Countries with the Most Exports

Can you name the countries of the world that export the greatest value of goods?
For 2019, according to trademap.org
Exports of merchandise only, not services
Quiz by CBTemple
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Last updated: April 27, 2020
First submittedMay 7, 2012
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Exports
Country
$3034 bil
China
$1645 bil
United States
$1486 bil
Germany
$721 bil
Netherlands
$706 bil
Japan
$555 bil
France
$542 bil
South Korea
Exports
Country
$542 bil
Italy
$472 bil
Mexico
$468 bil
United Kingdom
$452 bil
Belgium
$447 bil
Canada
$423 bil
Russia
$390 bil
Singapore
Exports
Country
$339 bil
Spain
$330 bil
Taiwan
$322 bil
India
$314 bil
Switzerland
$304 bil
Vietnam
$273 bil
Australia
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Level 67
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 54
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 55
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 72
Sep 4, 2015
And if they ship stuff by plane, it would be "Bene and the Jets"......boooooo
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Level 80
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 64
May 18, 2020
Holland sells a *lot* of agricultural goods too, but I guess that combined with the port explains why it exports more than Japan (!)
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Level 18
May 19, 2020
I only got 10
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Level 24
Jun 11, 2020
I didn't even recognized vietnam
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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 69
May 18, 2020
I was gonna type the same comment... total brainfart. It's one of those when I actually thought I had it typed but it wasn't. Bluh...
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Level 64
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 80
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 80
Jan 10, 2013
Yes I noticed that. Impressive. :)
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Level 72
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 80
Jan 4, 2019
It was much closer in 2013.
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Level 64
May 18, 2020
The US also has a far bigger domestic market. Japan too sells a *lot* domestically
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Level 28
May 16, 2020
I think the reason you find a lot of thing made in china in stores and that is because china tends to manufacture a lot of low value goods whereas american tends to focus more on high value goods such as cars (in general)
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Level 65
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 68
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 80
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 80
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 80
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 80
May 18, 2020
The comment I was responding to is gone, now.
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Level 52
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 80
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 78
Jul 7, 2018
I suspect more money comes from exporting natural gas than milking machines.
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Level 63
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 86
Apr 27, 2020
If you're going to apply this kind of faulty logic, at least apply it correctly by recognizing Singapore as the best exporters.
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Level 44
Jun 22, 2014
Some how I missed Australia though I was pretty sure I had already got it
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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 47
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 78
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
+13
Level 80
Jul 7, 2016
They're just so polite...
+1
Level 63
Jul 7, 2016
Missed Belgium and Switzerland. Surprised not to see Brazil, Indonesia or Taiwan,
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Level 53
Jul 8, 2016
Got Singapore but not Italy. -_-
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Level 59
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 67
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 50
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 58
Feb 7, 2019
Yeah, there is still manufacturing but it's rarely limited within one single country. It's hard to determine whether a certain car brand is German or French or British these days. Every model gets constructed in different countries and uses parts from all over the world.
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Level 55
Nov 28, 2016
ok now... what on earth is switzerland doing in this list???
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Level 72
May 24, 2017
Exporting things. Why?
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Level 66
Nov 13, 2019
Producing goods that are exported.
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Level 67
Apr 28, 2020
Cheese, chocolates and watches ofcourse ;) ow and swiss army knife :)
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Level 66
May 18, 2020
And cuckoo clocks!
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Level 40
Jul 18, 2017
100%
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Level 38
Jan 16, 2018
Got all of them except Singapore..
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Level 71
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 57
Jul 7, 2018
No Brazil? So tiny Switzerland exports more goods than Brazil? Kinda strange...
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Level 67
Apr 28, 2020
Why? Brazil might keep most of the things they produce themselves. Whereas Switzerland might import a lot as well as export. This is not a list of how much a country produces.
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Level 49
Jul 7, 2018
Didn't realize Singapore had so many expats but then I went and it's true.
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Level 30
Sep 9, 2018
Listening to "Big in Japan" and didn't get Japan.
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Level 81
Oct 9, 2018
No. Cyprus?
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Level 81
Oct 9, 2018
See what I did there? Nerd humor.
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Level 52
Dec 4, 2018
I'll admit I was surprised not to see Saudi Arabia or any of the Gulf states given how much oil they produce.
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Level 80
Jan 4, 2019
but after oil the amount of stuff they export drops off precipitously. Without consulting the Internet I believe that Saudi's top exports after oil include other byproducts of the same industry - natural gas and petrochemicals, dates, and previously sand and concrete though I think the last king put a stop to that on the grounds that it was damaging to the environment.
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Level 58
Jan 4, 2019
I don't really think this Quiz has anything to do with ports, since that really doesn't mean that the country really MANUFACTURES goods, but it just does make them pass, cashing on it, and that is a SERVICE. It should depend on the producing power of a country. IE Switzlerland, not a manufacturing country in itself, makes the list because of the huge corporations living under its banner.
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Level 50
Jan 5, 2019
Missed Switzerland.
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Level 56
Jan 5, 2019
Netherlands so high in export is very misleading, because most of it is transit through the country
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Level 24
Jan 5, 2019
Belgium and Netherlands export more goods than India and Brazil? Whaaaat?
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Level 66
Nov 13, 2019
Benelux stronk!
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Level 66
May 28, 2019
No African countries, interesting
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Level 66
Nov 13, 2019
Also interesting how India is not on this list.
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Level ∞
Apr 27, 2020
India is now on the list.
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Level 57
May 31, 2019
My strategy is to think of products in my house and try to remember what their made in... says
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Level 54
Dec 8, 2019
Why is India not listed even if its 2018 export value is 323billion?
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Level 43
Feb 17, 2020
Somehow I forgot that Russia existed. I got all of them except Russia.
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Level 32
Mar 21, 2020
Shocked that India/Indonesia/Malaysia aren't on the list!
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Level ∞
Apr 27, 2020
India is now.
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Level 74
Apr 28, 2020
Saudi Arabia?
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Level 72
Apr 30, 2020
I don't know if I should be proud of the ROC for punching way above its weight or shocked at India for whatever is happening there...
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Level 46
May 18, 2020
HOW COME NON OF THE OPEC COUNTRIES ARE THERE?
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Level 52
May 18, 2020
Spend a day in your car on a Dutch highway and you'll find yourself trailing behind a colourful array of foreign trucks from all over Europe. Foreign license plate bingo is probably easiest played in the Netherlands ;)