Natural Rubber Imports by Country

Natural Rubber Imports by Country

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Global purchases of imported natural rubber cost an estimated total of US$14.4 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of natural rubber imports for all buyer countries declined by an average -21.8% since 2014 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $18.4 billion. Year over year, imported natural rubber depreciated by -18.7% from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries bought the highest dollar worth of imported natural rubber during 2018 with purchases costing $8.6 billion or 59.4% of the global total. In second place were European importers at 21.2% while 14.8% of worldwide natural rubber imports were delivered to North America.

Smaller percentages went to importers in Latin America (3.5%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Africa (1%), and Oceania (0.1%) including Australia.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 4001 for natural rubber, balata, gutta-percha, guayule, chicle and similar natural gums in primary form.

Natural Rubber Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of natural rubber during 2018.

  1. China: US$3.6 billion (25% of total imported natural rubber)
  2. United States: $1.7 billion (12%)
  3. Malaysia: $1.3 billion (9.1%)
  4. Japan: $1.1 billion (7.7%)
  5. India: $915.3 million (6.3%)
  6. South Korea: $564.1 million (3.9%)
  7. Germany: $476.9 million (3.3%)
  8. Brazil: $343.2 million (2.4%)
  9. Turkey: $324.1 million (2.2%)
  10. Spain: $293.3 million (2%)
  11. France: $278.7 million (1.9%)
  12. Canada: $243.7 million (1.7%)
  13. Italy: $234.2 million (1.6%)
  14. Russia: $217.7 million (1.5%)
  15. Belgium: $201 million (1.4%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased 82.2% of all natural rubber imports in 2018.

Two among the above countries increased their imports of natural rubber since 2014, namely Russia (up 21.6%) and India (up 8.8%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported natural rubber purchases were led by: Germany (down -40.3%), South Korea (down -31.9%), Brazil (down -30.6%) and China (down -27.2%).

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 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Thailand: US$2 billion (down -32.8% from 2014)
  2. Malaysia: $457.6 million (down -24.5%)
  3. Indonesia: $393.6 million (down -44.8%)
  4. Vietnam: $266.1 million (down -22.9%)
  5. Myanmar (Burma): $197.6 million (up 139.8%)
  6. Laos: $167.5 million (up 113.5%)
  7. Ivory Coast: $43.5 million (up 82.5%)
  8. Cambodia: $17.5 million (down -36.9%)
  9. Philippines: $7.4 million (up 187.3%)
  10. Cameroon: $2.4 million (down -26.5%)
  11. Nigeria: $2.3 million (down -1.1%)
  12. Sri Lanka: $2.2 million (down -33.7%)
  13. Liberia: $562,000 (down -85.2%)
  14. Singapore: $300,000 (no 2014 data)
  15. Papua New Guinea: $232,000 (down -93.5%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.98% of all Chinese natural rubber imports in 2018.

Four among the above countries grew their sales of natural rubber to China since 2014 namely: Philippines (up 187.3%), Myanmar also called Burma (up 139.8%), Laos (up 113.5%) and Ivory Coast (up 82.5%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural rubber supplied to Chinese importers included: Papua New Guinea (down -93.5%), Liberia (down -85.2%), Indonesia (down -44.8%) and Cambodia (down -36.9%).

Overall, the value of China’s natural rubber imports declined by an average -27.2% from all supplying countries since 2014 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $5 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 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Indonesia: US$1.1 billion (down -22.4% from 2014)
  2. Thailand: $330.7 million (down -3.8%)
  3. Ivory Coast: $98 million (up 11.1%)
  4. Liberia: $59.8 million (down -21.8%)
  5. Vietnam: $54.3 million (down -6.2%)
  6. Malaysia: $39.2 million (down -58.8%)
  7. Ghana: $20.3 million (up 434.9%)
  8. Guatemala: $19.2 million (down -36%)
  9. Cameroon: $16.4 million (up 10.8%)
  10. Sri Lanka: $9 million (up 405.2%)
  11. Gabon: $6.1 million (up 197.9%)
  12. India: $1.9 million (down -19.5%)
  13. Laos: $746,000 (up 136.8%)
  14. Singapore: $733,000 (down -82.1%)
  15. Germany: $658,000 (up 57.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.8% of all American natural rubber imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of natural rubber to United States since 2014 were: Ghana (up 434.9%), Sri Lanka (up 405.2%), Gabon (up 197.9%) and Laos (up 136.8%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural rubber supplied to American importers included: Singapore (down -82.1%), Malaysia (down -58.8%), Guatemala (down -36%) and Indonesia (down -22.4%).

