Car Imports by Country

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Total global purchases of imported cars totaled US$772.5 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of cars imports for all importing countries rose by an average 8.2% since 2014 when cars purchases were valued at $714.2 billion. Year over year, the value of imported cars shipments increased by 1.3% from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, Europe consumed the highest dollar worth of imported cars during 2018 with purchases valued at $350.3 billion or 45.3% of the global total. In second place were North American importers at 28.4% while 18.3% of worldwide cars imports were bought by clients in Asia.

Accounting for lower percentages were importers in Latin America (3.2%) excluding Mexico plus the Caribbean, Oceanian countries (2.7%) led by Australia and New Zealand, then Africa (2.1%).

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 2018.

  1. United States: US$178.5 billion (23.1% of total cars imports)
  2. Germany: $61.5 billion (8%)
  3. China: $49.6 billion (6.4%)
  4. United Kingdom: $43.9 billion (5.7%)
  5. Belgium: $38.5 billion (5%)
  6. France: $38.3 billion (5%)
  7. Italy: $32.4 billion (4.2%)
  8. Canada: $29.9 billion (3.9%)
  9. Spain: $22.2 billion (2.9%)
  10. Australia: $16.8 billion (2.2%)
  11. Netherlands: $13.9 billion (1.8%)
  12. Japan: $12.2 billion (1.6%)
  13. South Korea: $11.2 billion (1.4%)
  14. Poland: $11 billion (1.4%)
  15. Mexico: $10.6 billion (1.4%)

The listed 15 countries purchased almost three-quarters (73.9%) of all cars imported during 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for cars since 2014 were: Poland (up 82%), Spain (up 48.5%), Italy (up 41.6%) then South Korea (up 38.5%).

Two countries posted declines in their imported cars purchases namely: China (down -16.9%) and United Kingdom (down -5.2%).

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 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Japan: US$41.3 billion (up 18.7% from 2014)
  2. Canada: $38.2 billion (down -11.8%)
  3. Mexico: $35.2 billion (up 63.2%)
  4. Germany: $18.8 billion (down -28.2%)
  5. South Korea: $14.1 billion (down -5.5%)
  6. United Kingdom: $9.8 billion (up 84.5%)
  7. Italy: $4.7 billion (up 101.5%)
  8. Slovakia: $3 billion (up 179.5%)
  9. Sweden: $2.9 billion (up 261.6%)
  10. China: $1.8 billion (up 950.6%)
  11. Finland: $1.8 billion (up 15,738%)
  12. India: $1.2 billion (up 704,801%)
  13. Austria: $1.1 billion (up 50%)
  14. Hungary: $883.1 million (down -43.9%)
  15. Belgium: $763 million (up 3.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.4% of all US cars imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cars to America since 2014 were: India (up 704,801%), Finland (up 15,738%), China (up 951%) and Sweden (up 261.6%).

Four countries experienced declines in the value of their cars supplied to US importers: Hungary (down -43.9%), Germany (down -28.2%), Canada (down -11.8%) and South Korea (down -5.5%).

Overall, the value of US cars imports rose by an average 14.2% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cars purchases were valued at $156.4 billion.

Germany

Cars Imports into Germany

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Germany imported the highest dollar value worth of cars during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Spain: US$9 billion (up 22.5% from 2014)
  2. Czech Republic: $6 billion (up 25.9%)
  3. United States: $5 billion (down -11%)
  4. France: $4.5 billion (up 55.2%)
  5. United Kingdom: $4.1 billion (up 7.3%)
  6. Mexico: $3.8 billion (up 246.5%)
  7. South Africa: $3.4 billion (up 294%)
  8. Japan: $2.86 billion (up 135.4%)
  9. Hungary: $2.86 billion (down -18.5%)
  10. Italy: $2.63 billion (up 89.6%)
  11. Slovakia: $2.6 billion (up 30.2%)
  12. Belgium: $2.55 billion (down -34.4%)
  13. Netherlands: $1.5 billion (up 176%)
  14. Sweden: $1.4 billion (up 185.5%)
  15. Poland: $1.3 billion (up 27.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 86.9% of all German cars imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cars to Spain since 2014 were: South Africa (up 294%), Mexico (up 246.5%), Sweden (up 185.5%) and Netherlands (up 176%).

Three countries experienced declines in the value of their cars supplied to German importers: Belgium (down -34.4%), Hungary (down -18.5%) and United States (down -11%).

