In 2020, the European Union (EU) of 27 Member States exported almost 1.3 million bicycles and other cycles, worth a total of EUR 471 million, to countries outside of the EU. Over the same period, the EU imported almost 5 million bicycles, worth EUR 930 million, from countries outside the EU.
Compared with 2019, exports of bicycles and other cycles increased by 35 % in 2020 in numbers, while imports declined by 3 %.
273 900 electric bicycles worth EUR 427 million were exported by the EU in 2020 (the data include bicycles with pedal assistance and an auxiliary electric motor with a continuous rated power of less than 250 W). Meanwhile, the EU imported 839 100 electric bicycles, worth EUR 721 million, from countries outside the EU.
Compared with 2019, exports of electric bicycles increased by 43 % in 2020 in numbers, while imports of electric bicycles increased by 19 %.
Main extra-EU destinations: the UK and Switzerland
In 2020, the United Kingdom was the main destination for EU exports of bicycles (34 % of total extra-EU bicycle exports), followed by Switzerland (13 %), Brazil (9%), Turkey (5 %) and Uzbekistan (4 %). Meanwhile, Switzerland and the United Kingdom were also the main destinations for EU exports of electric bicycles (36 % and 29 % of total extra-EU electric bicycle exports respectively), followed by Norway (14% ) and the United States (10 %).
A quarter of EU imports of bicycles from Cambodia, half of electric bicycles from Taiwan
In 2020, imports of bicycles from non-EU countries came mainly from Cambodia (24% of total extra-EU bicycle imports), China (17 %), Taiwan (11 %), Bangladesh (8 %), Turkey (7 %), Philippines (6 %) and Sri Lanka (5 %). Meanwhile, imports of electric bicycles into the EU came primarily from Taiwan (53 % of total extra-EU electric bicycle imports), followed by Vietnam (19 %), China (10 %), Turkey (7 %) and Switzerland (6 %).