Which Country Imports the Most Soft Drinks in the World?

Soft Drinks and Mineral Waters May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Which Country Imports the Most Soft Drinks in the World?

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

In 2016, the amount of soft drink imported worldwide totaled 18M tonnes, declining by -2.7% against the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.9% from 2007 to 2016- however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2014, when import increased by 9% from the previous year level. Global soft drink import peaked of 18M tonnes in 2015, falling back in the following year.

In value terms, soft drink imports totaled $17B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +4.0% over the period from 2007 to 2016- however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations in certain years. Over the period under review, global soft drink imports reached its maximum level of $17B in 2014- afterwards, it flattened through to 2016.

Top Soft Drink Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (3,082.8 million USD)

2. United Kingdom (1,217.6 million USD)

3. Germany (1,005.9 million USD)

4. Canada (848.0 million USD)

5. Belgium (803.7 million USD)

6. France (719.0 million USD)

7. Netherlands (654.9 million USD)

8. Spain (381.9 million USD)

9. Ireland (263.3 million USD)

10. Italy (248.4 million USD)

11. Singapore (235.4 million USD)

12. Slovakia (145.7 million USD)

Soft Drink Imports By Country

In 2016, the U.S. (2.1M tonnes), followed by the UK (1.2M tonnes), Germany (1.1M tonnes), Belgium (973K tonnes), the Netherlands (903K tonnes), and France (852K tonnes) represented the key importers of soft drink, together creating 40% of total imports. Canada (743K tonnes), Singapore (395K tonnes), Slovakia (361K tonnes), Spain (328K tonnes), Ireland (323K tonnes), and Italy (298K tonnes) took the slight share of total imports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of soft drink imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Singapore (+8.7% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the U.S. ($3.1B) constitutes the largest market for imported soft drink worldwide, making up 19% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by the UK ($1.2B), with the share of 7% of global imports. It was followed by Germany, with the share of 6%.

From 2007 to 2016, the average annual growth rate of value of soft drink imports in the U.S. expanded at +6.4%. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: the UK (+2.2% per year) and Germany (+3.1% per year).

Soft Drink Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for soft drink amounted to $922 per tonne, surging by 4% against the previous year. Over the period from 2007 to 2016 it increased at an average annual rate of +1.1%.The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2011, when import price increased by 14% against the previous year level. In that year, average soft drink import price attained its maximum level of $998 per tonne. From 2012 to 2016, growth of average soft drink import price stood at a somewhat lower level.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was the U.S. ($1,501 per tonne), while Slovakia ($404 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of soft drink import prices was attained by Canada (+2.3% 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 2202 - Waters, including mineral and aerated waters, containing added sugar or sweetening matter, flavoured- other non-alcoholic beverages, not including fruit or vegetable juices of heading no. 2009.

Source: World: Soft Drinks - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025