This list reveals the top 10 pharmaceutical products importers based on their percentage of global import purchases (shown within parenthesis). In 2015, world pharmaceutical products imports totaled US$514.6 billion.
African Importers

Africa imported $15.2 billion worth of pharmaceutical products led by the following countries:

  1. South Africa: $2.2 billion
  2. Egypt: $2.1 billion
  3. Algeria: $1.7 billion
  4. Nigeria: $1.2 billion
  5. Ethiopia: $701.7 million
  6. Kenya: $562.6 million
  7. Morocco: $515.3 million
  8. Tunisia: $452.4 million
  9. Sudan (North + South): $451.2 million
10. Tanzania: $420.1 million
Asian Importers

Asia imported $72.4 billion worth of pharmaceutical products led by the following countries:

  1. Japan: $23.2 billion
  2. China: $19.2 billion
  3. South Korea: $4.8 billion
  4. Turkey: $4.3 billion
  5. Taiwan: $2.8 billion
  6. Singapore: $2.2 billion
  7. Thailand: $2 billion
  8. Vietnam: $1.7 billion
  9. India: $1.6 billion
10. Malaysia: $1.4 billion
European Importers

Europe imported $279.7 billion worth of pharmaceutical products led by the following countries:

  1. Germany: $45.9 billion
  2. Belgium: $36.8 billion
  3. United Kingdom: $33.7 billion
  4. Switzerland: $21.7 billion
  5. France: $21.7 billion
  6. Italy: $20.6 billion
  7. Netherlands: $20.5 billion
  8. Spain: $14.8 billion
  9. Russia: $8.4 billion
10. Ireland: $5.6 billion
Latin American and Caribbean Importers

Latin America imported $20.6 billion in pharmaceutical products led by the following countries:

  1. Brazil: $6.5 billion
  2. Argentina: $2.4 billion
  3. Colombia: $2.3 billion
  4. Venezuela: $1.8 billion
  5. Chile: $1.2 billion
  6. Ecuador: $1.1 billion
  7. Peru: $801.6 million
  8. Guatemala: $677.2 million
  9. Costa Rica: $671.2 million
10. Dominican Republic: $575.7 million
Middle Eastern Importers

Middle East imported $15.9 billion worth of pharmaceutical products led by the following countries:

  1. Saudi Arabia: $5.6 billion
  2. United Arab Emirates: $2.2 billion
  3. Israel: $1.9 billion
  4. Iran: $1.2 billion
  5. Kuwait: $1.1 billion
  6. Iraq: $984.2 million
  7. Lebanon: $840 million
  8. Jordan: $545.5 million
  9. Qatar: $516.7 million
10. Oman: $424.9 million
North American Importers

North America imported $102.3 billion worth of pharmaceutical products led by the following countries:

  1. United States: $86.1 billion
  2. Canada: $11.4 billion
  3. Mexico: $4.8 billion
Oceanian Importers

Oceania imported $8.4 billion worth of pharmaceutical products led by the following countries:

  1. Australia: $7.3 billion
  2. New Zealand: $863.6 million
  3. New Caledonia: $88.5 million
  4. French Polynesia: $69.6 million
  5. Papua New Guinea: $38.1 million
  6. Fiji: $21.8 million
  7. Vanuatu: $6.4 million
  8. Samoa: $5.7 million
  9. Solomon Islands: $3.4 million
10. Wallis/Futuna Islands: $2.1 million
To see the 25 fastest-growing pharmaceutical products importers from 2011 to 2015, use the slidebar on the accompanying list. Overall, the 5-year percentage gain for globally imported pharmaceutical products was 6.9%.
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.