Cars Imports by Country

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Global purchases of imported cars totaled US$702.1 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of cars imports for all importing countries was up by an average 6.8% since 2012 when cars purchases were valued at $657.4 billion. Year over year, the value of imported cars shipments appreciated by 2.1% from 2015 to 2016.

From a continental perspective, Europe consumed the highest dollar worth of imported cars during 2016 with purchases valued at $302.2 billion or 43% of the global total. In second place were North American importers at 29.9% while 19.3% of worldwide cars imports were bought by clients in Asia.

Accounting for lower percentages were importers in Latin America excluding Mexico plus the Caribbean (3%), Oceania mainly Australia and New Zealand (2.8%) and Africa (1.9%).

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for cars (including station wagons) is 8703.

Cars Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of cars during 2016:

  1. United States: US$173.3 billion (24.7% of total cars imports)
  2. Germany: $51.3 billion (7.3%)
  3. United Kingdom: $46.1 billion (6.6%)
  4. China: $44 billion (6.3%)
  5. France: $31.9 billion (4.5%)
  6. Belgium: $31.4 billion (4.5%)
  7. Italy: $27.5 billion (3.9%)
  8. Canada: $26.4 billion (3.8%)
  9. Spain: $18.3 billion (2.6%)
  10. Australia: $15.9 billion (2.3%)
  11. Saudi Arabia: $12.9 billion (1.8%)
  12. Netherlands: $10.7 billion (1.5%)
  13. Japan: $10.3 billion (1.5%)
  14. Switzerland: $10.3 billion (1.5%)
  15. Mexico: $9.9 billion (1.4%)

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for cars since 2012 were: Spain (up 81.4%), Italy (up 35.5%), United Kingdom (up 33.5%) and Mexico (up 30.1%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported cars purchases were led by: Saudi Arabia (down -19.4%), Netherlands (down -9.2%), Australia (down -9.2%) and Switzerland (down -6.4%).

The listed 15 countries purchased 74.1% of all cars imports in 2016.

USA

Cars Imports into the United States

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the United States imported the highest dollar value worth of cars during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Canada: $45.9 billion (up 0.5%)
  2. Japan: $40 billion (up 3.1%)
  3. Mexico: $24.1 billion (up 35.5%)
  4. Germany: $22.3 billion (down -6.4%)
  5. South Korea: $16.4 billion (up 49.9%)
  6. United Kingdom: $8.9 billion (up 95.3%)
  7. Italy: $4.2 billion (up 320.1%)
  8. Sweden: $1.8 billion (up 123.2%)
  9. Slovakia: $1.6 billion (up 79.6%)
  10. South Africa: $1.5 billion (down -20.5%)
  11. Hungary: $1.4 billion (up 1,718%)
  12. China: $1.3 billion (up 1,207%)
  13. Belgium: $843.9 million (down -43.8%)
  14. Spain: $836.1 million (up 136.6%)
  15. Austria: $581.1 million (up 1.9%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.1% of all American cars imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cars to United States since 2012 were: Hungary (up 1,718%), China (up 1,207%), Italy (up 320.1%) and Spain (up 136.6%).

Three countries experienced declines in the value of their cars supplies to American: Belgium (down -43.8%), South Africa (down -20.5%) and Germany (down -6.4%).

Overall, the value of American cars imports were up by an average 16.1% from all supplying countries since 2012 when cars purchases were valued at $149.3 billion.

Germany

Cars Imports into Germany

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Germany imported the highest dollar value worth of cars during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Spain: $7.1 billion (up 19.6%)
  2. United States: $7.1 billion (up 18.4%)
  3. Czech Republic: $4.8 billion (up 27.3%)
  4. United Kingdom: $4.6 billion (up 31.3%)
  5. Hungary: $3.2 billion (up 114.4%)
  6. France: $2.9 billion (down -14.7%)
  7. Japan: $2.3 billion (up 57.3%)
  8. Belgium: $2.3 billion (down -29.3%)
  9. Slovakia: $2.3 billion (up 8.8%)
  10. South Africa: $2 billion (up 271.3%)
  11. Italy: $1.9 billion (up 3.6%)
  12. Mexico: $1.4 billion (down -44.8%)
  13. Poland: $1 billion (up 60%)
  14. Austria: $911.4 million (up 13.5%)
  15. Finland: $905.2 million (up 5,181%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 87.6% of all German cars imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cars to Germany since 2012 were: Finland (up 5,181%), South Africa (up 271.3%), Hungary (up 114.4%) and Poland (up 60%).

