Poland’s Top 100 Imported Consumer Products by Sales

The Republic of Poland presents a strategically located market for imported goods. One key advantage is that Poland benefits from its proximity to fellow large Central European countries.

The 100 most valuable consumer products imported into Poland in 2020 generated a subtotal US$110.2 billion worth of international sales. That consumer-generated dollar amount represents 43.3% of the overall value of all goods imported into Poland–an overall $254.7 billion worth of spending.

Poland is the European Union’s fifth-most populated member trailing only Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. The Central European nation with the native name of Polska shares its northeastern land borders with Russia, Lithuania and Belarus, Ukraine and Slovakia to its southeast, and the Czech Republic and Germany to its west.

While the country’s official language is Polish, about one third of Poland’s population speaks English, over one quarter speaks Russian, and almost one fifth speaks German.

Calculated by total sales, the 5 most valuable consumer products imported into Poland during 2020 were cars, automobile parts or accessories, phones, medications and computers.

The total dollar amount for the top 100 imported consumer products from Poland increased by 4.2% from 2019 to 2020. That top 100 consumer metric exceeds the 3.2% rise for all of Poland’s imported goods for the year.

Poland’s purchases of imported products, both overall and for consumer goods, increased whereas the global endured an average decline of -8.2% from 2019 to 2020 for all importing countries.

Among the top 100 consumer products imported by Poland, 68 increased in total value from 2019 to 2020 whereas 32 declined.

Changes in Polish consumer demand for essential imports offer future opportunities for international suppliers who correctly anticipate which upward or downward trends will continue.

Consumer Products Defined

Economics educator BoyceWire defines a consumer product as a final good or end product that a business creates for consumers to buy. For example, consumers often purchase refined petroleum oil at the gas station while imported crude oil is an intermediate good subject to further processing before being sold to end users.

Although there may be a few wealthy individual buyers, products like turbojets are excluded from the consumer products targeted by this study. That is because turbojets are usually purchased by corporations. In contrast, it is common for a consumer to buy a motorcycle.

Types of Consumer Products

This article focuses on 3 distinct consumer product types.

Convenience Products are easy to access, non-durable, have relatively lower prices and therefore consumers frequently purchase them. Examples of convenience products are food, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, and soap.

Shopping Products are not as easily available, involve more time to make a buying decision, are durable and are not bought as often as most convenience products. A great example of a shopping product is a mobile phone where buying the wrong model is a much more expensive mistake than buying a disappointing loaf of bread.

Specialty Products describe another consumer product type. This grey area includes infrequently purchased, expensive, durable and sometimes rare items. Consumers may consider the product’s brand image when making their purchase decisions. Some examples of speciality products are gold, silver, diamonds, jewelry, and branded refrigerators and dishwashers.

Polish Consumer Imports Top Sales List

The searchable marketing intelligence table below showcases Poland’s 100 highest-value imported consumer products in descending order. Items were selected at the four-digit Harmonized System tariff classification code level.

The table’s fifth column identifies each entry’s consumer product type.