Overall, the value of German cars imports appreciated by an average 32.2% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cars purchases were valued at $46.5 billion.

China

Cars Imports into China

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of cars during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Germany: US$13.9 billion (down -17.5% from 2014)
  2. United States: $10.2 billion (down -17%)
  3. Japan: $10.1 billion (up 17.3%)
  4. United Kingdom: $6.3 billion (down -38.7%)
  5. Slovakia: $4.1 billion (up 53.3%)
  6. Sweden: $971.5 million (up 238.5%)
  7. Hungary: $889.9 million (up 84%)
  8. Italy: $674.8 million (down -25.7%)
  9. Mexico: $390.6 million (down -80.1%)
  10. Thailand: $387.3 million (up 30,566%)
  11. Austria: $382.3 million (down -40.9%)
  12. Canada: $381.6 million (down -38.1%)
  13. Portugal: $215 million (down -61.5%)
  14. Netherlands: $162.1 million (up 88.9%)
  15. Spain: $159.8 million (up 402%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.1% of all Chinese cars imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cars to China since 2014 were: Thailand (up 30,566%), Spain (up 402%), Sweden (up 238.5%) and Netherlands (up 88.9%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cars supplied to Chinese importers included: Mexico (down -80.1%), Portugal (down -61.5%), Austria (down -40.9%) and United Kingdom (down -38.7%).

Overall, the value of Chinese cars imports retreated by an average -16.9% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cars purchases were valued at $59.7 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 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Germany: US$18.9 billion (down -18.2% from 2014)
  2. Belgium: $7.1 billion (up 17.4%)
  3. Spain: $3.5 billion (down -18%)
  4. Japan: $2 billion (up 18.8%)
  5. South Korea: $1.6 billion (up 15.4%)
  6. France: $1.4 billion (down -42.3%)
  7. Turkey: $1.2 billion (up 67.9%)
  8. Slovakia: $1.1 billion (up 3.1%)
  9. Sweden: $908.5 million (up 132.3%)
  10. Czech Republic: $876.9 million (down -18.9%)
  11. Netherlands: $794 million (up 497.9%)
  12. Italy: $744.4 million (down -34%)
  13. Austria: $715.4 million (up 60.2%)
  14. Poland: $650.4 million (up 2.5%)
  15. South Africa: $534.3 million (up 206%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 95.8% of all UK cars imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cars to United Kingdom since 2014 were: Netherlands (up 497.9%), South Africa (up 206%), Sweden (up 132.3%) then Turkey (up 67.9%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cars supplied to UK importers included: France (down -42.3%), Italy (down -34%), Czech Republic (down -18.9%) then Germany (down -18.2%).

Overall, the value of UK cars imports shrank by an average -5.2% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cars purchases were valued at $46.3 billion.



 

