ICT goods imports (% total goods imports) - Country Ranking

Definition: Information and communication technology goods imports include telecommunications, audio and video, computer and related equipment; electronic components; and other information and communication technology goods. Software is excluded.

Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's UNCTADstat database at http://unctadstat.unctad.org/ReportFolders/reportFolders.aspx.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Hong Kong SAR, China 43.52 2014
2 Singapore 24.48 2014
3 Malaysia 23.08 2014
4 Philippines 20.89 2014
5 China 19.72 2014
6 Vietnam 19.14 2014
7 Costa Rica 18.47 2013
8 Mexico 16.34 2014
9 Paraguay 14.55 2014
10 Slovak Republic 14.50 2014
11 Czech Republic 14.11 2014
12 United States 13.06 2014
13 Netherlands 12.90 2014
14 Thailand 12.62 2014
15 Hungary 12.51 2014
16 Macao SAR, China 12.35 2014
17 Estonia 11.49 2014
18 Korea 11.42 2014
19 Japan 11.26 2014
20 Tonga 10.22 2014
21 Colombia 10.17 2014
22 Sweden 9.89 2014
23 Mauritius 9.70 2014
24 Ireland 9.44 2014
25 Australia 9.18 2014
26 Rwanda 9.17 2014
27 Israel 9.00 2014
28 Peru 8.99 2014
29 Latvia 8.95 2014
30 Poland 8.88 2014
31 Brazil 8.79 2014
32 Russia 7.88 2014
33 South Africa 7.82 2014
34 United Kingdom 7.82 2014
35 Germany 7.74 2014
36 Saudi Arabia 7.41 2013
37 Argentina 7.35 2014
38 Denmark 7.28 2014
39 Kuwait 7.21 2014
40 Chile 7.18 2014
41 Romania 7.08 2014
42 Indonesia 7.00 2014
43 Uruguay 6.95 2014
44 New Zealand 6.91 2014
45 Norway 6.89 2014
46 Canada 6.87 2014
47 Malta 6.86 2014
48 Andorra 6.72 2014
49 Central African Republic 6.62 2014
50 Ecuador 6.58 2014
51 Timor-Leste 6.36 2013
52 India 6.31 2014
53 Finland 6.24 2014
54 France 6.21 2014
55 Kazakhstan 5.99 2014
56 Comoros 5.88 2013
57 St. Kitts and Nevis 5.87 2011
58 Guatemala 5.87 2014
59 Fiji 5.72 2014
60 Qatar 5.57 2014
61 Turkmenistan 5.55 2000
62 Georgia 5.50 2014
63 Djibouti 5.41 2009
64 Barbados 5.37 2014
65 Kenya 5.35 2013
66 Austria 5.25 2014
67 Nicaragua 5.25 2014
68 Honduras 5.20 2014
69 El Salvador 5.16 2014
70 Iceland 5.12 2014
71 Turkey 5.09 2014
72 Algeria 5.08 2014
73 Kiribati 5.00 2013
74 Tunisia 4.96 2013
75 Bulgaria 4.93 2014
76 Brunei 4.92 2014
77 Croatia 4.86 2014
78 Panama 4.86 2014
79 Italy 4.81 2014
80 Nepal 4.74 2014
81 Portugal 4.67 2014
82 Spain 4.60 2014
83 Iran 4.60 2011
84 Pakistan 4.59 2014
85 Ethiopia 4.56 2014
86 Greenland 4.54 2014
87 St. Lucia 4.50 2014
88 United Arab Emirates 4.50 2008
89 Burundi 4.48 2014
90 Cabo Verde 4.41 2014
91 Grenada 4.39 2009
92 Palau 4.38 2014
93 São Tomé and Principe 4.34 2014
94 Dominica 4.31 2012
95 Uganda 4.26 2014
96 Cyprus 4.26 2014
97 Suriname 4.24 2014
98 Egypt 4.22 2014
99 Cameroon 4.21 2014
100 Venezuela 4.19 2013
101 Greece 4.17 2014
102 Switzerland 4.08 2014
103 Montenegro 4.07 2014
104 Lithuania 4.07 2014
105 Mozambique 3.97 2014
106 Luxembourg 3.96 2014
107 Macedonia 3.92 2014
108 Nigeria 3.92 2014
109 Mongolia 3.88 2014
110 Zimbabwe 3.87 2014
111 Antigua and Barbuda 3.83 2014
112 Sudan 3.80 2012
113 Morocco 3.80 2014
114 Ghana 3.77 2013
115 Bahrain 3.77 2014
116 Samoa 3.76 2014
117 Slovenia 3.75 2014
118 Bolivia 3.73 2014
119 Dominican Republic 3.67 2014
120 Jamaica 3.65 2014
121 Mali 3.62 2012
122 Libya 3.58 2010
123 Ukraine 3.56 2014
124 Armenia 3.51 2014
125 Gabon 3.50 2009
126 Bangladesh 3.44 2011
127 Sri Lanka 3.39 2014
128 Malawi 3.37 2014
129 New Caledonia 3.37 2014
130 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 3.30 2012
131 Guinea 3.20 2014
132 Jordan 3.17 2014
133 Serbia 3.17 2014
134 Belarus 3.17 2014
135 Vanuatu 3.12 2011
136 Moldova 3.10 2014
137 Tanzania 3.08 2014
138 Trinidad and Tobago 3.07 2010
139 Swaziland 3.03 2007
140 Eritrea 3.02 2003
141 Namibia 3.02 2014
142 Oman 3.01 2014
143 Lesotho 3.00 2012
144 The Bahamas 3.00 2014
145 Azerbaijan 2.97 2014
146 Belize 2.94 2014
147 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2.93 2014
148 Belgium 2.88 2014
149 Niger 2.86 2014
150 Senegal 2.76 2014
151 Botswana 2.57 2014
152 Côte d'Ivoire 2.53 2014
153 Lebanon 2.52 2014
154 Zambia 2.48 2014
155 Madagascar 2.47 2014
156 Bhutan 2.38 2012
157 Burkina Faso 2.35 2014
158 Guyana 2.34 2014
159 Syrian Arab Republic 2.22 2010
160 Kyrgyz Republic 2.21 2013
161 Papua New Guinea 2.21 2012
162 The Gambia 2.20 2014
163 Solomon Islands 2.14 2014
164 Seychelles 2.13 2008
165 Congo 2.06 2014
166 Cuba 2.05 2006
167 Guinea-Bissau 1.85 2005
168 Sierra Leone 1.83 2014
169 Myanmar 1.69 2010
170 Cambodia 1.48 2013
171 Togo 1.34 2013
172 Yemen 1.33 2014
173 Benin 1.13 2014
174 Albania 1.02 2014
175 Mauritania 0.79 2014
176 Afghanistan 0.09 2014

