Car Imports by Country

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Global purchases of imported cars totaled US$752.9 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of car imports for all importing countries was up by an average 10.6% since 2013 when cars purchases were valued at $680.8 billion. The value of imported cars shipments appreciated by 6.5% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, Europe consumed the highest dollar worth of imported cars during 2017 with purchases valued at $335.4 billion or 44.5% of the global total. In second place were North American importers at 29.2% while 18.3% of worldwide car imports were bought by clients in Asia.

Accounting for lower percentages were importers in Latin America excluding Mexico plus the Caribbean (3.1%), Oceanian countries (2.9%)–mainly Australia and New Zealand–and Africa (1.9%).

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

Car Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of cars during 2017:

  1. United States: US$179.6 billion (23.9% of total imported cars)
  2. Germany: $58.5 billion (7.8%)
  3. China: $49.9 billion (6.6%)
  4. United Kingdom: $44.1 billion (5.9%)
  5. Belgium: $36.4 billion (4.8%)
  6. France: $34.7 billion (4.6%)
  7. Italy: $31.2 billion (4.1%)
  8. Canada: $28.7 billion (3.8%)
  9. Spain: $20.2 billion (2.7%)
  10. Australia: $17.5 billion (2.3%)
  11. Netherlands: $12.8 billion (1.7%)
  12. Mexico: $11.5 billion (1.5%)
  13. Japan: $11.1 billion (1.5%)
  14. Switzerland: $10.5 billion (1.4%)
  15. Austria: $10.1 billion (1.3%)

The listed 15 countries purchased almost three-quarters (74%) of all cars imported during 2017.
Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for cars since 2013 were: Spain (up 78%), Italy (up 54.3%), Germany (up 42.3%) and Mexico (up 36.2%).

Only one top country posted a decline in its imported car purchases, namely Australia via its modest -0.9% dip from 2016 to 2017.

USA

Car 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 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Canada: US$43.8 billion (up 0.1% from 2013)
  2. Japan: $40.7 billion (up 4.9%)
  3. Mexico: $30.6 billion (up 49.4%)
  4. Germany: $20.8 billion (down -19.8%)
  5. South Korea: $16.1 billion (up 29.1%)
  6. United Kingdom: $8.8 billion (up 71%)
  7. Italy: $5.1 billion (up 221.1%)
  8. Sweden: $2.2 billion (up 203.3%)
  9. Slovakia: $2 billion (up 123.3%)
  10. China: $1.8 billion (up 1,759%)
  11. Hungary: $1.2 billion (up 202.7%)
  12. Finland: $1.2 billion (up 11,883%)
  13. South Africa: $1.1 billion (down -50.4%)
  14. Turkey: $911.8 million (up 666.5%)
  15. Spain: $816.9 million (up 4,572%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.6% of all American cars imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cars to Spain since 2013 were: Finland (up 11,883%), Spain (up 4,572%), China (up 1,759%) and Turkey (up 666.5%).

Two countries experienced declines in the value of their cars supplied to American importers, namely South Africa (down -50.4%) and Germany (down -19.8%).

Overall, the value of American cars imports were up by an average 15.5% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cars purchases were valued at $155.5 billion.

Germany

Car Imports into Germany

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Germany imported the highest dollar value worth of cars during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Spain: US$8.9 billion (up 36.6% from 2013)
  2. United States: $6.4 billion (up 26.3%)
  3. Czech Republic: $5.6 billion (up 47.2%)
  4. United Kingdom: $4.2 billion (up 15.7%)
  5. Mexico: $4.1 billion (up 123.2%)
  6. France: $3.6 billion (up 20.2%)
  7. Hungary: $3.1 billion (up 75.2%)
  8. Japan: $2.6 billion (up 106.6%)
  9. Belgium: $2.5 billion (down -27.3%)
  10. Italy: $2.4 billion (up 99.5%)
  11. Slovakia: $2.3 billion (up 17.7%)
  12. South Africa: $2.3 billion (up 294.6%)
  13. Netherlands: $1.3 billion (up 211.4%)
  14. Austria: $1.1 billion (up 26.5%)
  15. South Korea: $1.1 billion (up 4.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 87.9% of all German cars imported during 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cars to Germany since 2013 were: South Africa (up 294.6%), Netherlands (up 211.4%), Mexico (up 123.2%) and Japan (up 106.6%).

Only one top country experienced a drop in the value of its cars sold to German importers from 2013 to 2017, namely Belgium with its -27.3% decline.

