Which Country Imports the Most Stationery in the World?

Furniture May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global stationery imports amounted to 737K tonnes in 2016, approximately reflecting the previous year level. In general, stationery imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2013, when import increased by 24% year-to-year. In that year, global stationery imports attained its maximum volume of 875K tonnes. From 2014 to 2016, growth of global stationery imports stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, stationery imports totaled $5.9B in 2016. Overall, stationery imports continue to indicate a slight expansion. Global stationery import peaked in 2016, and are likely to see steady growth in the near future.

Top Stationery Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (1,183.3 million USD)

2. France (374.5 million USD)

3. Germany (328.0 million USD)

4. United Kingdom (320.7 million USD)

5. Mexico (307.9 million USD)

6. Japan (188.1 million USD)

7. China (178.1 million USD)

8. Spain (128.6 million USD)

9. India (64.6 million USD)

10. Iran (48.1 million USD)

11. Indonesia (30.6 million USD)

Stationery Imports By Country

China (269K tonnes) represented the largest importer of stationery in the world, accounting for 269K tonnes, which was approx. 37% of total imports in 2016. The U.S. (58K tonnes) occupied a 8% share (based on tonnes) of global stationery imports, which put it in second place, following Japan (8%). India (26K tonnes), the UK (25K tonnes), France (20K tonnes), Germany (16K tonnes), Spain (13K tonnes), Mexico (13K tonnes), Iran (12K tonnes), and Indonesia (11K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

China experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. At the same time, Iran (+19.6%), Indonesia (+8.1%), Spain (+4.5%), Mexico (+1.3%), and India (+1.2%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, Iran emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +19.6% from 2007-2016. Japan, the U.S., and Germany experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, France (-1.1%), and the UK (-3.0%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. While the share of China (-2.0%) decreased significantly, the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, the U.S. ($1.2B) constitutes the largest market for imported stationery worldwide, making up 20% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by France ($375M), with the share of 6% 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 stationery imports in the U.S. expanded at +0.4%. The remaining importing countries recorded the following average annual rates: France (+1.0% per year) and Germany (+0.3% per year).

Stationery Import Prices By Country

The average stationery import price stood at $7,954 per tonne in 2016, surging by 8% against the previous year. In general, stationery import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2014, when import increased by 23% from the previous year level. Global stationery import peaked in 2016, and is likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst major importing countries. In 2016, the country with the highest import prices was Mexico ($24 per kg), while China ($661 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of stationery import prices was attained by China (+6.0% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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