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Development Relevance: The digital and information revolution has changed the way the world learns, communicates, does business, and treats illnesses. New information and communications technologies (ICT) offer vast opportunities for progress in all walks of life in all countries - opportunities for economic growth, improved health, better service delivery, learning through distance education, and social and cultural advances. Comparable statistics on access, use, quality, and affordability of ICT are needed to formulate growth-enabling policies for the sector and to monitor and evaluate the sector's impact on development. Although basic access data are available for many countries, in most developing countries little is known about who uses ICT; what they are used for (school, work, business, research, government); and how they affect people and businesses. The global Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is helping to set standards, harmonize information and communications technology statistics, and build statistical capacity in developing countries. For more information see www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/partnership/. The work of the Partnership is directed towards achieving internationally comparable and reliable ICT statistics. In order to achieve this, its members are involved in developing and maintaining a core list of ICT indicators. Other activities include the compilation and dissemination of ICT data, and the provision of technical assistance enabling statistical agencies to collect data that underlie the core list of ICT indicators.

Limitations and Exceptions: Detailed trade data are widely available from country trade statistics. These are collected by the UNSD and published in their UN COMTRADE database. The ICT goods trade indicators are usually compiled by interested international and national agencies using COMTRADE data. Concepts are therefore consistent with those applying to the COMTRADE database. The main statistical issue associated with this indicator appears to be the different treatment of re-exports and re-imports by countries, depending on whether the Special or General Trade System is used.2 Re-imports are separately reported for some countries and the value of ICT re-imports (which is included in the value of ICT imports for those countries) is generally small.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Information and communication technology goods exports include telecommunications, audio and video, computer and related equipment; electronic components; and other information and communication technology goods. Software is excluded. ICT goods imports as a percentage of total imports is calculated for each country by dividing the value of its ICT goods imports by the total value of its goods imports. The result is then multiplied by 100 to be expressed as a percentage. ICT goods are defined per the OECD ICT goods classification. There are two versions; one is from 2003, based on the 1996 and 2002 Harmonized System classification (see OECD, Guide to Measuring the Information Society, 2005, Paris, www.oecd.org/sti/measuring-infoeconomy/guide). A later version is based on the Central Product Classification Ver. 2 (UNSD, System of National Accounts, 2008, http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/sna2008.asp) and was released by the OECD in 2009 (OECD, Guide to Measuring the Information Society, 2009, Paris, www.oecd.org/sti/measuring-infoeconomy/guide). The current list of ICT goods is defined by the OECD, and was revised in 2010. This new list consists of 95 goods defined at the 6 digit level of the 2007 version of the Harmonised System. Data was downloaded according to the reported classification (HS92, 96, 02, 07) and converted into HS 2007 by UNCTAD.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual