In 2017, Pakistan imported US$57.4 billion worth of goods from all around the globe, up by 31.2% since 2013 and up by 22.2% from 2016 to 2017.
From a central perspective, suppliers in Asia provide 74.2% of total Pakistani imported goods. Others are from Europe (12.7%), North America (6.2%), Africa (3.9%) and Latin America and the Caribbean (1.6%).
The following product groups represent the highest dollar value in Pakistan’s import purchases during 2017.
- Mineral fuels including oil: US$13.7 billion (23.9% of total imports)
- Machinery including computers: $6.9 billion (11.9%)
- Electrical machinery, equipment: $4.7 billion (8.3%)
- Iron, steel: $3.4 billion (6%)
- Vehicles: $2.7 billion (4.6%)
- Organic chemicals: $2.4 billion (4.1%)
- Animal/vegetable fats, oils, waxes: $2.4 billion (4.1%)
- Plastics, plastic articles: $2.3 billion (4%)
- Oil seeds: $1.4 billion (2.4%)
- Vegetables: $981.2 million (1.7%)
Pakistan’s top 10 imports
accounted for 71.1% of the overall value of its product purchases from other
countries. Imported mineral fuels including oil had the fastest-growing
increase in value among the top 10 import categories, up by 43.9% from 2016 to
In second place for improving import sales were oil seeds, up by 33.5%. Pakistani imports of vehicles delivered the third-fastest gain up by 26.8% while imported iron and steel improved by 24.1%.
The following table displays Pakistan’s most in-demand imported goods, their value and change in value during 2017.
|1||Processed petroleum oils||$7.4 billion||+28.9%|
|2||Crude oil||$3.1 billion||+58.1%|
|3||Palm oil||$2.1 billion||+23.2%|
|4||Petroleum gases||$1.9 billion||+83.2%|
|5||Iron or steel scrap||$1.5 billion||+41.1%|
|7||Phone system devices including smartphones||$1.3 billion||+7.1%|
|8||Coal, solid fuels made from coal||$1.1 billion||+103%|
|9||Dried shelled vegetables||$850.8 million||+21.8%|
|10||Cotton (uncarded, uncombed)||$761.5 million||+31.2%|
These imported goods were worth a subtotal of US$50.5 billion or 87.9% by value for all products imported into Pakistan during 2017.