Three countries experienced declines in the value of their cars supplies to German importers: Mexico (down -44.8%), Belgium (down -29.3%) and France (down -14.7%).

Overall, the value of German cars imports were up by an average 21.4% from all supplying countries since 2012 when cars purchases were valued at $42.2 billion.

UK

Cars Imports into the United Kingdom

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the United Kingdom imported the highest dollar value worth of cars during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Germany: $20.5 billion (up 20.1%)
  2. Belgium: $7.2 billion (up 49.5%)
  3. Spain: $5 billion (up 93.8%)
  4. Japan: $2.2 billion (up 24.5%)
  5. France: $1.6 billion (down -24.3%)
  6. South Korea: $1.5 billion (up 68.7%)
  7. Czech Republic: $1.3 billion (up 44.6%)
  8. Slovakia: $1.2 billion (up 66%)
  9. Italy: $951.3 million (up 10.3%)
  10. Poland: $906.1 million (down -1.4%)
  11. Turkey: $887 million (up 1012.7%)
  12. Sweden: $418.6 million (down -3%)
  13. Netherlands: $393.3 million (up 593.4%)
  14. South Africa: $330.1 million (up 860.5%)
  15. Portugal: $295.4 million (up 26.9%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 97% of all UK cars imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cars to United Kingdom since 2012 were: Turkey (up 1,013%), South Africa (up 860.5%), Netherlands (up 593.4%) and Spain (up 93.8%).

Three countries experienced declines in the value of their cars supplies to UK importers: France (down -24.3%), Sweden (down -3%) and Poland (down -1.4%).

Overall, the value of UK cars imports were up by an average 33.5% from all supplying countries since 2012 when cars purchases were valued at $34.5 billion.

China

Cars Imports into China

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of cars during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Germany: $12 billion (down -29.7%)
  2. United States: $11.9 billion (up 68.4%)
  3. Japan: $7.6 billion (up 9.3%)
  4. United Kingdom: $6.2 billion (up 20.8%)
  5. Slovakia: $1.6 billion (down -49.5%)
  6. Italy: $890.9 million (up 266.4%)
  7. Hungary: $829.1 million (up 423.2%)
  8. Mexico: $506 million (down -52.8%)
  9. Sweden: $436.3 million (up 118.6%)
  10. Canada: $434.1 million (up 15.5%)
  11. Thailand: $363.7 million (up 723.7%)
  12. Austria: $317.4 million (up 7.9%)
  13. Belgium: $204.8 million (down -79.5%)
  14. Portugal: $167.3 million (down -72.8%)
  15. France: $155.6 million (down -49.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.8% of all Chinese cars imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cars to China since 2012 were: Thailand (up 723.7%), Hungary (up 423.2%), Italy (up 266.4%) and Sweden (up 118.6%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cars supplies to Chinese importers included: Belgium (down -79.5%), Portugal (down -72.8%), Mexico (down -52.8%) and Slovakia (down -49.5%).

Overall, the value of Chinese cars imports were down by an average -3.3% from all supplying countries since 2012 when cars purchases were valued at $45.5 billion.



 

