Top Fresh or Frozen Chicken Imports by Country

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Worldwide purchases of imported fresh, chilled or frozen chicken totaled US$20.7 billion in 2017. Of that global sum, $15.3 billion (74%) was for imported frozen poultry meat while $5.4 billion (26%) equals international spending on fresh or chilled chicken imports.

From a continental perspective, Asia accounted for 57.3% of frozen chicken imports but just 6.5% of fresh or chilled chicken. In contrast, importers in Europe bought 79.6% of all imported fresh or chilled chicken compared to 20% of frozen chicken. North American buyers consumed 12.4% of the global subtotal for fresh or chilled chicken and 4.5% for frozen meat. African importers represent 10.9% of international frozen chicken purchases and 1.2% for fresh or chilled poultry.

The six-digit Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) code prefixes are 020711 for whole fresh or chilled chicken, 020713 for fresh or chilled chicken cuts and offal, 020712 for whole frozen chicken and 020714 for frozen chicken cuts and offal.

Chicken Imports by Country: Fresh

Below are the 15 buyer countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of fresh or chilled chicken during 2017, incorporating both whole chicken and cut pieces.

  1. United Kingdom: US$769.9 million (14.3% of imported fresh/chilled poultry)
  2. Germany: $746.4 million (13.9%)
  3. France: $602.5 million (11.2%)
  4. Netherlands: $513.5 million (9.6%)
  5. Mexico: $386.7 million (7.2%)
  6. Belgium: $233.6 million (4.34%)
  7. Canada: $233 million (4.33%)
  8. Ireland: $184.6 million (3.4%)
  9. Hong Kong: $173.6 million (3.2%)
  10. Russia: $140.2 million (2.6%)
  11. Czech Republic: $130.3 million (2.4%)
  12. Austria: $108.5 million (2%)
  13. Slovakia: $77.4 million (1.4%)
  14. Spain: $70.3 million (1.3%)
  15. Switzerland: $67.1 million (1.25%)


 
The above countries purchased 82.5% of fresh or chilled chicken meat imported during 2017.

The value of fresh chicken imports declined in value by an average -10.8% since 2013 when fresh chicken meat shipments were valued at $6 billion. Year over year, imported fresh poultry appreciated by 8.1% from 2016 to 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing fresh or chilled chicken importers since 2013 were: Hong Kong (up 115.1%), Netherlands (up 60.8%), Slovakia (up 40.8%) and Czech Republic (up 34.2%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported fresh or chilled chicken purchases were led by: Mexico (down -33.8%), Canada (down -33.3%), Spain (down -15.6%) and United Kingdom (down -8.8%).

Top Chicken Imports by Country: Frozen

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

  1. Japan: US$1.35 billion (8.8% of imported frozen poultry)
  2. Saudi Arabia: $1.19 billion (7.8%)
  3. Hong Kong: $1.16 billion (7.6%)
  4. China: $1.03 billion (6.7%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: $652 million (4.2%)
  6. Iraq: $632.6 million (4.1%)
  7. United Kingdom: $520.1 million (3.4%)
  8. South Africa: $442.4 million (2.9%)
  9. Mexico: $430.7 million (2.8%)
  10. Vietnam: $358 million (2.33%)
  11. France: $350.6 million (2.28%)
  12. Germany: $349 million (2.27%)
  13. Netherlands: $315.5 million (2.1%)
  14. Angola: $264 million (1.7%)
  15. Kuwait: $251.6 million (1.64%)

The 15 countries listed above bought 60.5% of all frozen chicken meat imported during 2017.

The value of frozen chicken imports depreciated by an average -9.8% since 2013 when frozen chicken meat shipments were valued at $17 billion. Year over year, imported frozen poultry increased in value by 8.7% from 2016 to 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing frozen chicken importers since 2013 were: Vietnam (up 332.4%), Mexico (up 61.5%), South Africa (up 24.6%) and Japan (up 20%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported frozen chicken purchases were led by: Saudi Arabia (down -39.6%), Angola (down -39.4%), Kuwait (down -20.7%) and United Arab Emirates (down -15.4%).

See also Chicken Exports by Country, Fresh or Frozen Beef Imports by Country and Pork Exports by Country

Research Sources:
Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on July 7, 2018