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Countries with the Most Exports

Here are the 20 countries of the world that export the greatest value of goods. How many can you name?
For 2017, according to trademap.org
Exports of merchandise only, not services
Last updated: May 28, 2018
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Exports
Country
$2,822 bil
China
$1,547 bil
United States
$1,450 bil
Germany
$698 bil
Japan
$652 bil
Netherlands
$573 bil
South Korea
$523 bil
France
Exports
Country
$503 bil
Italy
$444 bil
United Kingdom
$430 bil
Belgium
$421 bil
Canada
$409 bil
Mexico
$373 bil
Singapore
$359 bil
Russia
Exports
Country
$320 bil
Spain
$318 bil
Taiwan
$300 bil
Switzerland
$248 bil
Vietnam
$236 bil
Thailand
$229 bil
Australia
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level 63
Jul 29, 2012
Totally forgot about Benelux. I just random guessed Singapore. What on Earth do they export? The country is so tiny!
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level 55
May 9, 2013
The Singaporean economy depends heavily on exports and refining imported goods, especially in manufacturing,[71] which constituted 27.2% of GDP in 2010[7] and includes significant electronics, petroleum refining, chemicals, mechanical engineering and biomedical sciences sectors. In 2006 Singapore produced about 10% of the world's foundry wafer output.[72] Despite its small size, Singapore has a diversified economy, a strategy that the government considers vital for growth and stability. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore#Economy
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level 52
Jul 7, 2018
Appreciated. I did not get diminutive Singapore
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level 32
Jun 22, 2014
Benelux? Should be "Bene" without Luxembourg
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level 58
Jun 30, 2014
:)
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level 73
Sep 4, 2015
And if they ship stuff by plane, it would be "Bene and the Jets"......boooooo
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level 72
Sep 23, 2015
Singapore is the busiest transshipment port, third busiest port in terms of tonnage and second biggest container port. Since it's only exports, and not a trade balance, it makes perfect sense for Singapore to make the list. If Hong Kong would be counted seperatly from China, it would also make the list with ease for similar reasons. Belgium is also just included for similar reasons (Port of Antwerp) and I'm pretty sure the Netherlands is too (Port of Rotterdam).
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level 28
Dec 30, 2012
I got all of them except one at 2:27, and kept thinking till the time ended, and didnt get freakin INDIA....woot?
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level 2
Jun 25, 2014
you are not the only one...I guessed all of them, except INDIA!
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level 25
Jan 7, 2013
Don't know why people are surprised about Singapore, it's famous for its trade. Busiest port in the world as far as I know..
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level 73
Jan 7, 2013
Also, it's nice to see that US exports are almost as huge as Chinese ones. It's popular (within America) to say these days that America doesn't make anything anymore. I've always known that was obviously BS, going around the world you see American stuff everywhere, but considering the trade imbalance and the fact that sometimes it seems 50% of everything on store shelves says "made in China" I was still surprised that it was so close.
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level 40
Jan 7, 2013
True, but at the same time Germany for instance exports nearly as much and is only a fraction of the population and size.
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level 73
Jan 10, 2013
Yes I noticed that. Impressive. :)
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level 70
Aug 23, 2016
I don't know what the figures were like in 2013, but China's now about double the US.
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level 34
Jun 22, 2014
2,666B vs 1,575B isn't that close.
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level ∞
Jun 22, 2014
His comment was before the quiz was updated and the difference was a lot smaller.
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level 45
Jan 23, 2015
Yes, but exactly what is the US exporting? Australia is one of the top 20, yet manufacturing is on the decline here. We export minerals (iron ore in particular), food, sheep and beef cattle, just to name a few things. You won't see many products in the shops, that are manufactured, that say "Made in Australia."
