Cellphone Imports by Country

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International purchases of imported cellphones cost a total US$294.4 billion in 2018. Overall the cost of mobile phones imports increased by 3.3% since 2014 when international purchases of cellphones were valued at $285 billion. Year over year, globally imported cellphones depreciated by -5.2% from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, European countries spent the most on imported cellphones during 2018 with purchases costing $106.3 billion or 36.1% of the global total. Close behind in second place were Asian importers at 35.8% while 22.1% of cellphones imported worldwide went to North America. Smaller percentages arrived in Latin America (2.7%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Oceania (1.7%) led by Australia, then Africa (1.5%).

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 851712 for telephones for cellular networks (also called mobile phones or cellphones) or for other wireless networks.

Cellphone Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that paid the most for imported cellphones during 2018.

  1. United States: US$53.9 billion (18.3% of total cellphones imports)
  2. Hong Kong: $42.1 billion (14.3%)
  3. Netherlands: $20 billion (6.8%)
  4. Japan: $17.6 billion (6%)
  5. Germany: $12.7 billion (4.3%)
  6. United Kingdom: $11.2 billion (3.8%)
  7. United Arab Emirates: $8.9 billion (3%)
  8. Czech Republic: $7.2 billion (2.4%)
  9. France: $6.7 billion (2.3%)
  10. Russia: $6.3 billion (2.1%)
  11. Canada: $6.1 billion (2.1%)
  12. Austria: $5.9 billion (2%)
  13. Slovakia: $5.6 billion (1.9%)
  14. Italy: $5.5 billion (1.9%)
  15. Mexico: $5.1 billion (1.7%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased 73% of all cellphones imported in 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall cellphones shipments for each importer.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for cellphones since 2014 were: Czech Republic (up 164.1%), Netherlands (up 60.9%), Canada (up 36.6%) and Hong Kong (up 35.3%).

Two countries posted declines in their imported cellphones purchases namely United Arab Emirates (down -60.5%) and Mexico (down -16.3%).

US

Cellphones Imported into the United States

America’s global purchases of imported cellphones totaled US$53.9 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the US imported the highest dollar value worth of cellphones during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. China: US$44.2 billion (up 4.9% from 2014)
  2. Vietnam: $4.8 billion (up 262.6%)
  3. South Korea: $3.9 billion (down -40.7%)
  4. Hong Kong: $233.7 million (up 260.3%)
  5. Japan: $217 million (up 702.2%)
  6. Taiwan: $191.7 million (down -88.3%)
  7. Mexico: $147.7 million (down -78%)
  8. India: $31.3 million (up 449.3%)
  9. Philippines: $30.9 million (up 4,504%)
  10. Thailand: $25.6 million (up 135.9%)
  11. Malaysia: $22.3 million (down -97%)
  12. United Arab Emirates: $19.6 million (up 176.1%)
  13. Spain: $13 million (up 144.9%)
  14. Germany: $9.5 million (down -31.2%)
  15. Canada: $7.3 million (down -74.7%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.9% of cellphones imported by the US in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cellphones to United States since 2014 were: Philippines (up 4,504%), Japan (up 702.2%), India (up 449.3%) and Vietnam (up 262.6%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cellphones supplied to America importers included: Malaysia (down -97%), Taiwan (down -88.3%), Mexico (down -78%) and Canada (down -74.7%).

Overall, the value of United States’ cellphones imports rose by an average 1.2% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cellphones purchases were valued at $53.3 billion.

Hong Kong

Cellphones Imported into Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s global purchases of imported cellphones totaled US$42.1 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Hong Kong imported the highest dollar value worth of cellphones during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. China: US$37.3 billion (up 57.6% from 2014)
  2. United States: $3 billion (up 6.7%)
  3. Japan: $456.5 million (down -23.3%)
  4. United Arab Emirates: $272.2 million (down -37.8%)
  5. Singapore: $234.7 million (down -65.4%)
  6. United Kingdom: $206.4 million (down -45.4%)
  7. Thailand: $92.2 million (up 275.6%)
  8. Taiwan: $79.8 million (down -79.9%)
  9. South Korea: $74.6 million (down -80.6%)
  10. Philippines: $68.3 million (up 497.3%)
  11. Australia: $41.2 million (down -76.5%)
  12. Vietnam: $35.9 million (down -94.1%)
  13. Germany: $25.8 million (down -27.3%)
  14. Malaysia: $25.2 million (down -55.6%)
  15. Netherlands: $18.3 million (down -94.4%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.7% of Hong Kong’s cellphones imported in 2018.