Searchable List of Cars Importing Countries in 2018

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RankImporter2018 Car Imports (US$)%World Total
1.United States$178.5 billion23.1%
2.Germany$61.5 billion8%
3.China$49.6 billion6.4%
4.United Kingdom$43.9 billion5.7%
5.Belgium$38.5 billion5%
6.France$38.3 billion5%
7.Italy$32.4 billion4.2%
8.Canada$29.9 billion3.9%
9.Spain$22.2 billion2.9%
10.Australia$16.8 billion2.2%
11.Netherlands$13.9 billion1.8%
12.Japan$12.2 billion1.6%
13.South Korea$11.2 billion1.4%
14.Poland$11 billion1.4%
15.Mexico$10.6 billion1.4%
16.Switzerland$10.6 billion1.4%
17.United Arab Emirates$10 billion1.3%
18.Austria$9.8 billion1.3%
19.Sweden$8.7 billion1.1%
20.Saudi Arabia$7.5 billion1%
21.Russia$7.3 billion0.9%
22.Norway$6.2 billion0.8%
23.Turkey$5.9 billion0.8%
24.Portugal$5.6 billion0.7%
25.Taiwan$5.6 billion0.7%
26.Argentina$5.2 billion0.7%
27.Chile$5 billion0.6%
28.Denmark$4.7 billion0.6%
29.Israel$4.5 billion0.6%
30.Brazil$4.2 billion0.5%
31.Slovenia$4.1 billion0.5%
32.South Africa$3.9 billion0.5%
33.Hungary$3.7 billion0.5%
34.Philippines$3.7 billion0.5%
35.New Zealand$3.6 billion0.5%
36.Finland$3.3 billion0.4%
37.Slovakia$3 billion0.4%
38.Kuwait$2.8 billion0.4%
39.Ireland$2.8 billion0.4%
40.Romania$2.6 billion0.3%
41.Morocco$2.4 billion0.3%
42.Luxembourg$2.4 billion0.3%
43.Colombia$2.3 billion0.3%
44.Oman$2.2 billion0.3%
45.Hong Kong$2.2 billion0.3%
46.Egypt$2 billion0.3%
47.Singapore$2 billion0.3%
48.Vietnam$2 billion0.3%
49.Iran$1.9 billion0.3%
50.Malaysia$1.9 billion0.2%
51.Ukraine$1.8 billion0.2%
52.Greece$1.6 billion0.2%
53.Qatar$1.6 billion0.2%
54.Peru$1.5 billion0.2%
55.Croatia$1.4 billion0.2%
56.Pakistan$1.3 billion0.2%
57.Lithuania$1.3 billion0.2%
58.Algeria$1.2 billion0.2%
59.Thailand$1.2 billion0.2%
60.Lebanon$1.2 billion0.2%
61.Sri Lanka$1.2 billion0.2%
62.Bulgaria$1.1 billion0.1%
63.Ecuador$1.1 billion0.1%
64.Jordan$1.1 billion0.1%
65.Belarus$1.1 billion0.1%
66.Estonia$1.1 billion0.1%
67.Indonesia$1.1 billion0.1%
68.Nigeria$1 billion0.1%
69.Ghana$956.1 million0.1%
70.Iraq$876.2 million0.1%
71.Bahrain$872.7 million0.1%
72.Latvia$745.3 million0.1%
73.Dominican Republic$675.8 million0.1%
74.Paraguay$670.4 million0.1%
75.Costa Rica$641.8 million0.1%
76.Kazakhstan$606.1 million0.1%
77.Georgia$598.2 million0.1%
78.Cyprus$595.6 million0.1%
79.Serbia$589.4 million0.1%
80.Panama$581.8 million0.1%
81.Iceland$531.1 million0.1%
82.Cambodia$528.5 million0.1%
83.Kenya$506.9 million0.1%
84.Tunisia$483.8 million0.1%
85.Bangladesh$480.6 million0.1%
86.Libya$468.1 million0.1%
87.Bosnia/Herzegovina$464.9 million0.1%
88.Bolivia$409 million0.1%
89.Uzbekistan$405.9 million0.1%
90.Mongolia$390.2 million0.1%
91.Guatemala$386.7 million0.1%
92.Czech Republic$378.5 million0.05%
93.Azerbaijan$372 million0.05%
94.Uruguay$330.2 million0.04%
95.Jamaica$321.9 million0.04%
96.Ivory Coast$304.6 million0.04%
97.Macao$301.1 million0.04%
98.Laos$286.4 million0.04%
99.Myanmar (Burma)$283 million0.04%
100.India$263.3 million0.03%
101.Mauritius$235.3 million0.03%
102.Trinidad/Tobago$233.5 million0.03%
103.Zimbabwe$231 million0.03%
104.Benin$212.2 million0.03%
105.Gibraltar$210.8 million0.03%
106.Senegal$206.4 million0.03%
107.North Macedonia$198.5 million0.03%
108.El Salvador$192.5 million0.02%
109.Yemen$189.8 million0.02%
110.Tanzania$177.7 million0.02%
111.Brunei Darussalam$177.7 million0.02%
112.Albania$169.4 million0.02%
113.Uganda$168.4 million0.02%
114.Nepal$165.8 million0.02%
115.Moldova$159.2 million0.02%
116.Namibia$143.7 million0.02%
117.Andorra$143.7 million0.02%
118.Zambia$143.4 million0.02%
119.Malta$141 million0.02%
120.Honduras$127.2 million0.02%
121.Montenegro$126 million0.02%
122.Tajikistan$124.8 million0.02%
123.Palestine$120.8 million0.02%