Searchable List of Cars Importing Countries

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RankImporter2016 Cars Imports% World Total
1.United StatesUS$173.3 billion24.7%
2.Germany$51.3 billion7.3%
3.United Kingdom$46.1 billion6.6%
4.China$44 billion6.3%
5.France$31.9 billion4.5%
6.Belgium$31.4 billion4.5%
7.Italy$27.5 billion3.9%
8.Canada$26.4 billion3.8%
9.Spain$18.3 billion2.6%
10.Australia$15.9 billion2.3%
11.Saudi Arabia$12.9 billion1.8%
12.Netherlands$10.7 billion1.5%
13.Japan$10.3 billion1.5%
14.Switzerland$10.3 billion1.5%
15.Mexico$9.9 billion1.4%
16.Turkey$9.8 billion1.4%
17.United Arab Emirates$9.6 billion1.4%
18.South Korea$9.3 billion1.3%
19.Austria$9.3 billion1.3%
20.Sweden$8.7 billion1.2%
21.Poland$7.2 billion1%
22.Russia$6 billion0.9%
23.Norway$5.2 billion0.7%
24.Israel$5 billion0.7%
25.Portugal$4.5 billion0.6%
26.Argentina$4.5 billion0.6%
27.Taiwan$4.4 billion0.6%
28.Denmark$4 billion0.6%
29.Philippines$4 billion0.6%
30.Czech Republic$3.8 billion0.5%
31.New Zealand$3.4 billion0.5%
32.South Africa$3.3 billion0.5%
33.Chile$3.3 billion0.5%
34.Brazil$2.8 billion0.4%
35.Kuwait$2.8 billion0.4%
36.Ireland$2.8 billion0.4%
37.Finland$2.7 billion0.4%
38.Hungary$2.6 billion0.4%
39.Slovenia$2.6 billion0.4%
40.Egypt$2.5 billion0.4%
41.Slovakia$2.4 billion0.3%
42.Hong Kong$2.1 billion0.3%
43.Singapore$2.1 billion0.3%
44.Colombia$2.1 billion0.3%
45.Iran$2 billion0.3%
46.Morocco$2 billion0.3%
47.Qatar$2 billion0.3%
48.Luxembourg$1.9 billion0.3%
49.Romania$1.9 billion0.3%
50.Malaysia$1.8 billion0.3%
51.Peru$1.6 billion0.2%
52.Vietnam$1.4 billion0.2%
53.Lebanon$1.2 billion0.2%
54.Ukraine$1.2 billion0.2%
55.Jordan$1.2 billion0.2%
56.Indonesia$1.2 billion0.2%
57.Bahrain$1.2 billion0.2%
58.Greece$1.2 billion0.2%
59.Thailand$949.9 million0.1%
60.Algeria$917 million0.1%
61.Croatia$890.4 million0.1%
62.Bulgaria$865.1 million0.1%
63.Lithuania$853.3 million0.1%
64.Costa Rica$826.3 million0.1%
65.Dominican Republic$816.7 million0.1%
66.Estonia$756.9 million0.1%
67.Panama$755.1 million0.1%
68.Sri Lanka$633.8 million0.1%
69.Tunisia$594.1 million0.1%
70.Latvia$590.6 million0.1%
71.Guatemala$590.5 million0.1%
72.Pakistan$545.2 million0.1%
73.Serbia$537.1 million0.1%
74.Laos$481.4 million0.1%
75.Ecuador$480.7 million0.1%
76.Georgia$475.9 million0.1%
77.Nigeria$460.4 million0.1%
78.Bangladesh$437 million0.1%
79.Kenya$426 million0.1%
80.Kazakhstan$416.4 million0.1%
81.Paraguay$414.5 million0.1%
82.Iceland$407.8 million0.1%
83.Iraq$407.3 million0.1%
84.Bolivia$405 million0.1%
85.Cyprus$389 million0.1%
86.Myanmar (Burma)$378.8 million0.1%
87.Belarus$367 million0.1%
88.Cambodia$366.9 million0.1%
89.Ethiopia$349.4 million0.05%
90.Bosnia/Herzegovina$340.8 million0.05%
91.Uruguay$322.1 million0.05%
92.Ghana$319.4 million0.05%
93.Trinidad/Tobago$262.7 million0.04%
94.Jamaica$255 million0.04%
95.India$210 million0.03%
96.Mongolia$206.1 million0.03%
97.Albania$206.1 million0.03%
98.Macao$200.9 million0.03%
99.Venezuela$200.1 million0.03%
100.Azerbaijan$198.8 million0.03%
101.Brunei Darussalam$192 million0.03%
102.Gibraltar$190.8 million0.03%
103.Mauritius$188.5 million0.03%
104.Uzbekistan$188.4 million0.03%
105.Namibia$187.6 million0.03%
106.El Salvador$187.6 million0.03%
107.Nicaragua$181.9 million0.03%
108.Honduras$176.8 million0.03%
109.Libya$176.7 million0.03%
110.Nepal$168.3 million0.02%
111.Palestine$167.9 million0.02%
112.Yemen$165.5 million0.02%
113.Senegal$161.8 million0.02%
114.Botswana$158.9 million0.02%
115.Côte d'Ivoire$154.5 million0.02%
116.Macedonia$154 million0.02%
117.Sudan$145.6 million0.02%
118.Cameroon$145.2 million0.02%
119.Tanzania$125.2 million0.02%
120.Syria$119.6 million0.02%
121.Andorra$115.4 million0.02%
122.Malta$112.1 million0.02%
