Which Country Imports the Most Spirits, Liqueurs and Other Spirituous Beverages in the World?

Distilling, rectifying and blending of spirits May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

In 2016, the amount of spirit and liqueur imported worldwide stood at 4M tonnes, coming up by 3% against the previous year level. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.7% over the period from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations being recorded in certain years. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010, an increase of 21% y-o-y. Global spirit and liqueur import peaked of 4.4M tonnes in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, spirit and liqueur imports totaled $26B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +2.3% over the period from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations in certain years. Over the period under review, global spirit and liqueur imports attained its maximum level of $29B in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Spirit And Liqueur Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (7.8 billion USD)

2. Germany (1.7 billion USD)

3. France (1.3 billion USD)

4. Spain (1.0 billion USD)

5. United Kingdom (0.9 billion USD)

6. Netherlands (0.7 billion USD)

7. Japan (0.7 billion USD)

8. Russia (0.7 billion USD)

9. Australia (0.5 billion USD)

10. Italy (0.4 billion USD)

11. Mexico (0.3 billion USD)

12. Panama (0.3 billion USD)

Spirit And Liqueur Imports By Country

In 2016, the U.S. (652K tonnes), distantly followed by Germany (316K tonnes), France (272K tonnes), Spain (206K tonnes), the UK (195K tonnes), and Russia (194K tonnes) were the major importers of spirit and liqueur, together mixed up 46% of total imports. Japan (141K tonnes), Australia (128K tonnes), the Netherlands (118K tonnes), Panama (80K tonnes), Italy (75K tonnes), and Mexico (72K tonnes) took the mild share of total imports.

Imports into the U.S. increased at an average annual rate of +2.1% from 2007 to 2016. At the same time, Spain (+11.0%), France (+10.3%), the Netherlands (+10.2%), Italy (+8.5%), Mexico (+8.3%), Panama (+8.3%), the UK (+4.7%), Germany (+2.5%), and Australia (+1.7%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, Spain emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +11.0% from 2007-2016. Japan experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, Russia (-3.6%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. While the share of Russia (2%) increased significantly, the share of Germany (-1.6%), the UK (-1.7%), the Netherlands (-1.7%), the U.S. (-2.7%), Spain (-3.2%), and France (-4.0%) displayed negative dynamics. The shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, the U.S. ($7.8B) constitutes the largest market for imported spirit and liqueur worldwide, making up 30% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Germany ($1.7B), with the share of 6% of global imports. It was followed by France, with the share of 5%.

From 2007 to 2016, the average annual growth rate of value of spirit and liqueur imports in the U.S. stood at +3.6%. The remaining importing countries recorded the following average annual rates: Germany (+2.1% per year) and France (+2.6% per year).

Spirit And Liqueur Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for spirit and liqueur amounted to $6,635 per tonne, remaining stable against the previous year level. Overall, spirit and liqueur import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, when import increased by 22% year-to-year. Over the period under review, average spirit and liqueur import price reached its maximum level of $7,022 per tonne in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it 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 U.S. ($12 per kg), while Panama ($3,182 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of spirit and liqueur import prices was attained by Japan (+2.4% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Spirits, Liqueurs And Other Spirituous Beverages - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025