Beer Imports by Country

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Worldwide purchases of imported beer totaled US$15 billion in 2017. Overall, the value of beer imports increased by 16.2% for all importing countries since 2013 when international purchases of beer were valued at $12.9 billion.

Year over year, beer imports appreciated by 5.8% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, countries in North America accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported beer during 2017 with purchases valued at $6.1 billion or 40.6% of the global total. In second place were European importers at 33.9% while 14.1% of beer imported worldwide was delivered to customers in Asia. Smaller percentages arrived in Latin America (5.6%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Africa (2.8%) then Oceania (2.6%) led by Australia and New Zealand.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 2203 for beer made from malt.

Beer Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of beer during 2017.

  1. United States: US$5.3 billion (35.5% of total beer imports)
  2. France: $819.9 million (5.5%)
  3. China: $750 million (5%)
  4. United Kingdom: $626.9 million (4.2%)
  5. Italy: $585.5 million (3.9%)
  6. Canada: $572.4 million (3.8%)
  7. Germany: $496.5 million (3.3%)
  8. Netherlands: $402.4 million (2.7%)
  9. Spain: $308.8 million (2.1%)
  10. Australia: $289.3 million (1.9%)
  11. South Korea: $263.1 million (1.8%)
  12. Chile: $205 million (1.4%)
  13. Belgium: $201.8 million (1.3%)
  14. Russia: $195.1 million (1.3%)
  15. Taiwan: $191.9 million (1.3%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased three-quarters (74.9%) of all beer imported in 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall beer shipments for each importer.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for beer since 2013 were: China (up 224%), South Korea (up 193.4%), Chile (up 50.6%) and Netherlands (up 37.7%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported beer purchases were led by: Belgium (down -45.3%), Germany (down -14.8%), Italy (down -9.3%) and Canada (down -8.8%).

US

Beer Imported into the United States

America’s global purchases of imported beer totaled US$5.3 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the US imported the highest dollar value worth of beer during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Mexico: US$3.4 billion (up 71.7% from 2013)
  2. Netherlands: $835.9 million (down -6.7%)
  3. Belgium: $337.1 million (up 24.5%)
  4. Ireland: $222.1 million (up 19.3%)
  5. Germany: $192.2 million (up 67.1%)
  6. Canada: $115.8 million (down -38.4%)
  7. United Kingdom: $50.6 million (down -60.6%)
  8. Jamaica: $26.3 million (up 1,348%)
  9. Italy: $23.3 million (down -11.6%)
  10. Dominican Republic: $17.8 million (up 33.6%)
  11. Japan: $10.4 million (up 42.9%)
  12. Poland: $10.2 million (down -7%)
  13. China: $8.4 million (up 21.9%)
  14. Czech Republic: $8.2 million (down -13.4%)
  15. Denmark: $7 million (up 24.6%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.9% of United States’s beer imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of beer to United States since 2013 were: Jamaica (up 1,348%), Mexico (up 71.7%), Germany (up 67.1%) and Japan (up 42.9%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their beer supplied to American importers included: United Kingdom (down -60.6%), Canada (down -38.4%), Czech Republic (down -13.4%) and Italy (down -11.6%).

Overall, the value of United States’s beer imports progressed by an average 36.4% from all supplying countries since 2013 when beer purchases were valued at $3.9 billion.

France

Beer Imported into France

France’s global purchases of imported beer totaled US$819.9 million in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which France imported the highest dollar value worth of beer during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Belgium: US$475.1 million (up 42.1% from 2013)
  2. Netherlands: $159.5 million (up 33.1%)
  3. Germany: $62.5 million (down -32.1%)
  4. Portugal: $21.7 million (up 3.7%)
  5. Mexico: $18.8 million (up 138.9%)
  6. Ireland: $16.6 million (up 18.4%)
  7. United Kingdom: $14.9 million (up 59.1%)
  8. Italy: $8.6 million (up 81%)
  9. Czech Republic: $7.3 million (up 71.3%)
  10. China: $5.5 million (up 2.9%)
  11. Spain: $4.4 million (down -2.5%)
  12. United States: $4.4 million (up 370.9%)
  13. Denmark: $2.7 million (down -63.5%)
  14. Thailand: $1.6 million (up 61.1%)
  15. Trinidad/Tobago: $1.5 million (down -46.6%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.2% of France’s beer imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of beer to France since 2013 were: United States (up 370.9%), Mexico (up 138.9%), Italy (up 81%) and Czech Republic (up 71.3%).

