Sugar Exports by Country

Sugar Exports by Country

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Sugar exports by country during 2017 totaled US$27.6 billion, down by an average -14.3% for all sugar shippers over the five-year period starting in 2013 when sugar shipments were valued at $32.2 billion. Year over year, the value of global sugar exports appreciated by 1.8% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, Latin America (excluding Mexico) plus the Caribbean accounted for the highest dollar value worth of sugar exports during 2017 with shipments amounting to $14.3 billion or 51.8% of global sugar shipments. European countries were responsible for 19.5% followed by Asian suppliers at 18.1%. Smaller percentages came from Africa (7%), North America excluding Mexico (2.9%) and Oceania led by Australia (0.7%).

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 2017.

  1. Brazil: US$11.4 billion (41.3% of total sugar exports)
  2. Thailand: $2.6 billion (9.4%)
  3. France: $1.3 billion (4.9%)
  4. Guatemala: $826.2 million (3%)
  5. Germany: $743.3 million (2.7%)
  6. Mexico: $664.8 million (2.4%)
  7. India: $661.8 million (2.4%)
  8. Cuba: $554.7 million (2%)
  9. Belgium: $461.4 million (1.7%)
  10. Netherlands: $394.2 million (1.4%)
  11. United Arab Emirates: $393 million (1.4%)
  12. Colombia: $378.2 million (1.4%)
  13. Poland: $361.7 million (1.3%)
  14. Pakistan: $344.6 million (1.2%)
  15. Swaziland: $312.4 million (1.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 77.7% of all sugar exports in 2017 (by value).

Four countries grew the value of their sugar exporters since 2013: Netherlands (up 22%), Cuba (up 19.3%), Colombia (up 15.6%) and Germany (up 0.7%).

Mexico led the decliners with a -49% setback in the value of its sugar exports, followed by United Arab Emirates (down -43.3%), India (down -31.5%), Pakistan (-30%) and Swaziland (down -18.8%).

For the complete listing, see the section Searchable List of Sugar Exporting Countries below.


The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for sugar during 2017. 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$11.4 billion (net export surplus down -3.6% since 2013)
  2. Thailand: $2.6 billion (down -9.1%)
  3. France: $1.1 billion (down -5.6%)
  4. Guatemala: $826.1 million (down -12.3%)
  5. Mexico: $588.2 million (down -49.7%)
  6. Cuba: $554.7 million (up 19.3%)
  7. Pakistan: $339.2 million (down -30.3%)
  8. Germany: $335.5 million (up 247.8%)
  9. Swaziland: $311.8 million (down -16.9%)
  10. Poland: $279.8 million (up 11.1%)
  11. Ukraine: $279.3 million (up 328%)
  12. Colombia: $270.7 million (up 62.3%)
  13. Netherlands: $236.5 million (up 114%)
  14. Mauritius: $235.8 million (down -15.3%)
  15. El Salvador: $220.2 million (up 5.3%)

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 2017. 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. Indonesia: US-$2.3 billion (net export deficit up 35.7% since 2013)
  2. United States: -$1.6 billion (up 7.2%)
  3. Bangladesh: -$1.1 billion (up 76.9%)
  4. China: -$987.7 million (down -51.3%)
  5. Italy: -$862 million (down -31.5%)
  6. Malaysia: -$841.8 million (up 9.7%)
  7. Algeria: -$763 million (up 25.2%)
  8. South Korea: -$682.4 million (down -1.8%)
  9. United Arab Emirates: -$616 million (up 141%)
  10. Kenya: -$574.3 million (up 227.3%)
  11. Egypt: -$565.3 million (reversing a $3.7 million surplus)
  12. Spain: -$563.9 million (down -40.6%)
  13. Iraq: -$557 million (up 44.4%)
  14. Japan: -$544.6 million (down -18.9%)
  15. Nigeria: -$541.2 million (down -35.9%)

