Chocolate Imports by Country

International purchases of imported chocolate totaled US$28.5 billion in 2019.

Overall, the value of chocolate imports rose by 12% for all importing countries since 2015 when international purchases of chocolate cost $25.5 billion. Year over year, chocolate imports fell by -1.3% from 2018 to 2019.

From a continental perspective, suppliers in European countries spent the most on imported chocolate during 2019 with purchases valued at $17.1 billion or 60% of the global total. In second place were Asian importers at 18.4% while 14.8% of chocolate imported worldwide was delivered to customers in North America. Smaller percentages arrived in Latin America (2.4%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Oceania (2.3%) led by Australia and New Zealand, then Africa (1.9%).

For research purposes, the 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 1806 for chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa.

Chocolate Imports by Country

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of chocolate during 2019.

Top 15

  1. United States: US$3 billion (10.4% of imported chocolate)
  2. Germany: $2.4 billion (8.5%)
  3. United Kingdom: $2.1 billion (7.3%)
  4. Netherlands: $1.4 billion (4.8%)
  5. Canada: $1 billion (3.6%)
  6. Belgium: $950.1 million (3.3%)
  7. Poland: $832.9 million (2.9%)
  8. Spain: $645.4 million (2.3%)
  9. Italy: $626.8 million (2.2%)
  10. Japan: $594.1 million (2.1%)
  11. Russia: $585.1 million (2.1%)
  12. Austria: $518.9 million (1.8%)
  13. Saudi Arabia: $516.4 million (1.8%)
  14. China: $482.9 million (1.7%)

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for chocolate since 2015 were: Russia (up 75.6%), Netherlands (up 35.3%), Poland (up 31%) and Belgium (up 22.8%).

Two leading suppliers posted declines in their imported chocolate purchases, namely Saudi Arabia (down -6.6%) and China (down -6.4%).

The listed 15 countries purchased 62.2% of all chocolate imported in 2019.

USA

Chocolate Imports into the United States

America’s global purchases of imported chocolate totaled US$3 billion in 2019. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which America imported the highest dollar value worth of chocolate during 2019. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2015.

  1. Canada: US$1.5 billion (up 16% from 2015)
  2. Mexico: $572.6 million (up 15.8%)
  3. Belgium: $156.5 million (up 21.9%)
  4. Germany: $141 million (up 7.1%)
  5. Switzerland: $84.1 million (up 38.8%)
  6. Poland: $71.9 million (up 126.5%)
  7. Italy: $63.1 million (up 53.6%)
  8. Ireland: $38.3 million (up 9.6%)
  9. United Kingdom: $32.8 million (up 32.3%)
  10. Turkey: $32.3 million (up 377.2%)
  11. Netherlands: $15.7 million (up 40%)
  12. Austria: $15.2 million (up 35.2%)
  13. Colombia: $13.1 million (up 3.9%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 94.9% of chocolate imported by the United States in 2019.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of chocolate to the US since 2015 were: Turkey (up 377.2%), Poland (up 126.5%), Italy (up 53.6%) and the Netherlands (up 40%).

Overall, the value of US imported chocolate accelerated by an average 20% from all supplying countries since 2015 when chocolate purchased cost $2.5 billion.

Germany

Chocolate Imports into Germany

Germany’s global purchases of imported chocolate totaled US$2.42 billion in 2019. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Germany imported the highest dollar value worth of chocolate during 2019. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2015.

  1. Belgium: US$469.6 million (down -0.5% from 2015)
  2. Switzerland: $371.6 million (up 6.5%)
  3. Netherlands: $365.3 million (up 20.4%)
  4. Poland: $334 million (up 31.2%)
  5. Italy: $161.6 million (up 43.1%)
  6. Austria: $133.3 million (down -4%)
  7. United Kingdom: $65.5 million (up 20.8%)
  8. Croatia: $59.9 million (up 1,319%)
  9. Spain: $43.9 million (down -0.4%)
  10. Denmark: $43.1 million (down -19.3%)
  11. Sweden: $39.3 million (up 52.6%)
  12. Czech Republic: $31.5 million (down -4.8%)
  13. Hungary: $26 million (up 83.3%)
  14. Slovakia: $24.6 million (up 328.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 96.3% of chocolate imported by Germany in 2019.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of chocolate to Germany since 2015 were: Croatia (up 1,319%), Slovakia (up 328.7%), Hungary (up 83.3%) and Sweden (up 52.6%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their chocolate supplied to German importers included: Denmark (down -19.3%), France (down -14.6%), Czech Republic (down -4.8%) and Austria (down -4%).

Overall, the value of Germany’s imported chocolate rose by an average 14.6% from all supplying countries since 2015 when chocolate purchased cost $2.1 billion.

United Kingdom

Chocolate Imports into the United Kingdom

United Kingdom’s global purchases of imported chocolate totaled US$2.08 billion in 2019. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the UK imported the highest dollar value worth of chocolate during 2019. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2015.

  1. Germany: US$505.7 million (up 1.1% from 2015)
  2. Belgium: $300 million (up 11.3%)
  3. Poland: $267.2 million (down -11.3%)
  4. Ireland: $233.8 million (down -5%)
  5. Netherlands: $180.4 million (down -7.2%)
  6. Italy: $138.9 million (up 34.1%)
  7. United States: $49.7 million (up 24.3%)
  8. Spain: $42.9 million (up 70.2%)
  9. Lithuania: $30.2 million (up 39.9%)
  10. Slovakia: $17.2 million (down -41.9%)
  11. Sweden: $16.1 million (up 88.5%)
  12. Hungary: $10.8 million (down -3.9%)
  13. Romania: $9.4 million (up 243.2%)
  14. Austria: $9.3 million (up 15.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 96.4% of chocolate imported by the United Kingdom in 2019.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of chocolate to the UK since 2015 were: Romania (up 243.2%), Sweden (up 88.5%), Spain (up 70.2%) and Lithuania (up 39.9%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their chocolate supplied to UK importers included: Slovakia (down -41.9%), France (down -13.2%), Poland (down -11.3%) and Netherlands (down -7.2%).

Overall, the value of United Kingdom’s imported chocolate improved by an average 2.1% from all supplying countries since 2015 when chocolate purchased cost $2 billion.

Searchable List of Chocolate Importer Countries in 2019

You can change the presentation order by clicking the triangle icon at the top of any of the columns below. An entry of 0% in the right-most column means no 2019 data was available.

 

Research Sources:

  • Central Intelligence Agency, The World Factbook Field Listing: Imports – Commodities. Accessed on May 13, 2020
  • International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on May 13, 2020
  • Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 13, 2020
  • Wikipedia, Chocolate. Accessed on May 13, 2020

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