Chocolate Imports by Country

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International purchases of imported chocolate totaled US$28 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of chocolate imports rose by 1% for all importing countries since 2014 when international purchases of chocolate cost $27.7 billion. Year over year, chocolate imports appreciated by 2.6% from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, European countries spent the most on imported chocolate during 2018 with purchases valued at $16.9 billion or 60.5% of the global total. In second place were Asian importers at 17.8% while 14.5% of chocolate imported worldwide was delivered to customers in North America. Smaller percentages arrived in Latin America (2.7%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Oceania (also 2.4%) led by Australia and New Zealand, then Africa (2%).

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 2018.

  1. United States: US$2.7 billion (9.8% of total chocolate imports)
  2. Germany: $2.4 billion (8.6%)
  3. France: $2.2 billion (8%)
  4. United Kingdom: $2.1 billion (7.6%)
  5. Netherlands: $1.3 billion (4.8%)
  6. Canada: $1 billion (3.7%)
  7. Belgium: $889.7 million (3.2%)
  8. Poland: $842.1 million (3%)
  9. Spain: $663.4 million (2.4%)
  10. Japan: $607.8 million (2.2%)
  11. Italy: $601.9 million (2.2%)
  12. Austria: $541.7 million (1.9%)
  13. Russia: $540.4 million (1.9%)
  14. Australia: $473.6 million (1.7%)
  15. China: $448.4 million (1.6%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased 62.5% of all chocolate imports in 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall chocolate shipments for each importer.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for chocolate since 2014 were: Poland (up 30.2%), Netherlands (up 21.1%), United States (up 18.5%) and Belgium (up 10.4%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported chocolate purchases were led by: Russia (down -14.4%), China (down -8.1%), Germany (down -7.6%) and Japan (down -7.3%).

USA

Chocolate Imports into the United States

America’s global purchases of imported chocolate totaled US$2.7 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which America imported the highest dollar value worth of chocolate during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Canada: US$1.4 billion (up 19.6% from 2014)
  2. Mexico: $504.5 million (up 10.8%)
  3. Germany: $154.7 million (down -5.9%)
  4. Belgium: $146.8 million (up 9.7%)
  5. Switzerland: $84.2 million (up 35.8%)
  6. Poland: $79.5 million (up 165.9%)
  7. Italy: $54.8 million (up 25.8%)
  8. France: $38.1 million (down -17.2%)
  9. Ireland: $30.3 million (down -21.4%)
  10. United Kingdom: $26.2 million (up 3.8%)
  11. Turkey: $25.3 million (up 362.9%)
  12. Netherlands: $21.9 million (up 65%)
  13. Ukraine: $20.5 million (up 720.1%)
  14. Austria: $14.4 million (up 10.4%)
  15. Ivory Coast: $13.6 million (no 2014 data)

The listed 15 countries shipped 94.7% of United States’ chocolate imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of chocolate to United States since 2014 were: Ukraine (up 720.1%), Turkey (up 362.9%), Poland (up 165.9%) and Netherlands (up 65%).

Three countries experienced declines in the value of their chocolate supplied to American importers namely: Ireland (down -21.4%), France (down -17.2%) and Germany (down -5.9%).

Overall, the value of US chocolate imports rose by an average 18.5% from all supplying countries since 2014 when chocolate purchases were valued at $2.3 billion.

Germany

Chocolate Imports into Germany

Germany’s global purchases of imported chocolate totaled US$2.4 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Germany imported the highest dollar value worth of chocolate during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Belgium: US$489.8 million (down -6.5% from 2014)
  2. Switzerland: $387 million (down -37.6%)
  3. Netherlands: $366.8 million (up 4.1%)
  4. Poland: $319.2 million (up 38%)
  5. France: $183.7 million (down -17.7%)
  6. Italy: $165.6 million (up 25.4%)
  7. Austria: $130.4 million (down -19.9%)
  8. United Kingdom: $66.3 million (up 33.9%)
  9. Spain: $41.9 million (down -22.7%)
  10. Denmark: $39.2 million (down -32.4%)
  11. Sweden: $37.7 million (up 25.3%)
  12. Czech Republic: $36.4 million (down -8.9%)
  13. Croatia: $31.2 million (up 17,037%)
  14. Hungary: $22.9 million (up 14.2%)
  15. Slovakia: $14.2 million (up 99.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 96.8% of Germany’s chocolate imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of chocolate to Germany since 2014 were: Croatia (up 17,037%), Slovakia (up 99.7%), Poland (up 38%) and United Kingdom (up 33.9%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their chocolate supplied to German importers included: Switzerland (down -37.6%), Denmark (down -32.4%), Spain (down -22.7%) and Austria (down -19.9%).

