Indian sandalwood and its many wood and oil based by- and end-products are sought-after goods across the world.
The regions and countries with the largest imports of Indian sandalwood based products are the Middle East, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, Australia, Britain and the United States of America.
The strong demand for Indian sandalwood oil in the US and Europe derives mostly from the production of perfumes, soaps and creams, where Indian sandalwood is an often used ingredient.
Worldwide sales markets for Sandalwood based Products
The strong demand for Indian sandalwood from Asia on the other hand is driven almost entirely by the use of Indian sandalwood for religious and ceremonial purposes. China has been a major importer of Indian sandalwood, as well as of the various products manufactured from it, going back to at least the times of the ancient Silk Road. Since the lifting of the Chinese import ban in 1999, demand for Indian sandalwood has grown substantially once more.