Beauty Cosmetics and Skincare Imports by Country

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International purchases of imported beauty cosmetics and skincare products represent US$57.5 billion of global demand in 2018.

Overall, the value of beauty cosmetics and skincare products imports rose by 49.2% for all importing countries since 2014 when international purchases of beauty cosmetics and skincare products cost a total $38.5 billion. Year over year, there was a 17.3% uptick from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported beauty cosmetics and skincare products during 2018 with purchases valued at $27.1 billion or 47.2% of the global total. In second place were European importers at 33.8% while 13.4% of beauty cosmetics and skincare products imported worldwide was delivered to buyers in North America. Smaller percentages went to Latin America (2.2%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Oceania (1.9%) led by Australia, then Africa (1.4%).

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 3304 for beauty or make-up preparations and skincare products including sunscreen.

Beauty Cosmetics and Skincare Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of beauty cosmetics and skincare products during 2018.

  1. China: US$9.9 billion (17.2% of total beauty/skincare imports)
  2. United States: $5.4 billion (9.4%)
  3. Hong Kong: $5.3 billion (9.3%)
  4. Singapore: $2.9 billion (5%)
  5. Germany: $2.7 billion (4.7%)
  6. United Kingdom: $2.5 billion (4.3%)
  7. France: $2 billion (3.4%)
  8. Canada: $1.7 billion (2.9%)
  9. Japan: $1.4 billion (2.4%)
  10. Belgium: $1.3 billion (2.2%)
  11. Italy: $1.2 billion (2.1%)
  12. Russia: $1.2 billion (2.1%)
  13. Spain: $1.1 billion (2%)
  14. Netherlands: $1.1 billion (1.9%)
  15. South Korea: $1.1 billion (1.9%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased well over two-thirds (70.7%) of all beauty cosmetics and skincare products imported during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall beauty cosmetics and skincare goods shipped by each importer.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for beauty/skincare goods since 2014 were: China (up 351.6%), Hong Kong (up 104.5%), Singapore (up 98.0%) and Netherlands (up 49.2%).

China

Beauty Cosmetics/Skincare Products Imported into China

China’s global purchases of imported beauty cosmetics and skincare products totaled US$5.8 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of beauty cosmetics and skincare products during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. South Korea: US$2.6 billion (up 1,129% from 2014)
  2. Japan: $2.3 billion (up 561.7%)
  3. France: $2 billion (up 144.3%)
  4. United States: $908 million (up 182.2%)
  5. United Kingdom: $420.1 million (up 159.2%)
  6. Spain: $184.9 million (up 11,620%)
  7. Germany: $184.8 million (up 445.7%)
  8. Australia: $156.8 million (up 703.9%)
  9. Thailand: $148.9 million (up 3,106%)
  10. Taiwan: $145.1 million (up 426.7%)
  11. Italy: $142.8 million (up 269.9%)
  12. Canada: $141 million (up 259.9%)
  13. Belgium: $137.4 million (up 160.7%)
  14. Switzerland: $126.9 million (up 269.1%)
  15. Poland: $51 million (up 3,967%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.2% of all China’s imported beauty cosmetics and skincare products in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of beauty/skincare goods to China since 2014 were: Spain (up 11,620%), Poland (up 3,967%), Thailand (up 3,106%) and South Korea (up 1,129%).

Overall, the value of China’s beauty/skincare goods imports improved by an average 351.6% from all supplying countries since 2014 when beauty/skincare goods purchases were valued at $2.2 billion.

US

Beauty Cosmetics/Skincare Products Imported into United States

America’s global purchases of imported beauty cosmetics and skincare products totaled US$5.4 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the US imported the highest dollar value worth of beauty cosmetics and skincare products during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. China: US$992.9 million (up 58.8% from 2014)
  2. France: $917.6 million (up 29.9%)
  3. Canada: $800.1 million (up 28.3%)
  4. Italy: $572.6 million (up 96.2%)
  5. South Korea: $526.9 million (up 308.5%)
  6. United Kingdom: $304.1 million (up 17.6%)
  7. Japan: $222.9 million (up 83.1%)
  8. Germany: $213.9 million (up 17.1%)
  9. Mexico: $144.8 million (up 8.8%)
  10. Sweden: $109.4 million (up 224.4%)
  11. Belgium: $97.1 million (down -10.7%)
  12. Taiwan: $67.4 million (up 75%)
  13. Hungary: $61.5 million (up 40.9%)
  14. Switzerland: $60.1 million (up 14%)
  15. Israel: $50.5 million (down -13.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 95.4% of America’s imported cosmetics/skincare products in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of beauty/skincare goods to United States since 2014 were: South Korea (up 308.5%), Sweden (up 224.4%), Italy (up 96.2%) and Japan (up 83.1%).

