Which Country Imports the Most Ores and Metals?

Ores and Metal Imports (As % of Merchandise Imports) (%), 2019 or latest
Economy | December 30, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 148 countries in 2019, Namibia ranked the highest in ores and metal imports as a percentage of merchandise imports with 0.237% followed by Macedonia and Iceland. On the other end of the scale was Lesotho with 0.003%, Jamaica with 0.003% and Suriname with 0.003%.

Average ores and metal imports as a percentage of merchandise imports reached 0.041% in 2019 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 0.84 % more than in the previous year and -16.9 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average ores and metal imports as a percentage of merchandise imports reached an all time high of 0.080% in 1966 and an all time low of 0.031% in 2002. The average annual growth amounted to -1.14 % since 1962.

Data for more countries are available at Ores and Metal Imports (As % of Merchandise Imports) indicator page.

Ores and Metal Imports (As % of Merchandise Imports) Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Bahrain % ... 0.052% 0.079% 0.079% 0.067% 0.081% ...
Bulgaria % 0.097% 0.086% 0.088% 0.074% 0.097%
China % 0.127% 0.115% 0.102% 0.094% 0.113%
Georgia % 0.030% 0.034% 0.041% 0.045% 0.054%
Iceland % 0.126% 0.118% 0.119% 0.095% 0.108%
Japan % 0.064% 0.065% 0.063% 0.058% 0.063%
Macedonia % 0.111% 0.151% 0.149% 0.146% 0.153%
Malaysia % 0.060% 0.057% 0.057% 0.050% 0.051%
Mozambique % ... 0.053% 0.067% 0.065% 0.028% 0.091% ...
Namibia % ... 0.090% 0.063% 0.087% 0.082% 0.134%
Norway % 0.054% 0.056% 0.050% 0.047% 0.052%
Oman % 0.074% 0.073% 0.052% 0.055% 0.075% ...
Qatar % ... ... 0.067% 0.058% 0.063% 0.056% 0.072%
South Korea % 0.072% 0.071% 0.067% 0.066% 0.067%
Turkey % 0.067% 0.069% 0.061% 0.058% 0.067%