In the EU in 2020, around 3.7 million pairs of skis and individual snowboards were exported to other EU countries. In the same year, the EU exported 1.9 million pairs of skis and individual snowboards to non-EU countries, and imported 1.1 million of the same items from non-EU countries.
With regards to the production of pairs of skis and individual snowboards, the EU’s Member States produced 3.5 million items in 2020. Almost half of these items (1.6 million) were produced by Austria.
Austria largest EU exporter; United States main non-EU recipient
Across the EU Member States, the largest exporters were Austria (2.1 million pairs of skis and individual snowboards exported in 2020), Bulgaria (564 700) and France (551 200).
When it came to exports to non-EU countries, over a third of EU pairs of skis and individual snowboards were sent to the United States (708800, or 37 % of total extra-EU exports of skis and snowboards). This was ahead of Switzerland (289600, 15 %) and Canada (277900, 15 %).
Austria largest EU importer; Ukraine main non-EU originator
Furthermore, in 2020, the largest importers across the EU Member States were Austria (1.7 million pairs of skis and individual snowboards imported in 2020), France (825100 items) and Germany (549200 items).
When it came to imports from non-EU countries, almost half the pairs of skis and individual snowboards originated from Ukraine (529800 items, or 48 % of total extra-EU imports of skis and snowboards), followed by China (328500, 30 %).
This article is being published on the occasion of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
For more information:
- Eurostat Statistics Explained article on International trade in sporting goods
- Eurostat databases on international trade in goods and production of manufactured goods
- Eurostat dedicated sections on international trade in goods and production of manufactured goods