Overall, the value of Germany’s chocolate imports fell by an average -7.6% from all supplying countries since 2014 when chocolate purchases were valued at $2.6 billion.

France

Chocolate Imports into France

France’s global purchases of imported chocolate totaled US$2.2 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which France imported the highest dollar value worth of chocolate during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Belgium: US$599.4 million (down -1.3% from 2014)
  2. Germany: $547.1 million (down -1.5%)
  3. Italy: $318 million (up 11.1%)
  4. Netherlands: $200 million (up 23.7%)
  5. Spain: $116.5 million (down -0.3%)
  6. Ivory Coast: $110.1 million (up 206.9%)
  7. Switzerland: $104.7 million (up 23.8%)
  8. Poland: $74.5 million (up 53.5%)
  9. United Kingdom: $42.9 million (down -33.1%)
  10. Sweden: $30.1 million (up 102.2%)
  11. Austria: $11.9 million (down -33.5%)
  12. Slovakia: $10.3 million (up 11.2%)
  13. Czech Republic: $9.6 million (up 7.1%)
  14. Lithuania: $7 million (down -7.9%)
  15. Hungary: $5.6 million (up 38%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.2% of France’s chocolate imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of chocolate to France since 2014 were: Ivory Coast (up 206.9%), Sweden (up 102.2%), Poland (up 53.5%) and Hungary (up 38%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their chocolate supplied to French importers included: Austria (down -33.5%), United Kingdom (down -33.1%), Lithuania (down -7.9%) and Germany (down -1.5%).

Overall, the value of France’s chocolate imports expanded by an average 7.9% from all supplying countries since 2014 when chocolate purchases were valued at $2.1 billion.

UK

Chocolate Imports into the United Kingdom

United Kingdom’s global purchases of imported chocolate totaled US$2. 1 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the UK imported the highest dollar value worth of chocolate during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Germany: US$522.7 million (down -7% from 2014)
  2. Poland: $295.7 million (down -4.5%)
  3. Belgium: $268.7 million (down -12.1%)
  4. Ireland: $233.9 million (down -8.8%)
  5. France: $226.4 million (down -11.2%)
  6. Netherlands: $195 million (down -6.9%)
  7. Italy: $138.7 million (up 30.1%)
  8. Spain: $50 million (up 69.5%)
  9. United States: $48.1 million (up 59%)
  10. Lithuania: $27.5 million (up 37.6%)
  11. Slovakia: $22.2 million (down -16%)
  12. Sweden: $14.1 million (up 15.7%)
  13. Hungary: $12.1 million (up 10.9%)
  14. Czech Republic: $9.9 million (down -45%)
  15. Austria: $7.9 million (down -40%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 97.3% of United Kingdom’s chocolate imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of chocolate to United Kingdom since 2014 were: Spain (up 69.5%), United States (up 59%), Lithuania (up 37.6%) and Italy (up 30.1%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their chocolate supplied to UK importers included: Czech Republic (down -45%), Austria (down -40%), Slovakia (down -16%) and Belgium (down -12.1%).

Overall, the value of United Kingdom’s chocolate imports slipped by an average -3.8% from all supplying countries since 2014 when chocolate purchases were valued at $2.2 billion.



 

