Which Country Imports the Most Telephones and Videophones in the World?

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

In 2016, approx. 2.3M tonnes of telephone were imported worldwide; picking up by 17% against the previous year figure. Overall, telephone imports continue to indicate a strong growth. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2016, when imports increased by 17% from the previous year level. In that year, global telephone imports reached its maximum volume, and are likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, telephone imports totaled $639B in 2016. In general, telephone imports continue to indicate a strong expansion. In that year, global telephone imports reached its maximum level, and are likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

Top Telephone Importing Countries in the World

1. Russia (28.9 billion USD)

2. Finland (23.0 billion USD)

3. Poland (14.5 billion USD)

4. Saudi Arabia (14.0 billion USD)

5. United Kingdom (13.0 billion USD)

6. Czech Republic (9.1 billion USD)

7. Sweden (8.5 billion USD)

8. Indonesia (8.1 billion USD)

9. Romania (7.8 billion USD)

10. Spain (7.0 billion USD)

11. Philippines (2.7 billion USD)

Telephone Imports By Country

The UK (823K tonnes) represented the key importing country with an import of about 823K tonnes, which resulted at 36% of total imports. Spain (234K tonnes) occupied the second position in the ranking, followed by Sweden (134K tonnes). All these countries together held near 16% share of total imports. Russia (102K tonnes), Poland (96K tonnes), Indonesia (95K tonnes), Saudi Arabia (80K tonnes), the Philippines (72K tonnes), Czech Republic (71K tonnes), Finland (51K tonnes), and Romania (44K tonnes) held the slight share of total imports.

From 2007 to 2016, average annual rates of growth with regard to telephone imports into the UK stood at +21.9%. At the same time, Spain (+27.9%), Indonesia (+26.8%), the Philippines (+22.2%), Poland (+21.6%), Romania (+21.4%), Czech Republic (+20.7%), Saudi Arabia (+20.2%), Sweden (+18.1%), Finland (+17.0%), and Russia (+10.2%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, Spain emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +27.9% from 2007-2016. Romania (-1.6%), Finland (-1.7%), Czech Republic (-2.5%), Russia (-2.6%), the Philippines (-2.6%), Saudi Arabia (-2.8%), Poland (-3.5%), Indonesia (-3.6%), Sweden (-4.5%), Spain (-9.1%), and the UK (-29.8%) significantly weakened its position in terms of the global imports, while the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, Russia ($29B), Finland ($23B) and Poland ($15B) were the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, together accounting for 10% of global imports.Saudi Arabia, the UK, Czech Republic, Sweden, Indonesia, Romania, Spain and the Philippines lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 11%.

Indonesia (+30.7% per year) had the highest rates of growth with regard to the telephone imports, in terms of the main importing countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Telephone Import Prices By Country

The average telephone import price stood at $279 per kg in 2016, reducing by -3.5% against the previous year. Overall, telephone import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2008, when it surged by 15% y-o-y. Over the period under review, average telephone import price reached its maximum level of $335 per kg in 2009; however, from 2010 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst major importing countries. In 2016, the country with the highest import prices was Finland ($447 per kg), while the UK ($16 per kg) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of telephone import prices was attained by Russia (+6.6% 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 8517 - Telephone sets, including telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks; other apparatus for the transmission or reception of voice, images or other data (including wired/wireless networks), excluding items of 8443, 8525, 8527, or 8528.

Source: World: Telephones And Videophones - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025