Which Country Imports the Most Knives, Scissors and Blades in the World?

Cutlery, Hand Tools And General Hardware May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the amount of knife and scissors imported worldwide amounted to 290K tonnes, standing approx. at the previous year level. In general, knife and scissors imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2010, an increase of 5% from the previous year level. Global knife and scissors import peaked of 313K tonnes in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, knife and scissors imports stood at $2.5B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +2.7% from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. Over the period under review, global knife and scissors imports reached its maximum level of $2.6B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Knife And Scissors Importing Countries in the World

1. Germany (222.7 million USD)

2. France (99.8 million USD)

3. Netherlands (87.3 million USD)

4. United Kingdom (83.6 million USD)

5. Italy (74.6 million USD)

6. Belgium (54.4 million USD)

7. Australia (50.3 million USD)

8. Spain (47.5 million USD)

9. Russia (38.2 million USD)

10. China (27.9 million USD)

Knife And Scissors Imports By Country

In 2016, China (139K tonnes) was the major importer for knife and scissors, constituting 48% of total imports. Germany (12K tonnes), the UK (9.1K tonnes), France (7.8K tonnes), Australia (7.7K tonnes), Italy (6.4K tonnes), Belgium (5.9K tonnes), Spain (5.5K tonnes), the Netherlands (5.5K tonnes), and Russia (4.8K tonnes) took the mild share of total imports.

China experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. At the same time, Australia (+5.5%), and Belgium (+1.6%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, Australia emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +5.5% from 2007-2016. France, and the Netherlands experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, Italy (-1.6%), Spain (-1.8%), the UK (-2.0%), Germany (-3.3%), and Russia (-5.4%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. While the share of Germany (2%) increased significantly, the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, Germany ($223M) constitutes the largest market for imported knife and scissors worldwide, making up 9% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by France ($100M), with the share of 4% of global imports. It was followed by the Netherlands, with the share of 4%.

In Germany, knife and scissors imports stood at an average annual rate of +0.8% over the period from 2007-2016. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: France (+3.5% per year) and the Netherlands (+7.9% per year).

Knife And Scissors Import Prices By Country

The average knife and scissors import price stood at $8,519 per tonne in 2016, growing by 2% against the previous year. Over the period from 2007 to 2016 it increased at an average annual rate of +2.7%.The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, an increase of 14% against the previous year level. Over the period under review, average knife and scissors import price reached its maximum level in 2016, and is likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst major importing countries. In 2016, the country with the highest import prices was Germany ($18 per kg), while China ($201 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of knife and scissors import prices was attained by Russia (+12.5% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Knives, Scissors And Blades - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025