Overall, the value of United States’ natural rubber imports dropped by an average -17.9% from all supplying countries since 2014 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $2.1 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 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Thailand: US$711.7 million (down -31.3% from 2014)
  2. Ivory Coast: $279.8 million (up 100.3%)
  3. Vietnam: $102 million (down -73.5%)
  4. Philippines: $84.7 million (up 36.9%)
  5. Myanmar (Burma): $38.1 million (up 25.4%)
  6. Cambodia: $24 million (down -44.5%)
  7. Ghana: $20.4 million (up 347.1%)
  8. Liberia: $14.3 million (up 10.1%)
  9. Papua New Guinea: $9.2 million (up 129.5%)
  10. India: $8 million (down -40.3%)
  11. Guinea: $6.2 million (up 1,594%)
  12. Sri Lanka: $6 million (down -42.7%)
  13. Indonesia: $6 million (down -69.1%)
  14. Nigeria: $2.5 million (up 39.3%)
  15. China: $1.1 million (down -52.5%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.9% of all Malaysian natural rubber imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of natural rubber to Malaysia since 2014 were: Guinea (up 1,594%), Ghana (up 347.1%), Papua New Guinea (up 129.5%) and Ivory Coast (up 100.3%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural rubber supplied to Malaysian importers included: Vietnam (down -73.5%), Indonesia (down -69.1%), China (down -52.5%) and Cambodia (down -44.5%).

Overall, the value of Malaysia’s natural rubber imports decreased by an average -26.2% from all supplying countries since 2014 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $1.8 billion.

Japan

Natural Rubber Imports into Japan

Below are the top 13 suppliers from which Japan imported the highest dollar value worth of natural rubber during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Indonesia: US$709.9 million (down -9.9% from 2014)
  2. Thailand: $357.4 million (down -39.8%)
  3. Vietnam: $19.1 million (down -13.3%)
  4. Myanmar (Burma): $10.7 million (up 205.2%)
  5. Malaysia: $7.9 million (down -39.4%)
  6. Sri Lanka: $4.7 million (down -15.4%)
  7. Mexico: $305,000 (up 0.3%)
  8. Cambodia: $216,000 (no 2014 data)
  9. China: $83,000 (down -13.5%)
  10. Belgium: $28,000 (down -63.2%)
  11. United States: $28,000 (down -45.1%)
  12. Ivory Coast: $21,000 (no 2014 data)
  13. Taiwan: $6,000 (down -75%)

The listed 13 countries shipped 100% of all Japanese natural rubber imports in 2018.

Two among the above countries boosted sales of natural rubber to Japan since 2014, namely Myanmar also called Burma (up 205.2%) and Mexico (up 0.3%).

Players that experienced declines in the value of their natural rubber supplied to Japanese importers included: Taiwan (down -75%), United States (down -45.1%), Belgium (down -63.2%) and Thailand (down -39.8%).

Overall, the value of Japan’s natural rubber imports fell by an average -22.2% from all supplying countries since 2014 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $1.4 billion.



 