124.Afghanistan$111.1 million0.01%
125.Botswana$104.6 million0.01%
126.New Caledonia$102.7 million0.01%
127.Burkina Faso$102.3 million0.01%
128.Mozambique$96.6 million0.01%
129.Curaçao$93.1 million0.01%
130.Ethiopia$93 million0.01%
131.Armenia$89.8 million0.01%
132.Fiji$87.4 million0.01%
133.Guinea$85.6 million0.01%
134.Togo$85.2 million0.01%
135.Cameroon$80.1 million0.01%
136.Bahamas$79.1 million0.01%
137.French Polynesia$78 million0.01%
138.Angola$70 million0.01%
139.Madagascar$66.9 million0.01%
140.Haiti$64.7 million0.01%
141.US Minor Outlying Is$61.3 million0.01%
142.Suriname$61.1 million0.01%
143.Sudan$58.2 million0.01%
144.Venezuela$56.1 million0.01%
145.Mauritania$51.4 million0.01%
146.Faroe Islands$49.8 million0.01%
147.Nicaragua$48.2 million0.01%
148.Barbados$46.3 million0.01%
149.British Virgin Is$46 million0.01%
150.Democr. Rep. Congo$45.8 million0.01%
151.Cuba$44.9 million0.01%
152.Cayman Islands$42.9 million0.01%
153.Aruba$42.5 million0.01%
154.Guyana$42 million0.01%
155.Papua New Guinea$37.8 million0.005%
156.Kyrgyzstan$34.8 million0.005%
157.Mali$32.8 million0.004%
158.Eswatini$32 million0.004%
159.Bhutan$31.2 million0.004%
160.Lesotho$29.7 million0.004%
161.Gabon$29.3 million0.004%
162.Syrian Arab Republic$29.3 million0.004%
163.Equatorial Guinea$27.2 million0.004%
164.Somalia$26.9 million0.003%
165.Antigua/Barbuda$26.9 million0.003%
166.Sierra Leone$24.5 million0.003%
167.Malawi$24.4 million0.003%
168.Bermuda$24 million0.003%
169.Cabo Verde$23.7 million0.003%
170.Gambia$22.5 million0.003%
171.Liberia$20.8 million0.003%
172.Niger$20.3 million0.003%
173.Djibouti$20.2 million0.003%
174.Seychelles$18.5 million0.002%
175.Saint Lucia$17.1 million0.002%
176.Congo$16.3 million0.002%
177.Belize$16.3 million0.002%
178.Timor-Leste$16.1 million0.002%
179.Dominica$14.5 million0.002%
180.Turkmenistan$14.2 million0.002%
181.Turks/Caicos Is$13.9 million0.002%
182.Northern Mariana Is$12 million0.002%
183.Grenada$11.5 million0.001%
184.Rwanda$11.3 million0.001%
185.Greenland$10.8 million0.001%
186.Saint Kitts/Nevis$9.9 million0.001%
187.Samoa$9.6 million0.001%
188.Solomon Islands$7.5 million0.001%
189.Vanuatu$6.7 million0.001%
190.Chad$5.9 million0.001%
191.St Vincent/Grenadines$5.5 million0.001%
192.Burundi$5.3 million0.001%
193.Maldives$5 million0.001%
194.Cook Islands$4.5 million0.001%
195.Comoros$4.1 million0.001%
196.Tonga$4.1 million0.001%
197.Anguilla$3.8 million0.0005%
198.Central African Rep$3.8 million0.0005%
199.Guinea-Bissau$3.6 million0.0005%
200.St Maarten (Dutch)$3.3 million0.0004%
201.Palau$3.1 million0.0004%
202.Guam$2.8 million0.0004%
203.Micronesia$2.6 million0.0003%
204.Marshall Islands$2.5 million0.0003%
205.Nauru$2.3 million0.0003%
206.South Sudan$2.3 million0.0003%
207.Kiribati$1.7 million0.0002%
208.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$1.7 million0.0002%
209.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$1.7 million0.0002%
210.Saint Helena$1.5 million0.0002%
211.Sao Tome/Principe$1.4 million0.0002%
212.St. Pierre/Miquelon$1.1 million0.0001%
213.Christmas Island$973,0000.0001%
214.Montserrat$732,0000.0001%
215.Norfolk Island$603,0000.0001%
216.Cocos (Keeling) Is$488,0000.0001%
217.Niue$418,0000.0001%
218.North Korea$376,0000.00005%
219.Tuvalu$358,0000.00005%
220.Eritrea$279,0000.00004%
221.Pitcairn$264,0000.00003%
222.Wallis/Futuna Is$151,0000.00002%
223.French S./Antarctic Terr$141,0000.00002%
224.Western Sahara$139,0000.00002%


See also Cars Exports by Country, America’s Top Trading Partners and United Kingdom’s Top 10 Imports

Research Sources:
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on April 14, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on April 14, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on April 14, 2019