0.4%)
- Cambodia: $2.7 million (0.2%)
- Brazil: $2.71 million (0.2%)
- Bulgaria: $2.54 million (0.2%)
- Portugal: $2.48 million (0.2%)
- Denmark: $2.1 million (0.2%)
- United Kingdom: $1.8 million (0.1%)
By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 98.9% of global fireworks exported in 2022.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing fireworks exporters since 2021 were: Spain (up 156.2%), France (up 113.5%), United Kingdom (up 112.1%) and Germany (up 82.0%).
A pair of major suppliers posted declines in their exported fireworks sales, namely United States of America (down -39.6% from 2021) and Cambodia (down -14.2%).
Countries Earning Largest Trade Surpluses from Fireworks
The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for fireworks during 2022. 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 fireworks and its import purchases for that same commodity.
- China: US$1.1 billion (net export surplus up 42.3% since 2021)
- Spain: $4.3 million (up 16.5%)
- Cambodia: $2.6 million (down -16.3%)
- Brazil: $2 million (up 12.2%)
- Netherlands: $865,000 (down -92%)
- Vietnam: $719,000 (up 559.6%)
- India: $459,000 (up 267.2%)
- Mexico: $61,000 (2021 data unavailable)
- Barbados: $3,000 (reversing a -$5,000 deficit)
The People’s Republic of China generated the highest surplus in the international trade of fireworks. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms mainland China’s strong competitive advantage manufacturing this specific product category.
Countries Facing Worst Trade Deficits from Fireworks
The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for fireworks during 2022. 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 fireworks purchases and its exports for that same commodity.
- United States: -US$795.4 million (net export deficit up 24.7% since 2021)
- United Kingdom: -$52.3 million (up 108%)
- Poland: -$36.3 million (up 403.4%)
- Italy: -$33.7 million (down -33.5%)
- Denmark: -$32.8 million (up 58.5%)
- Russia: -$27.2 million (2021 data unavailable)
- Indonesia: -$21.9 million (up 77.7%)
- Malaysia: -$20.9 million (up 109.7%)
- Germany: -$17.1 million (up 124.1%)
- Guatemala: -$16.5 million (up 190.4%)
- Japan: -$16.2 million (up 21.8%)
- France: -$15.2 million (up 182.3%)
- Canada: -$15.1 million (up 58.3%)
- Czech Republic: -$12.7 million (reversing a $3.4 million surplus)
- Thailand: -$11.4 million (up 44.7%)
The United States of America incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of fireworks. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights America’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for fireworks-supplying entities (both foreign and domestic) to benefit from the powerful consumer demand.
Fireworks Exporting Companies
Below are global fireworks companies that represent established players engaged in the international fireworks trade. The home country for each firm is shown within parenthesis.
- Brock’s Fireworks Ltd (United Kingdom)
- Fantastic Fireworks (United Kingdom)
- Fireworks by Grucci (United States)
- Göteborgs FyrverkeriFabrik (Sweden)
- Kimbolton Fireworks (United Kingdom)
- Maravillas de Colombia SA (Colombia)
- Melrose Pyrotechnics (United States)
- Pyro Spectaculars (United States)
- Pyrotecnico (United States)
- Reaction Fireworks (United Kingdom)
- Standard Fireworks (India)
- Star Fireworks (United Kingdom)
- Zambelli Fireworks (United States)
See also Chemical Exports by Country, Lithium Ion Batteries Exports by Country, China’s Top 10 Exports and United States Top 10 Imports
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