Which Country Imports the Most Quicklime, Slaked Lime and Hydraulic Lime in the World?

Cement, Lime And Plaster May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the global lime imports stood at 12M tonnes, lowering by -2.3% against the previous year level. In general, lime imports continue to indicate a measured reduction. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2013, an increase of 9% against the previous year level. Global lime import peaked of 15M tonnes in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, lime imports stood at $876M in 2016. Overall, it indicated a significant expansion from 2007 to 2016: the total imports value decreased at an average annual rate of -2.8% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, lime imports decreased by -15.1% against its level of 2013. Global lime import peaked of $1B in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Lime Importing Countries in the World

1. Netherlands (107,692,827.0 USD)

2. Papua New Guinea (nan USD)

3. Chile (91,183,792.0 USD)

4. Finland (63,796,217.0 USD)

5. USA (54,326,078.0 USD)

6. Germany (51,215,986.0 USD)

7. India (46,166,501.0 USD)

8. France (45,217,400.0 USD)

9. Canada (41,688,413.0 USD)

10. Belgium (20,508,466.0 USD)

11. Oman (4,949,897.0 USD)

12. Malaysia (1,763,344.0 USD)

Lime Imports By Country

The countries with the highest levels of lime imports in 2016 were Belgium (1M tonnes), the Netherlands (909K tonnes), France (861K tonnes), and Papua New Guinea (792K tonnes), together finishing at 31% of total import. The following importers - Chile (509K tonnes), Germany (502K tonnes), India (483K tonnes), Finland (477K tonnes), the U.S. (452K tonnes), Malaysia (405K tonnes), Oman (372K tonnes), and Canada (333K tonnes) together made up 31% of total imports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of lime imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Oman (+28.5% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Papua New Guinea (UNKNOWN), the Netherlands ($108M) and Chile ($91M) were the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, together accounting for -% of global imports. These countries were followed by Finland, the U.S., Germany, India, France, Canada, Belgium, Oman and Malaysia, which together accounted for a further 38%.

Oman (+90.3% per year) recorded the highest rates of growth with regard to the lime imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Lime Import Prices By Country

The average lime import price stood at $76 per tonne in 2016, waning by -3.8% against the previous year. Overall, it indicated a strong increase from 2007 to 2016: the import price value increased at an average annual rate of +6.0% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, lime import price decreased by -19.1% against its level of 2012. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, when import price increased by 30% against the previous year level. Global lime import peaked of $94 per tonne in 2012; however, from 2013 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was Chile ($179 per tonne), while Papua New Guinea ($0 per kg) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of lime import prices was attained by Papua New Guinea (+880.0% 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 2522 - Quicklime, slaked lime and hydraulic lime; other than calcium oxide and hydroxide of heading no. 2825.

Source: World: Quicklime, Slaked Lime And Hydraulic Lime - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025