#Imported ProductUS$YOY 
1Cars$8,839,449,000-18.4%SP
2Automobile parts/accessories$6,968,625,000-16.9%SP
3Phones$5,517,229,000+24.6%SP
4Medications$5,223,636,000+3.4%CP
5Computers, optical readers$4,425,869,000+22.2%SP
6Computer parts, accessories$2,524,662,000+26.7%SP
7Electric storage batteries$2,464,921,000+24.3%SY
8Processed petroleum oils$2,394,788,000-35.9%CP
9Miscellaneous plastic items$2,007,667,000+0.7%CP
10Insulated wire/cable$1,935,503,000+6.8%SP
11Lower-voltage switches, fuses$1,752,673,000+22.1%SP
12Women's clothing (not knit/crochet)$1,709,213,000+34%SP
13Trucks$1,647,345,000-18.5%SP
14Tractors$1,632,564,000-3.9%SP
15Seats (not barber/dentist chairs)$1,621,283,000-4.7%SP
16Video console games, table games$1,593,480,000+4.1%SP
17Unrecorded sound media$1,552,193,000+123%SP
18Swine meat$1,526,337,000-7.1%CP
19Hot-rolled iron/non-alloy steel items$1,462,268,000-5.4%SP
20Electrical converters/power units$1,416,739,000+2.6%SP
21Footwear (leather)$1,412,359,000+2.7%SP
22Household base metal mountings$1,403,082,000+0.9%SY
23Electric water heaters, hair dryers$1,331,899,000+7.6%SY
24Whole fish (fresh)$1,300,077,000-0.5%CP
25Miscellaneous toys$1,284,282,000+15.3%SP
26Rubber tires (new)$1,257,053,000+5.1%SP
27Liquid pumps$1,215,403,000+9.3%SY
28Miscellaneous iron or steel items$1,176,766,000-8.6%SP
29Plastic packing goods, lids, caps$1,163,181,000+28.8%CP
30Jerseys, pullovers (knit or crochet)$1,144,340,000+24.4%SP
31Miscellaneous furniture$1,109,345,000+11.1%SP
32Coal, solid fuels made from coal$1,042,330,000-40%CP
33Electric motors, not generating sets$1,026,548,000-6.5%SY
34Beauty/makeup/skin care$1,020,515,000+10%SY
35Men's suits (unknit/non-crochet)$1,010,125,000+18.2%SP
36Printing machinery$973,686,000+21.6%SP
37T-shirts, vests (knit or crochet)$973,095,000+15.1%SP
38Footwear (textile)$961,043,000+21.6%SP
39Packaged insecticides, herbicides$953,164,000+11.4%SP
40Chocolate, other cocoa preparations$943,491,000+13.3%CP
41Screws, bolts, washers, hooks, pins$933,105,000+88.2%SP
42Refrigerators, freezers$849,371,000+11.4%SY
43Other organic cleaning preparations$847,683,000+13.2%CP
44Women's clothing (knit or crochet)$835,866,000+32.3%SP
45Trailers$786,366,000-8.8%SP
46Footwear (rubber or plastic)$763,221,000+8%SP
47Miscellaneous textile items$738,129,000+159.1%SP
48Petroleum gas$735,122,000-22.8%CP
49Cases, handbags, wallets$726,291,000-8.5%SP
50Miscellaneous food preparations$700,042,000+1.7%CP
51Women's coats (unknit/non-crochet)$698,373,000+24.5%SP
52Fish fillets, pieces$678,198,000+0.8%CP
53Vulcanized rubber items$674,185,000-7.2%SP
54Orthopedic appliances$671,696,000-7.3%SP
55Air conditioners$658,735,000-0.4%SY
56Dishwash, clean/dry/fill machines $656,218,000+4.9%SY
57Coffee$648,535,000+12.2%CP
58Printed books, brochures$643,340,000+21.9%SP
59Paper containers, cellulose wadding$596,852,000+1.8%SP
60Electromechanic appliances$582,128,000+28.2%SY
61Fresh or dried citrus fruit$517,729,000+138.2%CP
62Paints, varnishes$499,056,000-0.1%SP
63Miscellaneous aluminum items$497,459,000-0.9%SP
64Bread, biscuits, cakes, pastries$496,664,000+91.6%CP
65Pipe/chewing/snuff tobaccos$482,205,000+101.6%CP
66Temperature-change machines$468,971,000+62.3%SY
67Electric lamps$460,765,000+115.6%SP
68Sports equipment$450,067,000+13.1%SP
69Prepared glues, adhesives$435,630,000+273.1%SP
70Aluminum foil$429,346,000+9%SP
71Perfumes, toilet waters$426,050,000+2.7%CP
72Cheese, curd$422,406,000-0.9%CP
73Special hand/machine tools$410,191,000-1.5%SY
74Hair preparations$404,066,000+3.8%SP
75Vacuum cleaners$402,613,000+28%SY
76Alcohol (including spirits, liqueurs)$378,357,000+4.9%CP
77Malt extract, food preparations$373,373,000+7.6%CP
78Wine $367,661,000+10.4%CP
79Men's coats (unknit/non-crochet)$351,288,000+15.9%SP
80Fertilizer mixes$350,607,000-3.4%SY
81Linens$340,776,000-1%SP
82Felt, other non-woven garments$339,945,000+103.1%SP
83Women's shirts (not knit or crochet)$336,955,000+7.9%SP
84Bananas, plantains$333,305,000+14.4%CP
85Ink$331,280,000+67.8%CP
86Washing machines$328,161,000+4.5%SY
87Whole fish (frozen)$322,474,000-2.7%CP
88Shaving preparations, deodorants$320,867,000+5%SP
89Liquid crystal/laser/optical tools$318,480,000-29.9%SY
90Vulcanized rubber apparel$313,170,000+154.5%SP
91Soap, organic surface-active goods$312,999,000+34.1%SP
92Electric generating sets, converters$310,555,000+95.7%SY
93Motorcycle parts/accessories$306,399,000-7.9%SP
94Synthetic paints, varnishes, enamels$305,743,000-0.6%SP
95Uncoated paper for writing/printing$303,682,000-8.9%CP
96Miscellaneous preserved fruits$296,271,000+22.3%CP
97Nitrogenous fertilizers$294,471,000-9.3%SY
98Potassic fertilizers$283,409,000-5%SY
99Coffee/tea extracts, concentrates$283,408,000+4.2%CP
100Fruit and vegetable juices$275,772,000-3.7%CP