Overall, the value of German cars imports appreciated by an average 42.3% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cars purchases were valued at $41.1 billion.

China

Car Imports into China

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

  1. United States: US$12.8 billion (up 38.5% from 2013)
  2. Germany: $12.7 billion (down -5.1%)
  3. Japan: $9.1 billion (up 30%)
  4. United Kingdom: $7.1 billion (up 2.4%)
  5. Italy: $2.1 billion (up 401.9%)
  6. Slovakia: $1.6 billion (down -44.4%)
  7. Hungary: $929.1 million (up 289.1%)
  8. Sweden: $651.1 million (up 52.4%)
  9. Thailand: $605 million (up 6,249%)
  10. Mexico: $422.4 million (down -73.5%)
  11. Canada: $401.1 million (down -29.6%)
  12. Austria: $365.9 million (down -7.9%)
  13. Portugal: $296 million (down -18%)
  14. Netherlands: $238.6 million (up 271,018%)
  15. Belgium: $193.2 million (down -86.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.2% of all Chinese car imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cars to China since 2013 were: Netherlands (up 271,018%), Thailand (up 6,249%), Italy (up 401.9%) and Hungary (up 289.1%).

Countries that experienced the most intense declines in the value of their cars supplied to Chinese importers included: Belgium (down -86.4%), Mexico (down -73.5%), Slovakia (down -44.4%) and Canada (down -29.6%).

Overall, the value of Chinese car imports appreciated by an average 5.2% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cars purchases were valued at $47.5 billion.

UK

Car 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 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Germany: US$19.8 billion (up 3.5% from 2013)
  2. Belgium: $6.9 billion (up 25.2%)
  3. Spain: $3.9 billion (up 16%)
  4. Japan: $2 billion (up 94.3%)
  5. France: $1.7 billion (down -27.4%)
  6. South Korea: $1.6 billion (up 42.7%)
  7. Slovakia: $1.1 billion (up 14.6%)
  8. Turkey: $1.1 billion (up 184.1%)
  9. Czech Republic: $1.1 billion (up 6.7%)
  10. Netherlands: $929.2 million (up 7,642%)
  11. Poland: $809 million (up 23.7%)
  12. Italy: $788.6 million (down -7.7%)
  13. Sweden: $588.1 million (up 65.9%)
  14. Portugal: $375.7 million (up 45.2%)
  15. South Africa: $348.5 million (up 327.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 97.4% of all UK car imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cars to United Kingdom since 2013 were: Netherlands (up 7,642%), South Africa (up 327.3%), Turkey (up 184.1%) and Japan (up 94.3%).

Two countries experienced declines in the value of their cars supplied to UK importers, specifically France (down -27.4%) and Italy (down -7.7%).

Overall, the value of UK car imports appreciated by an average 13.9% from all supplying countries since 2013 when imported car purchases were valued at $38.8 billion.



 