Two top countries experienced declines in the value of their beauty/skincare goods supplied to American importers namely: Israel (down -13.2%) and Belgium (down -10.7%).

Overall, the value of United States’ beauty/skincare goods imports rose by an average 40% from all supplying countries since 2014 when beauty/skincare goods purchases were valued at $3.9 billion.

Hong Kong

Beauty Cosmetics/Skincare Products Imported into Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s global purchases of imported beauty cosmetics and skincare products totaled US$5.3 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Hong Kong imported the highest dollar value worth of beauty cosmetics and skincare products during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. South Korea: US$1.1 billion (up 236.1% from 2014)
  2. Singapore: $869.5 million (up 99%)
  3. Japan: $791.3 million (up 194.1%)
  4. China: $526.1 million (up 99.4%)
  5. United States: $399.7 million (up 74.2%)
  6. Switzerland: $344.1 million (up 58.6%)
  7. France: $343.8 million (up 16.6%)
  8. Italy: $141 million (up 81.6%)
  9. Netherlands: $134.8 million (up 79.9%)
  10. Taiwan: $126.4 million (up 6.9%)
  11. Germany: $111.5 million (up 81.3%)
  12. Spain: $100.8 million (up 331.6%)
  13. Australia: $58.1 million (up 45.6%)
  14. United Kingdom: $38.8 million (down -0.8%)
  15. Thailand: $36.8 million (up 322.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 96.1% of Hong Kong’s cosmetics/skincare products imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of beauty/skincare goods to Hong Kong since 2014 were: Spain (up 331.6%), Thailand (up 322.1%), South Korea (up 236.1%) and Japan (up 194.1%).

Only the United Kingdom experienced a decline in the value of its beauty/skincare goods supplied to Hong Kong thanks to a -0.8% slowdown.

Overall, the value of Hong Kong’s beauty/skincare goods imports expanded by an average 104.5% from all supplying countries since 2014 when beauty/skincare goods purchases were valued at $2.6 billion.

Singapore

Beauty Cosmetics/Skincare Products Imported into United Kingdom

Singapore’s global purchases of imported beauty cosmetics and skincare products totaled US$2.9 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Singapore imported the highest dollar value worth of beauty cosmetics and skincare products during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. France: US$1.1 billion (up 81.8% from 2014)
  2. United States: $416.2 million (up 91.1%)
  3. Japan: $370.8 million (up 120.5%)
  4. South Korea: $203.2 million (up 444.2%)
  5. China: $150.6 million (up 82.7%)
  6. Germany: $120.2 million (up 290.2%)
  7. United Kingdom: $96.1 million (up 57.6%)
  8. Italy: $73.6 million (up 239.6%)
  9. Canada: $52.9 million (up 161%)
  10. Belgium: $36.9 million (up 94.1%)
  11. Malaysia: $35.1 million (up 65.4%)
  12. Switzerland: $21.5 million (down -2.4%)
  13. Thailand: $20.6 million (down -10.8%)
  14. India: $18.2 million (up 68.1%)
  15. Indonesia: $14.7 million (down -4.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 96.8% of United Kingdom’s cosmetics/skincare products imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of beauty/skincare goods to Singapore since 2014 were: South Korea (up 444.2%), Germany (up 290.2%), Italy (up 239.6%) and Canada (up 161%).

Three top countries experienced declines in the value of their beauty/skincare goods supplied to Singaporean importers namely: Thailand (down -10.8%), Indonesia (down -4.1%) and Switzerland (down -2.4%).

Overall, the value of Singapore’s beauty/skincare goods imports increased by an average 98% from all supplying countries since 2014 when beauty/skincare goods purchases were valued at $1.4 billion.



 

