Sugar Exports by Country

Sugar Exports by Country

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Sugar exports by country during 2015 totaled US$21.6 billion down by an average -41.1% for all sugar shippers over the five-year period starting in 2011 when sugar shipments were valued at $36.7 billion. The value of global sugar exports dipped -19.8% from 2014 to 2015.

Among continents, Latin America (excluding Mexico) and Caribbean countries collectively accounted for the highest dollar value worth of sugar exports during 2015 with shipments amounting to $10.3 billion or 47.6% of global sugar shipments. Asian countries were responsible for 22.4%, followed by European suppliers at 18%, African exporters at 6.8% and North American sources at 4.5%.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 1701 for cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose in solid form.

Sugar Exports by Country


Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of sugar during 2015:

  1. Brazil: US$7.6 billion (35.3% of total sugar exports)
  2. Thailand: $2.6 billion (12.2%)
  3. India: $1.2 billion (5.5%)
  4. France: $1.1 billion (5.1%)
  5. Guatemala: $852 million (3.9%)
  6. Mexico: $806.6 million (3.7%)
  7. Germany: $468.9 million (2.2%)
  8. Cuba: $419.5 million (1.9%)
  9. Belgium: $351.6 million (1.6%)
  10. Colombia: $347.3 million (1.6%)
  11. Swaziland: $338.2 million (1.6%)
  12. United Arab Emirates: $298.7 million (1.4%)
  13. Netherlands: $269.6 million (1.2%)
  14. Mauritius: $218.6 million (1%)
  15. Poland: $210.5 million (1%)

Among the above countries, the only countries to grow the value of their sugar exporters since 2011 were: Guatemala (up 31.5%), Netherlands (up 15%) and Swaziland (up 7.3%).

Brazil led the decliners with a -48.9% exported sugar setback, followed by the United Arab Emirates (down -46.1%), Germany (down -43.4%) and Colombia (down -41.5%).

The listed 15 countries shipped 79.3% of all sugar exports in 2015 (by value).


The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for sugar during 2015. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the surplus between the value of each country’s sugar exports and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Brazil: US$7.6 billion (net export surplus down -48.9% since 2011)
  2. Thailand: $2.6 billion (down -27.5%)
  3. France: $871.7 million (down -36.7%)
  4. Guatemala: $851.9 million (up 31.5%)
  5. Mexico: $723 million (down -22.1%)
  6. India: $685.7 million (down -63.3%)
  7. Cuba: $419.4 million (down -7.5%)
  8. Swaziland: $337.6 million (up 9.7%)
  9. Colombia: $314.8 million (down -32.3%)
  10. El Salvador: $193 million (up 502.1%)
  11. Mauritius: $186.5 million (down -30.4%)
  12. Nicaragua: $152.9 million (down -2.2%)
  13. Poland: $148.1 million (up 60.3%)
  14. Belarus: $139.5 million (down -734.5%)
  15. Zambia: $114.8 million (down -22.7%)

Despite the five-year downturn in export sales, Brazil still maintains the highest surplus in the international trade of sugar. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Brazil’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.


The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for sugar during 2015. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the deficit between the value of each country’s sugar import purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. China: -US$1.7 billion (net export deficit down -8.7% since 2011)
  2. United States: -$1.7 billion (down -37.2%)
  3. Bangladesh: -$790.9 million (down -31.7%)
  4. Indonesia: -$681.4 million (down -60.8%)
  5. Italy: -$654.9 million (down -47.6%)
  6. Malaysia: -$607.1 million (down -20.4%)
  7. South Korea: -$540.7 million (down -34.9%)
  8. Algeria: -$490.7 million (down -42.5%)
  9. Japan: -$460.5 million (down -60.5%)
  10. Myanmar (Burma): -$456.7 million (up 781.1%)
  11. United Kingdom: -$431.8 million (down -45.9%)
  12. Spain: -$422.8 million (down -58%)
  13. Nigeria: -$406.1 million (down -72.5%)
  14. Sudan (North + South): -$393.1 million (down -4%)
  15. Russia: -$363.8 million (down -78.6%)

China incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of sugar. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights the People’s Republic’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for sugar-supplying countries that help satisfy the demand from over a billion Chinese consumers.


Sugar Exporting Companies

Below are the world’s biggest sugar exporting companies. Shown within parenthesis is the country where the conglomerate is headquartered.

