Corn Imports by Country

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Global purchases of imported corn totaled US$32.3 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of corn imports fell by -17.1% for all importing countries since 2013 when corn purchases were valued at $38.9 billion. Year over year, international sales of corn appreciated by 2.3% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported corn during 2017 with purchases valued at $12.2 billion or 37.9% of the global total. In second place were European importers at 25.3% while 13.5% of worldwide corn imports were delivered to Africa. Another 11.8% went to Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, with 11.3% going to North America.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for corn is 1005.

Corn Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of corn during 2017.

  1. Japan: US$3.1 billion (9.6% of total imported corn)
  2. Mexico: $2.9 billion (8.8%)
  3. South Korea: $1.8 billion (5.5%)
  4. Egypt: $1.7 billion (5.3%)
  5. Spain: $1.5 billion (4.6%)
  6. Vietnam: $1.3 billion (4%)
  7. Netherlands: $1.2 billion (3.7%)
  8. Italy: $1.1 billion (3.4%)
  9. Iran: $1.08 billion (3.4%)
  10. Colombia: $917.9 million (2.8%)
  11. Taiwan: $849.1 million (2.6%)
  12. Algeria: $776.5 million (2.4%)
  13. Malaysia: $737.1 million (2.3%)
  14. Germany: $700.3 million (2.2%)
  15. Peru: $653.8 million (2%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased 62.7% of all corn imports in 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall corn shipments for each importer.

Three of the top markets for corn expanded since 2013 namely Vietnam (up 92.2%), Mexico (up 38.9%) and Peru (up 12.5%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported corn purchases were led by: Japan (down -35.1%), South Korea (down -33.2%), Iran (down -29.8%) and Taiwan (down -28.5%).

Japan

Corn Imports into Japan

Japan’s global purchases of imported corn totaled US$3.1 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Japan imported the highest dollar value worth of corn during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. United States: US$2.4 billion (up 7.3% from 2013)
  2. Brazil: $431.7 million (down -67.6%)
  3. South Africa: $102.9 million (down -56.3%)
  4. Russia: $43.5 million (no 2013 data)
  5. Ukraine: $34.4 million (down -81.5%)
  6. Argentina: $7.7 million (down -98.8%)
  7. France: $5.6 million (down -87%)
  8. China: $4.8 million (up 6,536%)
  9. Peru: $2.4 million (down -17.1%)
  10. New Zealand: $2.3 million (up 19.5%)
  11. India: $2.1 million (up 9.3%)
  12. Australia: $604,000 (down -97.5%)
  13. Thailand: $440,000 (down -56%)
  14. Germany: $334,000 (up 19.3%)
  15. Chile: $298,000 (down -58.8%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.976% of all Japanese corn imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of corn to Japan since 2013 were: China (up 6,536%), New Zealand (up 19.5%), Germany (up 19.3%) and India (up 9.3%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their corn supplied to Japanese importers included: Argentina (down -98.8%), Australia (down -97.5%), France (down -87%) and Ukraine (down -81.5%).

Overall, the value of Japanese corn imports declined by an average -35.1% from all supplying countries since 2013 when corn purchases were valued at $4.8 billion.

Mexico

Corn Imports into Mexico

Mexico’s global purchases of imported corn totaled US$2.9 billion in 2017. Below are the top 12 suppliers from which Mexico imported the highest dollar value worth of corn during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. United States: US$2.7 billion (up 45.6% from 2013)
  2. Brazil: $104.7 million (up 234.1%)
  3. Argentina: $13 million (down -68.9%)
  4. Chile: $2.8 million (up 136.5%)
  5. Colombia: $401,000 (down -70.4%)
  6. France: $82,000 (down -17.2%)
  7. Peru: $28,000 (no 2013 data)
  8. Germany: $11,000 (up 175%)
  9. South Africa: $5,000 (down -100%)
  10. Thailand: $5,000 (up 400%)
  11. Italy: $2,000 (up 100%)
  12. Russia: $1,000 (no 2013 data)

The listed 15 countries shipped 100% of all Mexican corn imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of corn to Mexico since 2013 were: Thailand (up 400%), Brazil (up 234.1%), Germany (up 175%) and Chile (up 136.5%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their corn supplied to Mexican importers were: Colombia (down -70.4%), Argentina (down -68.9%) and France (down -17.2%).