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level 73
Mar 4, 2015
$220 billion of machinery/engines/pumps/etc, $172 B of electronics, $157 B in oil, $136 B in automobiles, $125 B in aircraft/spacecraft, $85 B in medical/technical equipment, $66 B in gems and precious metals, $63 B in plastics, $44 B in pharmaceuticals, $42 B in organic chemicals. Those are the top 10 in easily-measured exports in monetary terms. This is not to mention the absolutely enormous amounts of food the US exports. The American farm belt feeds a huge portion of the world. And, this is all but immeasurable, but American culture in the form of popular music, films, television programming, fashion, sports, literature, computer software, video games, technological innovations, Internet websites and applications, cuisine/franchises and other forms of culture absolutely dwarfs that of any other country. People who say that America doesn't make anything anymore... have either not thought about it for more than the 1 second it takes to finish that sentence, or are willfully ignorant.
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level 69
Mar 14, 2015
One Boeing 777 costs more than $350 million. In 2014 there were orders for nearly 300 of them. A 737 costs around $70 million on average and almost 1200 were ordered last year. Big ticket exports offset a lot of plastic junk exported from China sitting on shelves at Walmart. Agriculture is enormous. Services do get exported too. High end medical technology. And so on. The US is not a low cost producer of goods like textiles but the loss of those types of jobs has been fairly visible over the past 30 years so it seems like the manufacturing sector is vanishing.
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level 60
Jul 10, 2016
weapons. I hate to say it but the United States sells far more weapons and military hardware than any other country.
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level 73
Jul 12, 2016
Why would you hate to say that trips? It's true.
However, it's still a pretty small share of the overall pie. I know all the conspiracy theorists out there like to spin yarns about war profiteering and so on, but in reality, US military exports (and they are, in fact, by far the #1 exporter in the world) amount to about $35 billion. Less than their exports in all of the industries I listed above.
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level 73
Jul 7, 2018
^ someone should probably mention this to Rian Johnson.
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level 13
Mar 29, 2013
Korea should be an acceptable answer for South Korea.
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level 37
Nov 22, 2013
No it shouldn't. There are two koreas North and South
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level 36
Dec 10, 2014
We can type 'Congo' for both Congoes, so why not for the Koreas?
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level 60
Jul 10, 2016
there is no country called north or south korea. There is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea.
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level 61
Dec 22, 2013
Funny to see that the Netherlands is so high, it exports more than Austria, Norway and the Czech Republic together! Plus the Netherlands has 16 million inhabitants, which is only about a 20th of the USA's population, but the Dutch export is a third of the USA's. If the USA exported as much as The Netherlands 'per capita' the USA would export for about 11,500 billion instead of 1,511. So you could call the Netherlands the best exporters
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level 64
Mar 3, 2014
The Netherlands benefit from a big port (Rotterdam) which is the main import/export hub for mainland Europe, including Germany.
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level 73
Jun 22, 2014
Right, one of the largest container ports in the world. That's where I shipped my car in 2004 when I drove across Europe.
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level 73
Jun 22, 2014
I wonder how much interstate commerce there is in the United States. I'm pretty sure if that was included it would put the US on par or in excess, per capita, vs any of the smaller European countries. Trade amongst EU countries is now pretty similar to trade between US states.
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level 73
Jul 7, 2018
why? There are only two countries in Europe with economies larger than that of California's. Only four that are larger than Texas'. It's perfectly reasonable to count US states as equivalent to European countries. In terms of economics and trade, they are. I was just musing.
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level 48
Jul 7, 2016
Not only because of the port. The Netherlands exports a lot of agricultural products, such as flowers and cheese, and machines for cow milking etc.
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level 73
Jul 8, 2016
I was just saying the huge port is one sign that a lot of exports go through Rotterdam.
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level 74
Jul 7, 2018
I suspect more money comes from exporting natural gas than milking machines.
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level 58
Sep 19, 2016
Some imported American drinks and food that can be found in rather big supermarkets here in Germany are often labeled as imported through the Netherlands. Probably because of their big port in Rotterdam. I wonder if something counts for both the Netherlands and Germany.
