Which Country Imports the Most Cocoa Beans in the World?

Beverage Crops January 25, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global cocoa imports amounted to 3,073 thousand tonnes in 2015, standing approx. at the previous year level.Overall, the global cocoa imports indicated a moderate decline from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total import volume decreased at an average annual rate of -0.2% over the last eight years.

The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, when the output figure increased by +15% from the previous year level. In that year, the global cocoa imports attained its maximum volume of 3,325 thousand tonnes. From 2012 to 2015, the total cocoa imports growth failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, global cocoa imports amounted to $9,379 million in 2015. Overall, the value of global cocoa imports increased robustly from 2007 to 2015, expanding at an average annual rate of +5.6%. This trend pattern, however, indicated relatively mild fluctuations throughout the analyzed period.

Top Cocoa Importing Countries in the World

1. Netherlands (703K Tonnes)

2. USA (479K Tonnes)

3. Germany (301K Tonnes)

4. Belgium (246K Tonnes)

5. Malaysia (222K Tonnes)

6. France (133K Tonnes)

7. Spain (106K Tonnes)

Cocoa Imports By Country

The countries with the highest levels of the cocoa imports in 2015 were the Netherlands (703 thousand tonnes), the United States (479 thousand tonnes), Germany (301 thousand tonnes), together accounting for 48% of total imports.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of cocoa imports among the main importing countries was attained by the Netherlands (+3.8% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the Netherlands (2,100 million USD), the United States (1,469 million USD) and Germany (904 million USD) were the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2015, together accounting for 48% of total imports.

the Netherlands (+10.6% per year) had the highest growth rates of cocoa imports among the main importing countries over the last eight years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Cocoa (Beans) - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025