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An Overview of the Penicillin Industry in China

An Overview of the Penicillin Industry in China2019.05.30

Penicillin is a group of antibiotics which can be used as the medications against many bacterial infections. It generally refers to penicillin G (intravenous use), procaine penicillin, benzathine penicillin and penicillin V (use by mouth).


According to the ITC data, China is the top exporter of penicillin (HS 294110 penicillins and their derivatives with a penicillanic acid structure; salts thereof), accounting for 47.8% of the world’s penicillin export value in 2018, followed by Spain, India and Singapore which accounts for 12.9%, 9.8%, and 6.5% respectively in the world’s export value.



(Data Source: ITC)


In the past five years the world’s penicillin (HS 294110) export value has shown a downward trend from the 2014 to 2016, and then an upward trend from 2017 and 2018. China’s penicillin export value is in the same path which bottoms at 682,302 thousand USD in 2016 and peaks at 885,088 thousand USD in 2018.



(Data Source: ITC) 



In 2018, China has exported a total of 35,249 MT penicillin (HS294110) to the world. India is the largest importer of penicillin from China, and has imported 15,975MT in 2018, accounting for 40.9% of China’s export value, followed by Spain and Indonesia as the second and third penicillin importer from China in 2018.



(Data Source: ITC)



(Data Source: ITC)


In China, the major penicillin producers are CSPC, Huaxin Pharmaceutical, United Laboratories, North China Pharmaceutical, Harbin Pharmaceutical Group, Lukang Pharmaceutical, which accounts for 32%, 22%, 18%, 14%, 9%, and 5% of the total production capacity. 



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