Which Country Exports the Most Diesel and Diesel-Electric Locomotives in the World?

Railway Locomotives And Rolling Stock May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Which Country Exports the Most Diesel and Diesel-Electric Locomotives in the World?

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Diesel And Diesel-Electric Locomotives - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2016, the amount of diesel locomotive imported worldwide stood at 356K tonnes, declining by -6.5% against the previous year level. In general, diesel locomotive imports continue to indicate a significant curtailment. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2008, when it surged by 3% against the previous year level. In that year, global diesel locomotive imports attained its maximum volume of 506K tonnes. From 2009 to 2016, growth of global diesel locomotive imports failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, diesel locomotive imports amounted to $1.2B in 2016. Overall, diesel locomotive imports continue to indicate a perceptible contraction. Over the period under review, global diesel locomotive imports reached its maximum level of $2.3B in 2013- however, from 2014 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Diesel Locomotive Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (213.5 million USD)

2. Mexico (117.2 million USD)

3. United Kingdom (96.7 million USD)

4. France (40.4 million USD)

5. Germany (24.5 million USD)

6. China (9.8 million USD)

7. Ukraine (3.7 million USD)

8. India (3.4 million USD)

9. Sweden (2.1 million USD)

10. South Korea (0.9 million USD)

11. Spain (0.6 million USD)

Diesel Locomotive Imports By Country

The U.S. (146K tonnes) represented the major importing country with an import of around 146K tonnes, which finished at 41% of total imports. Ukraine (38K tonnes) occupied the second position in the ranking, followed by the UK (29K tonnes), and China (25K tonnes). All these countries together held near 26% share of total imports. Germany (12K tonnes), India (9.9K tonnes), Mexico (8.2K tonnes), Sweden (7.3K tonnes), France (7K tonnes), Spain (6.7K tonnes), and South Korea (5.5K tonnes) occupied the minor share of total imports.

The U.S. experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. At the same time, Sweden (+8.9%), and India (+1.4%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, Sweden emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +8.9% from 2007-2016. Germany, France, China, South Korea, Ukraine, and the UK experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, Spain (-1.2%), and Mexico (-17.2%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. Mexico (10%) significantly strengthened its position in terms of the global imports, while the U.S. saw its share reduced by -1.7% from 2007 to 2016, respectively. The shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, the largest diesel locomotive markets worldwide were the U.S. ($214M), Mexico ($117M) and the UK ($97M), with a combined 34% share of global imports. These countries were followed by France, Germany, China, Ukraine, India, Sweden, South Korea and Spain, which together accounted for a further 7%.

Sweden (+5.4% per year) experienced the highest rates of growth with regard to the diesel locomotive imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Diesel Locomotive Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for diesel locomotive amounted to $3,485 per tonne, reducing by -22.7% against the previous year. In general, diesel locomotive import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2012, an increase of 31% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, average diesel locomotive import price reached its maximum level of $5,391 per tonne in 2013- however, from 2014 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst major importing countries. In 2016, the country with the highest import prices was Mexico ($14 per kg), while Spain ($94 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of diesel locomotive import prices was attained by Mexico (+9.7% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Diesel And Diesel-Electric Locomotives - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025