Cellphone Imports by Country

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International purchases of imported cellphones totaled US$287.6 billion in 2017. Overall, the value of mobile phones imported since 2013 increased by 5.5% for all importing countries when international purchases of cellphones were valued at $272.4 billion.

Year over year, globally imported cellphones appreciated by 10.4% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported cellphones during 2017 with purchases valued at $104.8 billion or 36.4% of the global total. In second place were European importers at 34.6% while 23.2% of cellphones imported worldwide was delivered to North America. Smaller percentages went to Latin America (2.7%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Oceania (1.7%) led by Australia then Africa (1.3%).

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 imported the highest dollar value worth of cellphones during 2017.

  1. United States: US$56.4 billion (19.6% of total cellphones imports)
  2. Hong Kong: $36 billion (12.5%)
  3. Netherlands: $22.6 billion (7.9%)
  4. Japan: $16.9 billion (5.9%)
  5. Germany: $11.9 billion (4.1%)
  6. United Kingdom: $10.5 billion (3.6%)
  7. United Arab Emirates: $8.8 billion (3.1%)
  8. France: $6.7 billion (2.3%)
  9. Canada: $5.5 billion (1.9%)
  10. Slovakia: $5.4 billion (1.9%)
  11. Austria: $5.3 billion (1.9%)
  12. Russia: $5.3 billion (1.8%)
  13. Italy: $5.2 billion (1.8%)
  14. South Korea: $5 billion (1.7%)
  15. Singapore: $5 billion (1.7%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased 71.8% of all cellphones imported in 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall cellphones shipments for each importer.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for cellphones since 2013 were: South Korea (up 381.4%), Netherlands (up 100.5%), Hong Kong (up 36.9%) and Slovakia (up 20.6%).

Three countries posted declines in their imported cellphones purchases: United Arab Emirates (down -55.3%), Singapore (down -14.9%) and the United Kingdom (down -7.3%).

US

Cellphones Imported into the United States

America’s global purchases of imported cellphones totaled US$56.4 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the US imported the highest dollar value worth of cellphones during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. China: US$44.9 billion (up 18.8% from 2013)
  2. South Korea: $5.6 billion (down -8.4%)
  3. Vietnam: $4.3 billion (up 798.2%)
  4. Taiwan: $735.8 million (down -63.7%)
  5. Malaysia: $219.5 million (down -73.3%)
  6. Mexico: $205.7 million (down -91.1%)
  7. Hong Kong: $110.3 million (up 97.2%)
  8. Japan: $91.9 million (up 283.5%)
  9. Thailand: $16.5 million (up 72.2%)
  10. Germany: $14.2 million (up 58.1%)
  11. Panama: $12.8 million (up 272.7%)
  12. United Arab Emirates: $12.6 million (up 172.5%)
  13. Spain: $8.3 million (up 11.6%)
  14. Poland: $8.2 million (up 1,087%)
  15. India: $7.4 million (down -15.8%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.9% of US cellphones imported in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cellphones to United States since 2013 were: Poland (up 1,087%), Vietnam (up 798.2%), Japan (up 283.5%) and Panama (up 272.7%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cellphones supplied to American importers included: Mexico (down -91.1%), Malaysia (down -73.3%), Taiwan (down -63.7%) and India (down -15.8%).

Overall, the value of America’s cellphone imports rose by an average 12.7% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cellphones purchases were valued at $50 billion.

Hong Kong

Cellphones Imported into Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s global purchases of imported cellphones totaled US$36 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Hong Kong imported the highest dollar value worth of cellphones during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. China: US$31.8 billion (up 87.6% from 2013)
  2. United States: $2.3 billion (down -9.7%)
  3. Japan: $518.4 million (up 23.5%)
  4. United Arab Emirates: $286.8 million (down -80%)
  5. Singapore: $227.2 million (down -49.7%)
  6. Taiwan: $168.5 million (down -38.7%)
  7. South Korea: $153.1 million (down -61.0%)
  8. United Kingdom: $138.1 million (down -74.3%)
  9. Vietnam: $73.8 million (down -93.2%)
  10. Thailand: $68.9 million (up 652.4%)
  11. Malaysia: $51.1 million (down -20.8%)
  12. Netherlands: $36.2 million (down -94.5%)
  13. Australia: $29.2 million (down -87.1%)
  14. Germany: $24.8 million (down -83.4%)
  15. Macao: $16.6 million (down -66.9%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.6% of Hong Kong’s cellphones imported in 2017.

