Which Country Imports the Most Packing Cases and Boxes in the World?

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

Which Country Imports the Most Packing Cases and Boxes in the World?

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Packing Cases, Boxes And Similar Packings - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2016, the global packaging imports totaled 10M tonnes, increasing by 4% against the previous year level. In general, packaging imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2014, an increase of 6% against the previous year level. Global packaging import peaked in 2016, and are likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, packaging imports amounted to $2.9B in 2016. In general, packaging imports continue to indicate a mild expansion. Global packaging import peaked of $3.1B in 2014- however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Packaging Importing Countries in the World

1. Germany (504.0 million USD)

2. Belgium (229.8 million USD)

3. France (228.3 million USD)

4. Netherlands (212.0 million USD)

5. Italy (169.0 million USD)

6. USA (140.5 million USD)

7. Austria (118.2 million USD)

8. Czech Republic (68.6 million USD)

9. Canada (66.7 million USD)

10. Poland (55.8 million USD)

11. Lithuania (15.1 million USD)

12. Latvia (7.6 million USD)

Packaging Imports By Country

Germany (1.3M tonnes), and Poland (1.2M tonnes) represented the main importers of packaging in 2016, amounting to near 13%, and 12% of total imports, respectively. Czech Republic (576K tonnes) held a 6% share (based on tonnes) of global packaging imports, which put it in second place, following the Netherlands (5%), France (5%), and Italy (5%). Belgium (396K tonnes), the U.S. (326K tonnes), Lithuania (305K tonnes), Latvia (298K tonnes), Austria (255K tonnes), and Canada (239K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of packaging imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by the Netherlands (+7.8% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Germany ($504M) constitutes the largest market for imported packaging worldwide, making up 17% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Belgium ($230M), with the share of 8% of global imports. It was followed by France, with the share of 8%.

From 2007 to 2016, the average annual rate of growth in terms of value of packaging imports in Germany expanded at +0.8%. The remaining importing countries recorded the following average annual rates: Belgium (+1.1% per year) and France (-3.2% per year).

Packaging Import Prices By Country

The average packaging import price stood at $294 per tonne in 2016, remaining stable against the previous year level. In general, packaging import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2011, when it surged by 22% year-to-year. In that year, average packaging import price attained its maximum level of $331 per tonne. From 2012 to 2016, growth of average packaging import price 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 Belgium ($581 per tonne), while Latvia ($25 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of packaging import prices was attained by France (+7.8% 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 4415 - Packing cases, boxes, crates, drums and similar packings, of wood- cable-drums of wood- pallets, box pallets and other load boards, of wood- pallet collars of wood.

Source: World: Packing Cases, Boxes And Similar Packings - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025