Ever wonder which countries export the most copper? See the list, which also shows each exporter's percentage of global copper exports within parenthesis. In 2016, world copper exports were US$119 billion.
African Exporters

Africa exported $9 billion worth of copper led by the following countries:

  1. Zambia: $3.9 billion
  2. Democratic Rep. Congo: $2.6 billion
  3. Congo: $932.8 million
  4. South Africa: $537.2 million
  5. Namibia: $349.2 million
  6. Egypt: $161.1 million
  7. Nigeria: $109.9 million
  8. Morocco: $103.2 million
  9. Tunisia: $74.1 million
10. Tanzania: $73.5 million
Asian Exporters

Asia exported $34.5 billion worth of copper led by the following countries:

  1. Japan: $6.4 billion
  2. China: $5.8 billion
  3. South Korea: $3.7 billion
  4. Taiwan: $3.5 billion
  5. India: $2.3 billion
  6. Kazakhstan: $1.9 billion
  7. Malaysia: $1.7 billion
  8. Indonesia: $1.6 billion
  9. Thailand: $1.3 billion
10. Hong Kong: $1.2 billion
European Union (EU) Exporters

European Union exported $36.3 billion worth of copper led by the following EU members:

  1. Germany: $10.5 billion
  2. Italy: $3.7 billion
  3. Netherlands: $3 billion
  4. Spain: $2.7 billion
  5. Poland: $2.7 billion
  6. France: $2.5 billion
  7. Belgium: $2 billion
  8. United Kingdom: $1.7 billion
  9. Bulgaria: $1.7 billion
10. Sweden: $1.2 billion
Latin American and Caribbean Exporters

Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean exported $18.1 billion worth of copper led by the following countries:

  1. Chile: $15.1 billion
  2. Peru: $1.7 billion
  3. Brazil: $910.1 million
  4. Colombia: $181.9 million
  5. Venezuela: $39.6 million
  6. Ecuador: $32.7 million
  7. Dominican Republic: $27.6 million
  8. Cuba: $20.9 million
  9. Panama: $18.7 million
10. Costa Rica: $16.1 million
Middle Eastern Exporters

Middle East exported $3.1 billion worth of copper led by the following countries:

  1. United Arab Emirates: $2 billion
  2. Iran: $435.5 million
  3. Saudi Arabia: $406 million
  4. Israel: $81.5 million
  5. Lebanon: $72.5 million
  6. Qatar: $48.8 million
  7. Jordan: $37.1 million
  8. Yemen: $22.2 million
  9. Kuwait: $18.5 million
10. Syrian Arab Republic: $14.7 million
North American Exporters

North America exported $10.8 billion worth of copper led by the following countries:

  1. United States: $6.3 billion
  2. Canada: $2.6 billion
  3. Mexico: $1.9 billion
Oceanian Exporters

Oceania exported $2.5 billion worth of copper led by the following countries:

  1. Australia: $2.5 billion
  2. New Zealand: $60.2 million
  3. Papua New Guinea: $3.3 million
  4. New Caledonia: $1 million
  5. Fiji: $916,000
  6. Northern Mariana Is.: $259,000
  7. Kiribati: $122,000
  8. French Polynesia: $121,000
  9. Micronesia: $101,000
10. Tonga: $91,000
The accompanying list identifies exporters with the fastest-growing international sales of copper from 2012 to 2016. Overall, the 5-year percentage decline for this exported product category was -31.4%.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis

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