Among the above countries, three expanded their sales of cellphones to Hong Kong since 2013: Thailand (up 652.4%), China (up 87.6%) and Japan (up 23.5%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cellphones supplied to Hong Kong importers included: Netherlands (down -94.5%), Vietnam (down -93.2%), Australia (down -87.1%) and Germany (down -83.4%).

Overall, the value of Hong Kong’s cellphones imports appreciated by an average 36.9% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cellphones purchases were valued at $26.3 billion.

Dutch

Cellphones Imported into the Netherlands

Dutch global purchases of imported cellphones totaled US$22.6 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the Netherlands imported the highest dollar value worth of cellphones during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. China: US$20.1 billion (up 136% from 2013)
  2. Vietnam: $901.1 million (up 52.4%)
  3. Germany: $505 million (up 462.9%)
  4. Belgium: $322.9 million (up 989%)
  5. Taiwan: $138.4 million (down -83.8%)
  6. South Korea: $130.5 million (down -64%)
  7. Thailand: $82.2 million (up 2,728%)
  8. Hong Kong: $67.7 million (down -12.8%)
  9. United Kingdom: $62 million (up 53.2%)
  10. Italy: $48.3 million (up 1,739%)
  11. France: $38.6 million (up 82.9%)
  12. Czech Republic: $32.0 million (up 93.1%)
  13. Poland: $31.8 million (down -10%)
  14. Austria: $26.3 million (up 1,109%)
  15. United States: $22.7 million (down -22.8%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.4% of Netherlands’s cellphones imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cellphones to the Netherlands since 2013 were: Thailand (up 2,728%), Italy (up 1,740%), Austria (up 1,109%) and Belgium (up 989%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cellphones supplied to Dutch importers included: Taiwan (down -83.8%), South Korea (down -64%), United States (down -22.8%) and Hong Kong (down -12.8%).

Overall, the value of Netherlands’s cellphones imports doubled (up 100.5%) from all supplying countries since 2013 when cellphones purchases were valued at $11.3 billion.

Japan

Cellphones Imported into Japan

Japan’s global purchases of imported cellphones totaled US$16.9 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Japan imported the highest dollar value worth of cellphones during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. China: US$14.5 billion (down -1.3% from 2013)
  2. Thailand: $1.2 billion (up 583,043%)
  3. Vietnam: $968.2 million (up 139,819%)
  4. South Korea: $68.1 million (down -95%)
  5. Taiwan: $55.7 million (down -81.6%)
  6. Malaysia: $27 million (down -82.4%)
  7. Singapore: $1.9 million (up 344.6%)
  8. United States: $1.7 million (down -14.6%)
  9. Netherlands: $1.6 million (up 24,468%)
  10. Hong Kong: $763,000 (down -73.7%)
  11. Spain: $207,000 (down -92.8%)
  12. Germany: $141,000 (up 354.8%)
  13. France: $109,000 (down -27.3%)
  14. United Kingdom: $105,000 (down -20.5%)
  15. Sweden: $88,000 (up 120%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.999% of Japan’s cellphones imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cellphones to Japan since 2013 were: Thailand (up 583,043%), Vietnam (up 139,819%), Netherlands (up 24,468%) and Germany (up 354.8%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cellphones supplied to Japanese importers included: South Korea (down -95%), Spain (down -92.8%), Malaysia (down -82.4%) and Taiwan (down -81.6%).

Overall, the value of Japan’s cellphones imports appreciated by an average 2% from all supplying countries since 2013 when cellphones purchases were valued at $16.5 billion.



 

