Which Country Imports the Most Primary Cells and Primary Batteries in the World?

Batteries And Accumulators May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Which Country Imports the Most Primary Cells and Primary Batteries in the World?

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Primary Cells And Primary Batteries - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2016, approx. 1.1M tonnes of battery were imported worldwide- remaining stable against the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.4% over the period from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations being observed over the period under review. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, when import increased by 6% against the previous year level. Global battery import peaked in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the near future.

In value terms, battery imports amounted to $7.9B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +1.0% over the period from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern remained consistent, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. Global battery import peaked of $8.4B in 2014- however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Battery Importing Countries in the World

1. Germany (472.0 million USD)

2. China (407.1 million USD)

3. United Kingdom (353.0 million USD)

4. France (259.4 million USD)

5. Mexico (200.9 million USD)

6. Netherlands (179.0 million USD)

7. Indonesia (143.3 million USD)

8. Poland (96.2 million USD)

9. Nigeria (13.3 million USD)

10. Costa Rica (7.3 million USD)

11. Malawi (3.3 million USD)

12. Maldives (1.6 million USD)

Battery Imports By Country

In 2016, Maldives (146K tonnes), followed by Indonesia (86K tonnes), Costa Rica (59K tonnes), Nigeria (57K tonnes), and the Netherlands (52K tonnes) represented the main importers of battery, together achieving 35% of total imports. The following importers - Germany (48K tonnes), the UK (44K tonnes), France (32K tonnes), Malawi (29K tonnes), China (28K tonnes), Mexico (25K tonnes), and Poland (24K tonnes) together made up 20% of total imports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of battery imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Malawi (+26.3% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Germany ($472M), China ($407M) and the UK ($353M) appeared as the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, together comprising 16% of global imports. These countries were followed by France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Poland, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Malawi and Maldives, which together accounted for a further 11%.

Indonesia (+20.2% per year) recorded the highest rates of growth with regard to the battery imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Battery Import Prices By Country

The average battery import price stood at $7,016 per tonne in 2016, leveling off at the previous year level. In general, battery import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2008, an increase of 8% y-o-y. In that year, average battery import price attained its maximum level of $7,849 per tonne. From 2009 to 2016, growth of average battery 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 China ($15 per kg), while Maldives ($11 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of battery import prices was attained by Indonesia (+18.5% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Primary Cells And Primary Batteries - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025