Which Country Imports the Most Motorcycles and Scooters in the World?

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

In 2016, approx. 2.2M tonnes of motorcycle and scooter were imported worldwide; coming up by 5% against the previous year level. In general, motorcycle and scooter imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, when it surged by 11% y-o-y. Over the period under review, global motorcycle and scooter imports reached its maximum volume in 2016, and are likely to continue its growth in the near future.

In value terms, motorcycle and scooter imports stood at $20B in 2016. Overall, motorcycle and scooter imports continue to indicate a mild setback. Global motorcycle and scooter import peaked of $23B in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Motorcycle And Scooter Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (2,076.3 million USD)

2. Germany (1,421.8 million USD)

3. France (1,281.8 million USD)

4. Italy (855.9 million USD)

5. Japan (603.4 million USD)

6. Philippines (579.6 million USD)

7. Argentina (326.8 million USD)

8. China (185.0 million USD)

9. Thailand (181.4 million USD)

10. Indonesia (61.3 million USD)

11. India (45.5 million USD)

12. Angola (5.8 million USD)

Motorcycle And Scooter Imports By Country

In 2016, China (367K tonnes), distantly followed by Japan (196K tonnes), and the Philippines (122K tonnes) were the largest importers of motorcycle and scooter, together making up 31% of total imports. India (92K tonnes), the U.S. (91K tonnes), Angola (84K tonnes), Italy (64K tonnes), Germany (56K tonnes), Thailand (55K tonnes), France (49K tonnes), Indonesia (48K tonnes), and Argentina (44K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of motorcycle and scooter imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Indonesia (+27.3% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the U.S. ($2.1B), Germany ($1.4B) and France ($1.3B) constituted the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, together comprising 24% of global imports. These countries were followed by Italy, Japan, the Philippines, Argentina, China, Thailand, Indonesia, India and Angola, which together accounted for a further 15%.

China (+48.1% per year) experienced the highest rates of growth with regard to the motorcycle and scooter imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Motorcycle And Scooter Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for motorcycle and scooter amounted to $8,982 per tonne, approximately reflecting the previous year level. In general, motorcycle and scooter import price continues to indicate a slight shrinkage. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2014, when import increased by 11% y-o-y. Global motorcycle and scooter import peaked of $11 per kg in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was France ($26 per kg), while Angola ($69 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of motorcycle and scooter import prices was attained by China (+47.8% 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 8711 - Motorcycles (including mopeds) and cycles; fitted with an auxiliary motor, with or without side-cars; side-cars.

Source: World: Motorcycles And Scooters - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025