Which Country Runs the Biggest Trade Surplus?

Balance of Trade (As % of GDP) (%), 2013 or latest
Economy | February 26, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 162 countries in 2013, Macao ranked the highest in balance of trade as a share of GDP with 60.9% followed by Qatar and Kuwait. On the other end of the scale was East Timor with -112%, Lesotho with -60.7% and Liberia with -57.2%.

Average balance of trade as a share of GDP reached 0.155% in 2013 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 135 % more than in the previous year and -110 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average balance of trade as a share of GDP reached an all time high of 0.580% in 1997 and an all time low of -1.04% in 1980. The average annual growth amounted to nan % since 1960.

Data for more countries are available at Balance of Trade (As % of GDP) indicator page.

Balance of Trade (As % of GDP) Unit 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Azerbaijan % 39.6% 42.3% 28.5% 33.6% 32.3%
Bahrain % 21.6% 19.3% 19.0% 18.6% 31.2% ...
Brunei % 40.0% 50.7% 37.0% 48.6% 51.1%
Gabon % 29.4% 36.8% 17.5% 22.0% 27.5%
Ireland % 8.85% 8.72% 14.8% 17.5% 20.3%
Kuwait % 35.1% 40.8% 30.1% 36.3% 47.3%
Luxembourg % 32.4% 32.6% 32.9% 33.6% 33.2%
Macao % 27.6% 33.8% 44.5% 56.1% 58.4%
Oman % 16.5% 21.3% 16.0% 24.4% 33.5% ...
Puerto Rico % 16.7% 18.4% 20.9% 22.1% 21.4%
Qatar % ... 24.4% 33.3% 22.1% 38.4% 45.9% ... ...
Saudi Arabia % 25.0% 28.1% 9.32% 16.6% 26.6%
Singapore % 30.8% 20.9% 23.5% 26.4% 26.4%
Trinidad and Tobago % 28.0% 35.8% 13.7% 23.1% 23.0%
Turkmenistan % 36.7% 23.7% 29.4% 32.5% 31.2% ...