Worldwide sales of fireworks exports by country totaled US$927.2 million in 2021. The overall value of exported fireworks increased by an average 14.4% for all exporting countries since 2017 when global shipments of fireworks were valued at $810.3 million.
Year over year, the value of exported fireworks accelerated by 21.1% compared to $765.4 million during 2020.
The top 5 fireworks exporters are mainland China, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, and the United States of America. Collectively, that quintet earned 94.2% of the international revenues for all fireworks products exported in 2021.
Among continents, suppliers in Asia sold the highest dollar worth of exported fireworks during 2021 with shipments valued at $809.7 million or 87.3% of the global total. In a distant second place were exporters in Europe at 10.7%.
Even smaller percentages came from North America (1.4%) mostly the United States, Latin America (0.4%) including the Caribbean, Africa (0.08%), then Oceania’s (0.01%) New Zealand and Australia only.
For research purposes, the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for fireworks is 360410.
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of fireworks during 2021.
- China: US$804.6 million (86.8% of globally exported fireworks)
- Netherlands: $24.8 million (2.7%)
- Germany: $17 million (1.8%)
- Poland: $13.5 million (1.5%)
- United States: $13.3 million (1.4%)
- Czech Republic: $12.3 million (1.3%)
- Spain: $6.6 million (0.7%)
- Belarus: $5.5 million (0.6%)
- Italy: $3.8 million (0.4%)
- Cambodia: $3.2 million (0.3%)
- France: $2.33 million (0.3%)
- Brazil: $2.28 million (0.2%)
- Albania: $1.9 million (0.2%)
- Denmark: $1.85 million (0.2%)
- Bulgaria: $1.7 million (0.2%)
By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 98.6% of global fireworks exported in 2021.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing fireworks exporters since 2020 were: Cambodia (up 474.2%), France (up 251.6%), Bulgaria (up 230.8%) and United States (up 72.2%).
Three major suppliers that posted declines in their exported fireworks sales namely Brazil (down -73.8%), Germany (down -32.6%) and the Netherlands (down -21.2%).
Countries Earning Largest Trade Surpluses from Fireworks
The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for fireworks during 2021. 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$799.8 million (net export surplus up 25.3% since 2020)
- Netherlands: $11.8 million (reversing a -$1.5 million deficit)
- Spain: $3.7 million (up 403.8%)
- Czech Republic: $3.5 million (reversing a -$3.8 million deficit)
- Cambodia: $3.2 million (up 1718.4%)
- Brazil: $1.7 million (down -78.8%)
- Albania: $1.7 million (2020 data unavailable)
- Turkey: $534,000 (reversing a -$29,000 deficit)
- Belarus: $349,000 (down -47%)
- Belgium: $332,000 (reversing a -$1.2 million deficit)
- Slovenia: $332,000 (up 225.5%)
- Hungary: $197,000 (reversing a -$470,000 deficit)
- Bulgaria: $191,000 (reversing a -$326,000 deficit)
- Tajikistan: $183,000 (2020 data unavailable)
- Lebanon: $174,000 (reversing a -$554,000 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 2021. 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$638.4 million (net export deficit up 77.4% since 2020)
- United Kingdom: -$25.2 million (up 47.4%)
- Denmark: -$20.7 million (up 88.1%)
- Japan: -$13.3 million (down -14%)
- Indonesia: -$12.3 million (up 10.1%)
- Malaysia: -$10 million (up 64%)
- Canada: -$9.5 million (up 76%)
- Germany: -$7.95 million (down -90.9%)
- Thailand: -$7.85 million (up 8.6%)
- Poland: -$7.2 million (down -3.2%)
- Taiwan: -$6.9 million (up 22.8%)
- Norway: -$6.6 million (up 77.7%)
- Italy: -$5.9 million (down -78.4%)
- Guatemala: -$5.7 million (down -19.4%)
- France: -$5.4 million (down -55.8%)
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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