This list reveals the top 10 fish importers based on their percentage of global import purchases (shown within parenthesis). In 2016, world fish imports totaled US$109.6 billion.
African Importers

Africa imported $3.1 billion worth of fish led by the following countries:

  1. Nigeria: $450.3 million
  2. Egypt: $422.2 million
  3. Côte d'Ivoire: $296.8 million
  4. Mauritius: $295.8 million
  5. Cameroon: $282.2 million
  6. South Africa: $246.5 million
  7. Morocco: $157.2 million
  8. Ghana: $125.8 million
  9. Benin: $115.7 million
10. Seychelles: $91.4 million
Asian Importers

Asia imported $37 billion worth of fish led by the following countries:

  1. Japan: $10.8 billion
  2. China: $6.9 billion
  3. Vietnam: $5.2 billion
  4. South Korea: $3.9 billion
  5. Hong Kong: $3.3 billion
  6. Thailand: $2.7 billion
  7. Taiwan: $969.8 million
  8. Singapore: $790.7 million
  9. Malaysia: $775.3 million
10. Philippines: $393.5 million
European Union (EU) Importers

European Union imported $41.8 billion worth of fish led by the following EU members:

  1. Spain: $6.2 billion
  2. France: $5 billion
  3. Italy: $4.9 billion
  4. Sweden: $4.8 billion
  5. Germany: $4.5 billion
  6. Netherlands: $3.1 billion
  7. United Kingdom: $2.7 billion
  8. Poland: $2 billion
  9. Denmark: $1.9 billion
10. Portugal: $1.9 billion
Latin American and Caribbean Importers

Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean imported $2.3 billion worth of fish led by the following countries:

  1. Brazil: $1.1 billion
  2. Colombia: $217.4 million
  3. Peru: $159.4 million
  4. Dominican Republic: $119.5 million
  5. Costa Rica: $81.1 million
  6. Guatemala: $80 million
  7. Ecuador: $78.7 million
  8. Argentina: $70.9 million
  9. Chile: $62.4 million
10. Jamaica: $49.8 million
Middle Eastern Importers

Middle East imported $1.8 billion worth of fish led by the following countries:

  1. United Arab Emirates: $404 million
  2. Israel: $403 million
  3. Saudi Arabia: $378.7 million
  4. Kuwait: $174.8 million
  5. Iran: $166.1 million
  6. Lebanon: $93.6 million
  7. Oman: $60.2 million
  8. Jordan: $53.7 million
  9. Qatar: $47.7 million
10. Bahrain: $18.5 million
North American Importers

North America imported $19.1 billion worth of fish led by the following countries:

  1. United States: $16.4 billion
  2. Canada: $2.1 billion
  3. Mexico: $609.9 million
Oceanian Importers

Oceania imported $1 billion worth of fish led by the following countries:

  1. Australia: $830.2 million
  2. New Zealand: $87.2 million
  3. Fiji: $43.7 million
  4. American Samoa: $13 million
  5. Papua New Guinea: $10.2 million
  6. French Polynesia: $10.1 million
  7. Palau: $7.1 million
  8. Tonga: $3.8 million
  9. New Caledonia: $3.7 million
10. Samoa: $3.3 million
To see the 25 fastest-growing fish importers from 2012 to 2016, use the slidebar on the accompanying list. Overall, the 5-year percentage gain for globally imported fish was 11.6%.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis

Top Fish Importers 2016
Fastest-Growing Fish Import Countries
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Fish Exporters
Fish Importers
Copper Exporters
Copper Importers

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.