Chocolate Imports by Country

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International purchases of imported chocolate totaled US$27 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of chocolate imports rose by 4.8% for all importing countries since 2013 when international purchases of chocolate were valued at $25.8 billion. Year over year, chocolate imports appreciated by 2.8% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported chocolate during 2017 with purchases valued at $16 billion or 59.2% of the global total. In second place were Asian importers at 18.9% while 15% of chocolate imported worldwide was delivered to customers in North America. Smaller percentages arrived in Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (2.6%), Oceania (also 2.6%) and Africa (1.7%).

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 1806 for chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa.

Chocolate Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of chocolate during 2017.

  1. United States: US$2.8 billion (10.2% of total chocolate imports)
  2. Germany: $2.4 billion (8.9%)
  3. France: $2.1 billion (7.9%)
  4. United Kingdom: $2 billion (7.3%)
  5. Netherlands: $1.3 billion (4.8%)
  6. Canada: $1 billion (3.7%)
  7. Belgium: $834.3 million (3.1%)
  8. Poland: $747.3 million (2.8%)
  9. Spain: $628.5 million (2.3%)
  10. Italy: $600.9 million (2.2%)
  11. Japan: $598.3 million (2.2%)
  12. Saudi Arabia: $509.1 million (1.9%)
  13. Austria: $508 million (1.9%)
  14. Australia: $504.4 million (1.9%)
  15. Russia: $461.2 million (1.7%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased 62.8% of all chocolate imports in 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall chocolate shipments for each importer.
Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for chocolate since 2013 were: Netherlands (up 38.2%), Poland (up 30.1%), United States (up 27.2%) and Australia (up 14.7%).

Four countries posted declines in their imported chocolate purchases namely Russia (down -40.8%), Saudi Arabia (down -5.4%), Austria (down -4.9%) and Japan (down -2.7%).

USA

Chocolate Imports into the United States

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

  1. Canada: US$1.4 billion (up 40.6% from 2013)
  2. Mexico: $544.3 million (up 11.4%)
  3. Belgium: $165.8 million (up 30.7%)
  4. Germany: $142.7 million (down -11%)
  5. Switzerland: $64.2 million (up 11.2%)
  6. Poland: $57.4 million (up 99.4%)
  7. Italy: $50.4 million (up 15.9%)
  8. France: $43.4 million (up 8.1%)
  9. United Kingdom: $35.9 million (up 10.2%)
  10. Ireland: $33.4 million (up 9.9%)
  11. Israel: $15.9 million (up 56.7%)
  12. Colombia: $14.6 million (up 129.2%)
  13. Côte d’Ivoire: $14.1 million (up 191.9%)
  14. Netherlands: $13.5 million (up 17.9%)
  15. Turkey: $13.2 million (up 237.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 95.8% of America’s chocolate imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of chocolate to America since 2013 were: Turkey (up 237.7%), Côte d’Ivoire (up 191.9%), Colombia (up 129.2%) and Poland (up 99.4%).

One country experienced a decline in the value of their chocolate supplied to American importers, namely Germany via a -11% drop.

Overall, the value of America’s chocolate imports increased by an average 27.2% from all supplying countries since 2013 when chocolate purchases were valued at $2.2 billion.

Germany

Chocolate Imports into Germany

Germany’s global purchases of imported chocolate totaled US$2.4 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Germany imported the highest dollar value worth of chocolate during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Switzerland: US$491.4 million (up 12.1% from 2013)
  2. Belgium: $440.4 million (down -7.1%)
  3. Netherlands: $345.8 million (down -0.02%)
  4. Poland: $288.5 million (up 40.8%)
  5. France: $184.6 million (up 2.1%)
  6. Italy: $165.9 million (up 33.9%)
  7. Austria: $138.1 million (down -9.2%)
  8. United Kingdom: $63.7 million (up 29.2%)
  9. Spain: $42.9 million (down -14.6%)
  10. Denmark: $41.7 million (down -17.7%)
  11. Czech Republic: $37.2 million (up 14.8%)
  12. Sweden: $33.1 million (up 79.6%)
  13. Hungary: $25 million (up 29.5%)
  14. Croatia: $18.5 million (up 15,424%)
  15. United States: $11.4 million (up 243.8%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 96.7% of Germany’s chocolate imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of chocolate to Germany since 2013 were: Croatia (up 15,424%), United States (up 243.8%), Sweden (up 79.6%) and Poland (up 40.8%).

