Natural Rubber Imports by Country

Natural Rubber Imports by Country

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Global purchases of imported natural rubber totaled US$17.3 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of natural rubber imports for all importing countries fell by an average -30.7% since 2013 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $25 billion. Year over year, imported natural rubber appreciated by 36.5% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported natural rubber during 2017 with purchases totaling $10.7 billion or 61.5% of the global total. In second place were European importers at 20.2% while 13.9% of worldwide natural rubber imports were delivered to North America.

Smaller percentages were sent to Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean at 3.5% with 0.8% going to customers in Africa and 0.1% going to Oceania countries 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 2017.

  1. China: US$4.9 billion (28.4% of total imported natural rubber)
  2. United States: $2 billion (11.4%)
  3. Malaysia: $1.8 billion (10.2%)
  4. Japan: $1.3 billion (7.7%)
  5. South Korea: $716.3 million (4.1%)
  6. India: $613.5 million (3.5%)
  7. Germany: $597.6 million (3.5%)
  8. Brazil: $406.2 million (2.3%)
  9. Spain: $373 million (2.2%)
  10. Turkey: $345.1 million (2%)
  11. France: $336.5 million (1.9%)
  12. Italy: $294.5 million (1.7%)
  13. Canada: $257.8 million (1.5%)
  14. Russia: $240.1 million (1.4%)
  15. Taiwan: $219.4 million (1.3%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased 82.4% of all natural rubber imports in 2017.

Among the above top importers, only Russia increased how much natural rubber bought in 2017 compared to 2013 via a 9.9% gain.

Leading the decliners over the 5-year period was Germany (down -43.7%) trailed by Brazil (down -37%), South Korea (down -35.4%), Canada (down -33.8%), Japan (down -33.7%), India (down -32%) then France (down -30.3%).

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 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Thailand: US$2.9 billion (down -20.6% from 2013)
  2. Indonesia: $809 million (down -27.5%)
  3. Malaysia: $548.3 million (down -35.9%)
  4. Myanmar (Burma): $218.4 million (up 79.6%)
  5. Laos: $196.4 million (up 145%)
  6. Vietnam: $190.8 million (down -58.4%)
  7. Côte d’Ivoire: $36.2 million (up 173.5%)
  8. India: $8 million (down -62.2%)
  9. Cambodia: $3.5 million (down -91.6%)
  10. Nigeria: $2.4 million (down -54.7%)
  11. Cameroon: $1.9 million (down -79.6%)
  12. Sri Lanka: $1.9 million (down -46.5%)
  13. Liberia: $1.3 million (up 49.5%)
  14. South Africa: $1.1 million (up 18.5%)
  15. Philippines: $820,000 (down -57.6%)

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

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of natural rubber to China since 2013 were: Côte d’Ivoire (up 173.5%), Laos (up 145%), Myanmar (Burma) (up 79.6%) and Liberia (up 49.5%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural rubber supplied to Chinese importers included: Cambodia (down -91.6%), Cameroon (down -79.6%), India (down -62.2%) and Vietnam (down -58.4%).

Overall, the value of Chinese natural rubber imports fell by an average -23.1% from all supplying countries since 2013 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $6.4 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 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Indonesia: US$1.2 billion (down -29.6% from 2013)
  2. Thailand: $378.9 million (down -13.2%)
  3. Côte d’Ivoire: $95.1 million (down -13.2%)
  4. Liberia: $63 million (down -31.9%)
  5. Vietnam: $61.4 million (down -0.6%)
  6. Malaysia: $55.6 million (down -47.6%)
  7. Guatemala: $19.8 million (down -62.9%)
  8. Cameroon: $13.5 million (down -47.6%)
  9. Ghana: $13.2 million (up 40.4%)
  10. Sri Lanka: $7.5 million (up 82.4%)
  11. Gabon: $5.5 million (up 120.2%)
  12. India: $1.7 million (up 648.2%)
  13. South Korea: $911,000 (up 720.7%)
  14. Germany: $552,000 (down -27.2%)
  15. Singapore: $423,000 (down -95.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.9% of all American natural rubber imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of natural rubber to America since 2013 were: South Korea (up 720.7%), India (up 648.2%), Gabon (up 120.2%) and Sri Lanka (up 82.4%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural rubber supplied to American importers included: Singapore (down -95.1%), Guatemala (down -62.9%), Cameroon (down -47.6%) and Malaysia (down -47.6%).