Searchable List of Car Importing Countries

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RankImporter2017 Car Imports% World Total
1.United StatesUS$179.6 billion23.9%
2.Germany$58.5 billion7.8%
3.China$49.9 billion6.6%
4.United Kingdom$44.1 billion5.9%
5.Belgium$36.4 billion4.8%
6.France$34.7 billion4.6%
7.Italy$31.2 billion4.1%
8.Canada$28.7 billion3.8%
9.Spain$20.2 billion2.7%
10.Australia$17.5 billion2.3%
11.Netherlands$12.8 billion1.7%
12.Mexico$11.5 billion1.5%
13.Japan$11.1 billion1.5%
14.Switzerland$10.5 billion1.4%
15.Austria$10.1 billion1.3%
16.South Korea$9.7 billion1.3%
17.Saudi Arabia$9.5 billion1.3%
18.United Arab Emirates$9.3 billion1.2%
19.Poland$9.1 billion1.2%
20.Sweden$9.1 billion1.2%
21.Turkey$8.6 billion1.1%
22.Russia$6.7 billion0.9%
23.Norway$6.3 billion0.8%
24.Argentina$6.3 billion0.8%
25.Portugal$5 billion0.7%
26.Taiwan$5 billion0.7%
27.Czech Republic$4.8 billion0.6%
28.Philippines$4.5 billion0.6%
29.Denmark$4.2 billion0.6%
30.Chile$4.2 billion0.6%
31.South Africa$4 billion0.5%
32.New Zealand$3.9 billion0.5%
33.Israel$3.7 billion0.5%
34.Slovenia$3.6 billion0.5%
35.Hungary$3.3 billion0.4%
36.Finland$3 billion0.4%
37.Brazil$3 billion0.4%
38.Slovakia$2.9 billion0.4%
39.Iran$2.7 billion0.4%
40.Kuwait$2.7 billion0.4%
41.Ireland$2.6 billion0.3%
42.Hong Kong$2.3 billion0.3%
43.Romania$2.2 billion0.3%
44.Morocco$2.2 billion0.3%
45.Luxembourg$2.1 billion0.3%
46.Ukraine$2.1 billion0.3%
47.Colombia$2 billion0.3%
48.Singapore$1.8 billion0.2%
49.Egypt$1.7 billion0.2%
50.Algeria$1.7 billion0.2%
51.Peru$1.6 billion0.2%
52.Malaysia$1.5 billion0.2%
53.Jordan$1.5 billion0.2%
54.Qatar$1.4 billion0.2%
55.Pakistan$1.4 billion0.2%
56.Greece$1.3 billion0.2%
57.Lebanon$1.3 billion0.2%
58.Croatia$1.1 billion0.1%
59.Bulgaria$1.1 billion0.1%
60.Indonesia$1 billion0.1%
61.Lithuania$1 billion0.1%
62.Vietnam$1 billion0.1%
63.Estonia$933.2 million0.1%
64.Ecuador$929.7 million0.1%
65.Bahrain$852.6 million0.1%
66.Thailand$823.6 million0.1%
67.Iraq$772.4 million0.1%
68.Costa Rica$747.6 million0.1%
69.Nigeria$669.7 million0.1%
70.Dominican Republic$641.5 million0.1%
71.Latvia$630.9 million0.1%
72.Iceland$624.7 million0.1%
73.Panama$576.6 million0.1%
74.Guatemala$572.9 million0.1%
75.Belarus$558.5 million0.1%
76.Tunisia$553 million0.1%
77.Kazakhstan$551.2 million0.1%
78.Sri Lanka$547.4 million0.1%
79.Paraguay$525.1 million0.1%
80.Cyprus$519.5 million0.1%
81.Bangladesh$488.8 million0.1%
82.Georgia$476.7 million0.1%
83.Kenya$471.4 million0.1%
84.Jamaica$471.2 million0.1%
85.Serbia$436.1 million0.1%
86.Uruguay$409.6 million0.1%
87.Cambodia$408.3 million0.1%
88.Bosnia/Herzegovina$402.1 million0.1%
89.Bolivia$355.4 million0.05%
90.Ethiopia$342.6 million0.05%
91.Ghana$319.3 million0.04%
92.Laos$302.2 million0.04%
93.Myanmar (Burma)$284.6 million0.04%
94.Azerbaijan$275.2 million0.04%
95.Mongolia$267.2 million0.04%
96.Trinidad/Tobago$260.8 million0.03%
97.Sudan$257.1 million0.03%
98.Macao$235.9 million0.03%
99.Libya$212.4 million0.03%
100.Gibraltar$208.7 million0.03%
101.Albania$201.2 million0.03%
102.Senegal$190.5 million0.03%
103.Mauritius$190.3 million0.03%
104.El Salvador$188.5 million0.03%
105.Côte d'Ivoire$176.4 million0.02%
106.Macedonia$171.9 million0.02%
107.Brunei Darussalam$167.2 million0.02%
108.Uzbekistan$166.3 million0.02%
109.Palestine$163.5 million0.02%
110.India$163.2 million0.02%
111.Namibia$153.5 million0.02%
112.Moldova$145.7 million0.02%
113.Uganda$143.8 million0.02%
114.Montenegro$140.2 million0.02%
115.Nepal$133.1 million0.02%
116.Malta$131 million0.02%
117.Yemen$129.5 million0.02%
118.Tanzania$128.2 million0.02%
119.Andorra$127 million0.02%
120.Honduras$118 million0.02%
121.Venezuela$115.3 million0.02%
122.Curaçao$103.6 million0.01%
