Beauty Cosmetics and Skincare Imports by Country

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International purchases of imported beauty cosmetics and skincare products represent US$48.4 billion of global demand in 2017.

Overall, the value of beauty cosmetics and skincare products imports rose by 37.1% for all importing countries since 2013 when international purchases of beauty cosmetics and skincare products were valued at $35.3 billion. Year over year, there was a 13.9% uptick.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported beauty cosmetics and skincare products during 2017 with purchases valued at $20.4 billion or 42.1% of the global total. In second place were European importers at 37% while 14.7% of beauty cosmetics and skincare products imported worldwide was delivered to buyers in North America. Smaller percentages went to Latin America (1.9%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Oceania (1.9%) led by Australia, then Africa (1.5%).

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 2017.

  1. China: US$5.8 billion (12% of imported cosmetics/skincare products)
  2. United States: $4.9 billion (10.2%)
  3. Hong Kong: $4.1 billion (8.4%)
  4. United Kingdom: $2.51 billion (5.2%)
  5. Germany: $2.5 billion (5.2%)
  6. Singapore: $2.2 billion (4.5%)
  7. France: $1.7 billion (3.6%)
  8. Canada: $1.6 billion (3.3%)
  9. Japan: $1.2 billion (2.5%)
  10. Italy: $1.13 billion (2.3%)
  11. Belgium: $1.11 billion (2.3%)
  12. Russia: $1.1 billion (2.3%)
  13. Spain: $1.06 billion (2.2%)
  14. Netherlands: $1.05 billion (2.2%)
  15. South Korea: $999.3 million (2.1%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased over two-thirds (68.1%) of all beauty cosmetics and skincare products imported in 2017. 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 cosmetics/skincare products since 2013 were: China (up 347.1%), Hong Kong (up 70.3%), Netherlands (up 63.7%) and Singapore (up 56.8%).

Only Russia posted a decline in its purchases of imported cosmetics/skincare products via a -14.5% retreat over the 5-year period.

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 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of beauty cosmetics and skincare products during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. South Korea: US$1.5 billion (up 1,014% from 2013)
  2. France: $1.4 billion (up 184.8%)
  3. Japan: $1.2 billion (up 373%)
  4. United States: $566.2 million (up 270.4%)
  5. United Kingdom: $259.4 million (up 354.9%)
  6. Belgium: $120.1 million (up 628.7%)
  7. Spain: $118.9 million (up 12,290%)
  8. Australia: $111.1 million (up 1,062%)
  9. Taiwan: $93.8 million (up 420.7%)
  10. Germany: $81.7 million (up 183.2%)
  11. Italy: $75.7 million (up 139.6%)
  12. Switzerland: $58.7 million (up 285.7%)
  13. Canada: $56.4 million (up 97%)
  14. Thailand: $31.5 million (up 563.9%)
  15. Poland: $18.2 million (up 3,261%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.6% of all China’s imported beauty cosmetics and skincare products in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cosmetics/skincare products to China since 2013 were: Spain (up 12,290%), Poland (up 3,261%), Australia (up 1,062%) and South Korea (up 1,014%).

Overall, the value of China’s imported cosmetics/skincare products rose by an average 347.1% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cosmetics/skincare products purchased were valued at $1.3 billion.

US

Beauty Cosmetics/Skincare Products Imported into United States

America’s global purchases of imported beauty cosmetics and skincare products totaled US$4.9 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the US imported the highest dollar value worth of beauty cosmetics and skincare products during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. China: US$1.1 billion (up 83.6% from 2013)
  2. France: $866 million (up 43.3%)
  3. Canada: $681.5 million (up 11.7%)
  4. Italy: $453.5 million (up 118.7%)
  5. South Korea: $422.3 million (up 389.4%)
  6. United Kingdom: $268.3 million (up 9.7%)
  7. Germany: $214.3 million (up 12.3%)
  8. Japan: $184.8 million (up 57.6%)
  9. Mexico: $157.8 million (up 45.9%)
  10. Belgium: $114.3 million (up 22%)
  11. Sweden: $87.5 million (up 5,293%)
  12. Taiwan: $68.3 million (up 58.8%)
  13. Hungary: $60 million (up 48.1%)
  14. Israel: $51.6 million (down -9.8%)
  15. Switzerland: $45.6 million (down -11.6%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 95.8% of America’s imported cosmetics/skincare products in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cosmetics/skincare products to United States since 2013 were: Sweden (up 5,293%), South Korea (up 389.4%), Italy (up 118.7%) and China (up 83.6%).