Overall, the value of Mexican corn imports rose by an average 38.9% from all supplying countries since 2013 when corn purchases were valued at $2.1 billion.

Korea

Corn Imports into South Korea

South Korea’s global purchases of imported corn totaled US$1.8 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which South Korea imported the highest dollar value worth of corn during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. United States: US$852.8 million (up 1,180% from 2013)
  2. Brazil: $271.1 million (down -77.4%)
  3. Argentina: $238.9 million (down -70%)
  4. Russia: $184.8 million (up 505.2%)
  5. Ukraine: $120.8 million (down -33.6%)
  6. Serbia: $33.9 million (down -50.2%)
  7. Paraguay: $31.2 million (up 100.6%)
  8. South Africa: $25 million (down -57.9%)
  9. Australia: $17 million (down -27.2%)
  10. Hungary: $8.4 million (down -87.7%)
  11. Bulgaria: $3.8 million (up 53,743%)
  12. India: $653,000 (down -32.6%)
  13. Vietnam: $198,000 (no 2013 data)
  14. China: $53,000 (up 76.7%)
  15. Mexico: $48,000 (no 2013 data)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.995% of all South Korean corn imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of corn to South Korea since 2013 were: Bulgaria (up 53,743%), United States (up 1,180%), Russia (up 505.2%) and Paraguay (up 100.6%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their corn supplied to South Korean importers included: Hungary (down -87.7%), Brazil (down -77.4%), Argentina (down -70%) and South Africa (down -57.9%).

Overall, the value of South Korean corn imports fell by an average -33.2% from all supplying countries since 2013 when corn purchases were valued at $2.7 billion.

Egypt

Corn Imports into Egypt

Egypt’s global purchases of imported natural honey totaled US$x.x billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Egypt imported the highest dollar value worth of corn during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Ukraine: US$592.8 million (down -18% from 2013)
  2. Argentina: $543.6 million (down -4.9%)
  3. Brazil: $436.3 million (down -19.9%)
  4. United States: $54.5 million (up 3,186%)
  5. Romania: $29.9 million (down -58.1%)
  6. Serbia: $22.1 million (no 2013 data)
  7. South Korea: $20.8 million (no 2013 data)
  8. Bulgaria: $14.8 million (down -74%)
  9. Paraguay: $3.4 million (no 2013 data)
  10. Thailand: $3.2 million (up 592%)
  11. Turkey: $627,000 (down -40.1%)
  12. Russia: $567,000 (no 2013 data)
  13. Chile: $422,000 (no 2013 data)
  14. Spain: $136,000 (down -45.2%)
  15. Australia: $73,000 (up 55.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.999% of all Egyptian corn imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, three suppliers of corn to Egypt grew their international sales since 2013 namely United States (up 3,186%), Thailand (up 592%) and Australia (up 55.3%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their corn supplied to Egyptian importers included: Bulgaria (down -74%), Romania (down -58.1%), Spain (down -45.2%) and Turkey (down -40.1%).

Overall, the value of Egyptian corn imports declined by an average -13.2% from all supplying countries since 2013 when corn purchases were valued at $2 billion.



 