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RankImporter2017 Imported Cellphones% World Total
1.United States$56.4 billion19.6%
2.Hong Kong$36 billion12.5%
3.Netherlands$22.6 billion7.9%
4.Japan$16.9 billion5.9%
5.Germany$11.9 billion4.1%
6.United Kingdom$10.5 billion3.6%
7.United Arab Emirates$8.8 billion3.1%
8.France$6.7 billion2.3%
9.Canada$5.5 billion1.9%
10.Slovakia$5.4 billion1.9%
11.Austria$5.3 billion1.9%
12.Russia$5.3 billion1.8%
13.Italy$5.2 billion1.8%
14.South Korea$5 billion1.7%
15.Singapore$5 billion1.7%
16.Saudi Arabia$4.9 billion1.7%
17.Mexico$4.7 billion1.6%
18.Czech Republic$4.3 billion1.5%
19.Australia$4.1 billion1.4%
20.Thailand$4.1 billion1.4%
21.India$3.4 billion1.2%
22.Taiwan$3.3 billion1.1%
23.Sweden$3.2 billion1.1%
24.Spain$3.2 billion1.1%
25.Turkey$2.8 billion1%
26.Poland$2.4 billion0.8%
27.Vietnam$2.3 billion0.8%
28.Malaysia$2.3 billion0.8%
29.Switzerland$1.7 billion0.6%
30.Chile$1.7 billion0.6%
31.Belgium$1.6 billion0.6%
32.Colombia$1.5 billion0.5%
33.Kuwait$1.5 billion0.5%
34.Philippines$1.2 billion0.4%
35.South Africa$1.2 billion0.4%
36.Norway$1.1 billion0.4%
37.Peru$1.1 billion0.4%
38.Israel$1.1 billion0.4%
39.Hungary$1.1 billion0.4%
40.Denmark$1 billion0.4%
41.Romania$972.8 million0.3%
42.Pakistan$760.3 million0.3%
43.Finland$757 million0.3%
44.China$748 million0.3%
45.Portugal$673.6 million0.2%
46.New Zealand$630.4 million0.2%
47.Bangladesh$612.4 million0.2%
48.Ukraine$585.4 million0.2%
49.Paraguay$565.6 million0.2%
50.Egypt$555.3 million0.2%
51.Kazakhstan$549.3 million0.2%
52.Algeria$536.1 million0.2%
53.Lithuania$534.5 million0.2%
54.Brazil$532.8 million0.2%
55.Latvia$496.6 million0.2%
56.Guatemala$493.9 million0.2%
57.Ireland$469.2 million0.2%
58.Greece$440.5 million0.2%
59.Indonesia$416.7 million0.1%
60.Macao$381.1 million0.1%
61.Bulgaria$342.8 million0.1%
62.Qatar$335 million0.1%
63.Morocco$327.7 million0.1%
64.Costa Rica$308.9 million0.1%
65.Jordan$308.2 million0.1%
66.Sri Lanka$277 million0.1%
67.Iran$272.7 million0.1%
68.Croatia$264.9 million0.1%
69.Serbia$262.5 million0.1%
70.Dominican Republic$250.3 million0.1%
71.Uruguay$232.5 million0.1%
72.Slovenia$232.1 million0.1%
73.Oman$226.7 million0.1%
74.Luxembourg$222 million0.1%
75.Nepal$221.5 million0.1%
76.Ecuador$211.1 million0.1%
77.Panama$202.1 million0.1%
78.Belarus$201.2 million0.1%
79.Estonia$183.6 million0.1%
80.El Salvador$175.2 million0.1%
81.Cambodia$155.7 million0.1%
82.Georgia$155.5 million0.1%
83.Laos$144.1 million0.1%
84.Honduras$130.8 million0.05%
85.Ghana$113.1 million0.04%
86.Argentina$108.7 million0.04%
87.Papua New Guinea$101.4 million0.04%
88.Senegal$101.4 million0.04%
89.Myanmar$98.4 million0.03%
90.Cyprus$90.8 million0.03%
91.North Korea$81.6 million0.03%
92.Bosnia/Herzegovina$75.2 million0.03%
93.Tanzania$74.7 million0.03%
94.Mauritius$71.2 million0.02%
95.Bahrain$71 million0.02%
96.Azerbaijan$69 million0.02%
97.Kenya$68.9 million0.02%
98.Nicaragua$66.3 million0.02%
99.Macedonia$66.3 million0.02%
100.Iceland$63.6 million0.02%
101.Tunisia$62.7 million0.02%
102.Kyrgyzstan$60 million0.02%
103.Armenia$58.5 million0.02%
104.Moldova$56.9 million0.02%
105.Cameroon$55.2 million0.02%
106.Zambia$51.5 million0.02%
107.Iraq$50.3 million0.02%
108.Namibia$45.2 million0.02%
109.Rwanda$44.4 million0.02%
110.Palestine$44 million0.02%
111.Trinidad/Tobago$41.6 million0.01%
112.Venezuela$41.5 million0.01%
113.Bolivia$41.3 million0.01%
114.Côte d'Ivoire$41.2 million0.01%
115.Angola$40.7 million0.01%
116.Burkina Faso$39.4 million0.01%
117.Botswana$30.8 million0.01%
118.Mali$30.5 million0.01%
