Cement Imports by Country

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International purchases of imported cement cost a total US$11 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of cement imports declined by -23.2% for all importing countries since 2014 when international purchases of cement were valued at $14.3 billion. Year over year, globally imported cement depreciated by -10.7%.

An ingredient of concrete, cement is a binder substance often used in construction because it sets, hardens, adheres and binds other materials together.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries spent the most on imported cement during 2018 with purchases costing $4.1 billion or 37.3% of the global total. In second place were European importers at 24.6% while 15.5% of cement imported worldwide was delivered to Africa ahead of the 13.8% worth sent to North American customers. Smaller percentages went to Latin America (5.9%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean then Oceania (2.5%) led by Australia.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 2523 for cement.

Cement Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that bought the highest dollar value worth of cement during 2018.

  1. United States: US$1.4 billion (12.4% of total cement imports)
  2. China: $652.1 million (5.9%)
  3. Philippines: $540.6 million (4.9%)
  4. France: $408.5 million (3.7%)
  5. Netherlands: $376.7 million (3.4%)
  6. Bangladesh: $329.4 million (3%)
  7. Ghana: $323.4 million (2.9%)
  8. Hong Kong: $316.3 million (2.9%)
  9. Israel: $235.3 million (2.1%)
  10. Sri Lanka: $228.5 million (2.1%)
  11. Germany: $211.5 million (1.9%)
  12. Australia: $207.4 million (1.9%)
  13. Singapore: $195.4 million (1.8%)
  14. Ivory Coast: $171.6 million (1.6%)
  15. Italy: $152.9 million (1.4%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased over half (52%) of all cement imported in 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall cement shipments for each importer.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for cement since 2014 were: China (up 2,385%), Philippines (up 409%), United States (up 86.9%) and Netherlands (up 81.1%).

Four countries posted declines in their imported cement purchases namely: Sri Lanka (down -55.3%), Singapore (down -45.6%), France (down -8.3%) and Germany (down -0.3%).

USA

Cement Imports into the United States

America’s global purchases of imported cement totaled US$1.4 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the U.S. imported the highest dollar value worth of cement during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Canada: US$548.7 million (up 80% from 2014)
  2. Turkey: $162.4 million (up 1,275%)
  3. China: $137 million (up 101.7%)
  4. Greece: $125 million (up 153.7%)
  5. Mexico: $110.4 million (up 115.4%)
  6. France: $41.4 million (up 10.6%)
  7. South Korea: $40.5 million (down -57.1%)
  8. Spain: $37.9 million (up 445.9%)
  9. Sweden: $32.2 million (up 19.4%)
  10. Denmark: $29.4 million (up 124.8%)
  11. Taiwan: $21.5 million (down -15.8%)
  12. Egypt: $18.5 million (up 29.6%)
  13. Croatia: $12.8 million (up 14.2%)
  14. Poland: $9 million (up 1,445%)
  15. Italy: $8.6 million (up 35,550%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 97.8% of America’s cement imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cement to United States since 2014 were: Italy (up 35,550%), Poland (up 1,445%), Turkey (up 1,275%) and Spain (up 445.9%).

Two countries experienced declines in the value of their cement supplied to America importers namely South Korea (down -57.1%) and Taiwan (down -15.8%).

Overall, the value of United States’ cement imports accelerated by an average 86.9% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cement purchases were valued at $730.6 million.

China

Cement Imports into the People’s Republic of China

China’s global purchases of imported cement totaled US$652.1 million in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of cement during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Vietnam: US$508 million (up 11,503% from 2014)
  2. Thailand: $56.6 million (up 7,197%)
  3. South Korea: $44.8 million (up 4,119%)
  4. Indonesia: $19.2 million (up 41,593%)
  5. United States: $6.4 million (up 105.3%)
  6. Japan: $3.9 million (down -53.4%)
  7. United Kingdom: $3.4 million (up 2,048%)
  8. Netherlands: $3.4 million (up 14.1%)
  9. France: $2.6 million (down -10.2%)
  10. Germany: $1.4 million (up 251.8%)
  11. Iran: $922,000 (no 2014 data)
  12. Malaysia: $398,000 (up 190.5%)
  13. North Korea: $355,000 (no 2014 data)
  14. Croatia: $327,000 (up 15.5%)
  15. Italy: $167,000 (up 595.8%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.96% of China’s cement imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cement to China since 2014 were: Indonesia (up 41,594%), Vietnam (up 11,503%), Thailand (up 7,197%) and South Korea (up 4,119%).