Overall, the value of American natural rubber imports fell by an average -27.3% from all supplying countries since 2013 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $2.7 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 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Thailand: US$838 million (down -37.7% from 2013)
  2. Côte d’Ivoire: $387.8 million (up 108.9%)
  3. Vietnam: $148.8 million (down -72.8%)
  4. Philippines: $142.6 million (up 59.9%)
  5. Indonesia: $68.1 million (up 205.1%)
  6. Cambodia: $42.1 million (down -31.9%)
  7. India: $33.8 million (down -44.6%)
  8. Myanmar (Burma): $30.1 million (down -56.6%)
  9. Ghana: $25.8 million (up 3,457%)
  10. Sri Lanka: $14.3 million (down -50.3%)
  11. Liberia: $12.3 million (down -20.4%)
  12. Papua New Guinea: $6.1 million (down -34.5%)
  13. Guinea: $6.1 million (up 1,862%)
  14. Nigeria: $5.5 million (down -46.1%)
  15. South Africa: $4.2 million (up 30.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.7% of all Malaysian natural rubber imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of natural rubber to Malaysia since 2013 were: Ghana (up 3,457%), Guinea (up 1,862%), Indonesia (up 205.1%) and Côte d’Ivoire (up 108.9%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural rubber supplied to Malaysian importers included: Vietnam (down -72.8%), Myanmar (down -56.6%), Sri Lanka (down -50.3%) and Nigeria (down -46.1%).

Overall, the value of Malaysian natural rubber imports fell by an average -28.7% from all supplying countries since 2013 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 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Indonesia: US$834.4 million (down -25.8% from 2013)
  2. Thailand: $451.3 million (down -46.7%)
  3. Vietnam: $23 million (down -10.7%)
  4. Myanmar (Burma): $15.8 million (up 37,498%)
  5. Malaysia: $10.2 million (down -38.4%)
  6. Sri Lanka: $4.1 million (down -30.4%)
  7. China: $354,000 (down -45.6%)
  8. Cambodia: $164,000 (up 1,950%)
  9. United States: $11,000 (down -73.8%)
  10. Canada: $7,000 (up 23.5%)
  11. Mexico: $7,000 (down -97.4%)
  12. United Kingdom: $2,000 (down -33.3%)

The listed 12 countries shipped 100% of all Japanese natural rubber imports in 2017.

Three of the above exporters increased their suppliers of natural rubber to Japan since 2013, namely Myanmar (up 37,498%), Cambodia (up 1,950%) and Canada (up 23.5%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their natural rubber supplied to Japanese importers included: Mexico (down -97.4%), United States (down -73.8%), Thailand (down -46.7%) and China (down -45.6%).

Overall, the value of Japanese natural rubber imports fell by an average -33.7% from all supplying countries since 2012 when natural rubber purchases were valued at $2 billion.



 