Four countries experienced declines in the value of their beer supplied to French importers: Denmark (down -63.5%), Trinidad/Tobago (down -46.6%), Germany (down -32.1%) and Spain (down -2.5%).

Overall, the value of France’s beer imports rose by an average 27.9% from all supplying countries since 2013 when beer purchases were valued at $641.2 million.

China

Beer Imported into China

China’s global purchases of imported beer totaled US$750 million in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of beer during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Germany: US$209.5 million (up 53.4% from 2013)
  2. Mexico: $110.7 million (up 985.7%)
  3. Belgium: $69.6 million (up 313%)
  4. Netherlands: $65.8 million (up 499.9%)
  5. Portugal: $63.4 million (up 5,575%)
  6. Spain: $51.7 million (up 899.1%)
  7. South Korea: $49.8 million (up 496.1%)
  8. France: $40.7 million (up 334.4%)
  9. United Kingdom: $25.8 million (up 1,775%)
  10. Russia: $12.8 million (up 393.4%)
  11. United States: $9.2 million (up 4.1%)
  12. Italy: $6 million (up 918.1%)
  13. Denmark: $4.6 million (up 267.8%)
  14. Ireland: $4.2 million (up 74.5%)
  15. Taiwan: $3.4 million (up 9.6%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 96.9% of China’s beer imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of beer to China since 2013 were: Portugal (up 5,575%), United Kingdom (up 1,775%), Mexico (up 985.7%) and Italy (up 918.1%).

The slowest percentage increases among China’s top beer suppliers over the 5-year period belong to the United States (up 4.1%) and Taiwan (up 9.6%).

Overall, the value of China’s beer imports appreciated by an average 224% from all supplying countries since 2013 when beer purchases were valued at $231.5 million.

UK

Beer Imported into the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom’s global purchases of imported beer totaled US$626.9 million in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the UK imported the highest dollar value worth of beer during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Ireland: US$112.4 million (down -27.6% from 2013)
  2. Mexico: $105.5 million (up 80.3%)
  3. Netherlands: $84.3 million (down -28.5%)
  4. France: $71.5 million (up 4%)
  5. Italy: $65.6 million (down -10.2%)
  6. Germany: $38 million (down -55.1%)
  7. United States: $36.8 million (up 286%)
  8. Belgium: $34.4 million (down -15.6%)
  9. Spain: $17.7 million (up 146.3%)
  10. Czech Republic: $11.4 million (down -4.7%)
  11. Poland: $11.4 million (up 226.5%)
  12. Thailand: $5.1 million (down -2.5%)
  13. Portugal: $4.9 million (down -8.8%)
  14. China: $4.8 million (up 20%)
  15. Nigeria: $2.9 million (down -36.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 96.8% of United Kingdom’s beer imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of beer to United Kingdom since 2013 were: United States (up 286%), Poland (up 226.5%), Spain (up 146.3%) and Mexico (up 80.3%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their beer supplied to UK importers included: Germany (down -55.1%), Nigeria (down -36.3%), Netherlands (down -28.5%) and Ireland (down -27.6%).

Overall, the value of United Kingdom’s beer imports decreased by an average -7.6% from all supplying countries since 2013 when beer purchases were valued at $678.8 million.



 

