Corn Imports by Country

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Global purchases of imported corn cost a total US$36.4 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of corn imports fell by -3.1% for all importing countries since 2014 when corn purchases were valued at $37.6 billion. Year over year, international buys of corn appreciated by 10.2% from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries paid the most for imported corn during 2018 with purchases valued at $14.7 billion or 40.3% of the global total. In second place were European importers at 26.2% while 11.5% of worldwide corn imports was delivered to North America. Another 11.3% went to Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, with 11.3% worth going to North America and 10.6% to Africa.

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

Corn Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that spent the most on imported corn during 2018.

  1. Japan: US$3.4 billion (9.2% of total corn imports)
  2. Mexico: $3.3 billion (9%)
  3. South Korea: $2.1 billion (5.9%)
  4. Spain: $1.9 billion (5.3%)
  5. Vietnam: $1.9 billion (5.1%)
  6. Egypt: $1.8 billion (5.1%)
  7. Iran: $1.7 billion (4.5%)
  8. Netherlands: $1.3 billion (3.7%)
  9. Italy: $1.2 billion (3.3%)
  10. Colombia: $1 billion (2.9%)
  11. Germany: $977.1 million (2.7%)
  12. Taiwan: $854.6 million (2.3%)
  13. Malaysia: $822.8 million (2.3%)
  14. China: $787.2 million (2.2%)
  15. Algeria: $722.7 million (2%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased almost two-thirds (65.4%) of all corn imports in 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall corn shipments for each importer.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for corn since 2014 were: Vietnam (up 52.2%), Mexico (up 37.3%), Spain (up 25%) and Colombia (up 11.9%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported corn purchases were led by: Algeria (down -26%), South Korea (down -19%), Taiwan (down -17.2%) and Malaysia (down -14.4%).

Japan

Corn Imports into Japan

Japan’s global purchases of imported corn totaled US$3.4 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Japan imported the highest dollar value worth of corn during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. United States: US$3.1 billion (down -4.8% from 2014)
  2. Brazil: $156.8 million (down -48.8%)
  3. South Africa: $72.6 million (up 62.9%)
  4. Russia: $16.3 million (up 38%)
  5. Argentina: $10 million (down -37.8%)
  6. France: $7.3 million (down -2.1%)
  7. Peru: $2.8 million (down -3.2%)
  8. India: $2.2 million (up 44%)
  9. New Zealand: $1.6 million (up 14.9%)
  10. Australia: $1.1 million (up 94.1%)
  11. Germany: $621,000 (up 5.8%)
  12. Thailand: $601,000 (up 121%)
  13. Canada: $498,000 (up 1,177%)
  14. Chile: $368,000 (down -40%)
  15. Indonesia: $193,000 (down -83.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.99% of all Japanese corn imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of corn to Japan since 2014 were: Canada (up 1,177%), Thailand (up 121%), Australia (up 94.1%) and South Africa (up 62.9%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their corn supplied to Japanese importers included: Indonesia (down -83.2%), Brazil (down -48.8%), Chile (down -40%) and Argentina (down -37.8%).

Overall, the value of Japan’s corn imports fell by an average -12.7% from all supplying countries since 2014 when corn purchases were valued at $3.9 billion.

Mexico

Corn Imports into Mexico

Mexico’s global purchases of imported corn totaled US$3.3 billion in 2018. Below are the top 14 suppliers from which Mexico imported the highest dollar value worth of corn during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. United States: US$3.3 billion (up 36.4% from 2014)
  2. Brazil: $33.3 million (up 2,492%)
  3. Chile: $2.6 million (up 84.6%)
  4. Argentina: $496,000 (down -92.8%)
  5. Thailand: $436,000 (up 14,433%)
  6. France: $107,000 (up 44.6%)
  7. Hungary: $97,000 (up 3,133%)
  8. Australia: $25,000 (no 2014 data)
  9. Israel: $17,000 (no 2014 data)
  10. Peru: $14,000 (up 250%)
  11. South Africa: $7,000 (down -97.8%)
  12. Germany: $5,000 (no 2014 data)
  13. Italy: $3,000 (down -72.7%)
  14. Zimbabwe: $1,000 (no 2014 data)

The listed 14 countries shipped 100% of all Mexican corn imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of corn to Mexico since 2014 were: Thailand (up 14,433%), Hungary (up 3,133%), Brazil (up 2,492%) and Peru (up 250%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their corn supplied to Mexican importers included: South Africa (down -97.8%), Argentina (down -92.8%) and Italy (down -72.7%).

