This list reveals the top 10 caviar importers based on their percentage of global import purchases (shown within parenthesis). In 2017, world caviar imports totaled US$99.6 million.
African Importers

Africa imported $410,000 worth of caviar led by the following countries:

  1. Egypt: $110,000
  2. Morocco: $89,000
  3. South Africa: $55,000
  4. Mauritius: $40,000
  5. Cameroon: $33,000
  6. Seychelles: $28,000
  7. Democratic Rep. Congo: $13,000
  8. Gabon: $11,000
  9. Ethiopia: $9,000
10. Namibia: $9,000
Asian Importers

Asia imported $18.9 million worth of caviar led by the following countries:

  1. Japan: $7.4 million
  2. Malaysia: $3.2 million
  3. Hong Kong: $2.9 million
  4. Singapore: $1.9 million
  5. South Korea: $836,000
  6. Taiwan: $645,000
  7. Thailand: $481,000
  8. Azerbaijan: $295,000
  9. Maldives: $220,000
10. Macao: $179,000
European Union (EU) Importers

European Union imported $41.1 million worth of caviar led by the following EU members:

  1. France: $12.6 million
  2. Germany: $7.1 million
  3. United Kingdom: $3.4 million
  4. Spain: $2.6 million
  5. Belgium: $2.4 million
  6. Latvia: $2.1 million
  7. Luxembourg: $1.7 million
  8. Lithuania: $1.6 million
  9. Denmark: $1.2 million
10. Bulgaria: $949,000
Latin American and Caribbean Importers

Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean imported $403,000 worth of caviar led by the following countries:

  1. Jamaica: $67,000
  2. Brazil: $37,000
  3. Dominican Republic: $36,000
  4. Cayman Islands: $34,000
  5. Colombia: $30,000
  6. Chile: $29,000
  7. Aruba: $21,000
  8. Bahamas: $20,000
  9. Peru: $19,000
10. El Salvador: $16,000
Middle Eastern Importers

Middle East imported $8.3 million worth of caviar led by the following countries:

  1. United Arab Emirates: $3 million
  2. Oman: $2.9 million
  3. Israel: $1.8 million
  4. Qatar: $227,000
  5. Lebanon: $123,000
  6. Saudi Arabia: $95,000
  7. Kuwait: $28,000
  8. Jordan: $24,000
  9. Bahrain: $4,000
10. Iraq: $3,000
North American Importers

North America imported $17.4 million worth of caviar led by the following countries:

  1. United States: $16.5 million
  2. Canada: $789,000
  3. Mexico: $115,000
Oceanian Importers

Oceania imported $4.2 million worth of caviar led by the following countries:

  1. Australia: $3.9 million
  2. Marshall Islands: $195,000
  3. New Caledonia: $96,000
  4. French Polynesia: $59,000
  5. New Zealand: $18,000
  6. Tuvalu: $9,000
  7. Fiji: $2,000
  8. Cook Islands: $1,000
  9. Papua New Guinea: $1,000
To see the 25 fastest-growing caviar importers from 2013 to 2017, use the slidebar on the accompanying list. Overall, the 5-year percentage gain for globally imported caviar was 8.2%.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis

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Research Note: Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats. Reasons for import-export statistical discrepancies include re-exports, time lags, misallocations, distinct trade reporting systems, different quantity measurements and country confidentiality rules. Also, transportation and insurance costs are sometimes added to import totals.