Searchable List of Beer Importer Countries

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RankImporter2017 Beer Imports% World Total
1.United States$5.3 billion35.5%
2.France$819.9 million5.5%
3.China$750 million5%
4.United Kingdom$626.9 million4.2%
5.Italy$585.5 million3.9%
6.Canada$572.4 million3.8%
7.Germany$496.5 million3.3%
8.Netherlands$402.4 million2.7%
9.Spain$308.8 million2.1%
10.Australia$289.3 million1.9%
11.South Korea$263.1 million1.8%
12.Chile$205 million1.4%
13.Belgium$201.8 million1.3%
14.Russia$195.1 million1.3%
15.Taiwan$191.9 million1.3%
16.Mexico$188.5 million1.3%
17.Ireland$186.8 million1.2%
18.Singapore$150.2 million1%
19.Paraguay$139.3 million0.9%
20.Sweden$129.2 million0.9%
21.Hong Kong$122.5 million0.8%
22.Switzerland$121.5 million0.8%
23.United Arab Emirates$113.4 million0.8%
24.South Africa$95.2 million0.6%
25.Colombia$84 million0.6%
26.Malaysia$82.4 million0.5%
27.Austria$75.3 million0.5%
28.Slovakia$70.5 million0.5%
29.Bosnia/Herzegovina$69.4 million0.5%
30.Poland$63.7 million0.4%
31.Japan$60.4 million0.4%
32.Denmark$60 million0.4%
33.New Zealand$59.4 million0.4%
34.Israel$58.7 million0.4%
35.Argentina$58 million0.4%
36.Cambodia$52.8 million0.4%
37.Portugal$51.1 million0.3%
38.Norway$48.7 million0.3%
39.Hungary$46.8 million0.3%
40.Cuba$46.8 million0.3%
41.Latvia$44.3 million0.3%
42.Guatemala$42.1 million0.3%
43.Croatia$41.7 million0.3%
44.Finland$40.9 million0.3%
45.Belarus$38 million0.3%
46.Luxembourg$36 million0.2%
47.Ukraine$35.8 million0.2%
48.Romania$35.5 million0.2%
49.Equatorial Guinea$34.4 million0.2%
50.Honduras$34 million0.2%
51.Greece$32.4 million0.2%
52.Kazakhstan$31.8 million0.2%
53.Botswana$31.6 million0.2%
54.Brazil$31.5 million0.2%
55.Slovenia$30.8 million0.2%
56.Vietnam$30 million0.2%
57.Lithuania$29 million0.2%
58.Iraq$29 million0.2%
59.Algeria$28.3 million0.2%
60.Bulgaria$26.5 million0.2%
61.Estonia$25.5 million0.2%
62.Dominican Republic$25 million0.2%
63.Panama$24.7 million0.2%
64.Uruguay$19.9 million0.1%
65.Macao, China$19.9 million0.1%
66.Zambia$19.8 million0.1%
67.Democratic Rep. Congo$18.4 million0.1%
68.Mozambique$17.7 million0.1%
69.South Sudan$17.6 million0.1%
70.Czech Republic$16.2 million0.1%
71.Costa Rica$15.5 million0.1%
72.Thailand$15.1 million0.1%
73.Albania$15 million0.1%
74.Bahrain$15 million0.1%
75.Serbia$14.1 million0.1%
76.Moldova$13.8 million0.1%
77.Andorra$13.1 million0.1%
78.Papua New Guinea$12.4 million0.1%
79.Cyprus$12.3 million0.1%
80.Bolivia$11.2 million0.1%
81.Lebanon$11.1 million0.1%
82.North Korea$10.7 million0.1%
83.Aruba$10.5 million0.1%
84.Curaçao$10.5 million0.1%
85.Peru$10.4 million0.1%
86.Côte d'Ivoire$10.4 million0.1%
87.Montenegro$10.4 million0.1%
88.Georgia$10.2 million0.1%
89.Turkey$10.1 million0.1%
90.El Salvador$10.1 million0.1%
91.Qatar$9.6 million0.1%
92.Cabo Verde$9.6 million0.1%
93.Oman$9.5 million0.1%
94.Senegal$9.4 million0.1%
95.Solomon Islands$9.4 million0.1%
96.Malta$8.5 million0.1%
97.Cameroon$8.2 million0.1%
98.Burkina Faso$8.2 million0.1%
99.Iceland$7.8 million0.1%
100.Tanzania$7.4 million0.05%
101.Ghana$7.3 million0.05%
102.Kenya$7.2 million0.05%
103.Bermuda$7.2 million0.05%
104.Guyana$7.1 million0.05%
105.Uganda$7 million0.05%
106.Bahamas$7 million0.05%
107.India$7 million0.05%
108.St Maarten (Dutch part)$6.9 million0.05%
109.Philippines$6.8 million0.05%
110.Namibia$6.7 million0.04%
111.Zimbabwe$6.6 million0.04%
112.Morocco$6.5 million0.04%
113.US Minor Outlying Is$6.5 million0.04%
114.Guinea-Bissau$6.4 million0.04%
115.Ecuador$6.4 million0.04%
