Which Country Imports the Most Organic Surface Active Agents in the World?

Soap And Detergents May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Which Country Imports the Most Organic Surface Active Agents in the World?

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Organic Surface Active Agents - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2016, the global imports of surfactant stood at 21M tonnes, rising by 4% against the previous year level. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.3% from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations being observed in certain years. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010, when imports increased by 10% from the previous year level. Global surfactant import peaked in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, surfactant imports totaled $26B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +2.9% from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Over the period under review, global surfactant imports reached its maximum level of $30B in 2014- however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Surfactant Importing Countries in the World

1. Germany (1,974.3 million USD)

2. France (1,423.3 million USD)

3. China (1,289.0 million USD)

4. Canada (1,271.7 million USD)

5. Belgium (1,244.9 million USD)

6. United Kingdom (1,203.2 million USD)

7. USA (1,117.3 million USD)

8. Netherlands (990.6 million USD)

9. Italy (754.7 million USD)

10. Austria (458.6 million USD)

11. India (227.9 million USD)

12. Mozambique (28.1 million USD)

Surfactant Imports By Country

The countries with the highest levels of surfactant imports in 2016 were the U.S. (1.4M tonnes), Germany (1.4M tonnes), Belgium (1.3M tonnes), France (1.1M tonnes), Italy (969K tonnes), Canada (738K tonnes), the UK (718K tonnes), Mozambique (580K tonnes), the Netherlands (549K tonnes), India (475K tonnes), China (460K tonnes), and Austria (444K tonnes), together finishing at 49% of total import.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of surfactant imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Mozambique (+69.9% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Germany ($2B), France ($1.4B) and China ($1.3B) appeared as the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, with a combined 18% share of global imports. These countries were followed by Canada, Belgium, the UK, the U.S., the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, India and Mozambique, which together accounted for a further 28%.

Mozambique (+12.0% per year) had the highest rates of growth with regard to the surfactant imports, in terms of the main importing countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Surfactant Import Prices By Country

The average surfactant import price stood at $1,252 per tonne in 2016, falling by -7.1% against the previous year. Overall, surfactant import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2008, when import price increased by 16% y-o-y. Global surfactant import peaked of $1,486 per tonne in 2013- however, from 2014 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 China ($2,805 per tonne), while Mozambique ($48 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of surfactant import prices was attained by India (+8.9% 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 3402 - Organic surface-active agents (not soap)- surface-active, washing (including auxiliary washing) and cleaning preparations, containing soap or not, excluding those of heading no. 3401.

Source: World: Organic Surface Active Agents - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025