Four among the above countries grew their supplies of cellphones to Hong Kong since 2014 namely: Philippines (up 497.3%), Thailand (up 275.6%), China (up 57.6%) and United States (up 6.7%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cellphones supplied to Hong Kong importers included: Netherlands (down -94.4%), Vietnam (down -94.1%), South Korea (down -80.6%) and Taiwan (down -79.9%).

Overall, the value of Hong Kong’s cellphones imports expanded by an average 35.3% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cellphones purchases were valued at $31.1 billion.

Dutch

Cellphones Imported into the Netherlands

Dutch global purchases of imported cellphones totaled US$20 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the Netherlands imported the highest dollar value worth of cellphones during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. China: US$17.1 billion (up 83.8% from 2014)
  2. Vietnam: $999.5 million (up 69.6%)
  3. Germany: $548.5 million (up 210.2%)
  4. Belgium: $326 million (up 181.1%)
  5. Thailand: $177.6 million (up 48,958%)
  6. Hong Kong: $164.3 million (up 14.2%)
  7. Czech Republic: $79.1 million (up 285.7%)
  8. United Kingdom: $70.7 million (up 136.2%)
  9. Taiwan: $60.9 million (down -89.5%)
  10. South Korea: $51.8 million (down -85.8%)
  11. Italy: $48.5 million (up 62.6%)
  12. Ireland: $48.2 million (down -90.7%)
  13. Slovakia: $42.3 million (up 424.8%)
  14. Poland: $38.2 million (down -34.8%)
  15. France: $31.1 million (down -38.1%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.1% of Netherlands’ cellphones imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cellphones to Netherlands since 2014 were: Thailand (up 48,958%), Slovakia (up 424.8%), Czech Republic (up 285.7%) and Germany (up 210.2%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cellphones supplied to Dutch importers included: Ireland (down -90.7%), Taiwan (down -89.5%), South Korea (down -85.8%) and France (down -38.1%).

Overall, the value of Netherlands’s cellphones imports accelerated by an average 60.9% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cellphones purchases were valued at $12.4 billion.

Japan

Cellphones Imported into Japan

Japan’s global purchases of imported cellphones totaled US$17.6 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Japan imported the highest dollar value worth of cellphones during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. China: US$15.2 billion (up 0.5% from 2014)
  2. Vietnam: $1.15 billion (up 199,571%)
  3. Thailand: $1.1 billion (up 240,581%)
  4. South Korea: $115.8 million (down -88.9%)
  5. Malaysia: $19.9 million (down -59.5%)
  6. Taiwan: $15.5 million (down -84.9%)
  7. Philippines: $7.4 million (up 67,436%)
  8. Hong Kong: $3.6 million (up 65.4%)
  9. Netherlands: $2.3 million (up 38,533%)
  10. United States: $2 million (down -44.9%)
  11. Singapore: $567,000 (down -23.9%)
  12. Italy: $414,000 (up 8,180%)
  13. Spain: $330,000 (down -39.6%)
  14. Germany: $296,000 (up 225.3%)
  15. Czech Republic: $251,000 (no 2014 data)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.997% of Japan’s cellphones imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cellphones to Japan since 2014 were: Thailand (up 240,581%), Vietnam (up 199,571%), Philippines (up 67,436%) and Netherlands (up 38,533%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cellphones supplied to Japanese importers included: South Korea (down -88.9%), Taiwan (down -84.9%), Malaysia (down -59.5%) and United States (down -44.9%).

Overall, the value of Japan’s cellphones imports increased by an average 7.8% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cellphones purchases were valued at $16.4 billion.



 

