World’s 200 Most Valuable Imported Consumer Products

Ranked by total US dollar amounts spent by product category, the world’s 200 top imported consumer products were worth an overall $8.2 trillion in 2020. That metric represents 46.7% of the overall spending on all globally imported goods ($17.5 trillion) for the year.

The total dollar amount for world’s 200 most valuable imported consumer products declined by -6.9% from 2019 to 2020, compared to a -8.2% drop for imports worldwide for the year.

Among the top 200 imported consumer goods by product category, 75 increased in total sales from 2019 to 2020 whereas 125 declined.

The world’s most valuable imported consumer product were cars in 2020. In second place were phones trailed by processed petroleum oils, medications and computers.

Changes in global 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.

Global Consumer Imports Smart List

The searchable marketing intelligence table below showcases the world’s 200 highest-value imported consumer products in descending order. Items were selected at the four-digit Harmonized System tariff classification code level.

The table’s fourth column is labeled YOY for year over year. The fifth column identifies each entry’s consumer product type.

#Imported ProductUS$YOY 
1Cars$643,486,898,000-17.7%SP
2Phones$574,920,046,000-3.9%SP
3Processed petroleum oils$441,037,169,000-36.7%CP
4Medications$423,120,237,000+4.8%CP
5Computers, optical readers$403,536,466,000+8.8%SP
6Gold (unwrought)$374,999,975,000+12.3%SY
7Automobile parts/accessories$340,036,696,000-15%SP
8Computer parts, accessories$135,122,063,000+5.8%SP
9Insulated wire/cable$116,645,801,000-8.5%SP
10Trucks$113,485,409,000-22.4%SP
11Electrical converters/power units$104,306,281,000+1.9%SP
12Lower-voltage switches, fuses$103,527,614,000-5%SP
13Coal, solid fuels made from coal$94,850,531,000-29%CP
14Miscellaneous furniture$84,360,145,000-1.7%SP
15Miscellaneous plastic items$83,736,416,000+3.5%CP
16Miscellaneous textile items$80,797,321,000+395.6%SP
17Printing machinery$77,602,661,000-14.7%SP
18Seats (not barber/dentist chairs)$75,202,423,000-8.3%SP
19Diamonds (unmounted/unset)$74,058,715,000-32.4%SY
20Rubber tires (new)$71,121,786,000-12.4%SP
21Electric storage batteries$66,788,649,000+13.9%SY
22Soya beans$66,741,861,000+9.8%CP
23Beauty/makeup/skin care$64,239,677,000+2.5%SY
24Unrecorded sound media$63,034,079,000+9%SP
25Liquid pumps$62,702,755,000-10.1%SY
26Jewelry$62,369,130,000-33.9%SY
27Orthopedic appliances$58,799,073,000-10%SP
28Cases, handbags, wallets$56,945,768,000-18.9%SP
29Plastic packing goods, lids, caps$54,278,593,000-1.9%CP
30Electric water heaters, hair dryers$54,266,992,000+4%SY
31Liquid crystal/laser/optical tools$51,530,610,000-0.8%SY
32Other food preparations$50,221,917,000+4.2%CP
33Miscellaneous iron or steel items$49,456,883,000-13.1%SP
34Women's clothing (not knit/crochet)$49,275,115,000-15.3%SP
35Refrigerators, freezers$49,177,260,000+3.5%SY
36Jerseys, pullovers (knit or crochet)$49,007,975,000-14%SP
37Models, puzzles, miscellaneous toys$48,816,371,000-3.9%SP
38Microphones/headphones/amplifiers$46,804,439,000+3.9%SP
39Footwear (leather)$46,610,243,000-16.4%SP
40Air conditioners$46,326,997,000-6.1%SY
41Hot-rolled iron/non-alloy steel items$44,169,080,000-17.9%SP
42Tractors$43,194,485,000-19.1%SP
43Packaged insecticides, herbicides$41,464,247,000+12.8%SP
44Temperature-change machines$39,004,316,000-6.5%SY
45Corn$38,873,971,000-1.1%CP
46Footwear (textile)$38,692,391,000-13.8%SP
47Screws, bolts, washers, hooks, pins$38,302,052,000-10.5%SP
48Bread, biscuits, cakes, pastries$37,909,803,000-0.1%CP
49Swine meat$37,872,164,000+18.4%CP
50T-shirts, vests (knit or crochet)$35,406,528,000-15.7%SP
51Wine $34,917,386,000-5.2%CP