116.Gabon$6.3 million0.04%
117.Cayman Islands$6.2 million0.04%
118.Suriname$6.2 million0.04%
119.Swaziland$6.1 million0.04%
120.Azerbaijan$5.9 million0.04%
121.Lesotho$5.9 million0.04%
122.Mali$5.6 million0.04%
123.Uzbekistan$5.6 million0.04%
124.Liberia$5.6 million0.04%
125.Trinidad/Tobago$5.1 million0.03%
126.Congo$5.1 million0.03%
127.Kyrgyzstan$5.1 million0.03%
128.Macedonia$4.7 million0.03%
129.Antigua/Barbuda$4.7 million0.03%
130.Belize$4.7 million0.03%
131.Sudan$4.6 million0.03%
132.Guinea$4.6 million0.03%
133.Greenland$4.5 million0.03%
134.Nicaragua$4.2 million0.03%
135.Laos$4 million0.03%
136.British Virgin Islands$4 million0.03%
137.Angola$3.7 million0.02%
138.Niger$3.7 million0.02%
139.Mongolia$3.5 million0.02%
140.Bangladesh$3.4 million0.02%
141.Palau$3.2 million0.02%
142.Syrian Arab Republic$3.2 million0.02%
143.Armenia$3.2 million0.02%
144.Rwanda$3.1 million0.02%
145.Benin$3 million0.02%
146.Barbados$2.9 million0.02%
147.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$2.9 million0.02%
148.Seychelles$2.6 million0.02%
149.Sri Lanka$2.4 million0.02%
150.Tajikistan$2.4 million0.02%
151.Turks/Caicos Islands$2.3 million0.02%
152.Maldives$2.2 million0.01%
153.Gibraltar$2.2 million0.01%
154.Indonesia$2.2 million0.01%
155.Cook Islands$2 million0.01%
156.Djibouti$2 million0.01%
157.Burundi$1.9 million0.01%
158.Micronesia$1.5 million0.01%
159.Mauritius$1.4 million0.01%
160.Sao Tome/Principe$1.2 million0.01%
161.Jordan$1.1 million0.01%
162.Fiji$1 million0.01%
163.Tonga$1 million0.01%
164.Timor-Leste$1 million0.01%
165.French Polynesia$956,0000.01%
166.Afghanistan$851,0000.01%
167.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$779,0000.01%
168.Egypt$686,0000.005%
169.Haiti$674,0000.004%
170.Jamaica$672,0000.004%
171.Madagascar$671,0000.004%
172.Kiribati$640,0000.004%
173.Faroe Islands$611,0000.004%
174.Malawi$609,0000.004%
175.Saint Kitts/Nevis$597,0000.004%
176.New Caledonia$584,0000.004%
177.Somalia$567,0000.004%
178.Chad$532,0000.004%
179.Turkmenistan$524,0000.003%
180.Saint Lucia$524,0000.003%
181.Bhutan$517,0000.003%
182.Sierra Leone$482,0000.003%
183.Kuwait$471,0000.003%
184.Nepal$451,0000.003%
185.Montserrat$447,0000.003%
186.Comoros$417,0000.003%
187.Saint Helena$380,0000.003%
188.St. Pierre/Miquelon$342,0000.002%
189.Central African Rep$339,0000.002%
190.Togo$338,0000.002%
191.Dominica$333,0000.002%
192.Anguilla$317,0000.002%
193.Brunei Darussalam$304,0000.002%
194.Wallis/Futuna Islands$272,0000.002%
195.Northern Mariana Is$271,0000.002%
196.Vanuatu$225,0000.001%
197.Tunisia$223,0000.001%
198.Niue$209,0000.001%
199.Marshall Islands$199,0000.001%
200.Palestine$184,0000.001%
201.Tokelau$126,0000.001%
202.Myanmar$120,0000.001%
203.Tuvalu$87,0000.001%
204.Venezuela$87,0000.001%
205.Mauritania$76,0000.001%
206.Iran$64,0000.0004%
207.Nigeria$57,0000.0004%
208.Grenada$56,0000.0004%
209.French S./Antarctic Terr$53,0000.0004%
210.Ethiopia$49,0000.0003%
211.Pakistan$49,0000.0003%
212.St Vincent/Grenadines$47,0000.0003%
213.Samoa$41,0000.0003%
214.Libya, State of$27,0000.0002%
215.Cocos (Keeling) Islands$16,0000.0001%
216.Christmas Island$15,0000.0001%
217.Gambia$8,0000.0001%
218.Norfolk Island$8,0000.0001%
219.Pitcairn$5,0000.00003%
220.Nauru$1,0000.00001%


See also Beer Exports by Country, America’s Top Trading Partners and France’s Top 10 Imports

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on September 7, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on September 7, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on September 7, 2018