Which Country Exports the Most Ethers in the World?

Basic Chemicals May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the global exports of ether totaled 15M tonnes, declining by -5.3% against the previous year figure. Overall, it indicated a strong expansion from 2007 to 2016: the total exports volume increased at an average annual rate of +4.0% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2012, an increase of 21% year-to-year. Global ether export peaked of 16M tonnes in 2015, falling back in the following year.

In value terms, ether exports amounted to $13B in 2016. Overall, it indicated a modest growth from 2007 to 2016: the total exports value increased at an average annual rate of +4.0% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, ether exports decreased by -33.3% against its level of 2013. Global ether export peaked of $20B in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Ether Exporting Countries in the World

1. Saudi Arabia (3,227.8 million USD)

2. USA (2,702.0 million USD)

3. Germany (1,366.4 million USD)

4. Netherlands (1,188.7 million USD)

5. China (792.1 million USD)

6. Belgium (637.6 million USD)

7. France (396.7 million USD)

8. Singapore (302.8 million USD)

9. Malaysia (207.8 million USD)

10. Brazil (206.8 million USD)

11. Qatar (162.8 million USD)

12. Russia (127.2 million USD)

Ether Exports By Country

Saudi Arabia (5.8M tonnes) was the major exporter of ether in the world, resulting at 5.8M tonnes, which was near 39% of total exports in 2016. The U.S. (3.2M tonnes) occupied a 21% share (based on tonnes) of global ether exports, which put it in second place, following the Netherlands (8%), and Germany (5%). Belgium (660K tonnes), France (528K tonnes), Singapore (429K tonnes), Brazil (361K tonnes), Malaysia (321K tonnes), China (263K tonnes), Qatar (243K tonnes), and Russia (239K tonnes) held the minor share of total exports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of ether exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by Malaysia (+18.4% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Saudi Arabia ($3.2B), the U.S. ($2.7B) and Germany ($1.4B) appeared as the countries with the highest levels of exports in 2016, with a combined 56% share of global exports.

Saudi Arabia (+16.9% per year) experienced the highest rates of growth with regard to the ether exports, among the main exporting countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Ether Export Prices By Country

The average ether export price stood at $862 per tonne in 2016, declining by -12.1% against the previous year. Overall, ether export price continues to indicate a moderate deduction. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2011, when export increased by 26% year-to-year. Global ether export peaked of $1,427 per tonne in 2012; however, from 2013 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst major exporting countries. In 2016, the country with the highest export prices was China ($3,010 per tonne), while Russia ($532 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of ether export prices was attained by Saudi Arabia (+4.2% per year), while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the export price figures.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2909 - Ethers, ether-alcohols, ether-phenols, ether-alcohol-phenols, alcohol peroxides, ether peroxides, ketone peroxides (chemically defined or not); halogenated, sulphonated, nitrated, nitrosated derivative.

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