52Men's suits (unknit/non-crochet)$34,380,410,000-20%SP
53Palm oil$33,598,489,000+11.3%CP
54Furniture base metal mountings$33,469,862,000-4.9%SP
55Other organic cleaning preparations$32,854,468,000+3.2%CP
56Cheese, curd$32,777,480,000+0.3%CP
57Coffee$31,002,881,000+0.3%CP
58Video console games, table games$30,677,249,000+7.4%SP
59Alcohol (including spirits, liqueurs)$30,301,931,000-11%CP
60Sports equipment$30,228,556,000+6.3%SP
61 Dishwashing, clean/dry/fill machines $30,171,167,000-0.4%SY
62Miscellaneous precious metal items$29,321,576,000+703.4%SY
63Chocolate, other cocoa preparations$27,946,702,000-4.6%CP
64Footwear (rubber or plastic)$27,874,816,000-11.8%SP
65Motorcycles$27,855,020,000+4%SP
66Frozen beef$27,260,851,000+1.9%CP
67Crustaceans (including lobsters)$26,984,375,000-8.6%CP
68Vulcanized rubber items$26,937,548,000-10%SP
69Women's clothing (knit or crochet)$26,546,391,000-7.9%SP
70Sugar (cane or beet)$25,105,399,000+13.3%CP
71Rice$24,972,291,000+0.5%CP
72Poultry meat$24,478,148,000-6.6%CP
73Fish fillets, pieces$24,272,965,000-7.7%CP
74Felt or other non-woven garments$23,938,395,000+139.2%SP
75Malt extract, food preparations$23,869,308,000+0.8%CP
76Trailers$23,759,330,000-14.4%SP
77Paper containers, cellulose wadding$23,318,693,000-4%SP
78Nitrogenous fertilizers$22,951,257,000-10.9%SY
79Fresh or chilled beef$22,496,995,000-4%CP
80Silver (unwrought)$22,496,288,000+38.4%SY
81Whole fish (frozen)$22,367,389,000-11.3%CP
82Fertilizer mixes$22,266,843,000-8.2%SY
83Miscellaneous fruits (fresh)$22,170,222,000+11.2%CP
84Cigars/cigarellos, cigarettes$22,090,819,000-19.2%CP
85Electric generating sets, converters$22,080,848,000-5.7%SY
86Wrist/pocket watches (regular case)$22,008,760,000-17.5%SP
87Motorcycle parts/accessories$21,979,529,000+6.3%SP
88Waters with added sugar$21,709,683,000+2.1%CP
89Concentrated/sweetened milk, cream$20,942,561,000-1.5%CP
90Interchangeable hand/machine tools$20,051,443,000-12.4%SY
91Plastic wares (table, kitchen, toiletry)$19,474,638,000+0.2%CP
92Whole fish (fresh)$19,038,760,000-10.6%CP
93Fish, caviar (preserved/prepared)$17,895,023,000+4.7%CP
94Miscellaneous nuts$17,455,498,000-7.7%CP
95Mattresses, quilts$17,450,275,000+0.9%SP
96Linens$17,355,018,000-7.2%SP
97Fresh or dried citrus fruit$17,325,483,000+16%CP
98Other pharmaceutical preparations$17,292,258,000-6.1%SP
99Women's coats (unknit/non-crochet)$16,456,980,000-17.3%SP
100Vulcanized rubber apparel/accessory$16,369,780,000+84.3%SP
101Perfumes, toilet waters$16,352,671,000-18.7%CP
102Vacuum cleaners$16,257,331,000+13.2%SY
103Uncoated paper for writing/printing$16,208,026,000-18%CP
104Miscellaneous preserved fruits$16,079,333,000+2.8%CP
105Other fresh/chilled vegetables$15,868,571,000+3.8%CP
106Dates/pineapples/mango/avocado$15,835,683,000-2.1%CP
107Malt beer$15,646,616,000-5.6%CP
108Bananas, plantains$15,629,971,000-3%CP
109Miscellaneous meat (preserved/prepared)$15,441,714,000-4.8%CP
110Sanitary towels, baby napkins/liners$15,180,212,000-3.3%SP
111Yachts, other pleasure/sports vessels$15,110,426,000-9.1%SP
112Miscellaneous aluminum items$14,993,045,000-8.4%SP
113Electromechanic domestic appliances$14,755,615,000+12.3%SY
114Potassic fertilizers$14,674,981,000-14.7%SY
115Fruit and vegetable juices$14,262,206,000-6.5%CP
116Washing machines$14,218,878,000-0.7%SY
117Soap, organic surface-active goods$14,101,020,000+20.6%SP
118Hair preparations$14,042,314,000-5.8%SP
119Printed books, brochures$14,009,867,000-13.3%SP
120Electric lamps$13,973,668,000-5%SP
121Sauces, mixed condiments, seasoning$13,770,713,000+4.2%CP
122Sun/safflower/cotton-seed oil$13,562,984,000+19.2%CP
123Paints, varnishes$13,495,121,000-6.1%SP
124Men's coats (unknit/non-crochet)$13,358,814,000-17.7%SP
125Hand-drawn paintings, drawings$13,168,002,000-36%SY
126Prepared glues, adhesives$12,947,881,000-1.1%SP
