This list reveals the top 10 copper importers based on their percentage of global import purchases (shown within parenthesis). In 2016, world copper imports totaled US$123 billion.
African Importers

Africa imported $2.4 billion worth of copper led by the following countries:

  1. Egypt: $653.2 million
  2. Morocco: $410.4 million
  3. South Africa: $398.3 million
  4. Tunisia: $329.7 million
  5. Algeria: $273.4 million
  6. Ethiopia: $76.3 million
  7. Nigeria: $43.6 million
  8. Côte d'Ivoire: $21.3 million
  9. Senegal: $18 million
10. Ghana: $17.6 million
Asian Importers

Africa imported $2.4 billion worth of copper led by the following countries:

  1. Egypt: $653.2 million
  2. Morocco: $410.4 million
  3. South Africa: $398.3 million
  4. Tunisia: $329.7 million
  5. Algeria: $273.4 million
  6. Ethiopia: $76.3 million
  7. Nigeria: $43.6 million
  8. Côte d'Ivoire: $21.3 million
  9. Senegal: $18 million
10. Ghana: $17.6 million
European Union (EU) Importers

European Union imported $36.3 billion worth of copper led by the following EU members:

  1. Germany: $9.1 billion
  2. Italy: $5.6 billion
  3. France: $3 billion
  4. Belgium: $3 billion
  5. Netherlands: $2.7 billion
  6. United Kingdom: $1.8 billion
  7. Austria: $1.5 billion
  8. Spain: $1.4 billion
  9. Poland: $1.4 billion
10. Czech Republic: $1.1 billion
Latin American and Caribbean Importers

Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean imported $2.2 billion worth of copper led by the following countries:

  1. Brazil: $1.1 billion
  2. Colombia: $259.8 million
  3. Argentina: $250.3 million
  4. Costa Rica: $106.3 million
  5. Chile: $86.4 million
  6. Ecuador: $73.7 million
  7. Peru: $38.9 million
  8. Nicaragua: $31.8 million
  9. Venezuela: $31.8 million
Middle Eastern Importers

Middle East imported $4.1 billion worth of copper led by the following countries:

  1. Saudi Arabia: $1.9 billion
  2. United Arab Emirates: $980.8 million
  3. Oman: $452.5 million
  4. Israel: $190.5 million
  5. Kuwait: $162.3 million
  6. Jordan: $134.3 million
  7. Lebanon: $81.4 million
  8. Qatar: $69 million
  9. Iran: $57.1 million
10. Bahrain: $25.7 million
North American Importers

North America imported $11.6 billion worth of copper led by the following countries:

  1. United States: $7.5 billion
  2. Mexico: $2.6 billion
  3. Canada: $1.5 billion
Oceanian Importers

Oceania imported $1.2 billion worth of copper led by the following countries:

  1. Australia: $1.1 billion
  2. New Zealand: $136.9 million
  3. Fiji: $8.4 million
  4. Papua New Guinea: $6.4 million
  5. New Caledonia: $2.5 million
  6. French Polynesia: $789,000
  7. Tonga: $419,000
To see the 25 fastest-growing copper importers from 2012 to 2016, use the slidebar on the accompanying list. Overall, the 5-year percentage decline for globally imported copper was -32.4%.
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.