Searchable List of Corn Importing Countries

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RankImporter2017 Corn Imports% World Total
1.JapanUS$3.1 billion9.6%
2.Mexico$2.9 billion8.8%
3.South Korea$1.8 billion5.5%
4.Egypt$1.7 billion5.3%
5.Spain$1.5 billion4.6%
6.Vietnam$1.3 billion4%
7.Netherlands$1.2 billion3.7%
8.Italy$1.1 billion3.4%
9.Iran$1.08 billion3.4%
10.Colombia$917.9 million2.8%
11.Taiwan$849.1 million2.6%
12.Algeria$776.5 million2.4%
13.Malaysia$737.1 million2.3%
14.Germany$700.3 million2.2%
15.Peru$653.8 million2%
16.China$602.2 million1.9%
17.Saudi Arabia$525.7 million1.6%
18.United States$481.4 million1.5%
19.United Kingdom$466.7 million1.4%
20.Morocco$456.3 million1.4%
21.Turkey$428.7 million1.3%
22.Portugal$410.3 million1.3%
23.Belgium$398.4 million1.2%
24.Kenya$389.2 million1.2%
25.Venezuela$377.4 million1.2%
26.Israel$326.3 million1%
27.Canada$317.3 million1%
28.France$303 million0.9%
29.Chile$297.6 million0.9%
30.Austria$237.1 million0.7%
31.Bangladesh$220.9 million0.7%
32.Dominican Republic$219.6 million0.7%
33.Guatemala$213.8 million0.7%
34.Ireland$212.8 million0.7%
35.Brazil$211.5 million0.7%
36.Jordan$195.5 million0.6%
37.Russia$182.3 million0.6%
38.Tunisia$166.9 million0.5%
39.Costa Rica$162.6 million0.5%
40.Indonesia$156.7 million0.5%
41.Greece$155.3 million0.5%
42.Nigeria$154.3 million0.5%
43.Cuba$150.2 million0.5%
44.Romania$143 million0.4%
45.South Africa$134.4 million0.4%
46.Ukraine$132 million0.4%
47.Poland$130.6 million0.4%
48.Philippines$123 million0.4%
49.Albania$111.3 million0.3%
50.Nepal$109.2 million0.3%
51.Hungary$104 million0.3%
52.Bulgaria$101.3 million0.3%
53.El Salvador$99.5 million0.3%
54.Lebanon$98.9 million0.3%
55.Yemen$97.2 million0.3%
56.United Arab Emirates$90.8 million0.3%
57.Honduras$87.9 million0.3%
58.Slovenia$86.3 million0.3%
59.Panama$83.6 million0.3%
60.Libya, State of$82.1 million0.3%
61.Zimbabwe$77 million0.2%
62.Kuwait$68.8 million0.2%
63.Denmark$68.2 million0.2%
64.Czech Republic$60.4 million0.2%
65.Nicaragua$56.7 million0.2%
66.Pakistan$55.3 million0.2%
67.Jamaica$53.9 million0.2%
68.Uruguay$53 million0.2%
69.Tanzania$51.3 million0.2%
70.Sri Lanka$49.5 million0.2%
71.Bosnia/Herzegovina$48.7 million0.2%
72.Ecuador$47.3 million0.1%
73.Slovakia$47.1 million0.1%
74.Cyprus$46.4 million0.1%
75.Switzerland$46.3 million0.1%
76.Iraq$45.6 million0.1%
77.Paraguay$45.5 million0.1%
78.Belarus$44.8 million0.1%
79.Mozambique$44.7 million0.1%
80.Senegal$41.2 million0.1%
81.Botswana$40.3 million0.1%
82.Oman$29.5 million0.1%
83.Argentina$29.4 million0.1%
84.Croatia$28.7 million0.1%
85.Namibia$24.3 million0.1%
86.Swaziland$23.8 million0.1%
87.Syria$23.5 million0.1%
88.Thailand$22.9 million0.1%
89.Rwanda$22.1 million0.1%
90.Ethiopia$21.9 million0.1%
91.Malawi$18.2 million0.1%
92.Lithuania$18 million0.1%
93.Sudan$17.8 million0.1%
94.Azerbaijan$16.9 million0.1%
95.Lesotho$16.7 million0.1%
96.Mauritius$16.6 million0.1%
97.Bolivia$16.3 million0.1%
98.Trinidad/Tobago$16.1 million0.05%
99.Georgia$16 million0.05%
100.Myanmar (Burma)$15.9 million0.05%
101.Latvia$15.3 million0.05%
102.Macedonia$13 million0.04%
103.Sweden$12.4 million0.04%
104.Angola$12.4 million0.04%
