Exports 2009-2018

In 2018, approx. 821K tonnes of disinfectants were exported worldwide; picking up by 3.6% against the previous year. Overall, the total exports indicated a resilient expansion from 2009 to 2018: its volume increased at an average annual rate of +8.4% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Based on 2018 figures, disinfectants exports increased by +106.7% against 2009 indices. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010 with an increase of 14% year-to-year. The global exports peaked in 2018 and are expected to retain its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, disinfectants exports stood at $2.3B (IndexBox estimates) in 2018.

Exports by Country

In 2018, Belgium (129K tonnes) and Germany (127K tonnes) were the main exporters of disinfectants in the world, together finishing at near 31% of total exports. It was followed by the U.S. (78K tonnes), France (66K tonnes), the UK (46K tonnes), Spain (44K tonnes) and China (43K tonnes), together mixing up a 34% share of total exports. The following exporters – the Netherlands (33K tonnes), Mexico (22K tonnes), Canada (20K tonnes), Argentina (20K tonnes) and the Czech Republic (16K tonnes) – together made up 14% of total exports.

From 2009 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of exports, amongst the main exporting countries, was attained by Mexico, while exports for the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest disinfectants supplying countries worldwide were Germany ($389M), Belgium ($362M) and the U.S. ($240M), together comprising 43% of global exports. The UK, France, the Netherlands, Spain, China, Mexico, Canada, the Czech Republic and Argentina lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 34%.

Export Prices by Country

In 2018, the average disinfectants export price amounted to $2,780 per tonne, rising by 7.4% against the previous year. In general, the disinfectants export price, however, continues to indicate a slight deduction. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2011 when the average export price increased by 7.8% y-o-y. Over the period under review, the average export prices for disinfectants attained their maximum at $3,113 per tonne in 2009; however, from 2010 to 2018, export prices remained at a lower figure.

Prices varied noticeably by the country of origin; the country with the highest price was the UK ($4,649 per tonne), while Argentina ($1,237 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From 2009 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by Canada, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Imports 2009-2018

In 2018, approx. 890K tonnes of disinfectants were imported worldwide; surging by 7.7% against the previous year.

In value terms, disinfectants imports stood at $2.5B (IndexBox estimates) in 2018.

Imports by Country

The imports of the three major importers of disinfectants, namely Germany, Belgium and France, represented a quarter of the total imports. It was followed by the UK (40K tonnes), mixing up a 4.5% share of total imports. The following importers – Canada (38K tonnes), the Netherlands (28K tonnes), Austria (23K tonnes), Mexico (23K tonnes), the U.S. (22K tonnes), Poland (21K tonnes), China (20K tonnes) and Spain (20K tonnes) – together made up 22% of total imports.

From 2009 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of imports, amongst the main importing countries, was attained by China, while imports for the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Germany ($236M), Belgium ($185M) and China ($144M) were the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2018, together accounting for 23% of global imports.

Import Prices by Country

The average disinfectants import price stood at $2,798 per tonne in 2018, jumping by 5.8% against the previous year. In general, the disinfectants import price, however, continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2018 when the average import price increased by 5.8% y-o-y. Over the period under review, the average import prices for disinfectants reached their maximum at $2,888 per tonne in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2018, import prices stood at a somewhat lower figure.

Prices varied noticeably by the country of destination; the country with the highest price was China ($7,077 per tonne), while the UK ($1,478 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From 2009 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by Poland, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.