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RankImporterCosmetics/Skincare Imports (US$)%World Total
1.China$9.9 billion17.2%
2.United States$5.4 billion9.4%
3.Hong Kong$5.3 billion9.3%
4.Singapore$2.9 billion5%
5.Germany$2.7 billion4.7%
6.United Kingdom$2.5 billion4.3%
7.France$2 billion3.4%
8.Canada$1.7 billion2.9%
9.Japan$1.4 billion2.4%
10.Belgium$1.3 billion2.2%
11.Italy$1.2 billion2.1%
12.Russia$1.2 billion2.1%
13.Spain$1.1 billion2%
14.Netherlands$1.1 billion1.9%
15.South Korea$1.1 billion1.9%
16.Taiwan$1 billion1.8%
17.Thailand$992.6 million1.7%
18.Poland$891.5 million1.6%
19.Australia$883.3 million1.5%
20.United Arab Emirates$724.9 million1.3%
21.Mexico$604.8 million1.1%
22.Czech Republic$567.8 million1%
23.Macao$560.9 million1%
24.Austria$484.6 million0.8%
25.Malaysia$467.6 million0.8%
26.Switzerland$458.1 million0.8%
27.Vietnam$412.3 million0.7%
28.Sweden$403.4 million0.7%
29.Ireland$393.3 million0.7%
30.Indonesia$340.5 million0.6%
31.Norway$322.8 million0.6%
32.Denmark$320.7 million0.6%
33.Turkey$285.8 million0.5%
34.Portugal$265.8 million0.5%
35.Saudi Arabia$259.8 million0.5%
36.Greece$229.1 million0.4%
37.South Africa$218.2 million0.4%
38.Romania$217.2 million0.4%
39.Ukraine$201 million0.3%
40.Hungary$198.3 million0.3%
41.New Zealand$197.1 million0.3%
42.Chile$193.4 million0.3%
43.Brazil$191 million0.3%
44.India$190.2 million0.3%
45.Lithuania$188.8 million0.3%
46.Slovakia$177.4 million0.3%
47.Croatia$146.5 million0.3%
48.Philippines$143.8 million0.3%
49.Finland$135.5 million0.2%
50.Israel$133.8 million0.2%
51.Argentina$130.3 million0.2%
52.Colombia$121.5 million0.2%
53.Morocco$105.6 million0.2%
54.Peru$103.6 million0.2%
55.Kazakhstan$101 million0.2%
56.Ecuador$94.2 million0.2%
57.Kuwait$90.8 million0.2%
58.Slovenia$89.9 million0.2%
59.Cambodia$85.6 million0.1%
60.Myanmar (Burma)$84.7 million0.1%
61.Bulgaria$84.6 million0.1%
62.Belarus$80.8 million0.1%
63.Iran$80.5 million0.1%
64.Panama$77.5 million0.1%
65.Luxembourg$76.1 million0.1%
66.Lebanon$76.1 million0.1%
67.Qatar$71.3 million0.1%
68.Estonia$65.6 million0.1%
69.Latvia$64.9 million0.1%
70.Serbia$61.2 million0.1%
71.Cyprus$61 million0.1%
72.Iraq$58.8 million0.1%
73.Costa Rica$56.1 million0.1%
74.Tunisia$49.5 million0.1%
75.Guatemala$48 million0.1%
76.Bosnia/Herzegovina$45.9 million0.1%
77.El Salvador$43.8 million0.1%
78.Jordan$43.7 million0.1%
79.Egypt$43.1 million0.1%
80.Algeria$42.1 million0.1%
81.Dominican Republic$38.9 million0.1%
82.Namibia$36.1 million0.1%
83.Bolivia$32.7 million0.1%
84.Georgia$32.3 million0.1%
85.Laos$32.1 million0.1%
86.Nepal$30.1 million0.1%
87.Paraguay$28.3 million0.05%
88.Bangladesh$28.2 million0.05%
89.Pakistan$27.1 million0.05%
90.Mauritius$27 million0.05%
91.Azerbaijan$26.8 million0.05%
92.Andorra$25.6 million0.04%
93.Botswana$25.4 million0.04%
94.Mongolia$23.8 million0.04%
95.Libya$22.3 million0.04%
96.Moldova$21.7 million0.04%
97.Kyrgyzstan$21.2 million0.04%
98.Iceland$21.1 million0.04%
99.Oman$21.1 million0.04%
100.Angola$21 million0.04%
101.Uruguay$20 million0.03%
102.Bahrain$19 million0.03%
103.US Minor Outlying Is$18.5 million0.03%
104.North Macedonia$17.8 million0.03%
105.Togo$17.4 million0.03%
106.Senegal$17 million0.03%
107.Albania$16.7 million0.03%
108.Armenia$15.4 million0.03%
109.Montenegro$15.4 million0.03%
110.Trinidad/ Tobago$14.4 million0.02%
111.Malta$14.3 million0.02%
112.Kenya$13 million0.02%
113.Rwanda$12.6 million0.02%
114.Ghana$12.2 million0.02%
115.Mali$12 million0.02%
116.Uzbekistan$12 million0.02%
117.Sri Lanka$11.9 million0.02%