Two countries experienced declines in the value of their cement supplied to Chinese importers namely Japan (down -53.4%) and France (down -10.2%).

Overall, the value of China’s cement imports soared by an average 2,385% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cement purchases were valued at $26.2 million.

Philippines

Cement Imports into Philippines

Philippines’ global purchases of imported cement totaled US$540.6 million in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the Philippines imported the highest dollar value worth of cement during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Vietnam: US$303.9 million (up 539.1% from 2014)
  2. China: $47.3 million (up 542.4%)
  3. South Korea: $44.4 million (up 48%)
  4. Thailand: $43.2 million (up 795.1%)
  5. Taiwan: $36.7 million (up 864.8%)
  6. Japan: $31.6 million (up 310.7%)
  7. Indonesia: $27.2 million (up 11,815%)
  8. Malaysia: $2.5 million (up 191.9%)
  9. United Arab Emirates: $2 million (up 1,687%)
  10. Pakistan: $1.5 million (no 2014 data)
  11. France: $103,000 (up 586.7%)
  12. Netherlands: $85,000 (no 2014 data)
  13. Egypt: $36,000 (no 2014 data)
  14. United Kingdom: $22,000 (no 2014 data)
  15. Iran: $12,000 (no 2014 data)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.997% of Philippines’ cement imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cement to Philippines since 2014 were: Indonesia (up 11,815%), United Arab Emirates (up 1,687%), Taiwan (up 864.8%) and Thailand (up 795.1%).

Overall, the value of Philippines’s cement imports increased by an average 409% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cement purchases were valued at $106.2 million.

France

Cement Imports into France

France’s global purchases of imported cement totaled US$408.5 million in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which France imported the highest dollar value worth of cement during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Spain: US$96.2 million (down -13.5% from 2014)
  2. Belgium: $91.6 million (down -7.1%)
  3. Luxembourg: $42.7 million (down -1%)
  4. Germany: $34.2 million (down -23.4%)
  5. Italy: $28.8 million (up 5%)
  6. Colombia: $24 million (down -4%)
  7. Vietnam: $19.7 million (down -7.6%)
  8. Portugal: $8.6 million (up 218.3%)
  9. Malaysia: $8.29 million (down -44.7%)
  10. Morocco: $8.26 million (up 825,500%)
  11. Greece: $7.7 million (down -9.5%)
  12. United Kingdom: $7.3 million (down -0.7%)
  13. Denmark: $7.3 million (up 604.4%)
  14. Venezuela: $5.5 million (up 101.6%)
  15. Pakistan: $3.4 million (down -18.7%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 96.4% of France’s cement imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of cement to France since 2014 were: Morocco (up 825,500%), Denmark (up 604.4%), Portugal (up 218.3%) and Venezuela (up 101.6%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their cement supplied to French importers included: Malaysia (down -44.7%), Germany (down -23.4%), Pakistan (down -18.7%) and Spain (down -13.5%).

Overall, the value of France’s cement imports fell by an average -8.3% from all supplying countries since 2014 when cement purchases were valued at $445.7 million.



 