Searchable List of Natural Rubber Importing Countries in 2018

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RankImporterNatural Rubber Imports (US$)%World Total 
1.China$3.6 billion25%
2.United States$1.7 billion12%
3.Malaysia$1.3 billion9.1%
4.Japan$1.1 billion7.7%
5.India$915.3 million6.3%
6.South Korea$564.1 million3.9%
7.Germany$476.9 million3.3%
8.Brazil$343.2 million2.4%
9.Turkey$324.1 million2.2%
10.Spain$293.3 million2%
11.France$278.7 million1.9%
12.Canada$243.7 million1.7%
13.Italy$234.2 million1.6%
14.Russia$217.7 million1.5%
15.Belgium$201 million1.4%
16.Poland$198.5 million1.4%
17.Luxembourg$176.9 million1.2%
18.Netherlands$173.2 million1.2%
19.Mexico$163.1 million1.1%
20.Taiwan$161.5 million1.1%
21.Romania$153.2 million1.1%
22.Slovakia$138.4 million1%
23.Czech Republic$126.2 million0.9%
24.Vietnam$91.8 million0.6%
25.Iran$86.8 million0.6%
26.Pakistan$83.3 million0.6%
27.South Africa$76.6 million0.5%
28.Hungary$74.2 million0.5%
29.Singapore$64.2 million0.4%
30.Argentina$59 million0.4%
31.United Kingdom$53.5 million0.4%
32.Portugal$52.6 million0.4%
33.Indonesia$52.4 million0.4%
34.Sri Lanka$50.8 million0.4%
35.Serbia$47 million0.3%
36.Egypt$45 million0.3%
37.Belarus$40.2 million0.3%
38.Denmark$29 million0.2%
39.Philippines$28.7 million0.2%
40.Slovenia$28.6 million0.2%
41.Laos$28.4 million0.2%
42.Colombia$27.8 million0.2%
43.United Arab Emirates$26.3 million0.2%
44.Chile$23.6 million0.2%
45.Finland$20.6 million0.1%
46.Costa Rica$20.5 million0.1%
47.Peru$18 million0.1%
48.Israel$16.7 million0.1%
49.Myanmar (Burma)$12.4 million0.1%
50.Austria$12.2 million0.1%
51.Sweden$11.8 million0.1%
52.Australia$11.1 million0.1%
53.North Korea$10.9 million0.1%
54.Greece$9.6 million0.1%
55.Ecuador$6.6 million0.05%
56.Ethiopia$5.5 million0.04%
57.Hong Kong$4.5 million0.03%
58.New Zealand$3.3 million0.02%
59.Cambodia$3 million0.02%
60.Venezuela$2.8 million0.02%
61.Algeria$2.5 million0.02%
62.Thailand$2.4 million0.02%
63.Nigeria$2.4 million0.02%
64.Montenegro$2.3 million0.02%
65.Ireland$2.3 million0.02%
66.Ukraine$2.3 million0.02%
67.Bulgaria$2.1 million0.01%
68.Kenya$1.9 million0.01%
69.Bangladesh$1.9 million0.01%
70.Croatia$1.9 million0.01%
71.Tunisia$1.7 million0.01%
72.Uganda$1.5 million0.01%
73.Switzerland$1.3 million0.01%
74.Uzbekistan$1.2 million0.01%
75.Morocco$1 million0.01%
76.Democr. Rep. Congo$917,0000.01%
77.Burkina Faso$831,0000.01%
78.Syrian Arab Republic$827,0000.01%
79.Zimbabwe$801,0000.01%
80.Saudi Arabia$782,0000.01%
81.Norway$659,0000.005%
82.Senegal$554,0000.004%
83.Armenia$538,0000.004%
84.Estonia$485,0000.003%
85.Kazakhstan$407,0000.003%
86.Zambia$401,0000.003%
87.Uruguay$329,0000.002%
88.Nepal$322,0000.002%
89.Dominican Republic$314,0000.002%
90.Tanzania$257,0000.002%
91.Sudan$250,0000.002%
92.Jordan$248,0000.002%
93.Guatemala$225,0000.002%
94.Bolivia$203,0000.001%
95.Papua New Guinea$200,0000.001%
96.Curaçao$199,0000.001%
97.Namibia$188,0000.001%
98.Djibouti$163,0000.001%
99.Cuba$150,0000.001%
100.Panama$147,0000.001%
101.Bosnia/Herzegovina$138,0000.001%
102.Qatar$136,0000.001%
103.Cameroon$132,0000.001%
104.El Salvador$127,0000.001%
105.Latvia$121,0000.001%
106.Albania$108,0000.001%
107.Botswana$107,0000.001%
108.Jamaica$95,0000.001%
109.Oman$94,0000.001%
110.Trinidad/Tobago$92,0000.001%
111.Lithuania$86,0000.001%
112.Mali$83,0000.001%
113.Paraguay$83,0000.001%
114.Mauritius$82,0000.001%
115.Honduras$82,0000.001%
116.Iceland$81,0000.001%
117.Yemen$74,0000.001%
118.Iraq$64,0000.000%
119.Bahrain$63,0000.0004%
120.Lebanon$53,0000.0004%
121.Eswatini$51,0000.0004%
122.British Virgin Islands$45,0000.0003%
123.Faroe Islands$42,0000.0003%
124.Marshall Islands$39,0000.0003%
125.Nicaragua$39,0000.0003%
126.Madagascar$38,0000.0003%
127.Ivory Coast$36,0000.0002%
128.Kyrgyzstan$34,0000.0002%
129.Mongolia$34,0000.0002%
130.North Macedonia$29,0000.0002%
131.New Caledonia$26,0000.0002%
132.Kuwait$26,0000.0002%
133.Malta$25,0000.0002%
134.Ghana$23,0000.0002%
135.Suriname$23,0000.0002%
136.Dominica$21,0000.0001%
137.Mauritania$21,0000.0001%
138.Mozambique$21,0000.0001%
139.Georgia$21,0000.0001%
140.Angola$20,0000.0001%
141.Azerbaijan$16,0000.0001%
142.Turkmenistan$15,0000.0001%
143.Tajikistan$14,0000.0001%
144.Lesotho$14,0000.0001%
145.Liberia$9,0000.0001%
146.Andorra$8,0000.0001%
147.Bermuda$8,0000.0001%
148.Guyana$7,0000.0000%
149.Grenada$7,0000.00005%
150.Moldova$6,0000.00004%
151.Bhutan$6,0000.00004%
152.Congo$6,0000.00004%
153.Cyprus$5,0000.00003%
154.Haiti$5,0000.00003%
155.Gambia$5,0000.00003%
156.Somalia$5,0000.00003%
157.Seychelles$4,0000.00003%
158.Rwanda$4,0000.00003%
159.Benin$4,0000.00003%
160.Afghanistan$4,0000.00003%
161.Bahamas$3,0000.00002%
162.Cayman Islands$3,0000.00002%
163.Sierra Leone$2,0000.00001%
164.Barbados$2,0000.00001%
165.Gibraltar$2,0000.00001%
166.Gabon$2,0000.00001%
167.Equatorial Guinea$2,0000.00001%
168.Macao$2,0000.00001%
169.Samoa$1,0000.00001%


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The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 7, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 7, 2019

Wikipedia, Natural rubber. Accessed on May 7, 2019