Overall, the value of Mexico’s corn imports rose by an average 37.3% from all supplying countries since 2014 when corn purchases were valued at $2.4 billion.

Korea

Corn Imports into South Korea

South Korea’s global purchases of imported corn totaled US$2.1 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which South Korea imported the highest dollar value worth of corn during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. United States: US$1.4 billion (up 0.9% from 2014)
  2. Russia: $197.2 million (up 7%)
  3. Argentina: $195.3 million (up 43.1%)
  4. Brazil: $147.7 million (down -61.7%)
  5. South Africa: $63.5 million (up 11.3%)
  6. Paraguay: $41.2 million (up 3,842%)
  7. Bulgaria: $30.9 million (up 166.8%)
  8. Australia: $20.6 million (down -3.1%)
  9. Serbia: $11.8 million (down -86.9%)
  10. Antigua/Barbuda: $7.3 million (no 2014 data)
  11. Ukraine: $1.9 million (down -99.4%)
  12. Canada: $569,000 (no 2014 data)
  13. China: $291,000 (up 159.8%)
  14. India: $163,000 (up 89.5%)
  15. Hungary: $14,000 (down -98.8%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.999% of all South Korean corn imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of corn to South Korea since 2014 were: Paraguay (up 3,842%), Bulgaria (up 166.8%), China (up 159.8%) and India (up 89.5%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their corn supplied to Korean importers included: Ukraine (down -99.4%), Hungary (down -98.8%), Serbia (down -86.9%) and Brazil (down -61.7%).

Overall, the value of South Korea’s corn imports slipped by an average -19% from all supplying countries since 2014 when corn purchases were valued at $2.6 billion.

Spain

Corn Imports into Spain

Spain’s global purchases of imported corn totaled US$1.9 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Spain imported the highest dollar value worth of corn during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Ukraine: US$542.5 million (down -7.1% from 2014)
  2. Brazil: $509.4 million (up 974.7%)
  3. France: $361.5 million (down -12.7%)
  4. United States: $217.7 million (up 70.3%)
  5. Romania: $125.8 million (up 57.1%)
  6. Canada: $51.5 million (down -55.2%)
  7. Portugal: $41.6 million (up 365.2%)
  8. Argentina: $25 million (up 89%)
  9. South Africa: $19.2 million (up 259.5%)
  10. Peru: $11.6 million (up 40.6%)
  11. Germany: $10.9 million (down -44.6%)
  12. Mexico: $9.9 million (up 248,325%)
  13. Chile: $5.9 million (down -58.7%)
  14. Bulgaria: $3.6 million (down -91.8%)
  15. Italy: $2.6 million (down -62.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.5% of all Spanish corn imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of corn to Spain since 2014 were: Mexico (up 248,325%), Brazil (up 974.7%), Portugal (up 365.2%) and South Africa (up 259.5%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their corn supplied to Spanish importers included: Bulgaria (down -91.8%), Italy (down -62.7%), Chile (down -58.7%) and Canada (down -55.2%).

Overall, the value of Spain’s corn imports accelerated by an average 25% from all supplying countries since 2014 when corn purchases were valued at $1.6 billion.



 

