Soap; organic surface-active preparations used as soap, skin washing, in bars, cakes, moulded pieces, shapes, liquid or cream, containing soap or not; for retail, paper, wadding, felt and nonwovens, impregnated, coated or covered with soap or detergent

3401 (Harmonized System 1992 for 4-digit)

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Overview This page contains the latest trade data of Soap. In 2021, Soap were the world's 404th most traded product, with a total trade of $8.14B. Between 2020 and 2021 the exports of Soap decreased by -5.38%, from $8.6B to $8.14B. Trade in Soap represent 0.039% of total world trade.

Soap are a part of Soap, cleaners, candles, dental, modelling pastes. They include Soaps, for toilet use, solid, Soaps nes, and Soaps for purposes other than toilet soap, solid.

Exports In 2021 the top exporters of Soap  were China ($757M), Indonesia ($753M), Germany ($709M), Malaysia ($494M), and United States ($473M).

Imports In 2021 the top importers of Soap were United States ($712M), Germany ($489M), United Kingdom ($302M), France ($284M), and Canada ($278M).

Ranking Soap ranks 858th in the Product Complexity Index (PCI).

Description Soap is a surfactant, which is a chemical that lowers the surface tension of water and acts as a detergent. Surfactants are made up of a hydrophilic head (a water-loving end) and a hydrophobic tail (a water-hating end). The hydrophilic heads attach to water molecules and the hydrophobic tails attach to oil and grease.

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* Using January 2020 exchange rates when trade data is reported in local currency.

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Historical Data

Exporters and Importers

Top Origin (2021)China$757M
Top Destination (2021)United States$712M

In 2021 Soap were the world's 404th most traded product (out of 1,217).

In 2021, the top exporters of Soap were China ($757M), Indonesia ($753M), Germany ($709M), Malaysia ($494M), and United States ($473M).

In 2021, the top importers of Soap were United States ($712M), Germany ($489M), United Kingdom ($302M), France ($284M), and Canada ($278M).

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Market Dynamics

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Top Origin Growth (2020 -  2021)Indonesia$110M
Top Destination Growth (2020 -  2021)Germany$32.3M

Between 2020 and 2021, the exports of Soap grew the fastest in Indonesia ($110M), Greece ($57.7M), Germany ($36.2M), Guatemala ($23.9M), and Egypt ($23.2M).

Between 2020 and 2021, the fastest growing importers of Soap were Germany ($32.3M), China ($32.2M), United Arab Emirates ($31.8M), India ($25.4M), and Chile ($18.4M).

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Exporters of Soap (2020 - 2021)

Importers of Soap (2020 - 2021)

Market Concentration

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This chart shows the evolution of the market concentration of exports of Soap.

In 2021, market concentration measured using Shannon Entropy, was 5.11. This means that most of the exports of Soap are explained by 34 countries.

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Value of Exports in Soap

Net Trade

TOP NET EXPORTER (2021)Indonesia$720M
TOP NET IMPORTER (2021)United States$239M

This map shows which countries export or import more of Soap. Each country is colored based on the difference in exports and imports of Soap during 2021.

In 2021, the countries that had a largest trade value in exports than in imports of Soap were Indonesia ($720M), China ($576M), Malaysia ($418M), Poland ($328M), and Turkey ($295M).

In 2021, the countries that had a largest trade value in imports than in exports of Soap were United States ($239M), Canada ($221M), Australia ($138M), Philippines ($117M), and Iraq ($112M).

Net Trade (2021)

Disaggregation

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In 2021, the world most traded Soap, disaggragated by their HS6 level were Soaps, for toilet use, solid ($3.79B), Soaps for purposes other than toilet... ($2.3B), and Soaps nes ($2.06B)

HS6 Disaggregation for Soap (2021)
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Country Comparison

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This visualization shows the countries that have an important ratio of their trade related to Soap.
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Top 10 Exporters Countries of Soap by percentage of total exports

Product Complexity

Diversification Frontier

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The Complexity-Relatedness diagram compares the risk and the strategic value of a product's potential export opportunities. Relatedness is predictive of the probability that a country increases its exports in a product. Complexity, is associated with higher levels of income, economic growth potential, lower income inequality, and lower emissions.

Relatedness vs Country Complexity (2021)

Country by Relatedness

The following visualization shows the relatedness of Soap to countries. Higher relatedness values ​​indicate greater knowledge, which predicts a greater probability of exporting that product in the future.

Relative Relatedness by Country (2021)

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