Natural Rubber Imports by Country

Natural Rubber Imports by Country

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Global purchases of imported natural rubber totaled US$12.5 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of natural rubber imports for all importing countries was down by an average -55.3% since 2012 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $28.1 billion. Year over year, imported natural rubber retreated by -12.8% from 2015 to 2016.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported natural rubber during 2016 with purchases totaling $7.6 billion or 60.2% of the global total. In second place were European Union importers at 20.5% while 14.5% of worldwide natural rubber imports were delivered to North America.

Smaller percentages are delivered to Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean at 2.4% with 0.9% going to customers in Africa.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for natural rubber, balata and gutta-percha is 4001.

Natural Rubber Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of natural rubber during 2016:

  1. China: US$3.4 billion (26.7% of total natural rubber imports)
  2. United States: $1.5 billion (11.7%)
  3. Malaysia: $1.2 billion (9.3%)
  4. Japan: $927.2 million (7.4%)
  5. India: $656 million (5.2%)
  6. South Korea: $537.1 million (4.3%)
  7. Germany: $478.9 million (3.8%)
  8. Brazil: $321.7 million (2.6%)
  9. Spain: $241.8 million (1.9%)
  10. France: $239.1 million (1.9%)
  11. Turkey: $228.1 million (1.8%)
  12. Italy: $206.3 million (1.6%)
  13. Canada: $194.5 million (1.6%)
  14. Russia: $168.7 million (1.3%)
  15. Taiwan: $153.7 million (1.2%)

Among the above countries, importing nations that posted declines in their imported natural rubber purchases were led by: Canada (down -63.1%), Japan (down -63%), Germany (down -62.3%) and France (down -61.4%).

The listed 15 countries purchased 82.4% of all natural rubber imports in 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplier since 2012.

China

Natural Rubber Imports into China

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of natural rubber during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Thailand: $2 billion (down -44.3%)
  2. Malaysia: $396.9 million (down -59.8%)
  3. Indonesia: $385.9 million (down -71.5%)
  4. Vietnam: $229.2 million (down -59.1%)
  5. Myanmar (Burma): $144.5 million (up 21.6%)
  6. Laos: $99.2 million (up 85%)
  7. Côte d’Ivoire: $43.5 million (up 141.6%)
  8. Cambodia: $8.8 million (down -58.6%)
  9. Sri Lanka: $2.4 million (down -28.1%)
  10. Papua New Guinea: $1.9 million (down -50.9%)
  11. Ghana: $1.1 million (down -7.8%)
  12. Liberia: $1.1 million (down -53.3%)
  13. Nigeria: $741,000 (down -88.1%)
  14. Philippines: $669,000 (down -90.4%)
  15. Cameroon: $652,000 (down -93.9%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 100% of all Chinese natural rubber imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, there were three suppliers that grew their natural rubber supplies to China since 2012 were: Côte d’Ivoire (up 141.6%), Laos (up 85%) and Myanmar (up 21.6%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural rubber supplies to Chinese importers included: Cameroon (down -93.9%), Philippines (down -90.4%), Nigeria (down -88.1%) and Indonesia (down -71.5%).

Overall, the value of Chinese natural rubber imports were down by an average -50.8% from all supplying countries since 2012 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $6.8 billion.

USA

Natural Rubber Imports into the United States

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which United States imported the highest dollar value worth of natural rubber during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Indonesia: $926.2 million (down -57.7%)
  2. Thailand: $297.3 million (down -59.2%)
  3. Côte d’Ivoire: $74.2 million (down -31.9%)
  4. Vietnam: $48.3 million (down -28.1%)
  5. Malaysia: $43.8 million (down -67.8%)
  6. Liberia: $43.7 million (down -69.8%)
  7. Guatemala: $15.3 million (down -76.6%)
  8. Cameroon: $8.9 million (down -71.9%)
  9. Sri Lanka: $4.3 million (down -42.9%)
  10. Gabon: $3.9 million (up 988.6%)
  11. South Korea: $1.1 million (up 1,310%)
  12. Canada: $763,000 (down -76.8%)
  13. Japan: $562,000 (up 6,144%)
  14. Ghana: $548,000 (down -97.1%)
  15. Germany: $444,000 (up 53.6%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.8% of all American natural rubber imports in 2016.

Four of the above countries increased their supplies of natural rubber to United States since 2012: Japan (up 6,144%), South Korea (up 1,310%), Gabon (up 988.6%) and Germany (up 53.6%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural rubber supplies to American importers included: Ghana (down -97.1%), Canada (down -76.8%), Guatemala (down -76.6%) and Cameroon (down -71.9%).

Overall, the value of American natural rubber imports were down by an average -58.5% from all supplying countries since 2012 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $3.5 billion.

