Which Country Imports the Most Alumina in the World?

Basic Precious Metals May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Which Country Imports the Most Alumina in the World?

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Alcohols And Their Halogenated, Sulphonated, Nitrated Or Nitrosated Derivatives ; Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2016, the global imports of alcohol stood at 49M tonnes, waning by ;3.4% against the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.5% over the period from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations being observed in certain years. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2009, when import increased by 10% from the previous year level. Global alcohol import peaked of 51M tonnes in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, alcohol imports totaled $27B in 2016. Overall, alcohol imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. Over the period under review, global alcohol imports reached its maximum level of $42B in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Alcohol Importing Countries in the World

1. China (8.5 billion USD)

2. India (1.8 billion USD)

3. South Korea (1.2 billion USD)

4. Germany (1.1 billion USD)

5. Netherlands (1.1 billion USD)

6. Belgium (1.1 billion USD)

7. Japan (0.9 billion USD)

8. Italy (0.6 billion USD)

9. Turkey (0.6 billion USD)

10. France (0.5 billion USD)

11. Brazil (0.5 billion USD)

12. Thailand (0.4 billion USD)

Alcohol Imports By Country

China (18M tonnes) was the main importing country with an import of about 18M tonnes, which resulted at 37% of total imports. India (3.4M tonnes) ranks second globally in alcohol imports with a 7% share, following the Netherlands (5%), and South Korea (5%). Germany (2.2M tonnes), Japan (2M tonnes), Belgium (1.9M tonnes), Brazil (1.4M tonnes), Turkey (1.1M tonnes), Thailand (1.1M tonnes), Italy (1M tonnes), and France (973K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

From 2007 to 2016, average annual rates of growth with regard to alcohol imports into China stood at +10.9%. At the same time, India (+13.0%), Brazil (+10.4%), Belgium (+6.2%), Turkey (+5.9%), the Netherlands (+4.2%), Thailand (+3.6%), and South Korea (+1.3%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, India emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +13.0% from 2007;2016. Germany experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, France (;1.4%), Japan (;2.2%), and Italy (;3.0%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. From 2007 to 2016, the share of the Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, India, and China decreased by ;1.6%, ;1.7%, ;1.7%, ;4.7%, and ;22.5% percentage points, while the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, China ($8.5B) constitutes the largest market for imported alcohol worldwide, making up 32% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by India ($1.8B), with the share of 7% of global imports. It was followed by South Korea, with the share of 4%.

From 2007 to 2016, the average annual growth rate of value of alcohol imports in China expanded at +1.6%. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: India (+9.6% per year) and South Korea (;2.4% per year).

Alcohol Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for alcohol amounted to $552 per tonne, falling by ;14.8% against the previous year. Overall, alcohol import price continues to indicate a noticeable slump. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010, an increase of 38% year;to;year. Global alcohol import peaked of $857 per tonne in 2011; however, from 2012 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst major importing countries. In 2016, the country with the highest import prices was Italy ($632 per tonne), while Brazil ($353 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of alcohol import prices was attained by Japan (;2.1% per year), while the other global leaders experienced a decline in the import price figures.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2905 ; Acyclic alcohols and their halogenated, sulphonated, nitrated or nitrosated derivatives.

Source: World: Alcohols And Their Halogenated, Sulphonated, Nitrated Or Nitrosated Derivatives ; Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025"

"IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Alumina (Aluminum Oxide) - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2016, the amount of alumina imported worldwide totaled 87M tonnes, approximately mirroring the previous year figure. In general, alumina imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2012, when it surged by 6% y-o-y. Global alumina import peaked in 2016, and are likely to continue its growth in the near future.

In value terms, alumina imports amounted to $13B in 2016. In general, alumina imports continue to indicate a slight descent. Global alumina import peaked of $17B in 2008- however, from 2009 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Alumina Importing Countries in the World

1. United Arab Emirates (1,380.4 million USD)

2. Russia (1,326.5 million USD)

3. Canada (1,207.7 million USD)

4. China (933.6 million USD)

5. Norway (662.2 million USD)

6. Bahrain (433.9 million USD)

7. India (433.7 million USD)

8. Brazil (37.4 million USD)

9. Australia (13.1 million USD)

10. Ireland (3.5 million USD)

11. Jamaica (0.0 million USD)

12. Suriname (0.0 million USD)

Alumina Imports By Country

In 2016, Australia (19M tonnes), distantly followed by Brazil (9.7M tonnes), United Arab Emirates (5.1M tonnes), Russia (4.9M tonnes), Canada (4.8M tonnes), and Jamaica (4.4M tonnes) represented the key importers of alumina, together mixed up 55% of total imports. China (3.1M tonnes), Norway (2.5M tonnes), India (2.3M tonnes), Suriname (2.3M tonnes), Ireland (2M tonnes), and Bahrain (1.8M tonnes) took the slight share of total imports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of alumina imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by United Arab Emirates (+12.6% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, United Arab Emirates ($1.4B), Russia ($1.3B) and Canada ($1.2B) appeared as the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, with a combined 29% share of global imports.China, Norway, Bahrain, India, Brazil, Australia, Ireland, Jamaica and Suriname lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 19%.

India (+11.0% per year) recorded the highest rates of growth with regard to the alumina imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the imports figures.

Alumina Import Prices By Country

The average alumina import price stood at $153 per tonne in 2016, shrinking by -12.1% against the previous year. In general, alumina import price continues to indicate a measured drop. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010, when it surged by 24% y-o-y. Global alumina import peaked of $209 per tonne in 2008- however, from 2009 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst major importing countries. In 2016, the country with the highest import prices was China ($305 per tonne), while Suriname ($0 per kg) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of alumina import prices was attained by India (+4.0% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Do you want to know more about global alumina market? Get the latest trends and insight from our report. It includes a wide range of statistics on

  • alumina market share
  • alumina prices
  • alumina industry
  • alumina sales
  • alumina import
  • alumina export
  • alumina market forecast
  • alumina price forecast
  • key alumina producers

All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2818 - Aluminium oxide (including artificial corundum)- aluminium hydroxide.

Source: World: Alumina (Aluminum Oxide) - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025