Four countries experienced declines in the value of their chocolate supplied to German importers namely Denmark (down -17.7%), Spain (down -14.6%), Austria (down -9.2%) and Belgium (down -7.1%).

Overall, the value of Germany’s chocolate imports rose by an average 8.3% from all supplying countries since 2013 when chocolate purchases were valued at $2.2 billion.

France

Chocolate Imports into France

France’s global purchases of imported chocolate totaled US$2.1 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which France imported the highest dollar value worth of chocolate during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Belgium: US$601.5 million (up 1.7% from 2013)
  2. Germany: $535 million (up 7.8%)
  3. Italy: $289.8 million (up 19.4%)
  4. Netherlands: $195.3 million (up 33.3%)
  5. Spain: $105.2 million (down -5.1%)
  6. Switzerland: $102.5 million (up 41.5%)
  7. Côte d’Ivoire: $98.6 million (up 461.8%)
  8. Poland: $57.7 million (up 64.5%)
  9. United Kingdom: $40.8 million (down -48.9%)
  10. Sweden: $25 million (up 53.6%)
  11. Austria: $17.7 million (down -1.4%)
  12. Lithuania: $8.7 million (up 28.6%)
  13. Czech Republic: $7.6 million (up 61.7%)
  14. Slovakia: $7.1 million (down -46%)
  15. Hungary: $6.6 million (up 9.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.1% of France’s chocolate imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of chocolate to France since 2013 were: Côte d’Ivoire (up 461.8%), Poland (up 64.5%), Czech Republic (up 61.7%) and Sweden (up 53.6%).

Four countries experienced declines in the value of their chocolate supplied to French importers namely United Kingdom (down -48.9%), Slovakia (down -46%), Spain (down -5.1%) and Austria (down -1.4%).

Overall, the value of France’s chocolate imports appreciated by an average 11.6% from all supplying countries since 2013 when chocolate purchases were valued at $1.9 billion.

UK

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United Kingdom’s global purchases of imported chocolate totaled US$2 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the UK imported the highest dollar value worth of chocolate during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Germany: US$486.6 million (up 9.4% from 2013)
  2. Poland: $283.1 million (down -10.4%)
  3. Belgium: $270 million (up 3.3%)
  4. France: $213.5 million (down -3.8%)
  5. Ireland: $202.7 million (up 0.3%)
  6. Netherlands: $187.5 million (up 4.9%)
  7. Italy: $129 million (up 45.4%)
  8. United States: $42 million (up 74.6%)
  9. Spain: $38.6 million (up 105.9%)
  10. Lithuania: $23.8 million (up 31.7%)
  11. Slovakia: $22.1 million (up 37.2%)
  12. Austria: $11.2 million (down -31.2%)
  13. Czech Republic: $10.2 million (down -56%)
  14. Sweden: $8 million (down -19.2%)
  15. Hungary: $6.8 million (down -29.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 97.6% of United Kingdom’s chocolate imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of chocolate to United Kingdom since 2013 were: Spain (up 105.9%), United States (up 74.6%), Italy (up 45.4%) and Slovakia (up 37.2%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their chocolate supplied to UK importers included: Czech Republic (down -56%), Austria (down -31.2%), Hungary (down -29.3%) and Sweden (down -19.2%).

Overall, the value of United Kingdom’s chocolate imports were up by an average 4% from all supplying countries since 2013 when chocolate purchases were valued at $1.9 billion.



 