Searchable List of Corn Importing Countries in 2018

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RankImporter2018 Corn Imports (US$)%World Total
1.Japan$3.4 billion9.2%
2.Mexico$3.3 billion9%
3.South Korea$2.1 billion5.9%
4.Spain$1.9 billion5.3%
5.Vietnam$1.9 billion5.1%
6.Egypt$1.8 billion5.1%
7.Iran$1.7 billion4.5%
8.Netherlands$1.3 billion3.7%
9.Italy$1.2 billion3.3%
10.Colombia$1 billion2.9%
11.Germany$977.1 million2.7%
12.Taiwan$854.6 million2.3%
13.Malaysia$822.8 million2.3%
14.China$787.2 million2.2%
15.Algeria$722.7 million2%
16.Saudi Arabia$713.8 million2%
17.Peru$711.3 million2%
18.United Kingdom$591.4 million1.6%
19.Portugal$532.7 million1.5%
20.Canada$502.1 million1.4%
21.Morocco$494.4 million1.4%
22.Belgium$444.2 million1.2%
23.Turkey$438 million1.2%
24.Chile$393 million1.1%
25.United States$388.1 million1.1%
26.Israel$326.7 million0.9%
27.Ireland$323.8 million0.9%
28.Venezuela$311.8 million0.9%
29.Bangladesh$287 million0.8%
30.Philippines$268.1 million0.7%
31.France$266.3 million0.7%
32.Dominican Republic$261.6 million0.7%
33.Austria$225.7 million0.6%
34.Guatemala$207.3 million0.6%
35.Jordan$185 million0.5%
36.Costa Rica$175.3 million0.5%
37.Greece$167.1 million0.5%
38.Indonesia$159.5 million0.4%
39.Russia$156.4 million0.4%
40.Brazil$150.1 million0.4%
41.Poland$147.2 million0.4%
42.Tunisia$145.7 million0.4%
43.Romania$142.9 million0.4%
44.Ukraine$142.8 million0.4%
45.Denmark$136.5 million0.4%
46.El Salvador$135 million0.4%
47.Libya$123.5 million0.3%
48.Uruguay$121.6 million0.3%
49.Lebanon$117.2 million0.3%
50.Honduras$111.1 million0.3%
51.United Arab Emirates$110.2 million0.3%
52.Cuba$101.8 million0.3%
53.Yemen$100.2 million0.3%
54.Hungary$97.7 million0.3%
55.Nepal$96.6 million0.3%
56.Kenya$93.8 million0.3%
57.Panama$87.4 million0.2%
58.Slovenia$86.1 million0.2%
59.Pakistan$81.1 million0.2%
60.Czech Republic$64.6 million0.2%
61.Nicaragua$58.2 million0.2%
62.Belarus$57.9 million0.2%
63.Ecuador$56 million0.2%
64.Slovakia$55.9 million0.2%
65.Jamaica$51.5 million0.1%
66.Cyprus$49.9 million0.1%
67.Bosnia/Herzegovina$49.2 million0.1%
68.Zimbabwe$46.4 million0.1%
69.Paraguay$45.1 million0.1%
70.Switzerland$44.1 million0.1%
71.South Africa$43.4 million0.1%
72.Bulgaria$42.7 million0.1%
73.Mozambique$41.5 million0.1%
74.Lithuania$38.8 million0.1%
75.Senegal$38.4 million0.1%
76.Kuwait$37.1 million0.1%
77.Latvia$36.8 million0.1%
78.Iraq$36.7 million0.1%
79.Botswana$35.9 million0.1%
80.Thailand$33.3 million0.1%
81.Croatia$30.9 million0.1%
82.New Zealand$30.6 million0.1%
83.Argentina$29.2 million0.1%
84.Syrian Arab Republic$29.2 million0.1%
85.Sri Lanka$25.8 million0.1%
86.Nigeria$25 million0.1%
87.Namibia$24 million0.1%
88.Sweden$23.4 million0.1%
89.Ghana$22.8 million0.1%
90.Norway$22.5 million0.1%
91.Myanmar (Burma)$21.4 million0.1%
92.Eswatini$21.4 million0.1%
93.Tanzania$20.6 million0.1%
94.Mauritius$19.1 million0.1%
95.Oman$18.5 million0.1%
96.Serbia$18.5 million0.1%
97.Trinidad/Tobago$18.2 million0.05%
98.Georgia$17.7 million0.05%
99.Albania$17 million0.05%
100.India$15.4 million0.04%
101.Guinea-Bissau$14.8 million0.04%
102.Moldova$14.6 million0.04%
103.Rwanda$13.8 million0.04%
104.Guyana$13.3 million0.04%
105.Sudan$13.3 million0.04%
106.North Macedonia$12.7 million0.03%