The most popular product type is shopping products (SP) led by imported cars, automobile parts of accessories, phones including smartphones, computers including optical readers, computer parts or accessories, insulated wire or cable, and lower-voltage switches or fuses. Shopping products represent 53 of Poland’s top 100 imported consumer goods.

In second place via 28 items are convenience products (CP). Examples include medications, processed petroleum oils, miscellaneous items made from plastic, swine meat, fresh whole fish, plastic packing goods like lids and caps, coal including solid fuels made from coal, and chocolate or other cocoa preparations.

There were 19 speciality products (SY) ranking among the top 100. Major speciality products imported into Poland include electric storage batteries, household base metal mountings, electric water heaters or hair dryers, liquid pumps, electric motors excluding generating sets, and beauty, makeup or skin care products.

Durable consumer products are goods like cars, trucks, printing machinery, insulated wire or cable, and furniture that last a relatively long time. Consumers can put durable products to use again and again. By product type, note that both shopping products and speciality products are considered as durable consumer goods.

Non-durable consumer products (ND) are goods that are not re-used once consumed. Coal, medications and sugar are examples of non-durable goods. Convenience products are uniquely non-durable consumer products.

Based on the product types identified in the above table, 72 of Poland’s highest-value imported consumer products are durable while 28 are classified as non-durable.

Using the provided table, you can also peruse the greatest increases or decreases in product values from 2019 to 2020. To do so, click on the heading of the fourth column.

Fastest-Growing Consumer Imports

Listed below are the top 10 consumer products imported into Poland that experienced the highest percentage increases in spending from 2019 to 2020.

  1. Prepared glues, adhesives: Up 273.1% ($435.6 million)
  2. Miscellaneous textile items: Up 159.1% ($738.1 million)
  3. Vulcanized rubber apparel: Up 154.5% ($313.2 million) 
  4. Fresh or dried citrus fruit: Up 138.2% ($517.7 million)
  5. Unrecorded sound media: Up 123% ($1.6 billion)
  6. Electric lamps: Up 115.6% ($460.9 million)
  7. Felt or other non-woven garments: Up 103.1% ($339.9 million)
  8. Pipe, chewing or snuff tobaccos: Up 101.6% ($482.2 million)
  9. Electric generating sets, converters: Up 95.7% ($310.6 million)
  10. Bread, biscuits, cakes, pastries: Up 91.6% ($496.7 million)

Among the above top 10 gainers, 6 qualify as durable goods that consumers can re-use over time. One of those durable items is a speciality product namely electric generating sets and converters. The 3 fastest-growing shopping products are prepared glues and adhesives, miscellaneous textile items, and vulcanized rubber apparel which also satisfy the technical definition for durable goods.

The fastest-growing convenience products are fresh or dried citrus fruits, tobaccos for pipe, chewing or snuff, and bread, biscuits, cakes or pastries. Consumers consider these items as non-durable products, commonly referred to as disposable goods that normally are used only once.

