Which Country Imports the Most Mineral Waters and Aerated Waters in the World?

Soft Drinks and Mineral Waters May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

In 2016, approx. 129M tonnes of bottled water were imported worldwide; flattening at the previous year level. In general, bottled water imports continue to indicate a modest expansion. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2008, when it surged by 591% year-to-year. Global bottled water import peaked of 788M tonnes in 2010; however, from 2011 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, bottled water imports totaled $3.7B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +2.0% over the period from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Global bottled water import peaked of $3.7B in 2014; afterwards, it flattened through to 2016.

Top Bottled Water Importing Countries in the World

1. Belgium (287.6 million USD)

2. Netherlands (126.3 million USD)

3. France (119.7 million USD)

4. China, Macao SAR (51.6 million USD)

5. Kazakhstan (11.0 million USD)

6. Poland (6.1 million USD)

Bottled Water Imports By Country

China, Macao SAR (97M tonnes) prevails in bottled water imports structure, finishing at 97M tonnes, which was near 75% of total imports in 2016. The Netherlands (5.5M tonnes), France (4.9M tonnes), Poland (4.8M tonnes), Kazakhstan (4.6M tonnes), and Belgium (4.2M tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

China, Macao SAR was also the fastest growing in terms of the bottled water imports, with a CAGR of +3.0% from 2007 to 2016. At the same time, Kazakhstan (+1.3%) displayed positive paces of growth. Poland, the Netherlands, and France experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, Belgium (-4.1%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. China, Macao SAR (-17.4%) significantly weakened its position in terms of the global imports, while the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, Belgium ($288M) constitutes the largest market for imported bottled water worldwide, making up 8% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by the Netherlands ($126M), with the share of 3% of global imports. It was followed by France, with the share of 3%.

From 2007 to 2016, the average annual growth rate of value of bottled water imports in Belgium expanded at +0.8%. The remaining importing countries recorded the following average annual rates: the Netherlands (-0.6% per year) and France (-1.1% per year).

Bottled Water Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for bottled water amounted to $28 per tonne, stabilizing at the previous year level. In general, bottled water import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, when import increased by 600% year-to-year. Global bottled water import peaked of $28 per tonne in 2007; afterwards, it flattened through to 2016.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was Belgium ($69 per tonne), while China, Macao SAR ($1 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of bottled water import prices was attained by Kazakhstan (+8.0% 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 2201 - Waters, including natural or artificial mineral waters and aerated waters, not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter nor flavoured; ice and snow.

Source: World: Mineral Waters And Aerated Waters - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025