Searchable List of Chocolate Importer Countries in 2018

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RankImporterChocolate Imports (US$)%World Total
1.United States$2.7 billion9.8%
2.Germany$2.4 billion8.6%
3.France$2.2 billion8%
4.United Kingdom$2.1 billion7.6%
5.Netherlands$1.3 billion4.8%
6.Canada$1 billion3.7%
7.Belgium$889.7 million3.2%
8.Poland$842.1 million3%
9.Spain$663.4 million2.4%
10.Japan$607.8 million2.2%
11.Italy$601.9 million2.2%
12.Austria$541.7 million1.9%
13.Russia$540.4 million1.9%
14.Australia$473.6 million1.7%
15.China$448.4 million1.6%
16.Sweden$413.4 million1.5%
17.Ireland$401.1 million1.4%
18.Hong Kong$395.8 million1.4%
19.Czech Republic$393 million1.4%
20.United Arab Emirates$347.1 million1.2%
21.Saudi Arabia$344.2 million1.2%
22.South Korea$329.2 million1.2%
23.Romania$325.8 million1.2%
24.Denmark$298.4 million1.1%
25.Mexico$288.8 million1%
26.Slovakia$285.4 million1%
27.Hungary$285.4 million1%
28.Switzerland$258.4 million0.9%
29.Singapore$251.6 million0.9%
30.Portugal$231 million0.8%
31.Kazakhstan$177.8 million0.6%
32.New Zealand$177.4 million0.6%
33.Norway$176.2 million0.6%
34.Brazil$167.8 million0.6%
35.Israel$165.4 million0.6%
36.Bulgaria$165.3 million0.6%
37.Croatia$155.1 million0.6%
38.Malaysia$152.2 million0.5%
39.Thailand$147.5 million0.5%
40.Finland$146.5 million0.5%
41.Greece$139.8 million0.5%
42.Ukraine$132.6 million0.5%
43.Iraq$129.4 million0.5%
44.Taiwan$125.5 million0.4%
45.Philippines$123.2 million0.4%
46.Lithuania$118.3 million0.4%
47.South Africa$116.9 million0.4%
48.Slovenia$115.9 million0.4%
49.Belarus$115.8 million0.4%
50.Indonesia$102.4 million0.4%
51.Bosnia/Herzegovina$96.7 million0.3%
52.Turkey$90.5 million0.3%
53.Chile$88.5 million0.3%
54.Lebanon$85.8 million0.3%
55.Kuwait$82.8 million0.3%
56.Jordan$75.5 million0.3%
57.India$75 million0.3%
58.Serbia$74.7 million0.3%
59.Luxembourg$72.2 million0.3%
60.Vietnam$71.1 million0.3%
61.Qatar$70.5 million0.3%
62.Kenya$66.9 million0.2%
63.Azerbaijan$61.9 million0.2%
64.Latvia$60.8 million0.2%
65.Argentina$60 million0.2%
66.Morocco$58.6 million0.2%
67.Libya$57.3 million0.2%
68.Estonia$55.3 million0.2%
69.Egypt$54.8 million0.2%
70.Georgia$53.4 million0.2%
71.Colombia$50.6 million0.2%
72.Mongolia$48.8 million0.2%
73.North Macedonia$43.9 million0.2%
74.Armenia$43.2 million0.2%
75.Ecuador$40.6 million0.1%
76.Kyrgyzstan$40.5 million0.1%
77.Macao$38.7 million0.1%
78.Panama$38.5 million0.1%
79.Peru$38 million0.1%
80.Costa Rica$36.6 million0.1%
81.Oman$33.9 million0.1%
82.Uzbekistan$33.8 million0.1%
83.Cyprus$31.2 million0.1%
84.Tajikistan$29.7 million0.1%
85.Paraguay$29.4 million0.1%
86.Uruguay$28.9 million0.1%
87.Guatemala$28.3 million0.1%
88.Palestine$27.9 million0.1%
89.Algeria$27.3 million0.1%
90.Montenegro$26.4 million0.1%
91.Bolivia$25.4 million0.1%
92.Iceland$22.3 million0.1%
93.Dominican Republic$22 million0.1%
94.Mauritius$22 million0.1%
95.Malta$21 million0.1%
96.Moldova$20.8 million0.1%
97.Bahrain$20.1 million0.1%
98.El Salvador$20 million0.1%
99.Albania$18.1 million0.1%
100.Yemen$17.7 million0.1%
101.Pakistan$16.9 million0.1%
102.Syria$16.8 million0.1%
103.Nigeria$15.4 million0.1%
104.Angola$14 million0.1%
105.Iran$13.3 million0.05%
106.Nepal$13 million0.05%
107.Myanmar (Burma)$12.2 million0.04%
108.Honduras$11.6 million0.04%
109.Namibia$11.4 million0.04%
110.Sri Lanka$11.2 million0.04%
111.Bangladesh$10.4 million0.04%
112.Trinidad/Tobago$10.4 million0.04%
113.Andorra$10.2 million0.04%
114.Brunei Darussalam$10.1 million0.04%
115.Turkmenistan$10 million0.04%
116.Tunisia$9.5 million0.03%
117.French Polynesia$8 million0.03%
