From 2019 to 2020, the value of exported fireworks plunged by -21.1%.
The top 3 fireworks exporters (China, Netherlands, Germany) collected 91.4% of the international revenues from fireworks products shipped in 2020.
Among continents, suppliers in Asia sold the highest dollar worth of exported fireworks during 2020 with shipments valued at $647.7 million or 84.9% of the global total. In a distant second place were European exporters at 12.7%.
Even smaller percentages came from Latin America (1.2%) including the Caribbean, North America (1%), Africa (0.05%) and Oceania’s (0.01%) New Zealand and Australia.
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 2020.
- China: US$640.7 million (84.0% of exported fireworks)
- Netherlands: $35.8 million (4.7%)
- Germany: $20.7 million (2.7%)
- Poland: $9.6 million (1.3%)
- Czech Republic: $9.3 million (1.2%)
- Brazil: $8.7 million (1.1%)
- United States: $7.7 million (1.0%)
- Spain: $5.5 million (0.7%)
- Switzerland: $2.9 million (0.4%)
- Israel: $2.6 million (0.3%)
- Italy: $2.5 million (0.3%)
- Belarus: $1.7 million (0.2%)
- Denmark: $1.3 million (0.2%)
- Slovenia: $1.09 million (0.1%)
- Vietnam: $1.06 million (0.1%)
By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 98.5% of global fireworks exported in 2020.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing fireworks exporters since 2016 were: United States (up 37.9%), Switzerland (up 23.6%), Netherlands (up 23%) and Germany (up 16.8%).
Those countries that posted declines in their exported fireworks sales were led by: Israel (down -75.4%), Brazil (down -62.1%), Belarus (down -58.8%), Spain (down -53.9%) and Slovenia (down -47.9%).
The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for fireworks during 2020. 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$638.8 million (net export surplus down -19.6% since 2019)
- Brazil: $8.2 million (down -62.5%)
- Netherlands: $5.6 million (up 444.6%)
- Israel: $1.4 million (down -84.3%)
- Vietnam: $1.1 million (up 19.1%)
- Hong Kong: $804,000 (down -23.8%)
- Spain: $741,000 (down -10.5%)
- Cambodia: $174,000 (reversing a -$602,000 deficit)
- India: $131,000 (up 835.7%)
- Slovenia: $102,000 (reversing a -$629,000 deficit)
- Belarus: $83,000 (reversing a -$1.8 million deficit)
- Pakistan: $71,000 (reversing an -$84,000 deficit)
- Latvia: $52,000 (up 477.8%)
- Cameroon: $42,000 (reversing a -$120,000 deficit)
- Morocco: $1,000 (no available 2019 data)
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.
The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for fireworks during 2020. 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$360 million (net export deficit down -5.7% since 2019)
- Germany: -$88.3 million (down -14.3%)
- Russia: -$22.4 million (down -32%)
- United Kingdom: -$17.1 million (down -30.5%)
- Japan: -$15.5 million (down -34.4%)
- France: -$12 million (down -29.2%)
- Indonesia: -$11.2 million (down -48.2%)
- Denmark: -$10.9 million (down -9.4%)
- Italy: -$10.1 million (down -46.7%)
- Poland: -$7.5 million (down -52.7%)
- Thailand: -$7.2 million (down -18.9%)
- Guatemala: -$7.1 million (down -13.6%)
- Malaysia: -$6.1 million (down -19.9%)
- Taiwan: -$5.6 million (down -29.8%)
- Canada: -$5.4 million (down -55%)
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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