123.Zimbabwe$109.2 million0.02%
124.Moldova$107.3 million0.02%
125.Fiji$103.6 million0.01%
126.Benin$93.1 million0.01%
127.Djibouti$89.4 million0.01%
128.Montenegro$86.8 million0.01%
129.New Caledonia$85.2 million0.01%
130.Bahamas$81.3 million0.01%
131.US Minor Outlying Is.$76.9 million0.01%
132.Guinea$74.9 million0.01%
133.Cuba$70.7 million0.01%
134.Burkina Faso$65.5 million0.01%
135.Uganda$64.6 million0.01%
136.Mozambique$63.2 million0.01%
137.Haiti$61.1 million0.01%
138.Madagascar$60.7 million0.01%
139.Central African Rep.$59.3 million0.01%
140.Curaçao$59 million0.01%
141.Niger$58.5 million0.01%
142.Togo$56.4 million0.01%
143.Rwanda$56 million0.01%
144.Mauritania$53 million0.01%
145.Bhutan$52.4 million0.01%
146.Barbados$51.2 million0.01%
147.Zambia$46.7 million0.01%
148.French Polynesia$45.4 million0.01%
149.Afghanistan$44.7 million0.01%
150.Cayman Islands$43.9 million0.01%
151.Aruba$42.8 million0.01%
152.Sierra Leone$40.8 million0.01%
153.Angola$40.4 million0.01%
154.Armenia$40.3 million0.01%
155.Mali$39.1 million0.01%
156.Faroe Islands$37.6 million0.01%
157.Suriname$34.4 million0.005%
158.Congo$33.5 million0.005%
159.Swaziland$32.3 million0.005%
160.Democratic Rep. Congo$30.7 million0.004%
161.St Maarten (Dutch part)$30.2 million0.004%
162.Gabon$29.6 million0.004%
163.Antigua/Barbuda$29.5 million0.004%
164.Liberia$29.2 million0.004%
165.Kyrgyzstan$29.2 million0.004%
166.Seychelles$29.1 million0.004%
167.Guyana$28.1 million0.004%
168.North Korea$25.8 million0.004%
169.Lesotho$25.1 million0.004%
170.British Virgin Is.$22.7 million0.003%
171.Saint Lucia$22.4 million0.003%
172.Belize$21.8 million0.003%
173.Equatorial Guinea$21.5 million0.003%
174.Bermuda$20.6 million0.003%
175.Burundi$20.5 million0.003%
176.Timor-Leste$20.2 million0.003%
177.Gambia$20.1 million0.003%
178.Papua New Guinea$19.4 million0.003%
179.Netherlands Antilles$19.1 million0.003%
180.Somalia$18.4 million0.003%
181.Northern Mariana Is.$17.2 million0.002%
182.Malawi$16.2 million0.002%
183.Turkmenistan$15.9 million0.002%
184.Saint Kitts/Nevis$14.7 million0.002%
185.Turks/Caicos Islands$14.7 million0.002%
186.Solomon Islands$14.6 million0.002%
187.Chad$13 million0.002%
188.Tajikistan$12.8 million0.002%
189.Eritrea$11.9 million0.002%
190.Cabo Verde$10.7 million0.002%
191.Samoa$10.6 million0.002%
192.Grenada$10.2 million0.001%
193.St Vincent/Grenadines$8.5 million0.001%
194.Greenland$6.7 million0.001%
195.South Sudan$6.3 million0.001%
196.Dominica$6.1 million0.001%
197.Comoros$5.3 million0.001%
198.Tonga$4.9 million0.001%
199.Vanuatu$4.7 million0.001%
200.Maldives$4.5 million0.001%
201.Anguilla$4.3 million0.001%
202.Guinea-Bissau$4.1 million0.001%
203.Palau$4 million0.001%
204.Marshall Islands$3.7 million0.001%
205.Cook Islands$3.2 million0.0005%
206.Micronesia$2.6 million0.0004%
207.Falkland Is. (Malvinas)$2 million0.0003%
208.Christmas Island$2 million0.0003%
209.Kiribati$1.9 million0.0003%
210.Saint Helena$1.9 million0.0003%
211.Nauru$1.7 million0.0002%
212.Sao Tome/Principe$1.2 million0.0002%
213.Norfolk Island$1.2 million0.0002%
214.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$1.2 million0.0002%
215.Montserrat$1.2 million0.0002%
216.St. Pierre/Miquelon$1.1 million0.0002%
217.Niue$380,0000.0001%
218.Cocos (Keeling) Is.$345,0000.00005%
219.French South Antarctic$228,0000.00003%
220.Pitcairn$169,0000.00002%
221.Wallis/Futuna Islands$81,0000.00001%
222.Western Sahara$67,0000.00001%
223.Tuvalu$58,0000.00001%
224.Br. Indian Ocean Terr.$56,0000.00001%
225.Tokelau$14,0000.000002%
226.American Samoa$4,0000.000001%


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 13, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 13, 2017

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on June 13, 2017