Searchable List of Cement Importer Countries in 2018

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RankImporterCement Imports (US$)%World Total
1.United States$1.4 billion12.4%
2.China$652.1 million5.9%
3.Philippines$540.6 million4.9%
4.France$408.5 million3.7%
5.Netherlands$376.7 million3.4%
6.Bangladesh$329.4 million3%
7.Ghana$323.4 million2.9%
8.Hong Kong$316.3 million2.9%
9.Israel$235.3 million2.1%
10.Sri Lanka$228.5 million2.1%
11.Germany$211.5 million1.9%
12.Australia$207.4 million1.9%
13.Singapore$195.4 million1.8%
14.Ivory Coast$171.6 million1.6%
15.Italy$152.9 million1.4%
16.India$146.9 million1.3%
17.Nepal$142.8 million1.3%
18.Uzbekistan$133.2 million1.2%
19.Chile$130.5 million1.2%
20.Burkina Faso$126.1 million1.1%
21.Belgium$125.5 million1.1%
22.Cambodia$124.9 million1.1%
23.Canada$124.6 million1.1%
24.United Kingdom$112.4 million1%
25.Peru$111.7 million1%
26.Austria$103 million0.9%
27.Taiwan$102.4 million0.9%
28.Uganda$97.7 million0.9%
29.Afghanistan$93.8 million0.9%
30.Hungary$89.6 million0.8%
31.Malaysia$88.4 million0.8%
32.Russia$86.5 million0.8%
33.Poland$84.2 million0.8%
34.Myanmar (Burma)$81.7 million0.7%
35.Democr. Rep. Congo$76.2 million0.7%
36.Switzerland$73.7 million0.7%
37.Laos$71.9 million0.7%
38.Thailand$67.2 million0.6%
39.Mozambique$66.4 million0.6%
40.Norway$62.4 million0.6%
41.Cameroon$62.3 million0.6%
42.Czech Republic$61.4 million0.6%
43.Sweden$60.2 million0.5%
44.Slovakia$59.8 million0.5%
45.Madagascar$57.9 million0.5%
46.Jordan$55.7 million0.5%
47.South Africa$55.3 million0.5%
48.Colombia$53.2 million0.5%
49.Botswana$50.7 million0.5%
50.Kenya$50.6 million0.5%
51.Kazakhstan$48.8 million0.4%
52.Guinea$47.8 million0.4%
53.Brazil$47.3 million0.4%
54.Portugal$47.3 million0.4%
55.Palestine$46.4 million0.4%
56.Mauritania$45.2 million0.4%
57.Spain$44.6 million0.4%
58.Montenegro$44 million0.4%
59.Denmark$42.8 million0.4%
60.South Korea$42.8 million0.4%
61.Ukraine$41.6 million0.4%
62.Guyana$41.1 million0.4%
63.Syria$40.2 million0.4%
64.Togo$38.6 million0.4%
65.Bosnia/Herzegovina$37.8 million0.3%
66.Japan$35.5 million0.3%
67.Romania$35.3 million0.3%
68.Serbia$34.8 million0.3%
69.Libya$34.8 million0.3%
70.Georgia$34 million0.3%
71.Slovenia$33.9 million0.3%
72.Croatia$33.7 million0.3%
73.Niger$31.7 million0.3%
74.Nicaragua$30.1 million0.3%
75.Mexico$29.2 million0.3%
76.Belarus$29.1 million0.3%
77.Rwanda$28.4 million0.3%
78.Haiti$27.6 million0.3%
79.Armenia$26.5 million0.2%
80.Macao$26.4 million0.2%
81.Mauritius$25.4 million0.2%
82.Malta$25.2 million0.2%
83.Guatemala$24.5 million0.2%
84.Bulgaria$24.2 million0.2%
85.Paraguay$24.1 million0.2%
86.Eswatini$23.9 million0.2%
87.Vietnam$23.7 million0.2%
88.El Salvador$23.1 million0.2%
89.Cabo Verde$21.4 million0.2%
90.Iceland$21.1 million0.2%
91.Maldives$20.7 million0.2%
92.Lesotho$20.4 million0.2%
93.Senegal$20.2 million0.2%
94.Bolivia$20.1 million0.2%
95.Greece$19.8 million0.2%
96.Sierra Leone$19.1 million0.2%
97.Malawi$19.1 million0.2%
98.Ireland$18.4 million0.2%
99.Lithuania$17.7 million0.2%
100.Liberia$17 million0.2%
101.Tanzania$17 million0.2%
102.North Macedonia$16.3 million0.1%
103.Bahamas$15.8 million0.1%
104.Argentina$15.5 million0.1%
105.Burundi$15.4 million0.1%
106.Yemen$14.9 million0.1%
107.Morocco$14.6 million0.1%
108.Timor-Leste$14.4 million0.1%
109.Latvia$14.4 million0.1%
110.Saudi Arabia$14.3 million0.1%
111.Gambia$14.3 million0.1%
112.Brunei Darussalam$13.8 million0.1%
113.Iraq$13.6 million0.1%
114.Belize$13.2 million0.1%
115.Kyrgyzstan$13 million0.1%
116.Albania$12.9 million0.1%
117.Pakistan$12.7 million0.1%
118.Luxembourg$12.4 million0.1%
119.Mali$11.9 million0.1%
120.New Zealand$11.4 million0.1%
121.Equatorial Guinea$11.1 million0.1%
122.Fiji$10.7 million0.1%
123.Estonia$10.6 million0.1%
124.Egypt$10.3 million0.1%
125.Costa Rica$9.9 million0.1%
126.Papua New Guinea$9.8 million0.1%
127.Benin$9.6 million0.1%
128.Dominican Republic$8.7 million0.1%
129.Gabon$8.3 million0.1%
130.Tuvalu$8.1 million0.1%
131.Algeria$7.6 million0.1%
132.Panama$7.5 million0.1%
133.North Korea$7.2 million0.1%
134.Sudan$7.2 million0.1%
135.Jamaica$7.2 million0.1%
136.Angola$6.9 million0.1%
137.Turkey$6.8 million0.1%
138.Uruguay$6.7 million0.1%
139.Finland$6.4 million0.1%
140.Comoros$6.2 million0.1%
141.Nigeria$5.8 million0.1%
142.French Polynesia$5.6 million0.1%
143.Azerbaijan$5.5 million0.1%
144.Zimbabwe$5.5 million0.05%
145.Honduras$4.9 million0.04%
146.Guinea-Bissau$4.8 million0.04%
147.Tajikistan$4.7 million0.04%
148.US Minor Outlying Is$4.1 million0.04%
149.Eritrea$3.8 million0.03%
150.Seychelles$3.8 million0.03%
151.Ecuador$3.7 million0.03%
152.Zambia$3.7 million0.03%
153.Trinidad/Tobago$3.7 million0.03%
154.Andorra$3.6 million0.03%
155.Samoa$3.6 million0.03%
156.Indonesia$3.5 million0.03%
157.Barbados$3.5 million0.03%
158.Bhutan$3.4 million0.03%
159.United Arab Emirates$3.1 million0.03%
160.Gibraltar$3.1 million0.03%
161.New Caledonia$3 million0.03%
162.Saint Kitts/Nevis$2.8 million0.03%
163.Kuwait$2.8 million0.03%
164.Moldova$2.7 million0.02%
165.Micronesia$2.7 million0.02%
166.British Virgin Islands$2.6 million0.02%
167.Solomon Islands$2.5 million0.02%
168.Iran$2.3 million0.02%
169.Suriname$2.3 million0.02%
170.Cyprus$2.2 million0.02%
171.Bermuda$2.2 million0.02%
172.Venezuela$2.1 million0.02%
173.Congo$1.9 million0.02%
174.Tonga$1.9 million0.02%
175.Vanuatu$1.9 million0.02%
176.Qatar$1.8 million0.02%
177.Cayman Islands$1.8 million0.02%
178.Tunisia$1.8 million0.02%
179.Mongolia$1.8 million0.02%
180.Marshall Islands$1.8 million0.02%
181.Oman$1.3 million0.01%
182.Saint Lucia$1.2 million0.01%
183.Somalia$1.1 million0.01%
184.Turks/Caicos Islands$1.1 million0.01%
185.Kiribati$1.1 million0.01%
186.St Vincent/Grenadines$1 million0.01%
187.Turkmenistan$999,0000.01%
188.Northern Mariana Is$991,0000.01%
189.Namibia$948,0000.01%
190.Cuba$636,0000.01%
191.Djibouti$565,0000.01%
192.Aruba$554,0000.01%
193.Palau$402,0000.004%
194.Wallis/Futuna Islands$394,0000.004%
195.Grenada$392,0000.004%
196.Anguilla$387,0000.004%
197.Bahrain$333,0000.003%
198.Ethiopia$285,0000.003%
199.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$281,0000.003%
200.Curaçao$275,0000.003%
201.Montserrat$272,0000.002%
202.Nauru$225,0000.002%
203.Cook Islands$186,0000.002%
204.Dominica$173,0000.002%
205.Saint Helena$144,0000.001%
206.Antigua/Barbuda$138,0000.001%
207.St Maarten (Dutch)$136,0000.001%
208.Greenland$104,0000.001%
209.Sao Tome/Principe$71,0000.001%
210.Niue$70,0000.001%
211.Lebanon$68,0000.001%
212.Central African Rep$50,0000.0005%
213.Christmas Island$41,0000.0004%
214.Chad$39,0000.0004%
215.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$30,0000.0003%
216.Faroe Islands$27,0000.0002%
217.Norfolk Island$16,0000.0001%
218.South Sudan$15,0000.0001%
219.Cocos (Keeling) Islands$7,0000.0001%
220.French S./Antarctic Terr$4,0000.00004%
221.St. Pierre/Miquelon$4,0000.00004%
222.Pitcairn$2,0000.00002%


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The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 15, 2019

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Wikipedia, Cement. Accessed on May 15, 2019