Malaysia

Natural Rubber Imports into Malaysia

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Malaysia imported the highest dollar value worth of natural rubber during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Thailand: $677.9 million (down -52.8%)
  2. Côte d’Ivoire: $160 million (up 2.7%)
  3. Vietnam: $151.8 million (down -69.1%)
  4. Philippines: $54.4 million (down -49.4%)
  5. Myanmar (Burma): $34.8 million (down -43.8%)
  6. Cambodia: $33.6 million (down -51.6%)
  7. India: $9.5 million (down -59.5%)
  8. Ghana: $8.5 million (up 552.6%)
  9. Sri Lanka: $8.1 million (down -80.8%)
  10. Papua New Guinea: $5.6 million (down -63.7%)
  11. South Africa: $5.5 million (up 858.8%)
  12. Liberia: $5.4 million (down -82.5%)
  13. Indonesia: $3.6 million (down -83.1%)
  14. Nigeria: $2.1 million (down -87.1%)
  15. Democratic Rep. Congo: $1.2 million (up 33.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.8% of all Malaysian natural rubber imports in 2016.

Four of the above countries increased their sales of natural rubber to Malaysia since 2012: South Africa (up 858.8%), Ghana (up 552.6%), Democratic Rep. Congo (up 33.4%) and Côte d’Ivoire (up 2.7%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural rubber supplies to Malaysian importers included: Nigeria (down -87.1%), Indonesia (down -83.1%), Liberia (down -82.5%) and Sri Lanka (down -80.8%).

Overall, the value of Malaysian natural rubber imports were down by an average -53.3% from all supplying countries since 2012 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $2.5 billion.

Japan

Natural Rubber Imports into Malaysia

Below are the top 12 suppliers from which Japan imported the highest dollar value worth of natural rubber during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Indonesia: $567.2 million (down -59.4%)
  2. Thailand: $322.9 million (down -69.2%)
  3. Vietnam: $16.2 million (down -52.3%)
  4. Malaysia: $7.9 million (down -61.4%)
  5. Myanmar (Burma): $7.7 million (up 80.7%)
  6. Sri Lanka: $4.3 million (down -24.6%)
  7. Mexico: $453,000 (down -37.8%)
  8. China: $360,000 (up 2,471%)
  9. India: $122,000 (up 1,120%)
  10. Cambodia: $79,000 (up 1,875%)
  11. United States : $28,000 (down -55.6%)
  12. Canada: $7,000 (up 110%)

The listed 12 countries shipped 100% of all Japanese natural rubber imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of natural rubber to Japan since 2012 were: China (up 2,471%), Cambodia (up 1,875%), India (up 1,120%) and Canada (up 110%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural rubber supplies to Japanese importers included: Thailand (down -69.2%), Malaysia (down -61.4%), Indonesia (down -59.4%) and the United States (down -55.6%).

Overall, the value of Japanese natural rubber imports were down by an average -63% from all supplying countries since 2012 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $2.5 billion.



 