127Medications not in dosage$12,924,735,000+2.6%CP
128Iron/steel tables, household items$12,672,614,000+5.5%SP
129Tissues, napkins, toilet paper$12,212,095,000+6.8%CP
130Wrist/pocket watches (precious case)$12,100,063,000-16.5%SP
131Shaving preparations, deodorants$11,936,982,000-7.5%SP
132Locks, lock-keys$11,857,365,000-9.5%SP
133Grapes (fresh or dried)$11,855,579,000+2.7%CP
134Antibiotics$11,475,072,000-8%CP
135Dried shelled vegetables$11,388,258,000+15.2%CP
136Pasta, couscous$11,299,195,000+14.1%CP
137Iron/steel stoves, barbecues$11,193,221,000+9.2%SY
138Prepared vegetables (non-frozen)$11,096,461,000+4.3%CP
139Sportswear (unknit/non-crochet)$10,975,309,000-7.3%SP
140Glass bottles, other containers$10,918,761,000+1.6%SP
141Fuel wood, wood chips, sawdust$10,907,676,000-9.6%CP
142Moluscs$10,849,570,000-15.4%CP
143Apples, pears (fresh)$10,793,327,000+6.5%CP
144Plastic tile or roll coverings$10,793,180,000+7.1%SP
145Stockings, hosiery (knit or crochet)$10,632,397,000-14.2%SP
146Sugar confectionery (no cocoa)$10,586,925,000-8.8%CP
147Women's shirts (not knit or crochet)$10,305,306,000-26.8%SP
148Cocoa beans$10,182,275,000+6.1%CP
149Women's underwear (knit/crochet)$10,143,773,000-9.4%SP
150Brooms, brushes$10,062,900,000+0.9%SP
151Pipe/chewing/snuff tobaccos$9,920,651,000+7.2%CP
152Bras, corsets (unknit/non-crochet)$9,914,098,000-12.8%SP
153Spectacles, goggles$9,765,147,000-9.4%SY
154Men's shirts (not knit or crochet)$9,665,587,000-29%SP
155Tomatoes$9,631,445,000+6.1%CP
156Soya-bean oil$9,548,646,000+9.9%CP
157Men's suits,trousers (knit or crochet)$9,415,385,000-3.1%SP
158Other printed pictures, photos$9,326,045,000-14%SY
159Bicycles, other non-motorized cycles$9,206,612,000+9.8%SP
160Lubricant preparations, anti-rust$9,203,620,000-10.6%SP
161Provitamins, vitamins$9,032,502,000+13.9%CP
162Unsweetened milk/cream$9,001,031,000-3%CP
163Miscellaneous live plants$8,848,123,000+3.9%CP
164Red meat offal$8,829,216,000+6.3%CP
165Crustaceans, molluscs (preserved/prepared)$8,775,333,000-3.4%CP
166Primary batteries/cells$8,762,655,000-0.2%SP
167Butter$8,755,168,000-11.6%CP
168Prepared vegetables (frozen)$8,572,262,000-10.7%CP
169Magnets including electro-magnets$8,472,975,000-4.1%SY
170Coffee/tea extracts, concentrates$8,214,765,000-1.8%CP
171Sowing seeds, fruits, spores$8,081,490,000+2.5%CP
172Cherries/peaches/nectarines/plums$8,043,794,000+4.6%CP
173Fresh/dried flowers$7,799,936,000-9.6%CP
174Compasses, other navigational aids$7,730,323,000-18.1%SY
175Coins including legal tender$7,682,040,000+61.3%SY
176Olive oil$7,655,830,000+3.9%CP
177Ceramic sinks, tubs$7,416,593,000+14.3%SP
178Onions, garlic, leeks$7,393,914,000+8.8%CP
179Caps, lids, corks, pouring stoppers$7,358,401,000+3.9%SP
180Prefabricated buildings$7,344,607,000-6.4%SY
181Carnival items, magic tricks$7,284,419,000-7.9%SY
182Speed/distance meters$7,190,011,000-12.8%SY
183Sheep or goat meat$7,180,767,000-9.2%CP
184Meat, fish or crustacean flours, pellets$7,148,985,000-2.1%SP
185Insoles, heel cushions$7,114,193,000-13.5%SP
186Frozen vegetables$7,107,107,000-0.2%CP
187Household glassware$7,098,489,000-10.6%SP
188Miscellaneous wooden articles$7,041,820,000+7.6%SP
189Prepared cereal foods$7,011,578,000+4.3%CP
190Barley$6,944,190,000-1.6%CP
191Vegetable saps, extracts$6,941,946,000-0.9%CP
192Coconuts, Brazil nuts, cashews$6,897,686,000-22.4%CP
193Infant clothing (knit or crochet)$6,660,175,000-9.8%SP
194Wide knit or crochet fabrics$6,498,911,000-10.6%SP
195Oral/dental hygiene preparations$6,390,865,000-2.2%CP
196Men's shirts (knit or crochet)$6,390,753,000-21.8%SP
197Tea (including flavored)$6,342,666,000-6.1%CP
198Glass mirrors$6,328,569,000-6.7%SP
199Special garments including sports$6,255,791,000-13.7%SP
200Other synthetic paints, varnishes$6,223,560,000-3.9%SP

