The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +3.1%
from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor
fluctuations over the period under review. The pace of growth was the most
pronounced in 2012 when export increased by 11% from the previous year level.
Global beer export peaked in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the
In value terms, beer exports totalled $13B in 2016. The total export value
increased at an average annual rate of +2.8% over the period from 2007 to 2016;
the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations being
recorded throughout the analyzed period. Global beer export peaked of $14B in
2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.
Top Beer Exporting Countries in the World
1. Mexico (2,814.3 million USD)
2. Netherlands (1,921.0 million USD)
3. Belgium (1,445.5 million USD)
4. Germany (1,302.1 million USD)
5. United Kingdom (805.3 million USD)
6. USA (615.1 million USD)
7. France (391.3 million USD)
8. Ireland (314.9 million USD)
9. Denmark (288.4 million USD)
10. Czech Republic (265.3 million USD)
11. Poland (174.7 million USD)
12. Russia (125.5 million USD)
Beer Exports By Country
In 2016, Mexico (3.2M tonnes), distantly followed by the Netherlands (1.9M
tonnes), Germany (1.7M tonnes), and Belgium (1.5M tonnes) were the key
exporters of beer, together creating 52% of total exports. The following
exporters – France (652K tonnes), the U.S. (622K tonnes), the UK (609K tonnes),
Czech Republic (464K tonnes), Ireland (440K tonnes), Russia (375K tonnes),
Poland (331K tonnes), and Denmark (307K tonnes) together made up 24% of total
From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of beer exports, among the main
exporting countries, was attained by France (+15.0% per year), while the other
global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.
In value terms, the largest beer markets worldwide were Mexico ($2.8B), the
Netherlands ($1.9B) and Belgium ($1.4B), together comprising 47% of global
exports. Germany, the UK, the U.S., France, Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic,
Poland and Russia lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further
The U.S. (+10.5% per year) experienced the highest rates of growth with regard
to the beer exports, among the main exporting countries, over the last 9 years,
while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.
Beer Export Prices By Country
In 2016, the average export price for beer amounted to $829 per tonne, lowering
by -2.2% against the previous year. In general, beer export price continues to
indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth appeared the most
rapid in 2010 when it surged by 7% from the previous year level. Global beer
export peaked of $949 per tonne in 2013; however, from 2014 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
the UK ($1,323 per tonne), while Russia ($335 per tonne) was among the lowest.
From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of beer export prices was
attained by Belgium (+2.7% per year), while the other global leaders
experienced mixed trends in the export price figures.