Searchable List of Mobile Phone Importers in 2018

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RankImporterImported Cellphones (US$)%World Total
1.United States$53.9 billion18.3%
2.Hong Kong$42.1 billion14.3%
3.Netherlands$20 billion6.8%
4.Japan$17.6 billion6%
5.Germany$12.7 billion4.3%
6.United Kingdom$11.2 billion3.8%
7.United Arab Emirates$8.9 billion3%
8.Czech Republic$7.2 billion2.4%
9.France$6.7 billion2.3%
10.Russia$6.3 billion2.1%
11.Canada$6.1 billion2.1%
12.Austria$5.9 billion2%
13.Slovakia$5.6 billion1.9%
14.Italy$5.5 billion1.9%
15.Mexico$5.1 billion1.7%
16.Singapore$4.9 billion1.6%
17.South Korea$4.3 billion1.5%
18.Australia$4.2 billion1.4%
19.Spain$4 billion1.4%
20.Thailand$3.8 billion1.3%
21.Sweden$3.6 billion1.2%
22.Taiwan$2.9 billion1%
23.Poland$2.7 billion0.9%
24.Malaysia$2.7 billion0.9%
25.Vietnam$2.6 billion0.9%
26.India$2.2 billion0.8%
27.Turkey$2 billion0.7%
28.Colombia$1.8 billion0.6%
29.Belgium$1.7 billion0.6%
30.Chile$1.7 billion0.6%
31.Switzerland$1.7 billion0.6%
32.Saudi Arabia$1.6 billion0.5%
33.South Africa$1.3 billion0.5%
34.Philippines$1.2 billion0.4%
35.Norway$1.2 billion0.4%
36.Israel$1.1 billion0.4%
37.Romania$1.1 billion0.4%
38.Peru$1.1 billion0.4%
39.Denmark$1 billion0.3%
40.Egypt$1 billion0.3%
41.Myanmar (Burma)$969.4 million0.3%
42.Hungary$918.6 million0.3%
43.Pakistan$833.1 million0.3%
44.Finland$817.1 million0.3%
45.Portugal$737.4 million0.3%
46.New Zealand$723 million0.2%
47.Ukraine$693.4 million0.2%
48.Kazakhstan$642.5 million0.2%
49.Macao$634.9 million0.2%
50.Paraguay$625.1 million0.2%
51.Ireland$590.8 million0.2%
52.Bangladesh$579.9 million0.2%
53.Greece$503.9 million0.2%
54.Lithuania$487.1 million0.2%
55.Brazil$479.6 million0.2%
56.Luxembourg$461 million0.2%
57.Latvia$449.7 million0.2%
58.Morocco$418.5 million0.1%
59.Bulgaria$397.3 million0.1%
60.Jordan$351.9 million0.1%
61.Qatar$346.3 million0.1%
62.Indonesia$344.1 million0.1%
63.Belarus$343 million0.1%
64.Cambodia$328.1 million0.1%
65.Slovenia$327.3 million0.1%
66.Togo$315.7 million0.1%
67.Serbia$310.9 million0.1%
68.Costa Rica$310.1 million0.1%
69.Guatemala$303.3 million0.1%
70.Croatia$302.4 million0.1%
71.China$292.7 million0.1%
72.Iran$269.9 million0.1%
73.Ecuador$266.5 million0.1%
74.Algeria$250.7 million0.1%
75.Panama$240.4 million0.1%
76.Kuwait$230.4 million0.1%
77.Sri Lanka$230.2 million0.1%
78.Uruguay$223.6 million0.1%
79.Dominican Republic$221.7 million0.1%
80.Estonia$210.6 million0.1%
81.Senegal$178.7 million0.1%
82.Nepal$172.6 million0.1%
83.El Salvador$167.2 million0.1%
84.Honduras$159.3 million0.1%
85.Georgia$149.5 million0.1%
86.Tunisia$140 million0.05%
87.Kenya$134 million0.05%
88.Lebanon$129.1 million0.04%
89.Azerbaijan$108.7 million0.04%
90.Kyrgyzstan$108.2 million0.04%
91.Laos$106.3 million0.04%
92.Iraq$104.1 million0.04%
93.Uzbekistan$96.2 million0.03%
94.Cyprus$91.3 million0.03%
95.Oman$88.1 million0.03%
96.Argentina$87.8 million0.03%
97.Mauritius$83.8 million0.03%
98.Armenia$83.5 million0.03%
99.Bosnia/Herzegovina$77.7 million0.03%
100.Moldova$71.9 million0.02%
101.Iceland$68.3 million0.02%
102.North Macedonia$67.8 million0.02%
103.Cameroon$59.3 million0.02%
104.Venezuela$56.7 million0.02%
105.Bahrain$55.1 million0.02%
106.Rwanda$49 million0.02%
107.Namibia$48.7 million0.02%
108.Bolivia$46.1 million0.02%
109.Papua New Guinea$45.3 million0.02%
110.Malawi$39.8 million0.01%
111.Albania$39.7 million0.01%
112.Mali$39.7 million0.01%
113.Tanzania$39.6 million0.01%
114.Uganda$39.2 million0.01%
115.Trinidad/Tobago$37.9 million0.01%
116.Ivory Coast$36.4 million0.01%
117.Fiji$33.4 million0.01%
118.Botswana$33 million0.01%
119.Guinea$30.2 million0.01%