The world’s most popular product type is shopping products (SP) led by cars, phones, computers, and automobile parts or accessories. Shopping products represent 86 of world’s top 200 imported consumer goods.

Close behind in second place via 82 entries are convenience products (CP) led by processed petroleum oils, medications, coal, miscellaneous items made from plastic, and soya beans.

The third product category encompasses speciality products (SY) with 32 entries. Examples of world-leading speciality products are global imports of gold, diamonds and electric storage batteries. 

Durable consumer products are goods like cars, refrigerators and furniture that last a relatively long time. Consumers can put durable products to use again and again. By product type, note that all shopping products and speciality products are considered as durable consumer products.

Non-durable consumer products (ND) are goods that are not re-used once consumed. Alcoholic beverages and bananas are examples of non-durable goods. Convenience products are uniquely non-durable consumer products.

Based on the product types identified in the above table, 168 of world’s highest-value consumer imported products are durable while 32 are classified as non-durable.

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 around the globe that experienced the highest percentage increases in spending from 2019 to 2020.

  1. Miscellaneous precious metal items: Up 703.4% ($29.3 billion)
  2. Miscellaneous textile items including dress patterns: Up 395.6% ($80.8 billion)
  3. Garments made from felt or non-woven special fabric: Up 139.2% ($5.9 billion) 
  4. Vulcanized rubber clothing and accessories: Up 84.3% ($16.4 billion)
  5. Coins including legal tender: Up 61.3% ($7.7 billion)
  6. Silver: Up 38.4% ($22.5 billion)
  7. Soap, organic surface-active goods: Up 20.6% ($14.1 billion)
  8. Sunflower, safflower and cotton-seed oils: Up 19.2% ($13.6 billion)
  9. Swine meat: Up 18.4% ($37.9 billion)
  10. Fresh or dried citrus fruit: Up 16% ($17.3 billion)

Seven among the above items are durable goods that consumers can re-use over time. Four are shopping products that require a comparatively longer time to make a buying decision, while 3 top gainers are periodically purchased speciality items specifically miscellaneous precious metal items, coins including legal tender, and silver.

Three of the 10 fastest-growing imported consumer products are convenience products that are consumed once. These are sunflower, safflower and cotton-seed oils, swine meat (pork) and fresh or dried citrus fruit.

Worst-Declining Consumer Imports

The world’s spending on the following 10 items decreased at the greatest pace from 2019 to 2020.

  1. Processed petroleum oils: Down -36.7% ($441 billion)
  2. Hand-drawn paintings and drawings: Down -36% ($13.2 billion)
  3. Jewelry: Down -33.9% ($62.4 billion)
  4. Unmounted/unset diamonds: Down -32.4% ($74.1 billion)
  5. Unknit/non-crocheted men’s shirts: Down -29% ($9.7 billion)
  6. Coal, solid fuels made from coal: Down -29% ($94.9 billion)
  7. Unknit/non-crocheted women’s shirts: Down -26.8% ($10.3 billion)
  8. Trucks: Down -22.4% ($113.5 billion)
  9. Coconuts, Brazil nuts, cashews: Down -22.4% ($6.9 billion)
  10. Knitted or crocheted men’s shirts: Down -21.8% ($6.4 billion)

Three among the top 10 declining product categories are non-durable convenience products that are consumed one time only. These top-gaining convenience products are processed petroleum oils, coal including solid fuels made from coal, and coconuts, Brazil nuts and cashews.

Another 3 speciality products made the list of leading losers namely hand-drawn paintings and drawings, jewelry as well as diamonds.

The remaining 4 import decliners are shopping products that normally require more time for shoppers to make buying decisions. Purchases under the shopping products category are more likely to be deferred than convenience products. Examples of declining shopping products are men’s or women’s shirts.

See also

More great research: US Top 100 Imported Consumer Products, China’s Top 100 Imported Consumer Products, UK’s Top 100 Imported Consumer Products

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: World Economy.

International Trade Centre, Trade Map.

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

Trading Economics, World Consumer Spending.

Wikipedia, List of largest consumer markets.

World’s Top Exports, World’s Top Imports: Products and Countries.

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