123.Syrian Arab Republic$99.6 million0.01%
124.Botswana$99.5 million0.01%
125.Nicaragua$96.7 million0.01%
126.Zambia$96.2 million0.01%
127.New Caledonia$90.8 million0.01%
128.Angola$85.8 million0.01%
129.Guinea$84.0 million0.01%
130.Bahamas$80.8 million0.01%
131.Madagascar$78.3 million0.01%
132.Afghanistan$77.2 million0.01%
133.US Minor Outlying Is$76.4 million0.01%
134.Togo$75.5 million0.01%
135.Cameroon$74.3 million0.01%
136.Benin$69.8 million0.01%
137.Djibouti$65 million0.01%
138.French Polynesia$64.4 million0.01%
139.Mozambique$63.4 million0.01%
140.Mauritania$57.9 million0.01%
141.Fiji$56.6 million0.01%
142.Malawi$54.6 million0.01%
143.Turkmenistan$53.1 million0.01%
144.Barbados$52.8 million0.01%
145.Haiti$51.4 million0.01%
146.Armenia$49.7 million0.01%
147.Tajikistan$47.6 million0.01%
148.Zimbabwe$45.4 million0.01%
149.Aruba$41.5 million0.01%
150.Cayman Islands$41.2 million0.01%
151.Faroe Islands$39.9 million0.01%
152.Cuba$39.6 million0.01%
153.Kyrgyzstan$37.2 million0.005%
154.Guyana$34.6 million0.005%
155.Swaziland$31.9 million0.004%
156.Mali$30.8 million0.004%
157.Antigua/Barbuda$30.4 million0.004%
158.Papua New Guinea$28.3 million0.004%
159.Gambia$28.2 million0.004%
160.Suriname$28.1 million0.004%
161.Democ. Rep. Congo$27.6 million0.004%
162.North Korea$27.5 million0.004%
163.Gabon$26.7 million0.004%
164.Lesotho$25.9 million0.003%
165.Burkina Faso$24.8 million0.003%
166.British Virgin Is$23.5 million0.003%
167.Sierra Leone$23.3 million0.003%
168.Bhutan$23.1 million0.003%
169.Bermuda$22.5 million0.003%
170.Liberia$21.3 million0.003%
171.Congo$20.8 million0.003%
172.Central African Rep$20.7 million0.003%
173.Timor-Leste$20.6 million0.003%
174.Seychelles$18.9 million0.003%
175.Somalia$17.9 million0.002%
176.Niger$16.7 million0.002%
177.Saint Lucia$16 million0.002%
178.Belize$15.9 million0.002%
179.Cabo Verde$15.7 million0.002%
180.Equatorial Guinea$15.1 million0.002%
181.North. Mariana Is$14.6 million0.002%
182.Dominica$14.5 million0.002%
183.Turks/Caicos Is$13 million0.002%
184.Rwanda$11.5 million0.002%
185.Saint Kitts/Nevis$10.9 million0.001%
186.Grenada$10.1 million0.001%
187.Samoa$10 million0.001%
188.Greenland$9.8 million0.001%
189.Solomon Islands$7.5 million0.001%
190.Vanuatu$6.2 million0.001%
191.Comoros$5.8 million0.001%
192.St Maarten$5.4 million0.001%
193.St Vincent/Grenadines$4.6 million0.001%
194.Anguilla$3.6 million0.0005%
195.Maldives$3.6 million0.0005%
196.Tonga$3.5 million0.0005%
197.Burundi$3.4 million0.0004%
198.Guinea-Bissau$3.2 million0.0004%
199.Chad$3 million0.0004%
200.Palau$2.9 million0.0004%
201.Micronesia$2.7 million0.0004%
202.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$2.7 million0.0004%
203.South Sudan$2.6 million0.0003%
204.Marshall Islands$2.1 million0.0003%
205.St. Pierre/Miquelon$1.9 million0.0003%
206.Christmas Island$1.7 million0.0002%
207.Cook Islands$1.7 million0.0002%
208.Sao Tome/Principe$1.6 million0.0002%
209.Montserrat$1.3 million0.0002%
210.Kiribati$1.3 million0.0002%
211.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$1.3 million0.0002%
212.Saint Helena$960,0000.0001%
213.Nauru$770,0000.0001%
214.Cocos (Keeling) Is$528,0000.0001%
215.Pitcairn$514,0000.0001%
216.Norfolk Island$399,0000.0001%
217.Eritrea$391,0000.0001%
218.Fr. South. Antarctic Terr$219,0000.00003%
219.Wallis/Futuna Islands$134,0000.00002%
220.Niue$100,0000.00001%
221.Western Sahara$53,0000.00001%
222.Tokelau$32,0000.000004%
223.Tuvalu$12,0000.000002%


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Research Sources:
Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on May 16, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 16, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 16, 2018