Which Country Imports the Most Road Tractors For Semi-Trailers in the World?

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

In 2016, approx. 5.9M tonnes of tractor were imported worldwide; shrinking by -7.2% against the previous year figure. Overall, tractor imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, when import increased by 31% y-o-y. Global tractor import peaked of 6.7M tonnes in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, tractor imports amounted to $44B in 2016. In general, tractor imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. Global tractor import peaked of $51B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Tractor Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (8.2 billion USD)

2. France (2.8 billion USD)

3. Canada (2.8 billion USD)

4. Germany (2.4 billion USD)

5. Poland (1.7 billion USD)

6. Italy (1.6 billion USD)

7. United Kingdom (1.5 billion USD)

8. Spain (1.4 billion USD)

9. Belgium (1.2 billion USD)

10. Netherlands (1.1 billion USD)

11. Russia (0.7 billion USD)

12. United Arab Emirates (0.3 billion USD)

Tractor Imports By Country

In 2016, the U.S. (1.2M tonnes), distantly followed by Canada (397K tonnes) represented the largest importers of tractor, together creating 26% of total imports. France (265K tonnes), Germany (249K tonnes), Poland (217K tonnes), the Netherlands (202K tonnes), Italy (190K tonnes), Belgium (177K tonnes), the UK (140K tonnes), Spain (137K tonnes), Russia (111K tonnes), and United Arab Emirates (95K tonnes) took the slight share of total imports.

The U.S. was also the fastest growing in terms of the tractor imports, with a CAGR of +7.7% from 2007 to 2016. At the same time, Canada (+2.6%), the Netherlands (+1.5%), the UK (+1.2%), and Germany (+1.1%) displayed positive paces of growth. By contrast, Poland (-1.5%), United Arab Emirates (-2.0%), Spain (-2.4%), Belgium (-3.5%), Italy (-3.6%), France (-5.4%), and Russia (-12.0%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. From 2007 to 2016, the share of Russia, and France increased by 4%, and 3% percentage points, while the U.S. (-9.6%) saw their share reduced. The shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, the U.S. ($8.2B) constitutes the largest market for imported tractor worldwide, making up 19% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by France ($2.8B), with the share of 7% of global imports. It was followed by Canada, with the share of 6%.

From 2007 to 2016, the average annual rate of growth in terms of value of tractor imports in the U.S. stood at +8.1%. The remaining importing countries recorded the following average annual rates: France (-0.1% per year) and Canada (+3.4% per year).

Tractor Import Prices By Country

The average tractor import price stood at $7,369 per tonne in 2016, reducing by -2.1% against the previous year. Overall, tractor import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2008, when import price increased by 15% against the previous year level. In that year, average tractor import price reached its maximum level of $8,651 per tonne. From 2009 to 2016, growth of average tractor 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 the UK ($11 per kg), while United Arab Emirates ($2,759 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of tractor import prices was attained by France (+5.6% 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 8701 - Tractors; (other than tractors of heading no 8709).

Source: World: Road Tractors For Semi-Trailers - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025