118.Democr. Rep. Congo$11.8 million0.02%
119.Uganda$11.5 million0.02%
120.Honduras$11.3 million0.02%
121.Nigeria$11.2 million0.02%
122.Maldives$11.1 million0.02%
123.Curaçao$11.1 million0.02%
124.Ivory Coast$9.1 million0.02%
125.Malawi$8.4 million0.01%
126.Zimbabwe$8 million0.01%
127.Zambia$7.8 million0.01%
128.Guinea$7.8 million0.01%
129.Eswatini$7.6 million0.01%
130.New Caledonia$7.3 million0.01%
131.Haiti$7.3 million0.01%
132.Fiji$7 million0.01%
133.Brunei Darussalam$6.4 million0.01%
134.Tanzania$6.4 million0.01%
135.Jamaica$6 million0.01%
136.Benin$5.8 million0.01%
137.Barbados$5.8 million0.01%
138.Yemen$5.6 million0.01%
139.Nicaragua$5.5 million0.01%
140.Afghanistan$5.1 million0.01%
141.Djibouti$5 million0.01%
142.Lesotho$5 million0.01%
143.Bahamas$4.9 million0.01%
144.Congo$4.8 million0.01%
145.Cameroon$4.7 million0.01%
146.Aruba$4.7 million0.01%
147.Gibraltar$4.6 million0.01%
148.French Polynesia$4.4 million0.01%
149.Bermuda$4.1 million0.01%
150.Syrian Arab Republic$4.1 million0.01%
151.Gabon$4 million0.01%
152.North Korea$3.6 million0.01%
153.Burundi$3.5 million0.01%
154.Sudan$3.3 million0.01%
155.Turkmenistan$3.1 million0.01%
156.Niger$3.1 million0.01%
157.Cuba$3 million0.01%
158.Mozambique$2.9 million0.00%
159.Guyana$2.8 million0.00%
160.Madagascar$2.7 million0.005%
161.Burkina Faso$2.7 million0.005%
162.Palestine$2.7 million0.005%
163.Liberia$2.7 million0.005%
164.Suriname$2.6 million0.004%
165.Papua New Guinea$2.4 million0.004%
166.Ethiopia$2.3 million0.004%
167.Tajikistan$2.3 million0.004%
168.Venezuela$2.3 million0.004%
169.Somalia$2.2 million0.004%
170.Equatorial Guinea$2.1 million0.004%
171.Sierra Leone$2 million0.004%
172.Chad$1.7 million0.003%
173.Cayman Islands$1.7 million0.003%
174.Faroe Islands$1.6 million0.003%
175.Timor-Leste$1.5 million0.003%
176.Greenland$1.5 million0.003%
177.Bhutan$1.3 million0.002%
178.Seychelles$1.3 million0.002%
179.Cabo Verde$1.2 million0.002%
180.Mauritania$1.2 million0.002%
181.Saint Lucia$1.1 million0.002%
182.Antigua/Barbuda$905,0000.002%
183.British Virgin Islands$843,0000.001%
184.Samoa$822,0000.001%
185.St Vincent/Grenadines$693,0000.001%
186.Belize$668,0000.001%
187.Grenada$575,0000.001%
188.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$558,0000.001%
189.Northern Mariana Islands$467,0000.001%
190.Cook Islands$410,0000.001%
191.Turks/Caicos Islands$362,0000.001%
192.Vanuatu$353,0000.001%
193.Anguilla$323,0000.001%
194.Guinea-Bissau$295,0000.001%
195.St Maarten (Dutch)$226,0000.000%
196.St. Pierre/Miquelon$198,0000.000%
197.Kiribati$168,0000.0003%
198.Gambia$165,0000.0003%
199.Tonga$160,0000.0003%
200.Guam$137,0000.0002%
201.French S./Antarctic Terr$130,0000.0002%
202.Dominica$129,0000.0002%
203.Central African Republic$126,0000.0002%
204.Solomon Islands$102,0000.0002%
205.Sao Tome/Principe$96,0000.0002%
206.Saint Kitts/Nevis$93,0000.0002%
207.Comoros$92,0000.0002%
208.Montserrat$67,0000.0001%
209.Nauru$58,0000.0001%
210.Marshall Islands$53,0000.0001%
211.Eritrea$47,0000.0001%
212.Palau$44,0000.0001%
213.Christmas Island$37,0000.0001%
214.Wallis/Futuna Islands$36,0000.0001%
215.Micronesia$25,0000.0000%
216.Niue$24,0000.0000%
217.Tuvalu$23,0000.00004%
218.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$23,0000.00004%
219.Saint Helena$22,0000.00004%
220.Norfolk Island$18,0000.00003%


See also Beauty Cosmetics and Skincare Exports by Country, Perfumes Exporters by Country and Top Human Hair Exporters by Country

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