Top Export Markets for Disposable Ware & Drinkware

Mufaddal K.

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If you are a disposable ware or drinkware manufacturer looking to expand internationally, identifying the right countries to target internationally can be difficult.  This article analyzes import volumes for these products for different countries between 2012 and 2016.  Based on this analysis we identify the fastest growing and largest export markets for these products to help you prioritize your international expansion strategies.


The data in this analysis is from the International Trade Centre (ITC).  It is limited to the following product categories as categorized by the ITC:

Product Group 3923 (Plastic articles for the conveyance or packaging of goods; plastic stoppers, lids and caps)

Product Group 7010 (Glass containers used for conveyance or packing of goods; glass preserving jars, stoppers and lids)

Product Group 7013 (Glassware used for table, kitchen, toilet, office, indoor decoration or similar purposes)




Disposable Ware & Drinkware Imports Analysis by Region



We can see that the largest import market for these products is Europe & Central Asia (approximately US$ 31 billion in 2016) .  However average annual import growth between 2012 and 2016 was actually negative in this region.  This means entering the market and gaining share would be quite difficult.  North America and East Asia & the Pacific both showed strong growth during this time period with substantial import volume.  Targeting these regions could be easier. 


Targeting countries in your own region of the world first is sometimes the easiest way to start growing intentionally.  We now focus on each one of these regions individually to understand what countries might be your best targets for international expansion.  High import volume and high year over year import growth are two metrics you want to continue focusing on when looking at countries within a specific region.




Disposable Ware & Drinkware Imports Analysis for East Asia & Pacific Countries



Within East Asia & Pacific, the countries with the highest volume of imports in 2016 are Japan, China, Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam.  Australia, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam also have positive year over year import growth.  In addition, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Phillipines and Cambodia also have high growth in imports making them great targets for expansion.




Disposable Ware & Drinkware Imports Analysis for Europe & Central Asia Countries



Within Europe & East Asia, the countries with the highest volume of imports in 2016 are Germany, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Spain.  United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy and Spain also have positive import growth.  In addition, Poland, Ireland, Hungary, Turkey, Portugal and Greece have positive growth in imports although limited volume.




Disposable Ware & Drinkware Imports Analysis for Latin America & Caribbean Countries



Within Latin America & Caribbean, the countries with the highest volume of imports in 2016 are Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Argentina and Colombia.  Import growth in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica has also been strong.  In addition, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Bolivia have all been posting positive growth in imports as well.




Disposable Ware & Drinkware Imports Analysis for Middle East & North Africa Countries



Within the Middle East & North Africa, the countries with the highest volume of imports in 2016 are the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Algeria, Iran, Morocco and Egypt.  Saudi Arabia, Israel and Algeria posted strong growth in imports as well.  In addition, Lebanon, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Djibouti have had high growth in imports although limited volume.




Disposable Ware & Drinkware Imports Analysis for North America Countries



Within North America, the countries with the highest volume of imports in 2016 are the United States and Canada.  Both also have strong year over year import growth with imports in the United States growing especially fast.  




Disposable Ware & Drinkware Imports Analysis for South Asia Countries



Within South Asia, the countries with the highest volume of imports in 2016 are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.  All of them have had quite strong year over year growth in imports as well.




Disposable Ware & Drinkware Imports Analysis for Sub-Saharan Africa Countries



Within Sub-Saharan Africa, the countries with the highest volume of imports in 2016 are South Africa, Angola, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Namibia and Cote d'Ivoire.  Import growth in Kenya, Ethiopia and Cote d'Ivoire has been also been strong.  In addition, Mozambique and Madagascar have high growth in imports although limited volume.




Getting Serious About Expanding Internationally?


Analyzing data is the first step to building a strategic plan for international expansion.  Once you've identified your potential target countries for expansion, you can use our online platform to find local partners in those countries.  Learn more about our platform here and then signup to add your products, set your partnership terms and review partnership offers you'll start receiving from local partners.