Which Country Imports the Most Glass Containers in the World?

Glass May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Which Country Imports the Most Glass Containers in the World?

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Bottles, Jars And Other Containers Of Glass - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

Global glass container imports totaled 20M tonnes in 2016, picking up by 4% against the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.7% over the period from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations being observed over the period under review. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, when it surged by 8% year-to-year. Over the period under review, global glass container imports reached its maximum volume in 2016, and are likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, glass container imports stood at $9.1B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +2.8% over the period from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations in certain years. Global glass container import peaked of $9.8B in 2014- however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Glass Container Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (1,475.0 million USD)

2. France (1,015.1 million USD)

3. Spain (486.9 million USD)

4. Italy (470.9 million USD)

5. Belgium (411.8 million USD)

6. Germany (369.3 million USD)

7. Netherlands (182.2 million USD)

8. Mexico (136.7 million USD)

9. Portugal (100.4 million USD)

10. Russia (87.8 million USD)

11. Czech Republic (62.5 million USD)

12. China (42.1 million USD)

Glass Container Imports By Country

The imports of the twelve major importers of glass container, namely China, the U.S., Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Czech Republic, represented more than half of total import.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of glass container imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Russia (+10.3% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the U.S. ($1.5B), France ($1B) and Spain ($487M) appeared as the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, with a combined 33% share of global imports.

The U.S. (+4.4% per year) had the highest growth rate of glass container imports, in terms of the main importing countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Glass Container Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for glass container amounted to $467 per tonne, reducing by -2.3% against the previous year. Over the period from 2007 to 2016 it increased at an average annual rate of +1.1%.The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2008, when import price increased by 16% from the previous year level. Global glass container import peaked of $519 per tonne in 2011- however, from 2012 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 the U.S. ($957 per tonne), while China ($25 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of glass container import prices was attained by France (+4.5% 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 7010 - Carboys, bottles, flasks, jars, pots, phials, ampoules, containers of glass of a kind used for the conveyance or packing of goods- preserving jars of glass- stoppers, lids and other closures of glass.

Source: World: Bottles, Jars And Other Containers Of Glass - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025