MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Exports of U.S.-made agricultural equipment dropped 13.5% in 2015 compared to the previous year, for a total $7.4 billion shipped worldwide, according to the Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), citing U.S. Department of Commerce data it uses in global market reports for members.

AEM is the North American-based international business group representing the off-road equipment manufacturing industry.

Asia and Central America closed out 2015 with gains while nearly all other regions recorded double-digit declines, led by South America.

Year-end 2015 agricultural equipment exports by major world regions compared to year-end 2014:

  • Canada dropped 17%, for a total $2.2 billion
  • Europe declined 22%, for a total $1.5 billion
  • Central America gained 7%, for a total $1.2 billion
  • Asia gained 17%, for a total $883 million
  • Australia/Oceania fell 4%,  for a total $702 million
  • South America dropped 35%, for a total $653 million
  • Africa decreased 24%, for a total $265 million

AEM Market Analysis Overview

AEM’s Benjamin Duyck, director of market intelligence, provides some insights:

"Agricultural equipment exports continue to be down for the third year in a row, though the decrease in 2015 was not as strong as the 29.2% one in 2014.

"When we look at quarterly change, the decrease in the fourth quarter of 2015 (3.9%) was the lowest year-over-year decrease since the fourth quarter of 2012. When we look at the initial results of our fourth-quarter North American Agricultural Equipment Industry Conditions Trends Survey, which tracks the perceptions of member manufacturers, of those that exported goods, 77% of respondents indicated their exports were either declining or remained somewhat stable.

"The global economy is experiencing a long-term slump in commodity prices which has put downward pressure on agricultural exports. In early February, the USDA indicated U.S. farm income is expected to continue its decline into 2017. External headwinds such as the global economic malaise combined with a strong U.S. dollar ushering in a new normal makes it appear the declines will continue into 2016."

Exports by Top 10 Countries

The countries buying the most U.S.-made agricultural machinery during 2015 (by dollar volume):

1. Canada - $2.2 billion, down 17%

2. Mexico - $1 billion, up 11%

3. Australia - $625 million, down 2%

4. China - $471 million, up 47.5%

5. Germany - $255 million, down 13%

6. Brazil - $208 million, down 49%

7. France - $199 million, down 2%

8. South Africa - $167 million, down 31%

9. United Kingdom - $157 million, down 10%

10. Chile - $153 million, up 5%

Economic Resources Available

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