120.Brunei Darussalam$29.3 million0.01%
121.Malta$29 million0.01%
122.Afghanistan$28.2 million0.01%
123.Andorra$27.3 million0.01%
124.Bahamas$26.4 million0.01%
125.Nicaragua$26.4 million0.01%
126.Montenegro$26.3 million0.01%
127.Democr. Rep. Congo$24.8 million0.01%
128.Palestine$24.4 million0.01%
129.Zambia$24.3 million0.01%
130.Angola$23.8 million0.01%
131.Maldives$21.6 million0.01%
132.Mongolia$20.6 million0.01%
133.Congo$20.2 million0.01%
134.Haiti$20.2 million0.01%
135.Mozambique$20.2 million0.01%
136.Curaçao$16.2 million0.01%
137.Jamaica$16 million0.01%
138.New Caledonia$15.7 million0.01%
139.French Polynesia$15.7 million0.01%
140.Ghana$14.9 million0.01%
141.Ethiopia$13.5 million0.005%
142.Aruba$11.7 million0.004%
143.Madagascar$11.5 million0.004%
144.Nigeria$10.9 million0.004%
145.Gabon$10.9 million0.004%
146.Zimbabwe$9.6 million0.003%
147.Liberia$8.6 million0.003%
148.Benin$8.4 million0.003%
149.Suriname$8.4 million0.003%
150.Chad$7.9 million0.003%
151.Cayman Islands$7.8 million0.003%
152.Lesotho$7.5 million0.003%
153.Somalia$7.5 million0.003%
154.Greenland$7.4 million0.003%
155.Eswatini$6.9 million0.002%
156.Faroe Islands$6.9 million0.002%
157.Guyana$5.7 million0.002%
158.Cuba$5.5 million0.002%
159.Timor-Leste$5.5 million0.002%
160.Bhutan$5.1 million0.002%
161.Libya$4.7 million0.002%
162.Vanuatu$4.6 million0.002%
163.Gibraltar$4.2 million0.001%
164.Sierra Leone$3.9 million0.001%
165.Djibouti$3.5 million0.001%
166.Burundi$3.4 million0.001%
167.Belize$3.3 million0.001%
168.Antigua/Barbuda$3.2 million0.001%
169.Saint Lucia$3.1 million0.001%
170.Samoa$2.7 million0.001%
171.British Virgin Islands$2.4 million0.001%
172.Cabo Verde$2.3 million0.001%
173.Dominica$2.3 million0.001%
174.Grenada$2.1 million0.001%
175.Guinea-Bissau$1.9 million0.001%
176.Burkina Faso$1.8 million0.001%
177.Yemen$1.7 million0.001%
178.St Vincent/Grenadines$1.6 million0.001%
179.Solomon Islands$1.4 million0.0005%
180.South Sudan$1.2 million0.0004%
181.Turks/Caicos Islands$1.2 million0.0004%
182.Saint Kitts/Nevis$1.2 million0.0004%
183.Sao Tome/Principe$1.2 million0.0004%
184.US Minor Outlying Is$1.1 million0.0004%
185.Tonga$1 million0.0003%
186.Central African Rep$963,0000.0003%
187.Seychelles$914,0000.0003%
188.Cook Islands$788,0000.0003%
189.Niger$785,0000.0003%
190.Kiribati$738,0000.0003%
191.Turkmenistan$668,0000.0002%
192.Anguilla$642,0000.0002%
193.Tajikistan$613,0000.0002%
194.Mauritania$558,0000.0002%
195.Micronesia$449,0000.0002%
196.Nauru$447,0000.0002%
197.Sudan$411,0000.0001%
198.Equatorial Guinea$389,0000.0001%
199.St. Pierre/Miquelon$379,0000.0001%
200.Comoros$353,0000.0001%
201.Bermuda$344,0000.0001%
202.Wallis/Futuna Islands$293,0000.0001%
203.Cocos (Keeling) Islands$240,0000.0001%
204.Palau$192,0000.0001%
205.North Korea$161,0000.0001%
206.Montserrat$122,0000.00004%
207.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$80,0000.00003%
208.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$77,0000.00003%
209.Marshall Islands$75,0000.00003%
210.Gambia$28,0000.00001%
211.Eritrea$28,0000.00001%
212.Syrian Arab Republic$26,0000.00001%
213.Tuvalu$20,0000.00001%
214.Niue$11,0000.000004%
215.St Maarten (Dutch)$6,0000.000002%
216.American Samoa$5,0000.000002%
217.Northern Mariana Is$5,0000.000002%
218.Christmas Island$3,0000.000001%
219.Norfolk Island$2,0000.000001%
220.French S./Antarctic Terr$1,0000.0000003%
221.British Indian Ocean Terr$1,0000.0000003%


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Research Sources:
Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 14, 2019

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

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 14, 2019