Two countries that experienced declines in the value of their cosmetics/skincare products supplied to American importers, namely Switzerland (down -11.6%) and Israel (down -9.8%).

Overall, the value of US imported cosmetics/skincare products increased by an average 44.7% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cosmetics/skincare products purchased were valued at $3.4 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$4.1 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Hong Kong imported the highest dollar value worth of beauty cosmetics and skincare products during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. South Korea: US$943.3 million (up 303.5% from 2013)
  2. Singapore: $613.5 million (up 56.6%)
  3. Japan: $593.3 million (up 133.4%)
  4. China: $347.1 million (up 37.4%)
  5. United States: $293.2 million (up 8.7%)
  6. France: $285.9 million (up 9.6%)
  7. Switzerland: $228.3 million (up 32.1%)
  8. Taiwan: $148.8 million (up 62.5%)
  9. Netherlands: $125.1 million (up 113.4%)
  10. Italy: $107.9 million (up 45.7%)
  11. Germany: $75.7 million (up 9.6%)
  12. Spain: $64.4 million (up 218.4%)
  13. Australia: $37.4 million (up 35.6%)
  14. United Kingdom: $32.2 million (down -8.4%)
  15. Thailand: $20.8 million (up 70.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 96.7% of Hong Kong’s cosmetics/skincare products imported in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cosmetics/skincare products to Hong Kong since 2013 were: South Korea (up 303.5%), Spain (up 218.4%), Japan (up 133.4%) and Netherlands (up 113.4%).

Only the United Kingdom experienced a contraction in the value of its cosmetics/skincare products sold to Hong Kong importers via a -8.4% decrease.

Overall, the value of Hong Kong’s imported cosmetics/skincare products improved by an average 70.3% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cosmetics/skincare products purchased were valued at $2.4 billion.

UK

Beauty Cosmetics/Skincare Products Imported into United Kingdom

The United Kingdom’s global purchases of imported beauty cosmetics and skincare products totaled US$2.5 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the UK imported the highest dollar value worth of beauty cosmetics and skincare products during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. France: US$498.1 million (up 0.4% from 2013)
  2. United States: $472.6 million (up 11.7%)
  3. China: $286.7 million (up 62.3%)
  4. Germany: $251 million (up 34.2%)
  5. Italy: $137.6 million (up 26.1%)
  6. Poland: $131.1 million (up 1.7%)
  7. Ireland: $110.6 million (down -5.2%)
  8. Netherlands: $94.5 million (up 118.4%)
  9. Belgium: $90.6 million (up 3%)
  10. Spain: $68 million (up 12.1%)
  11. Canada: $54.1 million (up 35.3%)
  12. Thailand: $31.9 million (down -40.1%)
  13. Australia: $28.3 million (up 34.5%)
  14. South Korea: $24.6 million (up 151%)
  15. Switzerland: $22.2 million (down -24.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 91.8% of United Kingdom’s cosmetics/skincare products imported in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cosmetics/skincare products to United Kingdom since 2013 were: South Korea (up 151%), Netherlands (up 118.4%), China (up 62.3%) and Canada (up 35.3%).

Three countries experienced declines in the value of their cosmetics/skincare products supplied to UK importers: Thailand (down -40.1%), Switzerland (down -24.3%) and Ireland (down -5.2%).

Overall, the value of United Kingdom’s imported cosmetics/skincare products expanded by an average 15.7% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cosmetics/skincare products purchases were valued at $2.2 billion.



 