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level 45
May 11, 2014
Please accept UAE
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level ∞
Jun 20, 2014
UAE would have worked.
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level 43
Jun 22, 2014
Some how I missed Australia though I was pretty sure I had already got it
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level 19
Jul 4, 2014
21/21 at a time of 3:15
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level 21
Feb 1, 2015
THE UAE!!!
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level ∞
May 31, 2016
A couple notes about the latest update. China's numbers include Hong Kong, which might mean the number is an overestimate, since trade between Hong Kong and mainland China might be included. Exports of services are no longer included. This effects some countries more than others, notably the US and UK.
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level 48
Jul 7, 2016
Why no longer include services? It's still an export. It's like not including steel or cars.
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level ∞
Jul 7, 2016
Who knows?
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level 73
Jul 7, 2016
Why is Canada listed after the UK if they have more exports?
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level ∞
Jul 7, 2016
Fixed the order
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level 73
Jul 7, 2016
They're just so polite...
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level 57
Jul 7, 2016
Missed Belgium and Switzerland. Surprised not to see Brazil, Indonesia or Taiwan,
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level 40
Jul 8, 2016
Got Singapore but not Italy. -_-
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level 55
Nov 2, 2016
Surprised to see the UK on the list let alone in the top half considering how reliant our economy is on the service industry, what do we even make? Dysons and JCBs?
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level 57
Jul 7, 2018
We actually make a lot of stuff, just not necessarily British stuff. We've got companies like Rolls Royce and Jaguar Land Rover, but also major Boeing and Airbus factories, BAE shipyards, SEAT, Renault, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, all of which make finished products in the UK then re-export them as well as selling them internally. Because of the liberal nature of the UK economy, many companies invest in it as the gateway to Europe.
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level 44
Aug 11, 2018
Although this will go down once we leave the EU as companies invest in countries such as France and Germany instead. Still can't believe that terrible decision.
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level 50
Nov 28, 2016
ok now... what on earth is switzerland doing in this list???
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level 67
May 24, 2017
Exporting things. Why?
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level 40
Jul 18, 2017
100%
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level 45
Sep 5, 2017
Shame on you Brazil...
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level 39
Oct 24, 2017
It's kinda impressive... Germany is such a tiny Country and still almost Exports as much as USA, which is 25 times the size of Germany. How is it even possible? Singapore is also very impressive.
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level 70
Dec 13, 2017
Not an economics expert, but I assume it's because Germany has a lot more countries near it than the US, many of which are in the Schengen zone. If you added up the US's interstate commerce and tacked it onto the exports, then the US would be far ahead.
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level 58
May 30, 2018
The number one country Germany exports to: USA. Maybe that will change though because of Mr. Orangehead and Volkswagen screwing up.
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level 73
Jul 12, 2018
Carry- that reinforces the point of joey and eggplant. The #1 country that all US states export to is also the United States, it's a huge consumer market, but interstate commerce is not included.
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level 75
May 30, 2018
25X times the size? Physically maybe, but only 4X the population. And I'd agree that the answer is likely in large part due to the direct access to multiple European markets. If you counted interstate commerce in the USA like the cross-border commerce in the EU, the numbers would be much different.
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level 21
Jul 21, 2018
germany contains a lot of robotics and industrial engineering goods. together with japan, they make some of the most high quality goods in the world.
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level 39
Jan 16, 2018
Got all of them except Singapore..
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level 67
Jun 16, 2018
No India? Pretty surprising how even Vietnam managed to get onto the list, but the world's second most populous country didn't.
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level 51
Jul 7, 2018
No Brazil? So tiny Switzerland exports more goods than Brazil? Kinda strange...
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level 46
Jul 7, 2018
Didn't realize Singapore had so many expats but then I went and it's true.
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level 27
Sep 9, 2018
Listening to "Big in Japan" and didn't get Japan.