105.Singapore$11.9 million0.04%
106.New Zealand$11.6 million0.04%
107.Norway$11.6 million0.04%
108.North Korea$11.4 million0.04%
109.Serbia$11.2 million0.03%
110.India$11.1 million0.03%
111.Moldova$10.1 million0.03%
112.Cameroon$9.4 million0.03%
113.Democr. Rep. Congo$9.3 million0.03%
114.Malta$8.9 million0.03%
115.Burundi$8.7 million0.03%
116.Ghana$8.7 million0.03%
117.Armenia$8.1 million0.03%
118.Uzbekistan$7.8 million0.02%
119.Guyana$5.9 million0.02%
120.Barbados$5.9 million0.02%
121.Hong Kong$5.4 million0.02%
122.Iceland$5.3 million0.02%
123.Brunei Darussalam$5.3 million0.02%
124.Cabo Verde$5.2 million0.02%
125.Luxembourg$5.2 million0.02%
126.Estonia$4.9 million0.02%
127.Montenegro$4.2 million0.01%
128.Côte d'Ivoire$3.9 million0.01%
129.Haiti$3.7 million0.01%
130.Madagascar$3.5 million0.01%
131.Zambia$3.5 million0.01%
132.Cambodia$3.3 million0.01%
133.Suriname$3.3 million0.01%
134.Kazakhstan$3.1 million0.01%
135.Belize$2.3 million0.01%
136.Uganda$2 million0.01%
137.Laos$2 million0.01%
138.Bhutan$1.9 million0.01%
139.Afghanistan$1.9 million0.01%
140.Qatar$1.9 million0.01%
141.St Vincent/Grenadines$1.7 million0.01%
142.Bahrain$1.7 million0.01%
143.Finland$1.7 million0.01%
144.Australia$1.6 million0.01%
145.Kyrgyzstan$1.2 million0.004%
146.Congo$1.1 million0.003%
147.Mongolia$991,0000.003%
148.French Polynesia$847,0000.003%
149.Cayman Islands$847,0000.003%
150.Benin$713,0000.002%
151.Papua New Guinea$677,0000.002%
152.Somalia$646,0000.002%
153.Liberia$640,0000.002%
154.New Caledonia$628,0000.002%
155.Guinea$578,0000.002%
156.Grenada$577,0000.002%
157.British Virgin Is$537,0000.002%
158.Togo$522,0000.002%
159.Mali$427,0000.001%
160.Saint Lucia$315,0000.001%
161.Niger$309,0000.001%
162.Central African Rep$288,0000.001%
163.Djibouti$284,0000.001%
164.Bahamas$276,0000.001%
165.Seychelles$260,0000.001%
166.Sierra Leone$240,0000.001%
167.Gabon$228,0000.001%
168.Turkmenistan$194,0000.001%
169.Solomon Islands$153,0000.0005%
170.Aruba$115,0000.0004%
171.Antigua/Barbuda$101,0000.0003%
172.Mauritania$82,0000.0003%
173.South Sudan$79,0000.0002%
174.Fiji$77,0000.0002%
175.Burkina Faso$73,0000.0002%
176.Bermuda$70,0000.0002%
177.Curaçao$68,0000.0002%
178.Equatorial Guinea$39,0000.0001%
179.Dominica$36,0000.0001%
180.Gambia$28,0000.0001%
181.Macao$26,0000.0001%
182.Andorra$26,0000.0001%
183.Palau$20,0000.0001%
184.Sao Tome/Principe$18,0000.0001%
185.Timor-Leste$17,0000.0001%
186.Vanuatu$15,0000.00005%
187.Greenland$13,0000.00004%
188.Palestine$12,0000.00004%
189.Faroe Islands$12,0000.00004%
190.Maldives$11,0000.00003%
191.Guinea-Bissau$9,0000.00003%
192.Saint Kitts/Nevis$7,0000.00002%
193.Saint Helena$6,0000.00002%
194.Tonga$6,0000.00002%
195.Cook Islands$5,0000.00002%
196.Niue$4,0000.00001%
197.Wallis/Futuna Is$2,0000.00001%
198.Samoa$2,0000.00001%
199.Chad$2,0000.00001%
200.Kiribati$2,0000.00001%
201.Gibraltar$1,0000.000003%
202.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$1,0000.000003%


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on July 10, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on July 10, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on July 10, 2018