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  • Consumption in importing countries

     
     

    Most of the statistical material on trends in imports, re-exports and consumption of coffee worldwide is expressed in calendar years, which is largely how data on demand and consumption are reported and analysed by consuming countries and trade bodies. The summary data below are given in coffee years in order to facilitate comparisons with supply data provided elsewhere.  

    A straight comparison between the two sets of data is not possible as time lags produce differences between the basic and aggregate figures. To complicate the issue even further, statistics on coffee consumption tend to be misleading as no single set of statistics gives the whole picture. Import statistics, for example, are not a good indicator of consumption as they do not take into account re-exports or changes in the level of stocks held in importing countries. To overcome this the ICO publishes figures on ‘disappearance’ that take these factors into account, but it is still impossible to allow for changes in the level of unreported stocks held by traders, roasters and retailers.  

    For countries, which are members of the ICO and for a few non-member countries where the relevant statistics exist, the figures relate to disappearance, whereas for the rest of the non-member countries they relate to net imports. Strictly speaking the two sets of figures are not the same but are close enough to be incorporated in the table below.  

    Consumption in importing countries/areas 2005/06 – 2009/10 

    Consuming Countries/areas  

    2005/06  

    2006/07  

    2007/08 

    2008/09 

    2009/10* 

    World 

    90,071 

    92,619 

    93,568 

    92,922 

    91,392 

    North America  

    Of which 

    24,075  

    23,994  

    24,501 

    24,901 

    24,624 

      United States 

    21,328 

    21,199 

    21,423 

    21,656 

    21,332 

    Western Europe 

    Of which 

    42,124 

    42,780 

    42,340 

    39,874 

    40,651 

      France 

    5,113 

    5,581 

    5,331 

    5,329 

    5,562 

      Germany 

    8,913 

    9,082 

    9,912 

    8,409 

    9,554 

      Italy 

    5,484 

    5,840 

    5,918 

    5,752 

    5,743 

    Eastern Europe 

    6,120 

    6,195 

    7,211 

    7,589 

    6,586 

    Asia and the Pacific 

    Of which 

    12,504 

    12,908 

    13,780 

    14,280 

    13,564 

      Japan 

    7,271 

    7,265 

    7,150 

    7,330 

    6,909 

    Others 

    5,248 

    6,742 

    5,736 

    6,270 

    5,967 

    *Preliminary  

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