Searchable List of Chocolate Importer Countries

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RankImporter2017 Chocolate Imports% World Total
1.United StatesUS$2.8 billion10.2%
2.Germany$2.4 billion8.9%
3.France$2.1 billion7.9%
4.United Kingdom$2 billion7.3%
5.Netherlands$1.3 billion4.8%
6.Canada$1 billion3.7%
7.Belgium$834.3 million3.1%
8.Poland$747.3 million2.8%
9.Spain$628.5 million2.3%
10.Italy$600.9 million2.2%
11.Japan$598.3 million2.2%
12.Saudi Arabia$509.1 million1.9%
13.Austria$508 million1.9%
14.Australia$504.4 million1.9%
15.Russia$461.2 million1.7%
16.Hong Kong$400.8 million1.5%
17.Sweden$394.3 million1.5%
18.United Arab Emirates$384.8 million1.4%
19.Czech Republic$377.7 million1.4%
20.Ireland$359.1 million1.3%
21.China$349.7 million1.3%
22.Denmark$326.2 million1.2%
23.South Korea$324.1 million1.2%
24.Mexico$280 million1%
25.Romania$278.8 million1%
26.Hungary$271.4 million1%
27.Slovakia$259.4 million1%
28.Switzerland$250.2 million0.9%
29.Singapore$221.5 million0.8%
30.Portugal$216.3 million0.8%
31.Norway$185 million0.7%
32.New Zealand$172.5 million0.6%
33.Kazakhstan$169.1 million0.6%
34.Kuwait$167.2 million0.6%
35.Finland$154.9 million0.6%
36.Israel$154.9 million0.6%
37.Brazil$146.4 million0.5%
38.Croatia$144 million0.5%
39.Bulgaria$143.3 million0.5%
40.Malaysia$137.4 million0.5%
41.Thailand$133.5 million0.5%
42.Greece$129.5 million0.5%
43.Taiwan$119.4 million0.4%
44.Philippines$117.3 million0.4%
45.Turkey$113.4 million0.4%
46.Iraq$111.7 million0.4%
47.Lithuania$107.7 million0.4%
48.South Africa$103 million0.4%
49.Belarus$96.6 million0.4%
50.Ukraine$92.3 million0.3%
51.Slovenia$89.2 million0.3%
52.Indonesia$88.4 million0.3%
53.Oman$84.3 million0.3%
54.Bosnia/Herzegovina$83.9 million0.3%
55.Jordan$77.8 million0.3%
56.Qatar$77.2 million0.3%
57.Chile$74.1 million0.3%
58.Lebanon$69.3 million0.3%
59.India$67.8 million0.3%
60.Serbia$61.2 million0.2%
61.Luxembourg$60.7 million0.2%
62.Latvia$58.2 million0.2%
63.Vietnam$55.5 million0.2%
64.Georgia$53.3 million0.2%
65.Azerbaijan$52.9 million0.2%
66.Estonia$52.1 million0.2%
67.Argentina$49.3 million0.2%
68.Mongolia$44.7 million0.2%
69.Kyrgyzstan$44 million0.2%
70.Morocco$43.7 million0.2%
71.Algeria$43.1 million0.2%
72.Colombia$42.6 million0.2%
73.Armenia$41.2 million0.2%
74.Panama$40.9 million0.2%
75.Macedonia$39.2 million0.1%
76.Libya$37 million0.1%
77.Costa Rica$36.4 million0.1%
78.Iran$34.9 million0.1%
79.Egypt$34 million0.1%
80.Guatemala$33.8 million0.1%
81.Macao$33.6 million0.1%
82.Ecuador$32.6 million0.1%
83.Cyprus$31.6 million0.1%
84.Uzbekistan$30.2 million0.1%
85.Palestine$30 million0.1%
86.Peru$29.6 million0.1%
87.Dominican Republic$28.7 million0.1%
88.Uruguay$28.7 million0.1%
89.Bahrain$28.4 million0.1%
90.Paraguay$26.9 million0.1%
91.Tajikistan$26 million0.1%
92.Montenegro$23.7 million0.1%
93.Iceland$22.2 million0.1%
94.Bolivia$21.9 million0.1%
95.Malta$21.2 million0.1%
96.El Salvador$20.1 million0.1%
97.Mauritius$19.8 million0.1%
98.Moldova$19.2 million0.1%
99.Yemen$18.8 million0.1%
100.Turkmenistan$18.4 million0.1%
101.Honduras$17.6 million0.1%
102.Sri Lanka$16.9 million0.1%
103.Angola$15.5 million0.1%
104.Syria$15.4 million0.1%
105.Nigeria$14.4 million0.1%
106.Pakistan$13.4 million0.05%
107.Nepal$13.2 million0.05%
108.Albania$13 million0.05%
109.Kenya$12.8 million0.05%
110.Bangladesh$12.6 million0.05%
111.Brunei Darussalam$12.5 million0.05%
112.Nicaragua$12 million0.04%
113.Sudan$11.8 million0.04%
114.Tunisia$11.7 million0.04%
115.Trinidad/Tobago$10.3 million0.04%
116.Andorra$10 million0.04%
117.Namibia$9.8 million0.04%