119.Uganda$30.4 million0.01%
120.Fiji$30 million0.01%
121.Montenegro$26.9 million0.01%
122.Lebanon$26.6 million0.01%
123.Democratic Rep. Congo$25.8 million0.01%
124.Brunei Darussalam$22.8 million0.01%
125.Bahamas$21.7 million0.01%
126.Andorra$21.4 million0.01%
127.Albania$21 million0.01%
128.Mozambique$20.2 million0.01%
129.Maldives$20 million0.01%
130.Nigeria$18.7 million0.01%
131.Jamaica$17.9 million0.01%
132.Cuba$17.8 million0.01%
133.Afghanistan$16.5 million0.01%
134.Curaçao$15.6 million0.01%
135.Malta$15.3 million0.01%
136.Mongolia$14.7 million0.01%
137.French Polynesia$14.5 million0.01%
138.New Caledonia$13.7 million0.005%
139.Madagascar$13 million0.005%
140.Aruba$12.7 million0.004%
141.Malawi$12.5 million0.004%
142.Zimbabwe$12.4 million0.004%
143.Uzbekistan$11.9 million0.004%
144.Congo$11.6 million0.004%
145.Timor-Leste$10.7 million0.004%
146.Gabon$9.5 million0.003%
147.Lesotho$8.6 million0.003%
148.Cayman Islands$7.9 million0.003%
149.Swaziland$7.3 million0.003%
150.Sierra Leone$6.8 million0.002%
151.Greenland$6.3 million0.002%
152.Libya$6 million0.002%
153.Bhutan$5.8 million0.002%
154.Faroe Islands$5.3 million0.002%
155.Vanuatu$5.2 million0.002%
156.Guyana$4.8 million0.002%
157.Gibraltar$4 million0.001%
158.Cabo Verde$3.8 million0.001%
159.Haiti$3.6 million0.001%
160.Belize$3.5 million0.001%
161.Niger$3.4 million0.001%
162.Liberia$3.3 million0.001%
163.Saint Lucia$3.2 million0.001%
164.Burundi$3.1 million0.001%
165.Suriname$3.1 million0.001%
166.British Virgin Islands$3 million0.001%
167.Ethiopia$3 million0.001%
168.Solomon Islands$2.6 million0.001%
169.Guinea-Bissau$2 million0.001%
170.Samoa$2 million0.001%
171.Turkmenistan$1.8 million0.001%
172.Turks/Caicos Islands$1.8 million0.001%
173.Antigua/Barbuda$1.6 million0.001%
174.South Sudan$1.6 million0.001%
175.Chad$1.5 million0.001%
176.Togo$1.5 million0.001%
177.St Kitts/Nevis$1.5 million0.001%
178.Grenada$1.5 million0.001%
179.St Vincent/Grenadines$1.1 million0.0004%
180.Dominica$1.1 million0.0004%
181.Mauritania$1 million0.0004%
182.Somalia$910,0000.0003%
183.Micronesia$884,0000.0003%
184.Sao Tome/Principe$880,0000.0003%
185.Bermuda$774,0000.0003%
186.Comoros$751,0000.0003%
187.Anguilla$739,0000.0003%
188.Kiribati$692,0000.0002%
189.Seychelles$669,0000.0002%
190.Palau$628,0000.0002%
191.Sudan$623,0000.0002%
192.US Minor Outlying Is$552,0000.0002%
193.Tonga$543,0000.0002%
194.Tajikistan$506,0000.0002%
195.Cook Islands$429,0000.0001%
196.Central African Rep$385,0000.0001%
197.St. Pierre/Miquelon$371,0000.0001%
198.Benin$361,0000.0001%
199.Yemen$317,0000.0001%
200.Gambia$295,0000.0001%
201.Wallis/Futuna Is$232,0000.0001%
202.Equatorial Guinea$224,0000.0001%
203.Northern Mariana Is$179,0000.0001%
204.Marshall Islands$145,0000.0001%
205.Djibouti$103,0000.00004%
206.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$96,0000.00003%
207.Nauru$81,0000.00003%
208.Montserrat$63,0000.00002%
209.Syrian Arab Republic$42,0000.00001%
210.St Maarten (Dutch part)$31,0000.00001%
211.Christmas Island$22,0000.00001%
212.Eritrea$17,0000.00001%
213.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$4,0000.000001%
214.Tuvalu$3,0000.000001%
215.French S/Antarctic Terr$2,0000.000001%
216.Cocos (Keeling) Islands$1,0000.0000003%
217.Niue$1,0000.0000003%


See also Cellphone Exports by Country, America’s Top Trading Partners and Hong Kong’s Top 10 Imports

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on September 8, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on September 8, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on September 8, 2018