Which Country Exports the Most Antibiotics in the World?

Pharmaceuticals, Medicinal Chemical And Botanical Products May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

In 2016, the global exports of antibiotic totaled 136K tonnes, shrinking by -8.0% against the previous year figure. In general, antibiotic exports continue to indicate a temperate descent. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2010, when exports increased by 25% year-to-year. Global antibiotic export peaked of 267K tonnes in 2011; however, from 2012 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, antibiotic exports totaled $10B in 2016. Overall, antibiotic exports continue to indicate a mild deduction. Over the period under review, global antibiotic exports attained its maximum level of $16B in 2011; however, from 2012 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Antibiotic Exporting Countries in the World

1. China (3.0 billion USD)

2. Italy (0.9 billion USD)

3. India (0.8 billion USD)

4. Spain (0.4 billion USD)

5. Singapore (0.2 billion USD)

Antibiotic Exports By Country

China (89K tonnes) prevails in antibiotic exports structure, reaching 89K tonnes, which was near 65% of total exports in 2016. India (11K tonnes) occupied the second position in the ranking, followed by Spain (10K tonnes), and Italy (6.2K tonnes). All these countries together occupied near 21% share of total exports. The following exporters - Singapore (2.2K tonnes) occupied approx. 2% of total exports, each.

China experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. At the same time, Italy (+3.9%), India (+1.4%), and Spain (+1.2%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, Italy emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +3.9% from 2007-2016. By contrast, Singapore (-5.9%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. China (-3.4%) significantly weakened its position in terms of the global exports, while the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, China ($3B) remains the largest antibiotic supplier in the world, making up 30% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Italy ($890M), with the share of 9% of global exports. It was followed by India, with the share of 8%.

In China, antibiotic exports expanded at an average annual rate of +4.2% over the period from 2007-2016. The remaining exporting countries recorded the following average annual rates: Italy (+0.7% per year) and India (+5.2% per year).

Antibiotic Export Prices By Country

In 2016, the average export price for antibiotic amounted to $74 per kg, lowering by -2.4% against the previous year. In general, antibiotic export price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2012, an increase of 29% y-o-y. Global antibiotic export peaked of $81 per kg in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst major exporting countries. In 2016, the country with the highest export prices was Italy ($144 per kg), while China ($34 per kg) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of antibiotic export prices was attained by Singapore (+4.7% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2941 - Antibiotics.

Source: World: Antibiotics - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025