Which Country Imports the Most Gypsum in the World?

Other Non-Ferrous Metal Ores May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global gypsum imports totaled 69M tonnes in 2016, stabilizing at the previous year figure. In general, gypsum imports continue to indicate a slight curtailment. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2015, an increase of 5% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, global gypsum imports attained its maximum volume of 77M tonnes in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, gypsum imports totaled $1.4B in 2016. In general, gypsum imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. Global gypsum import peaked of $1.5B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Gypsum Importing Countries in the World

1. India (92.5 million USD)

2. Viet Nam (90.7 million USD)

3. Indonesia (73.8 million USD)

4. Nigeria (72.1 million USD)

5. Japan (70.3 million USD)

6. Malaysia (47.1 million USD)

7. Canada (25.1 million USD)

8. Germany (9.5 million USD)

9. Mexico (4.3 million USD)

10. Thailand (3.6 million USD)

11. Iran (0.8 million USD)

12. Oman (0.5 million USD)

Gypsum Imports By Country

Thailand (10M tonnes), and Canada (8.2M tonnes) represented roughly 27% of total imports of gypsum in 2016. It was distantly followed by India (4.5M tonnes), Viet Nam (4.1M tonnes), and Mexico (3.5M tonnes), together comprising 18% share of total gypsum imports. The following importers - Iran (2.6M tonnes), Indonesia (2.4M tonnes), Japan (2.3M tonnes), Germany (2.1M tonnes), Oman (1.7M tonnes), Malaysia (1.6M tonnes), and Nigeria (1.6M tonnes) together made up 21% of total imports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of gypsum imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by India (+30.1% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, India ($93M), Viet Nam ($91M) and Indonesia ($74M) were the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, together accounting for 18% of global imports.

India (+23.8% per year) had the highest rates of growth with regard to the gypsum 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.

Gypsum Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for gypsum amounted to $20 per tonne, remaining relatively unchanged against the previous year level. Over the period from 2007 to 2016 it increased at an average annual rate of +1.8%.The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2008, when import price increased by 18% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, average gypsum import price attained its maximum level of $23 per tonne in 2014; however, from 2015 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 Nigeria ($46 per tonne), while Iran ($0 per kg) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of gypsum import prices was attained by Malaysia (+2.5% 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 2520 - Gypsum; anhydrite; plasters (consisting of calcined gypsum or calcium sulphate), coloured or not, with or without small quantities of accelerators or retarders.

Source: World: Gypsum, Anhydrite And Limestone - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025