Which Country Imports the Most Chocolate and Cocoa Products in the World?

Cocoa, Chocolate And Confectionery May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the global chocolate imports totaled 5.3M tonnes, flattening at the previous year level. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.9% over the period from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2011, when import increased by 10% year-to-year. Global chocolate import peaked of 5.5M tonnes in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, chocolate imports amounted to $26B in 2016. Overall, it indicated a prominent growth from 2007 to 2016: the total imports value increased at an average annual rate of +2.9% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, chocolate imports decreased by -5.4% against its level of 2014. Global chocolate import peaked of $27B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Chocolate Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (2.7 billion USD)

2. Germany (2.4 billion USD)

3. France (2.1 billion USD)

4. United Kingdom (1.9 billion USD)

5. Netherlands (1.2 billion USD)

6. Canada (1.0 billion USD)

7. Belgium (0.8 billion USD)

8. Poland (0.6 billion USD)

9. Spain (0.6 billion USD)

10. Saudi Arabia (0.6 billion USD)

11. Italy (0.6 billion USD)

12. Japan (0.5 billion USD)

Chocolate Imports By Country

The countries with the highest levels of chocolate imports in 2016 were Germany (471K tonnes), France (445K tonnes), the UK (443K tonnes), the U.S. (394K tonnes), the Netherlands (267K tonnes), Canada (206K tonnes), Belgium (199K tonnes), Japan (165K tonnes), Poland (159K tonnes), Spain (146K tonnes), Italy (119K tonnes), and Saudi Arabia (108K tonnes), together recording 59% of total import.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of chocolate imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Saudi Arabia (+12.1% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the U.S. ($2.7B), Germany ($2.4B) and France ($2.1B) appeared as the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, with a combined 28% share of global imports.The UK, the Netherlands, Canada, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Italy and Japan lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 31%.

Saudi Arabia (+13.2% per year) experienced the highest growth rate of chocolate imports, in terms of the main importing countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Chocolate Import Prices By Country

The average chocolate import price stood at $4,857 per tonne in 2016, moving up by 3% against the previous year. Over the last nine years it increased at an average annual rate of +2.3%.The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2008, when import increased by 15% against the previous year level. Global chocolate import peaked of $4,994 per tonne in 2014; however, from 2015 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 the U.S. ($6,754 per tonne), while Japan ($3,294 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of chocolate import prices was attained by the U.S. (+8.5% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 1806 - Chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa.

Source: World: Chocolate And Cocoa Products - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025