Which Country Exports the Most Knives, Scissors and Blades in the World?

Cutlery, Hand Tools And General Hardware May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global knife and scissors exports amounted to 175K tonnes in 2016, export ,therefore, remained relatively stable against the previous year figure. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.2% from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010, when export increased by 24% year-to-year. Global knife and scissors export peaked of 194K tonnes in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, knife and scissors exports totaled $2.3B in 2016. Overall, it indicated a remarkable increase from 2007 to 2016: the total exports value increased at an average annual rate of +2.2% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, knife and scissors exports decreased by -6.9% against its level of 2014. Over the period under review, global knife and scissors exports reached its maximum level of $2.5B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Knife And Scissors Exporting Countries in the World

1. China (1,006.4 million USD)

2. Germany (270.5 million USD)

3. Japan (139.9 million USD)

4. Netherlands (59.7 million USD)

5. Belgium (50.2 million USD)

6. Brazil (46.1 million USD)

Knife And Scissors Exports By Country

China (130K tonnes) prevails in knife and scissors exports structure, reaching 130K tonnes, which was near 74% of total exports in 2016. Germany (6.5K tonnes), the Netherlands (4.7K tonnes), Belgium (3.9K tonnes), Japan (3.6K tonnes), and Brazil (3.4K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

China was also the fastest growing in terms of the knife and scissors exports, with a CAGR of +3.2% from 2007 to 2016. At the same time, the Netherlands (+2.2%), and Germany (+2.0%) displayed positive paces of growth. Japan experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, Brazil (-1.0%), and Belgium (-2.4%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. While the share of China (-18.1%) decreased significantly, the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, China ($1B) remains the largest knife and scissors supplier in the world, making up 44% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Germany ($271M), with the share of 12% of global exports. It was followed by Japan, with the share of 6%.

In China, knife and scissors exports expanded at an average annual rate of +7.3% over the period from 2007-2016. The remaining exporting countries recorded the following average annual rates: Germany (+0.5% per year) and Japan (+3.4% per year).

Knife And Scissors Export Prices By Country

In 2016, the average export price for knife and scissors amounted to $13 per kg, shrinking by -3.3% against the previous year. Over the period from 2007 to 2016 it increased at an average annual rate of +1.7%.The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2011, when export price increased by 25% year-to-year. Over the period under review, average knife and scissors export price reached its maximum level of $14 per kg in 2015, falling back in the following year.

There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst major exporting countries. In 2016, the country with the highest export prices was Germany ($42 per kg), while China ($7,772 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of knife and scissors export prices was attained by the Netherlands (+4.2% 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 8211 - Knives; with cutting blades, serrated or not (including pruning knives), other than knives of heading no. 8208, and blades therefore.

Source: World: Knives, Scissors And Blades - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025