118.Venezuela$7.9 million0.03%
119.Botswana$7.6 million0.03%
120.Zambia$7.5 million0.03%
121.Cuba$7.4 million0.03%
122.Nicaragua$7.4 million0.03%
123.Senegal$7.1 million0.03%
124.Cambodia$6.9 million0.02%
125.Barbados$6.7 million0.02%
126.Fiji$5.5 million0.02%
127.Faroe Islands$5.5 million0.02%
128.New Caledonia$5.3 million0.02%
129.Maldives$5.3 million0.02%
130.Afghanistan$5.2 million0.02%
131.Ivory Coast$5.1 million0.02%
132.Zimbabwe$5.1 million0.02%
133.Greenland$4.9 million0.02%
134.Ethiopia$4.9 million0.02%
135.Mozambique$4.9 million0.02%
136.Jamaica$4.9 million0.02%
137.Democr. Rep. Congo$4.7 million0.02%
138.Mali$3.6 million0.01%
139.Bahamas$3.5 million0.01%
140.Bermuda$3.4 million0.01%
141.Togo$3.4 million0.01%
142.Papua New Guinea$3.3 million0.01%
143.Eswatini$3.3 million0.01%
144.Cameroon$3.2 million0.01%
145.US Minor Outlying Is$3 million0.01%
146.Madagascar$3 million0.01%
147.Guyana$3 million0.01%
148.Ghana$2.8 million0.01%
149.North Korea$2.8 million0.01%
150.Gibraltar$2.8 million0.01%
151.Benin$2.8 million0.01%
152.Tanzania$2.7 million0.01%
153.Falkland Islands (Malvinas)$2.6 million0.01%
154.Aruba$2.6 million0.01%
155.Gabon$2.5 million0.01%
156.Curaçao$2.5 million0.01%
157.Guinea$2.4 million0.01%
158.Uganda$2.4 million0.01%
159.Suriname$2.4 million0.01%
160.Djibouti$2.2 million0.01%
161.Somalia$2.2 million0.01%
162.Sudan$2 million0.01%
163.Sierra Leone$1.9 million0.01%
164.Malawi$1.9 million0.01%
165.Congo$1.9 million0.01%
166.Seychelles$1.8 million0.01%
167.Niger$1.8 million0.01%
168.Cabo Verde$1.6 million0.01%
169.Laos$1.6 million0.01%
170.Equatorial Guinea$1.5 million0.01%
171.Mauritania$1.5 million0.01%
172.Haiti$1.5 million0.01%
173.Lesotho$1.3 million0.005%
174.Belize$1.2 million0.004%
175.Rwanda$908,0000.003%
176.Liberia$841,0000.003%
177.Vanuatu$788,0000.003%
178.Cayman Islands$759,0000.003%
179.Bhutan$738,0000.003%
180.Burkina Faso$636,0000.002%
181.Cook Islands$591,0000.002%
182.Saint Helena$573,0000.002%
183.Solomon Islands$570,0000.002%
184.Chad$540,0000.002%
185.Saint Lucia$495,0000.002%
186.Samoa$481,0000.002%
187.Antigua/Barbuda$426,0000.002%
188.Timor-Leste$389,0000.001%
189.Sao Tome/Principe$359,0000.001%
190.British Virgin Islands$353,0000.001%
191.Comoros$306,0000.001%
192.Dominica$301,0000.001%
193.Turks/Caicos Islands$287,0000.001%
194.St. Pierre/Miquelon$283,0000.001%
195.Tonga$281,0000.001%
196.Guinea-Bissau$251,0000.001%
197.French S/Antarctic Terr$242,0000.001%
198.Grenada$232,0000.001%
199.Central African Republic$229,0000.001%
200.Saint Kitts/Nevis$225,0000.001%
201.Palau$221,0000.001%
202.Wallis/Futuna Islands$194,0000.001%
203.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$191,0000.001%
204.Nauru$185,0000.001%
205.St Maarten (Dutch)$162,0000.001%
206.Pitcairn$157,0000.001%
207.Northern Mariana Is$152,0000.001%
208.Saint Vincent/Grenadines$152,0000.001%
209.Marshall Islands$120,0000.0004%
210.Gambia$119,0000.0004%
211.Burundi$104,0000.0004%
212.Niue$72,0000.0003%
213.Micronesia$70,0000.0003%
214.Tuvalu$46,0000.0002%
215.Anguilla$37,0000.0001%
216.Norfolk Island$35,0000.0001%
217.Kiribati$34,0000.0001%
218.Tokelau$30,0000.0001%
219.South Sudan$7,0000.00003%
220.Montserrat$3,0000.00001%
221.Eritrea$3,0000.00001%


See also Chocolate Exporters by Country, America’s Top Trading Partners and Hot Chocolate Exports by Country

Research Sources:
Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 9, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 9, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 9, 2019

Wikipedia, Chocolate. Accessed on May 9, 2019