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RankImporterCosmetics/Skincare%Total
1.China$5.8 billion12%
2.United States$4.9 billion10.2%
3.Hong Kong$4.1 billion8.4%
4.United Kingdom$2.51 billion5.2%
5.Germany$2.5 billion5.2%
6.Singapore$2.2 billion4.5%
7.France$1.7 billion3.6%
8.Canada$1.6 billion3.3%
9.Japan$1.2 billion2.5%
10.Italy$1.13 billion2.3%
11.Belgium$1.11 billion2.3%
12.Russia$1.1 billion2.3%
13.Spain$1.06 billion2.2%
14.Netherlands$1.05 billion2.2%
15.South Korea$999.3 million2.1%
16.Taiwan$919.9 million1.9%
17.Poland$868.4 million1.8%
18.Thailand$812.2 million1.7%
19.Australia$751.2 million1.6%
20.United Arab Emirates$710.4 million1.5%
21.Mexico$577.4 million1.2%
22.Saudi Arabia$551.8 million1.1%
23.Austria$433.8 million0.9%
24.Ireland$432.4 million0.9%
25.Switzerland$417.5 million0.9%
26.Macao$409.6 million0.8%
27.Malaysia$404.4 million0.8%
28.Sweden$383.9 million0.8%
29.Czech Republic$363.1 million0.7%
30.Norway$308.3 million0.6%
31.Turkey$300.4 million0.6%
32.Denmark$288.1 million0.6%
33.Vietnam$281.3 million0.6%
34.Portugal$248.4 million0.5%
35.Indonesia$226.7 million0.5%
36.Kuwait$215.8 million0.4%
37.Greece$204.3 million0.4%
38.Hungary$203.2 million0.4%
39.South Africa$190.9 million0.4%
40.Lithuania$184.1 million0.4%
41.Romania$180.6 million0.4%
42.Chile$179.6 million0.4%
43.Brazil$178.1 million0.4%
44.Ukraine$167.4 million0.3%
45.New Zealand$166.0 million0.3%
46.Slovakia$149.5 million0.3%
47.India$132.7 million0.3%
48.Israel$127.6 million0.3%
49.Philippines$125.1 million0.3%
50.Argentina$122.4 million0.3%
51.Finland$119.8 million0.2%
52.Croatia$119.5 million0.2%
53.Colombia$108.5 million0.2%
54.Peru$99.6 million0.2%
55.Iran$98.9 million0.2%
56.Kazakhstan$93.2 million0.2%
57.Morocco$91.7 million0.2%
58.Ecuador$86.7 million0.2%
59.Panama$79.5 million0.2%
60.Qatar$75.7 million0.2%
61.Bulgaria$75.1 million0.2%
62.Slovenia$69.9 million0.1%
63.Lebanon$66.4 million0.1%
64.Latvia$64.2 million0.1%
65.Belarus$63.5 million0.1%
66.Guatemala$63.2 million0.1%
67.Oman$61.5 million0.1%
68.Myanmar$61.4 million0.1%
69.Luxembourg$59.6 million0.1%
70.Iraq$58.7 million0.1%
71.Estonia$56.8 million0.1%
72.Cyprus$56.4 million0.1%
73.Dominican Republic$56.2 million0.1%
74.Costa Rica$56 million0.1%
75.Serbia$56 million0.1%
76.Tunisia$52.5 million0.1%
77.Cambodia$51.7 million0.1%
78.Egypt$49.3 million0.1%
79.El Salvador$42.4 million0.1%
80.Jordan$42.4 million0.1%
81.Bosnia/Herzegovina$40.1 million0.1%
82.Namibia$35 million0.1%
83.Bolivia$32.8 million0.1%
84.Algeria$32.4 million0.1%
85.Georgia$30.2 million0.1%
86.Mauritius$30.1 million0.1%
87.Nepal$29.5 million0.1%
88.Pakistan$29.3 million0.1%
89.Laos$27.7 million0.1%
90.Paraguay$27 million0.1%
91.Honduras$25.9 million0.1%
92.Bangladesh$24.7 million0.1%
93.Azerbaijan$24.5 million0.1%
94.Andorra$23.3 million0.05%
95.Iceland$23.1 million0.05%
96.Nicaragua$23.1 million0.05%
97.Zimbabwe$22 million0.05%
98.Angola$21.8 million0.04%
99.Mongolia$21.2 million0.04%
100.Kyrgyzstan$20.7 million0.04%
101.Botswana$20.6 million0.04%
102.Moldova$18.7 million0.04%
103.Uruguay$18.5 million0.04%
104.Nigeria$17.3 million0.04%
105.Trinidad/Tobago$17 million0.04%
106.Macedonia$16.3 million0.03%
107.Bahrain$16.2 million0.03%
108.Armenia$16 million0.03%
109.Montenegro$15.6 million0.03%
110.US Minor Outlying Is$14.3 million0.03%
111.Libya$13.4 million0.03%
112.Ghana$12.9 million0.03%
113.Malta$12.9 million0.03%
114.Sri Lanka$12.5 million0.03%
115.Uzbekistan$12 million0.02%
116.Ethiopia$10.7 million0.02%
117.Albania$10.5 million0.02%
