World Merchandise Exports and Imports
Publication date: 09 November 2018, GMT
Reporting period: 2002 - 2017
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World Exports of goods in 2017

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Source: United Nations International Trade Statistics Database, Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Statistics Division (https://comtrade.un.org)

In 2017, the total volume of merchandise exports exceeded $15.5 trillion (according to the external trade statistics of 121 countries). It was $15.5 trillion in the previous year (according to the merchandise trade statistics of 148 countries).

There is no trade data (2017) for such exporters as United Arab Emirates (1.91% of world exports in 2016), Other Asia, nes (1.79%), Thailand (1.36%), Saudi Arabia (1.33%), Vietnam (1.13%), Austria (0.928%), Qatar (0.367%), Iraq (0.28%), Morocco (0.146%), Bahrain (0.082%), Panama (0.071%), Guatemala (0.067%), Cambodia (0.064%), Costa Rica (0.063%)

Top exporters of goods in 2017

The main exporters of commodities in 2017 were

  • China - 14.5% of world exports ($2.26 trillion)
  • USA - 9.96% ($1.54 trillion)
  • Germany - 9.35% ($1.45 trillion)
  • Japan - 4.5% ($698 billion)
  • Korea - 3.7% ($573 billion)
  • Hong-Kong - 3.54% ($549 billion)
  • France - 3.37% ($523 billion)
  • Netherlands - 3.26% ($505 billion)
  • Italy - 3.24% ($503 billion)
  • United Kingdom - 2.85% ($442 billion)

According to statistics provided by the major exporters, the largest trade flows of exports of «ALL COMMODITIES» in 2017 were

  • Exports from China to the USA: (2.77% of world exports, $430 billion according to the external trade statistics of China)
  • Exports from the European Union (28) to the USA: (2.69% of world exports, $417 billion according to the external trade statistics of European Union (28))
  • Exports from Mexico to the USA: (2.11% of world exports, $327 billion according to the external trade statistics of Mexico)
  • Exports from Canada to the USA: (2.05% of world exports, $319 billion according to the external trade statistics of Canada)
  • Exports from China, Hong-Kong to China: (1.92% of world exports, $297 billion according to the external trade statistics of Hong-Kong)
  • Exports from the USA to Canada: (1.82% of world exports, $282 billion according to the external trade statistics of USA)
  • Exports from China to China, Hong-Kong: (1.8% of world exports, $279 billion according to the external trade statistics of China)
  • Exports from the USA to Mexico: (1.56% of world exports, $243 billion according to the external trade statistics of USA)
  • Exports from the European Union (28) to China: (1.42% of world exports, $221 billion according to the external trade statistics of European Union (28))
  • Exports from the European Union (28) to Switzerland: (1.1% of world exports, $170 billion according to the external trade statistics of European Union (28))

In 2017, the total volume of merchandise imports exceeded $15.9 trillion (according to the external trade statistics of 121 countries). It was $15.6 trillion in the previous year (according to the merchandise trade statistics of 147 countries).

There is no trade data (2017) for such importers as United Arab Emirates (1.73% of world imports in 2016), Other Asia, nes (1.47%), Thailand (1.25%), Vietnam (1.11%), Austria (0.958%), Saudi Arabia (0.829%), Morocco (0.266%), Qatar (0.204%), Ethiopia (0.122%), Lebanon (0.119%), Guatemala (0.108%), Costa Rica (0.097%), Bahrain (0.094%), Cambodia (0.079%)

Top importers of goods in 2017

The main importers of commodities in 2017 were

  • USA - 15.1% of world imports ($2.4 trillion)
  • China - 11.5% ($1.84 trillion)
  • Germany - 7.36% ($1.17 trillion)
  • Japan - 4.21% ($671 billion)
  • United Kingdom - 4.02% ($641 billion)
  • France - 3.85% ($613 billion)
  • Hong-Kong - 3.7% ($589 billion)
  • Korea - 3% ($478 billion)
  • Italy - 2.83% ($451 billion)
  • Netherlands - 2.82% ($450 billion)

According to statistics provided by the major importers, the largest trade flows of imports of «ALL COMMODITIES» in 2017 were

  • Imports to the USA from China (3.3% of world imports, $526 billion according to the external trade statistics of USA)
  • Imports to the European Union (28) from China (2.64% of world imports, $421 billion according to the external trade statistics of European Union (28))
  • Imports to the USA from Mexico (1.99% of world imports, $317 billion according to the external trade statistics of USA)
  • Imports to the USA from Canada (1.92% of world imports, $305 billion according to the external trade statistics of USA)
  • Imports to the European Union (28) from the USA (1.79% of world imports, $286 billion according to the external trade statistics of European Union (28))
  • Imports to China, Hong-Kong from China (1.64% of world imports, $262 billion according to the external trade statistics of Hong-Kong)
  • Imports to Canada from the USA (1.39% of world imports, $221 billion according to the external trade statistics of Canada)
  • Imports to Mexico from the USA (1.22% of world imports, $194 billion according to the external trade statistics of Mexico)
  • Imports to China from Korea (1.11% of world imports, $177 billion according to the external trade statistics of China)
  • Imports to China from Japan (1.04% of world imports, $165 billion according to the external trade statistics of China)
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Source: United Nations International Trade Statistics Database, Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Statistics Division (https://comtrade.un.org)