  • Copersucar (Brazil)
  • Cosan (Brazil)
  • Mitr Phol Group (Thailand)
  • Thai Roong Ruang Sugar Group (Thailand)
  • Tereos S.A. (France)
  • EID Parry Limited (India)
  • Südzucker AG (Germany)
  • Nordzucker Group (Germany)
  • British Sugar Plc (United Kingdom)
  • Louis Dreyfus Group (Netherlands)

According to global trade intelligence firm Zepol, the following companies are also engaged in the sugar industry:

  • Jalles Machad (Brazil)
  • Azucarera Paraguay (Paraguay)
  • Liga Agricola Industrial De La (Costa Rica)


Searchable List of Sugar Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2015 Sugar Exports% World Total
1.BrazilUS$7.6 billion35.3%
2.Thailand$2.6 billion12.2%
3.India$1.2 billion5.5%
4.France$1.1 billion5.1%
5.Guatemala$852 million3.9%
6.Mexico$806.6 million3.7%
7.Germany$468.9 million2.2%
8.Cuba$419.5 million1.9%
9.Belgium$351.6 million1.6%
10.Colombia$347.3 million1.6%
11.Swaziland$338.2 million1.6%
12.United Arab Emirates$298.7 million1.4%
13.Netherlands$269.6 million1.2%
14.Mauritius$218.6 million1%
15.Poland$210.5 million1%
16.Belarus$205.6 million1%
17.El Salvador$193.1 million0.9%
18.United Kingdom$175.8 million0.8%
19.South Africa$159.8 million0.7%
20.Czech Republic$158.5 million0.7%
21.Saudi Arabia$153.7 million0.7%
22.Nicaragua$153 million0.7%
23.South Korea$151.7 million0.7%
24.Denmark$139.2 million0.6%
25.United States$131.6 million0.6%
26.Mozambique$118.3 million0.5%
27.Zambia$115.1 million0.5%
28.Guyana$111.9 million0.5%
29.Bahrain$108.3 million0.5%
30.Malaysia$104.3 million0.5%
31.Zimbabwe$99.8 million0.5%
32.Malawi$98.1 million0.5%
33.Croatia$96.9 million0.4%
34.Dominican Republic$93.3 million0.4%
35.Austria$92.8 million0.4%
36.Costa Rica$90 million0.4%
37.Serbia$88.8 million0.4%
38.Fiji$87.5 million0.4%
39.Sudan (North + South)$86.3 million0.4%
40.Portugal$74.6 million0.3%
41.Argentina$74.5 million0.3%
42.Spain$70.5 million0.3%
43.Paraguay$67.7 million0.3%
44.Belize$67.2 million0.3%
45.Uganda$65.2 million0.3%
46.Algeria$64.7 million0.3%
47.Australia$57.2 million0.3%
48.Slovakia$56.2 million0.3%
49.Honduras$55.7 million0.3%
50.Jamaica$51.2 million0.2%
51.China$46.6 million0.2%
52.Peru$46 million0.2%
53.Hungary$43.7 million0.2%
54.Singapore$43 million0.2%
55.Lithuania$42.2 million0.2%
56.Italy$36.6 million0.2%
57.Romania$36.1 million0.2%
58.Sweden$34.7 million0.2%
59.Egypt$34.5 million0.2%
60.Moldova$33.8 million0.2%
61.Canada$25.7 million0.1%
62.Philippines$25.5 million0.1%
63.Slovenia$24 million0.1%
64.Finland$21.1 million0.1%
65.Morocco$20.4 million0.1%
66.Panama$20.1 million0.1%
67.Ukraine$18.7 million0.1%
68.Pakistan$17.6 million0.1%
69.Niger$14.2 million0.1%
70.Hong Kong$13.6 million0.1%
71.New Zealand$13.2 million0.1%
72.Laos$12.9 million0.1%
73.Ireland$10.3 million0.05%
74.Madagascar$9.9 million0.05%
75.Greece$9 million0.04%
76.Côte d'Ivoire$8.6 million0.04%
77.Switzerland$8.2 million0.04%
78.Bosnia/Herzegovina$7.9 million0.04%
79.Russia$7.4 million0.03%
80.Ecuador$7.4 million0.03%
81.Taiwan$6.5 million0.03%
82.Azerbaijan$6.1 million0.03%
83.Turkey$6 million0.03%
84.Togo$5.9 million0.03%
85.Vietnam$4.5 million0.02%
86.Latvia$3.8 million0.02%
87.Benin$3.8 million0.02%
88.Oman$3.7 million0.02%
89.Barbados$3.6 million0.02%
90.Cambodia$3.6 million0.02%
91.Estonia$3.5 million0.02%
92.Bulgaria$3 million0.01%
93.Jordan$2.3 million0.01%
94.Japan$2.3 million0.01%
95.Congo$1.9 million0.01%
96.Myanmar (Burma)$1.8 million0.01%
97.Qatar$1.6 million0.01%
98.Kuwait$1.4 million0.01%
99.Indonesia$1.2 million0.01%
100.Bolivia$1.1 million0.01%
105.Sri Lanka$507,0000.002%
112.French Polynesia$145,0000.001%
119.Burkina Faso$52,0000.0002%
122.Papua New Guinea$37,0000.0002%
124.Cabo Verde$24,0000.0001%
139.Saint Lucia$1,0000.000005%
140.Netherlands Antilles$1,0000.000005%

See also Sugar Imports by Country, Brazil’s Top 10 Exports and Top Soft Drinks Exporters by Country

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on April 30, 2016

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on April 30, 2016

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on April 30, 2016

Wikipedia, Sugar Companies. Accessed on April 30, 2016

Bloomberg Business, Suedzucker Leads the Top 10 Sugar-Producing Companies (November 2011). Accessed on April 30, 2016

Zepol’s company summary highlights by HTS code. Accessed on April 30, 2016