Searchable List of Natural Rubber Importing Countries

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RankImporter2017 Natural Rubber Imports% World Total
1.ChinaUS$4.9 billion28.4%
2.United States$2 billion11.4%
3.Malaysia$1.8 billion10.2%
4.Japan$1.3 billion7.7%
5.South Korea$716.3 million4.1%
6.India$613.5 million3.5%
7.Germany$597.6 million3.5%
8.Brazil$406.2 million2.3%
9.Spain$373 million2.2%
10.Turkey$345.1 million2%
11.France$336.5 million1.9%
12.Italy$294.5 million1.7%
13.Canada$257.8 million1.5%
14.Russia$240.1 million1.4%
15.Taiwan$219.4 million1.3%
16.Poland$210.8 million1.2%
17.Netherlands$191.9 million1.1%
18.Belgium$187.5 million1.1%
19.Luxembourg$177.6 million1%
20.Mexico$174.1 million1%
21.Romania$172.9 million1%
22.Slovakia$157.5 million0.9%
23.Czech Republic$154.1 million0.9%
24.Vietnam$115.4 million0.7%
25.Iran$110.5 million0.6%
26.Sri Lanka$104.2 million0.6%
27.Singapore$103.2 million0.6%
28.Hungary$93.9 million0.5%
29.Pakistan$87.2 million0.5%
30.Argentina$77.4 million0.4%
31.South Africa$72.7 million0.4%
32.United Kingdom$69.5 million0.4%
33.Portugal$62.5 million0.4%
34.Laos$60.3 million0.3%
35.Serbia$54 million0.3%
36.Egypt$49.8 million0.3%
37.Indonesia$40.7 million0.2%
38.Philippines$36.3 million0.2%
39.Slovenia$31 million0.2%
40.Chile$28.3 million0.2%
41.Finland$27.1 million0.2%
42.Colombia$24.7 million0.1%
43.Peru$24.3 million0.1%
44.Costa Rica$21.4 million0.1%
45.Austria$17.9 million0.1%
46.Israel$16.5 million0.1%
47.Sweden$15.1 million0.1%
48.Myanmar (Burma)$14.5 million0.1%
49.United Arab Emirates$13.4 million0.1%
50.Australia$12.8 million0.1%
51.Ecuador$10.5 million0.1%
52.North Korea$9.9 million0.1%
53.Greece$9.7 million0.06%
54.Belarus$6.2 million0.04%
55.Hong Kong$6 million0.03%
56.Venezuela$5.3 million0.03%
57.Thailand$4.6 million0.03%
58.Saudi Arabia$4 million0.02%
59.Algeria$3.7 million0.02%
60.Ethiopia$3.6 million0.02%
61.Bulgaria$3.5 million0.02%
62.Croatia$3 million0.02%
63.Cambodia$3 million0.02%
64.Nigeria$2.8 million0.02%
65.New Zealand$2.7 million0.02%
66.Tunisia$2.4 million0.01%
67.Ireland$2 million0.01%
68.Ukraine$1.8 million0.01%
69.Uganda$1.7 million0.01%
70.Syria$1.7 million0.01%
71.Côte d'Ivoire$1.6 million0.01%
72.Switzerland$1.5 million0.01%
73.Montenegro$1.4 million0.01%
74.Bangladesh$1.4 million0.01%
75.Kenya$1.4 million0.01%
76.Denmark$1.4 million0.01%
77.Nepal$1.2 million0.01%
78.Morocco$1.1 million0.01%
79.Lithuania$1 million0.01%
80.Uzbekistan$676,0000.004%
81.Uruguay$660,0000.004%
82.Kazakhstan$652,0000.004%
83.Guatemala$619,0000.004%
84.Zimbabwe$532,0000.003%
85.Norway$521,0000.003%
86.Jamaica$375,0000.002%
87.Norfolk Island$311,0000.002%
88.Cuba$285,0000.002%
89.Togo$285,0000.002%
90.Papua New Guinea$279,0000.002%
91.Estonia$273,0000.002%
92.Sudan$247,0000.001%
93.Malta$227,0000.001%
94.Dominican Republic$226,0000.001%
95.Zambia$211,0000.001%
96.Bosnia/Herzegovina$189,0000.001%
97.Cameroon$182,0000.001%
98.El Salvador$171,0000.001%
99.Latvia$152,0000.001%
100.Botswana$144,0000.001%
101.Jordan$143,0000.001%
102.Bolivia$129,0000.001%
103.Namibia$115,0000.001%
104.Honduras$114,0000.001%
105.Niger$110,0000.001%
106.Oman$102,0000.001%
107.Kuwait$100,0000.001%
108.Angola$100,0000.001%
109.Paraguay$97,0000.001%
110.Nicaragua$87,0000.001%
111.Burkina Faso$82,0000.0005%
112.Mauritius$78,0000.0005%
113.Kyrgyzstan$71,0000.0004%
114.Lesotho$68,0000.0004%
115.Lebanon$66,0000.0004%
116.Georgia$66,0000.0004%
117.Panama$65,0000.0004%
118.Qatar$57,0000.0003%
119.Haiti$52,0000.0003%
120.Iceland$45,0000.0003%
121.Albania$39,0000.0002%
122.Senegal$36,0000.0002%
123.Tanzania$31,0000.0002%
124.Armenia$31,0000.0002%
125.Malawi$28,0000.0002%
126.Iraq$25,0000.0001%
127.Djibouti$25,0000.0001%
128.Mozambique$24,0000.0001%
129.Swaziland$24,0000.0001%
130.Marshall Islands$24,0000.0001%
131.Azerbaijan$21,0000.0001%
132.Sierra Leone$20,0000.0001%
133.Yemen$18,0000.0001%
134.Grenada$17,0000.0001%
135.Mali$15,0000.0001%
136.Ghana$15,0000.0001%
137.Democ. Rep. Congo$13,0000.0001%
138.Cyprus$13,0000.0001%
139.Macedonia$11,0000.0001%
140.Equatorial Guinea$9,0000.0001%
141.Madagascar$9,0000.0001%
142.Maldives$6,0000.00003%
143.Moldova$5,0000.00003%
144.Bahrain$5,0000.00003%
145.Gibraltar$4,0000.00002%
146.Gabon$4,0000.00002%
147.Congo$4,0000.00002%
148.Macao$4,0000.00002%
149.Mongolia$4,0000.00002%
150.Mauritania$4,0000.00002%
151.Palestine$3,0000.00002%
152.Barbados$3,0000.00002%
153.Trinidad/Tobago$3,0000.00002%
154.Turkmenistan$3,0000.00002%
155.Libya$2,0000.00001%
156.Guinea$1,0000.00001%
157.Belize$1,0000.00001%
158.Benin$1,0000.00001%
159.Faroe Islands$1,0000.00001%
160.Fiji$1,0000.00001%
161.US Minor Outlying Is$1,0000.00001%
162.Samoa$1,0000.00001%


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 5, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 5, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on June 5, 2018