This list reveals the top 10 pharmaceutical products importers based on their percentage of global import purchases (shown within parenthesis). In 2016, world pharmaceuticals imports totaled US$532.6 billion.
African Importers

Africa imported $14.3 billion worth of pharmaceuticals led by the following countries:

  1. Egypt: $1.9 billion
  2. South Africa: $1.9 billion
  3. Algeria: $1.7 billion
  4. Nigeria: $1.2 billion
  5. Ethiopia: $782.7 million
  6. Kenya: $595.4 million
  7. Morocco: $556.6 million
  8. Tunisia: $437.4 million
  9. Tanzania: $371.1 million
10. Democratic Rep. Congo: $345.8 million
Asian Importers

Asia imported $77.4 billion worth of pharmaceuticals led by the following countries:

  1. Japan: $24.4 billion
  2. China: $20.7 billion
  3. South Korea: $5.5 billion
  4. Turkey: $4.2 billion
  5. Taiwan: $3 billion
  6. Hong Kong: $2.5 billion
  7. Singapore: $2.3 billion
  8. Thailand: $2.1 billion
  9. Vietnam: $2 billion
10. India: $1.7 billion
European Union (EU) Importers

European Union imported $248.9 billion worth of pharmaceuticals led by the following EU members:

  1. Germany: $49.1 billion
  2. Belgium: $34.9 billion
  3. United Kingdom: $32.7 billion
  4. France: $22.1 billion
  5. Netherlands: $22.1 billion
  6. Italy: $21.3 billion
  7. Spain: $13.9 billion
  8. Ireland: $6 billion
  9. Austria: $5.7 billion
10. Poland: $5.5 billion
Latin American and Caribbean Importers

Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean imported $19.3 billion worth of pharmaceuticals led by the following countries:

  1. Brazil: $6.4 billion
  2. Argentina: $2.2 billion
  3. Colombia: $2.1 billion
  4. Chile: $1.2 billion
  5. Panama: $1.2 billion
  6. Ecuador: $946.4 million
  7. Venezuela: $867.6 million
  8. Peru: $771.7 million
  9. Costa Rica: $718.6 million
10. Guatemala: $633.6 million
Middle Eastern Importers

Middle East imported $15.7 billion worth of pharmaceuticals led by the following countries:

  1. Saudi Arabia: $4.8 billion
  2. United Arab Emirates: $2.3 billion
  3. Israel: $2 billion
  4. Iran: $1.3 billion
  5. Lebanon: $1.2 billion
  6. Kuwait: $1.1 billion
  7. Iraq: $1.1 billion
  8. Jordan: $589.3 million
  9. Oman: $378.4 million
10. Qatar: $292.4 million
North American Importers

North America imported $108.1 billion worth of pharmaceuticals led by the following countries:

  1. United States: $92.5 billion
  2. Canada: $11.4 billion
  3. Mexico: $4.1 billion
Oceanian Importers

Oceania imported $9 billion worth of pharmaceuticals led by the following countries:

  1. Australia: $7.8 billion
  2. New Zealand: $931.8 million
  3. New Caledonia: $87.9 million
  4. French Polynesia: $78.6 million
  5. Papua New Guinea: $28.4 million
  6. Fiji: $24.6 million
  7. Solomon Islands: $9.6 million
  8. Vanuatu: $6.5 million
  9. Samoa: $5.2 million
10. Wallis/Futuna Islands: $1.3 million\
To see the 25 fastest-growing pharmaceuticals importers from 2012 to 2016, use the slidebar on the accompanying list. Overall, the 5-year percentage gain for globally imported pharmaceuticals was 10.1%.
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.