118.Tanzania$10.3 million0.02%
119.Sudan$10 million0.02%
120.Aruba$10 million0.02%
121.Uganda$9.9 million0.02%
122.Mali$9.8 million0.02%
123.Maldives$8.9 million0.02%
124.Afghanistan$8.9 million0.02%
125.Curaçao$8.2 million0.02%
126.Yemen$8.1 million0.02%
127.Côte d'Ivoire$8 million0.02%
128.Democratic Rep. Congo$7.8 million0.02%
129.Kenya$7.4 million0.02%
130.Senegal$7.3 million0.01%
131.Swaziland$7.2 million0.01%
132.Jamaica$7 million0.01%
133.Zambia$6.8 million0.01%
134.Turkmenistan$6.6 million0.01%
135.Brunei Darussalam$6.6 million0.01%
136.New Caledonia$6.4 million0.01%
137.Fiji$6 million0.01%
138.Barbados$5.8 million0.01%
139.Rwanda$5.6 million0.01%
140.Lesotho$5.6 million0.01%
141.Venezuela$4.9 million0.01%
142.Bahamas$4.8 million0.01%
143.Cameroon$4.7 million0.01%
144.Haiti$4.6 million0.01%
145.Gabon$4.4 million0.01%
146.Gibraltar$4.3 million0.01%
147.Congo$4.2 million0.01%
148.French Polynesia$4.2 million0.01%
149.Cuba$4 million0.01%
150.Bermuda$3.9 million0.01%
151.Malawi$3.7 million0.01%
152.Djibouti$3.6 million0.01%
153.Benin$3.5 million0.01%
154.Syrian Arab Republic$3.3 million0.01%
155.North Korea$3 million0.01%
156.Madagascar$2.8 million0.01%
157.Burkina Faso$2.7 million0.01%
158.Mozambique$2.7 million0.01%
159.Tajikistan$2.5 million0.01%
160.Burundi$2.4 million0.01%
161.Palestine$2.3 million0.005%
162.Guyana$2.2 million0.004%
163.Sierra Leone$1.9 million0.004%
164.Papua New Guinea$1.8 million0.004%
165.Antigua/Barbuda$1.7 million0.004%
166.Timor-Leste$1.6 million0.003%
167.Seychelles$1.5 million0.003%
168.Cayman Islands$1.5 million0.003%
169.Suriname$1.4 million0.003%
170.Guinea$1.4 million0.003%
171.Mauritania$1.2 million0.002%
172.Cabo Verde$1.2 million0.002%
173.Bhutan$1.2 million0.002%
174.Belize$1.1 million0.002%
175.Faroe Islands$1.1 million0.002%
176.Niger$1 million0.002%
177.Greenland$1 million0.002%
178.Equatorial Guinea$1 million0.002%
179.Somalia$915,0000.002%
180.Chad$912,0000.002%
181.Liberia$891,0000.002%
182.British Virgin Islands$843,0000.002%
183.Saint Lucia$804,0000.002%
184.Guinea-Bissau$778,0000.002%
185.Togo$734,0000.002%
186.Saint Kitts and Nevis$714,0000.001%
187.Anguilla$584,0000.001%
188.St Vincent/Grenadines$560,0000.001%
189.Grenada$506,0000.001%
190.St Maarten (Dutch)$472,0000.001%
191.Solomon Islands$370,0000.001%
192.Turks/Caicos Islands$334,0000.001%
193.Palau$325,0000.001%
194.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$302,0000.001%
195.South Sudan$284,0000.001%
196.Cook Islands$273,0000.001%
197.Vanuatu$258,0000.001%
198.Northern Mariana Is$215,0000.0004%
199.Marshall Islands$163,0000.0003%
200.St. Pierre/Miquelon$163,0000.0003%
201.Central African Republic$151,0000.0003%
202.Samoa$126,0000.0003%
203.Tonga$124,0000.0003%
204.Sao Tome/Principe$122,0000.0003%
205.Kiribati$95,0000.0002%
206.Gambia$94,0000.0002%
207.Comoros$85,0000.0002%
208.Dominica$81,0000.0002%
209.Wallis/Futuna Islands$62,0000.0001%
210.Nauru$47,0000.0001%
211.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$46,0000.0001%
212.French S./Antarctic Terr$35,0000.0001%
213.Christmas Island$34,0000.0001%
214.Norfolk Island$14,0000.00003%
215.Niue$11,0000.00002%
216.Saint Helena$9,0000.00002%
217.Tokelau$7,0000.00001%
218.Tuvalu$6,0000.00001%
219.Eritrea$2,0000.000004%
220.American Samoa$2,0000.000004%
221.Guam$2,0000.000004%
222.Micronesia$1,0000.000002%


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on September 18, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on September 18, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on September 18, 2018