Searchable List of Natural Rubber Importing Countries

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RankImporter2016 Natural Rubber Imports% World Total
1.ChinaUS$3.4 billion26.7%
2.United States$1.5 billion11.7%
3.Malaysia$1.2 billion9.3%
4.Japan$927.2 million7.4%
5.India$656 million5.2%
6.South Korea$537.1 million4.3%
7.Germany$478.9 million3.8%
8.Brazil$321.7 million2.6%
9.Spain$241.8 million1.9%
10.France$239.1 million1.9%
11.Turkey$228.1 million1.8%
12.Italy$206.3 million1.6%
13.Canada$194.5 million1.6%
14.Russia$168.7 million1.3%
15.Taiwan$153.7 million1.2%
16.Luxembourg$151.1 million1.2%
17.Belgium$150.2 million1.2%
18.Mexico$149.3 million1.2%
19.Poland$146.3 million1.2%
20.Netherlands$136.5 million1.1%
21.Czech Republic$117 million0.9%
22.Iran$112.2 million0.9%
23.Slovakia$109.3 million0.9%
24.Sri Lanka$107.2 million0.9%
25.Romania$106.6 million0.8%
26.Singapore$86.8 million0.7%
27.United Kingdom$73.3 million0.6%
28.Hungary$56.8 million0.5%
29.South Africa$56.7 million0.5%
30.Argentina$56.1 million0.4%
31.Pakistan$45.8 million0.4%
32.Vietnam$45.6 million0.4%
33.Portugal$41.7 million0.3%
34.Egypt$39 million0.3%
35.Belarus$36.1 million0.3%
36.Serbia$34.7 million0.3%
37.Indonesia$33.1 million0.3%
38.Slovenia$24.7 million0.2%
39.Philippines$22 million0.2%
40.Chile$21.8 million0.2%
41.Colombia$21.3 million0.2%
42.Finland$18.2 million0.1%
43.Peru$16.8 million0.1%
44.Venezuela$15.1 million0.1%
45.Costa Rica$14.8 million0.1%
46.Israel$13 million0.1%
47.North Korea$12.8 million0.1%
48.Saudi Arabia$12.8 million0.1%
49.Austria$11.8 million0.1%
50.Sweden$10.3 million0.1%
51.Myanmar$8.8 million0.1%
52.Australia$8.6 million0.1%
53.Ecuador$7.4 million0.06%
54.United Arab Emirates$6.5 million0.05%
55.Greece$6.4 million0.05%
56.Hong Kong, China$5.8 million0.05%
57.Ethiopia$5.4 million0.04%
58.Thailand$4.7 million0.04%
59.Laos$4.3 million0.03%
60.Bangladesh$4.2 million0.03%
61.Kenya$3.9 million0.03%
62.New Zealand$3.2 million0.03%
63.Cambodia$1.9 million0.02%
64.Switzerland$1.9 million0.02%
65.Croatia$1.7 million0.01%
66.Guatemala$1.5 million0.01%
67.Tunisia$1.3 million0.01%
68.Algeria$1.3 million0.01%
69.Ireland$1.2 million0.01%
70.Denmark$1.2 million0.01%
71.Lithuania$1.1 million0.01%
72.Bulgaria$992,0000.01%
73.Morocco$975,0000.01%
74.Burkina Faso$960,0000.01%
75.Uruguay$917,0000.01%
76.Ukraine$868,0000.01%
77.Syrian Arab Republic$671,0000.01%
78.Norway$577,0000.005%
79.Estonia$529,0000.004%
80.Senegal$518,0000.004%
81.Dominican Republic$476,0000.004%
82.Zimbabwe$438,0000.003%
83.Cuba$359,0000.003%
84.Nepal$309,0000.002%
85.Kazakhstan$308,0000.002%
86.Kuwait$296,0000.002%
87.Mozambique$266,0000.002%
88.Qatar$255,0000.002%
89.Tanzania$235,0000.002%
90.Botswana$230,0000.002%
91.Oman$226,0000.002%
92.Jordan$210,0000.002%
93.Namibia$166,0000.001%
94.Bolivia$154,0000.001%
95.Jamaica$151,0000.001%
96.Bosnia/Herzegovina$150,0000.001%
97.Mali$146,0000.001%
98.Mongolia$117,0000.001%
99.El Salvador$116,0000.001%
100.Sudan$112,0000.001%
101.Latvia$96,0000.001%
102.Zambia$94,0000.001%
103.Panama$87,0000.001%
104.Nicaragua$86,0000.001%
105.Iceland$77,0000.001%
106.Albania$65,0000.001%
107.Uzbekistan$65,0000.001%
108.Suriname$61,0000.0005%
109.Paraguay$58,0000.0005%
110.Azerbaijan$55,0000.0004%
111.Djibouti$54,0000.0004%
112.Kyrgyzstan$53,0000.0004%
113.Côte d'Ivoire$51,0000.0004%
114.Lebanon$50,0000.0004%
115.Bahamas$50,0000.0004%
116.Dominica$42,0000.0003%
117.Cyprus$41,0000.0003%
118.Nigeria$41,0000.0003%
119.Mauritius$38,0000.0003%
120.Guinea$32,0000.0003%
121.Armenia$31,0000.0002%
122.Angola$26,0000.0002%
123.Swaziland$26,0000.0002%
124.Faroe Islands$21,0000.0002%
125.Honduras$21,0000.0002%
126.Saint Lucia$19,0000.0002%
127.St Maarten (Dutch part)$16,0000.0001%
128.Mauritania$13,0000.0001%
129.Lesotho$13,0000.0001%
130.Turkmenistan$13,0000.0001%
131.Gabon$12,0000.0001%
132.Iraq$11,0000.0001%
133.Yemen$11,0000.0001%
134.Rwanda$10,0000.0001%
135.Ghana$9,0000.0001%
136.Gibraltar$9,0000.0001%
137.Haiti$8,0000.0001%
138.Macao$8,0000.0001%
139.Curaçao$8,0000.0001%
140.Trinidad/Tobago$8,0000.0001%
141.Libya$7,0000.0001%
142.Madagascar$6,0000.00005%
143.Equatorial Guinea$6,0000.00005%
144.Democratic Rep. Congo$6,0000.00005%
145.Uganda$6,0000.00005%
146.Macedonia$6,0000.00005%
147.Seychelles$6,0000.00005%
148.Bermuda$5,0000.00004%
149.Greenland$5,0000.00004%
150.Malawi$4,0000.00003%
151.Cameroon$4,0000.00003%
152.Congo$4,0000.00003%
153.Falkland Is. (Malvinas)$4,0000.00003%
154.Georgia$4,0000.00003%
155.Saint Helena$4,0000.00003%
156.Guinea-Bissau$4,0000.00003%
157.Samoa$3,0000.00002%
158.Afghanistan$3,0000.00002%
159.Moldova$3,0000.00002%
160.Papua New Guinea$3,0000.00002%
161.Malta$2,0000.00002%
162.Brunei Darussalam$2,0000.00002%
163.Solomon Islands$1,0000.00001%
164.Antigua/Barbuda$1,0000.00001%
165.Barbados$1,0000.00001%
166.Montenegro$1,0000.00001%
167.Niger$1,0000.00001%
168.New Caledonia$1,0000.00001%
169.Sierra Leone$1,0000.00001%


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 10, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 10, 2017

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on June 10, 2017