From 2019 to 2020, the value of exported sunglasses fell by -25.4%.
The 5 biggest exporters of the consumer-discretionary product are Italy, China, Hong Kong, United States and Germany. Collectively, those leading suppliers shipped over four-fifths (81.2%) of the overall value of globally exported sunglasses during 2020. Such a high percentage indicates a concentrated cohort of sunglass exporters.
Among continents, suppliers in Europe sold the highest dollar worth of exported sunglasses during 2020 with shipments valued at $2.9 billion or over half (56.3%) of sunglass exports. In second place were sunglasses suppliers in Asia at 37.7% while another 5.5% of worldwide sunglass shipments originated from North America.
Tinier percentages came from Oceania (0.2%) led by Australia, Latin America (0.12%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, and Africa (0.1%).
For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for sunglasses is 900410.
Top Sunglasses Exporters by Country
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of sunglasses during 2020.
- Italy: US$2 billion (39.3% of exported sunglasses)
- China: $1.2 billion (22.3%)
- Hong Kong: $537.5 million (10.3%)
- United States: $277.2 million (5.3%)
- Germany: $209.5 million (4%)
- France: $158 million (3%)
- Netherlands: $108.2 million (2.1%)
- Japan: $91.1 million (1.7%)
- Spain: $79.8 million (1.5%)
- Taiwan: $70.6 million (1.4%)
- United Kingdom: $62.5 million (1.2%)
- Switzerland: $45.7 million (0.9%)
- Poland: $37.8 million (0.7%)
- South Korea: $33.2 million (0.6%)
- Czech Republic: $30.1 million (0.6%)
By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 95% of globally exported sunglasses in 2020.
Among the top exporters, growth suppliers of sunglasses since 2019 were Switzerland (up 25.5%), Poland (up 19.6%) and South Korea (up 5.7%).
Those countries that posted declines in their international sales of sunglasses were led by: Japan (down -33%), Hong Kong (down -30.9%), United States (down -30.4%), France (down -28.4%) and United Kingdom (down -27.4%).
Listed below are the countries that posted positive net exports in the international trade of sunglasses 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 sunglasses and its import purchases for that same commodity.
- Italy: US$1.7 billion (net export surplus down -25.5% since 2019)
- China: $880.1 million (down -25.4%)
- Taiwan: $48.6 million (down -18.6%)
- Slovenia: $5.5 million (down -26.5%)
- Cambodia: $693,000 (reversing a -$869,000 deficit)
- Estonia: $236,000 (reversing a -$438,000 deficit)
- French Southern /Antarctic Territories: $69,000 (reversing a -$14,000 deficit)
- Nauru: $53,000 (down -26.4%)
- British Indian Ocean Territory: $21,000 (2019 data unavailable)
- Christmas Island: $2,000 (2019 data unavailable)
- Congo: $1,000 (reversing a -$23,000 deficit)
- Wallis/Futuna Islands: $1,000 (reversing a -$12,000 deficit)
Sunglass exports leader Italy generated the highest surplus in the international trade of sunglasses. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Italy’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.
The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for sunglasses 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 sunglasses purchases and its exports for that same commodity.
- United States: -US$988 million (net export deficit down -22.9% since 2019)
- France: -$178.7 million (down -16%)
- United Kingdom: -$165.6 million (down -21.7%)
- Spain: -$107.8 million (down -44.7%)
- Canada: -$106.5 million (down -33.5%)
- Germany: -$98.9 million (down -7.6%)
- Australia: -$92.5 million (down -12.8%)
- South Korea: -$71.4 million (down -45%)
- Switzerland: -$71.3 million (down -10.6%)
- Mexico: -$54.6 million (down -44%)
- Turkey: -$51.8 million (down -31.5%)
- United Arab Emirates: -$50.8 million (down -38.9%)
- Japan: -$46.1 million (down -23.2%)
- Russia: -$38.83 million (down -32.2%)
- Austria: -$38.75 million (up 7%)
By far, the United States incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of sunglasses. This billion-dollar negative cashflow highlights America’s strong competitive disadvantages for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for sunglasses-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful US consumer demand.
Sunglasses Exporting Companies
According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of sunglasses-trading exporters.
- Celeb Eyewear (United States)
- ISP Professional Limited (Hong Kong)
- Jie Hao Enterprise Ltd (Taiwan)
- Kachi Global Pte Ltd (Singapore)
- Kost International BV (Netherlands)
- La Giardiniera-SRL (Italy)
- Linhai Tangtian Trade Co, Ltd (China)
- Seiko Industry Co, Ltd (Japan)
The home-country location for the headquarters of each business is shown within parentheses.
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