118.Jamaica$9.6 million0.04%
119.Cuba$9 million0.03%
120.Côte d'Ivoire$8.3 million0.03%
121.Venezuela$8.1 million0.03%
122.Barbados$8 million0.03%
123.French Polynesia$7.5 million0.03%
124.Botswana$7.2 million0.03%
125.Ghana$7 million0.03%
126.New Caledonia$6.2 million0.02%
127.Zambia$6 million0.02%
128.Zimbabwe$6 million0.02%
129.Myanmar (Burma)$5.8 million0.02%
130.Maldives$5.6 million0.02%
131.Afghanistan$5.2 million0.02%
132.Faroe Islands$4.9 million0.02%
133.Democr. Rep. Congo$4.8 million0.02%
134.Fiji$4.7 million0.02%
135.Ethiopia$4.6 million0.02%
136.Senegal$4.4 million0.02%
137.Greenland$4.4 million0.02%
138.Aruba$4.3 million0.02%
139.Cambodia$4.2 million0.02%
140.Mozambique$4.2 million0.02%
141.Bermuda$3.6 million0.01%
142.Guyana$3.5 million0.01%
143.Papua New Guinea$3.5 million0.01%
144.Cameroon$3.4 million0.01%
145.Bahamas$3.3 million0.01%
146.Curaçao$2.8 million0.01%
147.US Minor Outlying Is$2.8 million0.01%
148.Tanzania$2.7 million0.01%
149.Madagascar$2.6 million0.01%
150.Gibraltar$2.6 million0.01%
151.Mali$2.5 million0.01%
152.Swaziland$2.5 million0.01%
153.Djibouti$2.5 million0.01%
154.Gabon$2.4 million0.01%
155.Congo$2.4 million0.01%
156.Sierra Leone$2.3 million0.01%
157.Benin$2.3 million0.01%
158.Seychelles$2.2 million0.01%
159.Uganda$2 million0.01%
160.Somalia$1.8 million0.01%
161.Niger$1.8 million0.01%
162.Laos$1.8 million0.01%
163.Suriname$1.7 million0.01%
164.Lesotho$1.6 million0.01%
165.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$1.5 million0.01%
166.Malawi$1.5 million0.01%
167.North Korea$1.5 million0.01%
168.Burkina Faso$1.5 million0.01%
169.Antigua/Barbuda$1.5 million0.01%
170.Cabo Verde$1.4 million0.01%
171.Mauritania$1.3 million0.005%
172.Central African Republic$1.3 million0.005%
173.Palau$1.2 million0.005%
174.Liberia$1.2 million0.005%
175.Equatorial Guinea$1.1 million0.004%
176.Saint Helena$1.1 million0.004%
177.Belize$1 million0.004%
178.Guinea-Bissau$887,0000.003%
179.Rwanda$820,0000.003%
180.Saint Lucia$723,0000.003%
181.Haiti$702,0000.003%
182.Vanuatu$686,0000.003%
183.Saint Kitts/Nevis$664,0000.002%
184.Cayman Islands$658,0000.002%
185.Togo$619,0000.002%
186.Cook Islands$578,0000.002%
187.Solomon Islands$501,0000.002%
188.Guinea$458,0000.002%
189.Samoa$383,0000.001%
190.Chad$377,0000.001%
191.St. Pierre/Miquelon$360,0000.001%
192.St Vincent/Grenadines$343,0000.001%
193.British Virgin Islands$327,0000.001%
194.Dominica$305,0000.001%
195.Grenada$278,0000.001%
196.Timor-Leste$246,0000.001%
197.Bhutan$231,0000.001%
198.St Maarten (Dutch)$219,0000.001%
199.French S./Antarctic Terr$205,0000.001%
200.Wallis/Futuna Is$182,0000.001%
201.Tonga$177,0000.001%
202.Sao Tome/Principe$173,0000.001%
203.Comoros$156,0000.001%
204.Turks/Caicos Is$149,0000.001%
205.Northern Mariana Is$132,0000.0005%
206.Marshall Islands$131,0000.0005%
207.Anguilla$102,0000.0004%
208.Nauru$96,0000.0004%
209.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$87,0000.0003%
210.Burundi$78,0000.0003%
211.Gambia$72,0000.0003%
212.Niue$62,0000.0002%
213.Norfolk Island$37,0000.0001%
214.Tuvalu$34,0000.0001%
215.Micronesia$33,0000.0001%
216.Tokelau$16,0000.0001%
217.Pitcairn$15,0000.0001%
218.Kiribati$15,0000.0001%
219.South Sudan$14,0000.0001%
220.Montserrat$5,0000.00002%
221.Christmas Island$5,0000.00002%
222.Eritrea$1,0000.000004%
223.American Samoa$1,0000.000004%
224.Eritrea$1,0000.000004%
225.American Samoa


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on July 15, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on July 15, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on July 15, 2018