Pharmaceuticals: Trade Statistics

Total Trade

Total Global Exports (2012) $511,484,736,817
Total Global Imports (2012) $522,022,794,083

Industry Traders

Top-10 Exporters Export Volume ($)
Germany $73,267,205,204
Switzerland $59,128,206,198
United States $50,878,756,635
Belgium $48,220,989,020
United Kingdom $38,515,334,449
France $37,472,744,198
Ireland $32,392,041,493
Italy $21,888,468,683
Netherlands $19,326,377,404
Spain $13,043,238,025
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Percentage Distribution
Top-10 Importers Import Volume ($)
United States $71,599,270,374
Germany $49,307,729,422
Belgium $38,729,208,592
France $31,641,055,657
United Kingdom $29,348,825,136
Italy $25,347,242,047
Japan $25,288,514,720
Switzerland $22,228,769,012
Spain $15,820,605,858
Netherlands $15,682,091,927
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Percentage Distribution

Traded Goods (at the 4-digit HS Code level)

Top-10 Export
Goods (HS Code)
Export Volume ($)
3004 medicaments consisting of mixed or unmixed products for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, in measured doses or put up for retail sale (excl. goods of headings 3002, 3005 or 3006) $313,078,511,086
3002 human blood; animal blood prepared for therapeutic, prophylactic or diagnostic uses; antisera and other blood fractions; vaccines, toxins, cultures of micro-organisms and similar products (excl. yeasts) $97,617,685,514
3822 composite diagnostic or laboratory reagents (excl.composite diagnostic reagents for administration to patients, reagents for determining blood groups and blood factors, animal blood for diagnostic purposes and vaccines, toxins, cultures of microorganisms $20,643,726,714
2937 hormones, natural or reproduced by synthesis; derivatives thereof, used primarily as hormones; other steroids used primarily as hormones $17,555,954,990
3006 pharmaceutical preparations and products of subheadings 3006.10-10 to 3006.60-90 $15,187,307,837
2941 antibiotics $12,037,167,081
3003 medicaments consisting of two or more constituentsmixed together for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, not in measured doses or put up for retail sale (excl. goods of headings 3002, 3005 or 3006) $11,765,238,579
3005 wadding, gauze, bandages and the like, e.g. dressings, adhesive plasters, poultices, impregnated or covered with pharmaceutical substances or put up for retail sale for medical, surgical, dental or veterinary purposes $6,434,083,698
3001 dried glands and other organs for organo-therapeutic uses, whether or not powdered; extracts of glands or other organs or their secretions, for organo-therapeutic uses; heparin and its salts; other human or animal substances prepared for therapeutic or pr $5,640,118,334
2936 provitamins and vitamins, natural or reproduced bysynthesis, incl. natural concentrates, derivatives thereof used primarily as vitamins, and intermixtures of the foregoing, whether or not in any solvent $5,044,764,963
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Top-10 Import
Goods (HS Code)
Import Volume ($)
3004 medicaments consisting of mixed or unmixed products for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, in measured doses or put up for retail sale (excl. goods of headings 3002, 3005 or 3006) $325,989,185,364
3002 human blood; animal blood prepared for therapeutic, prophylactic or diagnostic uses; antisera and other blood fractions; vaccines, toxins, cultures of micro-organisms and similar products (excl. yeasts) $96,675,159,523
3822 composite diagnostic or laboratory reagents (excl.composite diagnostic reagents for administration to patients, reagents for determining blood groups and blood factors, animal blood for diagnostic purposes and vaccines, toxins, cultures of microorganisms $22,013,627,195
2937 hormones, natural or reproduced by synthesis; derivatives thereof, used primarily as hormones; other steroids used primarily as hormones $15,781,856,191
3006 pharmaceutical preparations and products of subheadings 3006.10-10 to 3006.60-90 $13,355,383,064
2941 antibiotics $13,311,745,281
3003 medicaments consisting of two or more constituentsmixed together for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, not in measured doses or put up for retail sale (excl. goods of headings 3002, 3005 or 3006) $10,686,198,188
3005 wadding, gauze, bandages and the like, e.g. dressings, adhesive plasters, poultices, impregnated or covered with pharmaceutical substances or put up for retail sale for medical, surgical, dental or veterinary purposes $6,483,004,566
2936 provitamins and vitamins, natural or reproduced bysynthesis, incl. natural concentrates, derivatives thereof used primarily as vitamins, and intermixtures of the foregoing, whether or not in any solvent $6,355,221,315
3001 dried glands and other organs for organo-therapeutic uses, whether or not powdered; extracts of glands or other organs or their secretions, for organo-therapeutic uses; heparin and its salts; other human or animal substances prepared for therapeutic or pr $4,816,758,449
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Percentage Distribution

Sources:

UN Comtrade (2012) except where stated otherwise. Data accessed in Sep 2014

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