Which Country Imports the Most Escalators and Moving Walkways in the World?

Lifting And Handling Equipment May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the global escalator imports totaled 4.6M tonnes, moving up by 4% against the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.6% from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations in certain years. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2012, when it surged by 10% year-to-year. Global escalator import peaked in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the near future.

In value terms, escalator imports totaled $27B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +2.6% over the period from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. Global escalator import peaked of $29B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Escalator Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (3.8 billion USD)

2. China (2.3 billion USD)

3. Germany (1.2 billion USD)

4. Russia (0.8 billion USD)

5. France (0.8 billion USD)

6. Netherlands (0.7 billion USD)

7. Australia (0.7 billion USD)

8. Turkey (0.6 billion USD)

9. South Korea (0.5 billion USD)

10. Indonesia (0.5 billion USD)

11. Spain (0.4 billion USD)

12. Italy (0.3 billion USD)

Escalator Imports By Country

China (515K tonnes), the U.S. (368K tonnes), Germany (338K tonnes), France (235K tonnes), Italy (216K tonnes), Spain (157K tonnes), Russia (145K tonnes), the Netherlands (125K tonnes), Indonesia (125K tonnes), South Korea (115K tonnes), Australia (100K tonnes), and Turkey (94K tonnes) represented roughly 55% of total imports of escalator in 2016.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of escalator imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Indonesia (+22.0% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the U.S. ($3.8B), China ($2.3B) and Germany ($1.2B) constituted the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, together accounting for 27% of global imports. These countries were followed by Russia, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Turkey, South Korea, Indonesia, Spain and Italy, which together accounted for a further 21%.

Indonesia (+20.6% per year) had the highest rates of growth with regard to the escalator imports, in terms of the main importing countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Escalator Import Prices By Country

The average escalator import price stood at $5,768 per tonne in 2016, shrinking by -6.5% against the previous year. In general, escalator import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, when import increased by 15% from the previous year level. Global escalator import peaked of $6,507 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. ($10 per kg), while Italy ($1,438 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of escalator import prices was attained by China (+3.6% 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 8428 - Lifting, handling, loading or unloading machinery; n.e.c. in heading no. 8425, 8426 or 8427 (e.g. lifts, escalators, conveyors, teleferics).

Source: World: Escalators And Moving Walkways - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025