107.Bolivia$12.2 million0.03%
108.Lesotho$12.2 million0.03%
109.Armenia$11.7 million0.03%
110.Finland$11.5 million0.03%
111.Uzbekistan$10.6 million0.03%
112.Azerbaijan$10.5 million0.03%
113.Malta$10.1 million0.03%
114.Cabo Verde$10.1 million0.03%
115.Singapore$9.6 million0.03%
116.Ivory Coast$9.1 million0.02%
117.Angola$8.6 million0.02%
118.Luxembourg$7.9 million0.02%
119.Qatar$7.7 million0.02%
120.Burundi$7.4 million0.02%
121.Barbados$6.4 million0.02%
122.Estonia$6.4 million0.02%
123.Iceland$6 million0.02%
124.Hong Kong$5.5 million0.02%
125.Kazakhstan$5 million0.01%
126.Montenegro$4.7 million0.01%
127.Cambodia$4.6 million0.01%
128.Cameroon$3.9 million0.01%
129.Australia$3.4 million0.01%
130.Haiti$3.1 million0.01%
131.Ethiopia$2.9 million0.01%
132.Mauritania$2.8 million0.01%
133.Afghanistan$2.7 million0.01%
134.Zambia$2.5 million0.01%
135.Brunei Darussalam$2.4 million0.01%
136.Democr. Rep. Congo$2.3 million0.01%
137.Korea, Democratic People's Republic of$2.2 million0.01%
138.Belize$2.2 million0.01%
139.Mongolia$2 million0.01%
140.Madagascar$2 million0.01%
141.Suriname$1.9 million0.01%
142.St Vincent/Grenadines$1.6 million0.004%
143.Niger$1.4 million0.004%
144.Bahrain$1.3 million0.004%
145.Kyrgyzstan$1.2 million0.003%
146.Papua New Guinea$1.2 million0.003%
147.Turkmenistan$976,0000.003%
148.Malawi$942,0000.003%
149.Guinea$925,0000.003%
150.Laos$911,0000.002%
151.French Polynesia$892,0000.002%
152.Cayman Islands$858,0000.002%
153.Seychelles$843,0000.002%
154.Uganda$765,0000.002%
155.Grenada$726,0000.002%
156.Bhutan$704,0000.002%
157.New Caledonia$657,0000.002%
158.Djibouti$549,0000.002%
159.Saint Lucia$533,0000.001%
160.Liberia$447,0000.001%
161.Tajikistan$398,0000.001%
162.Bahamas$397,0000.001%
163.Sierra Leone$367,0000.001%
164.Mali$318,0000.001%
165.Somalia$310,0000.001%
166.Togo$308,0000.001%
167.Burkina Faso$236,0000.001%
168.Benin$236,0000.001%
169.Fiji$181,0000.0005%
170.Congo$171,0000.0005%
171.Gabon$164,0000.0004%
172.Central African Rep$98,0000.0003%
173.Curaçao$98,0000.0003%
174.Bermuda$90,0000.0002%
175.Comoros$82,0000.0002%
176.Palestine$69,0000.0002%
177.Aruba$67,0000.0002%
178.Eritrea$61,0000.0002%
179.Vanuatu$42,0000.0001%
180.Samoa$40,0000.0001%
181.Macao$37,0000.0001%
182.Gambia$34,0000.0001%
183.Andorra$29,0000.0001%
184.Palau$26,0000.0001%
185.Antigua/Barbuda$24,0000.0001%
186.Saint Kitts/Nevis$21,0000.0001%
187.Timor-Leste$17,0000.00005%
188.Equatorial Guinea$17,0000.00005%
189.Faroe Islands$16,0000.00004%
190.Greenland$14,0000.00004%
191.Solomon Islands$12,0000.00003%
192.Maldives$9,0000.00002%
193.Sao Tome/Principe$8,0000.00002%
194.Cook Islands$6,0000.00002%
195.Dominica$5,0000.00001%
196.Gibraltar$4,0000.00001%
197.Kiribati$4,0000.00001%
198.Saint Helena$4,0000.00001%
199.Tonga$3,0000.00001%
200.Wallis/Futuna Islands$3,0000.00001%
201.Micronesia$2,0000.00001%
202.Niue$1,0000.000003%
203.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$1,0000.000003%
204.Christmas Island$1,0000.000003%


See also Corn Exports by Country, Japan’s Top Trading Partners and Mexico’s Top 10 Imports

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Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 2, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 2, 2019

Wikipedia, Maize. Accessed on May 2, 2019