Worst-Declining Consumer Imports

Spending by buyers in Poland on the following 10 items decreased in value at the severest rate from 2019 to 2020.

  1. Coal, solid fuels made from coal: Down -40% ($1 billion)
  2. Processed petroleum oils: Down -35.9% ($2.4 billion)
  3. Liquid crystal/laser/optical tools: Down -29.9% ($318.5 million)
  4. Petroleum gas: Down -22.8% ($735.1 million)
  5. Trucks: Down -18.5% ($1.6 billion)
  6. Cars: Down -18.4% ($8.8 billion)
  7. Automobile parts or accessories: Down -16.9% ($7 billion)
  8. Nitrogenous fertilizers: Down -9.3% ($294.5 million)
  9. Uncoated paper for writing/printing: Down -8.9% ($303.7 million)
  10. Trailers: Down -8.8% ($786.4 million)

Four among Poland’s top 10 declining imports are non-durable convenience products consumed one time. These are the fuel items coal, processed petroleum oils, and uncoated paper for writing or printing.

Four among the remaining major import decliners are shopping products that normally require more time for consumers to make buying decisions. Purchases under the shopping products category are more likely to be deferred than convenience products. Examples of these shopping goods range from trucks and cars to trailers.

The two speciality product categories among the severest decliners were tools of liquid crystal, laser or optical, and nitrogenous fertilizers.

Key Suppliers by Country

This analysis reveals competitive suppliers that target Polish demand for its top 5 consumer import products.

For Poland, the biggest imported consumer product by value is cars. The 4 other leading consumer products imported into Poland are cars, automobile parts or accessories, phones including smartphones, medications, and computers.

Below, you will find major supplying countries for Poland’s imported:

Cars: Germany (26.2% of total), Czech Republic (10.4%), Japan (8.6%), Turkey (7.4%), Spain (6.2%), France (6.1%), Slovakia (5%), United Kingdom (4.5%), United States (3.6%), and Sweden (2.6%).

Automobile parts or accessories: Germany (38.8% of total), Italy (7.4%), Czech Republic (6.2%), China (6%), Spain (4.9%), France (3.9%), Romania (3.6%), Slovakia (2.7%), Sweden (2.7%), and Turkey (also 2.7%).

Phones: China (49% of total), Vietnam (14.8%), Germany (9.8%), Slovakia (4.2%), Netherlands (2.7%), Malaysia (2%), Taiwan (1.6%), Czech Republic (1.5%), South Korea (1.2%), and United States (also 1.2%).

Medications: Germany (19.7% of total), France (9.4%), Switzerland (7.4%), Italy (6.2%), Ireland (5.8%), United Kingdom (5.6%), Netherlands (5.5%), Hungary (4.7%), Slovenia (3.9%), and United States (2.9%).

Computers: China (48.8% of total), Netherlands (12.3%), Germany (12.2%), Thailand (4.3%), Taiwan (2.4%), Slovakia (2.2%), United Kingdom (2%), Philippines (1.7%), Ireland (1.6%), and Czech Republic (also 1.6%).

See also

More great research: Poland’s Main Imports by Top Supplier Countries, Netherlands Main Imports by Top Supplier Countries, China’s Top 100 Imported Consumer Products, US Top 100 Imported Consumer Products, Japan’s Top 100 Imported Consumer Products, Philippines Top 100 Imported Consumer Products, Greece’s Top 100 Imported Consumer Products by Sales

References

Independent insights and analysis presented in this article are based on researched facts and statistics sourced from the following educational portals.

BoyceWire, Consumer Goods Definition.

Central Intelligence Agency, The World Factbook: Poland Economy.

International Trade Centre, Trade Map.

Investopedia, Consumer Goods, Consumer Staples Definition, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG).

Richest Country Reports, Top 100 Richest Countries by GDP.

Trading Economics, Poland Consumer Spending.

Wikipedia, List of largest consumer markets, Poland, Geography of Poland, Languages of Poland

World’s Top Exports, Poland’s Top 10 Imports.

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