Which Country Imports the Most Rubber Or Plastic Footwear in the World?

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

In 2016, the amount of rubber or plastic footwear imported worldwide stood at 5.2M tonnes, lowering by -2.3% against the previous year figure. In general, rubber or plastic footwear imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010, an increase of 7% y-o-y. Over the period under review, global rubber or plastic footwear imports attained its maximum volume of 5.6M tonnes in 2011; however, from 2012 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, rubber or plastic footwear imports amounted to $32B in 2016. Overall, it indicated a strong growth from 2007 to 2016: the total imports value decreased at an average annual rate of -0.0% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, rubber or plastic footwear imports decreased by -6.7% against its level of 2014. Over the period under review, global rubber or plastic footwear imports reached its maximum level of $34B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Rubber Or Plastic Footwear Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (6.3 billion USD)

2. Germany (2.3 billion USD)

3. Japan (1.7 billion USD)

4. France (1.5 billion USD)

5. United Kingdom (1.3 billion USD)

6. Russia (0.6 billion USD)

7. China (0.3 billion USD)

8. Viet Nam (0.0 billion USD)

Rubber Or Plastic Footwear Imports By Country

In 2016, China (2.6M tonnes) was the largest importer for rubber or plastic footwear, comprising 50% of total imports. It was distantly followed by the U.S. (302K tonnes), generating 6% share of total rubber or plastic footwear imports. The UK (172K tonnes), Viet Nam (151K tonnes), Germany (116K tonnes), Japan (108K tonnes), France (90K tonnes), and Russia (82K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

China experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. At the same time, the UK (+6.1%), Germany (+1.3%), France (+1.2%), and Viet Nam (+1.0%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, the UK emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +6.1% from 2007-2016. Russia experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, the U.S. (-2.3%), and Japan (-3.2%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. The shares of the largest importers remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, the U.S. ($6.3B) constitutes the largest market for imported rubber or plastic footwear worldwide, making up 20% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Germany ($2.3B), with the share of 7% of global imports. It was followed by Japan, with the share of 5%.

In the U.S., rubber or plastic footwear imports stood at an average annual rate of +3.3% over the period from 2007-2016. The remaining importing countries recorded the following average annual rates: Germany (+7.6% per year) and Japan (+0.2% per year).

Rubber Or Plastic Footwear Import Prices By Country

The average rubber or plastic footwear import price stood at $6,127 per tonne in 2016, descending by -3.1% against the previous year. Overall, it indicated a strong expansion from 2007 to 2016: the import price value increased at an average annual rate of +5.2% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2010, when it surged by 12% year-to-year. Over the period under review, average rubber or plastic footwear import price attained its maximum level of $6,321 per tonne in 2015, falling back in the following year.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was the U.S. ($21 per kg), while Viet Nam ($63 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of rubber or plastic footwear import prices was attained by Viet Nam (+29.9% 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 6402 - Rubber Or Plastic Footwear; with outer soles and uppers of rubber or plastics (excluding waterproof rubber or plastic footwear).

Source: World: Footwear - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2026