Highly populated Indonesia incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of sugar. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights the Indonesia’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for sugar-supplying countries that help satisfy the demand from Indonesian 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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RankExporter2017 Sugar Exports% World Total
1.BrazilUS$11.4 billion41.3%
2.Thailand$2.6 billion9.4%
3.France$1.3 billion4.9%
4.Guatemala$826.2 million3%
5.Germany$743.3 million2.7%
6.Mexico$664.8 million2.4%
7.India$661.8 million2.4%
8.Cuba$554.7 million2%
9.Belgium$461.4 million1.7%
10.Netherlands$394.2 million1.4%
11.United Arab Emirates$393 million1.4%
12.Colombia$378.2 million1.4%
13.Poland$361.7 million1.3%
14.Pakistan$344.6 million1.2%
15.Swaziland$312.4 million1.1%
16.Mauritius$294.3 million1.1%
17.Ukraine$280.5 million1%
18.South Africa$274.5 million1%
19.Russia$272.9 million1%
20.Egypt$234.6 million0.8%
21.Algeria$225.5 million0.8%
22.El Salvador$220.3 million0.8%
23.Morocco$217.6 million0.8%
24.Saudi Arabia$177 million0.6%
25.South Korea$167.6 million0.6%
26.Czech Republic$163.8 million0.6%
27.Philippines$156.3 million0.6%
28.Belarus$144.8 million0.5%
29.Argentina$143.3 million0.5%
30.Nicaragua$138 million0.5%
31.United Kingdom$128.9 million0.5%
32.Denmark$124.8 million0.5%
33.Zambia$118.6 million0.4%
34.Portugal$117.8 million0.4%
35.Croatia$111.9 million0.4%
36.Costa Rica$110.4 million0.4%
37.Austria$107.8 million0.4%
38.Fiji$107.6 million0.4%
39.United States$106.9 million0.4%
40.Dominican Republic$103.7 million0.4%
41.Taiwan$95.9 million0.3%
42.Spain$90.8 million0.3%
43.Serbia$90.6 million0.3%
44.China$90.6 million0.3%
45.Uganda$90.1 million0.3%
46.Australia$77.6 million0.3%
47.Malaysia$76 million0.3%
48.Belize$74 million0.3%
49.Peru$70.2 million0.3%
50.Slovakia$70.2 million0.3%
51.Zimbabwe$69.5 million0.3%
52.Guyana$64.1 million0.2%
53.Paraguay$61 million0.2%
54.Honduras$58.4 million0.2%
55.Lithuania$54.2 million0.2%
56.Lebanon$54.2 million0.2%
57.Hungary$51.6 million0.2%
58.Sweden$50.6 million0.2%
59.Italy$41.6 million0.2%
60.Greece$39.7 million0.1%
61.Ecuador$38.3 million0.1%
62.Malawi$34.7 million0.1%
63.Romania$33.2 million0.1%
64.Laos$31.6 million0.1%
65.Singapore$29.9 million0.1%
66.Canada$29 million0.1%
67.Panama$25.4 million0.1%
68.Mozambique$21.9 million0.1%
69.Moldova$21.2 million0.1%
70.Cambodia$20.9 million0.1%
71.Sudan$19.3 million0.1%
72.Finland$18.6 million0.1%
73.Bosnia/Herzegovina$18.3 million0.1%
74.Kazakhstan$17.9 million0.1%
75.Jamaica$16.8 million0.1%
76.Bulgaria$16.8 million0.1%
77.Hong Kong$15.2 million0.1%
78.New Zealand$13.2 million0.05%
79.Jordan$13.1 million0.05%
80.Vietnam$11.2 million0.04%
81.Slovenia$10.5 million0.04%
82.Ireland$9.8 million0.04%
83.Madagascar$8.5 million0.03%
84.Barbados$6.8 million0.02%
85.Tunisia$6.5 million0.02%
86.Bahrain$6 million0.02%
87.Azerbaijan$5.2 million0.02%
88.Benin$4.9 million0.02%
89.Oman$4 million0.01%
90.Georgia$3.9 million0.01%
91.Latvia$3.3 million0.01%
92.Turkey$3.2 million0.01%
93.Indonesia$2.8 million0.01%
94.Japan$2.6 million0.01%
95.Bangladesh$2.4 million0.01%
96.Ethiopia$2.1 million0.01%
97.Switzerland$2 million0.01%
98.Congo$1.9 million0.01%
99.Myanmar (Burma)$1.7 million0.01%
100.Bolivia$1.2 million0.005%
101.Haiti$1.1 million0.004%
102.Togo$1 million0.004%
103.Kenya$1 million0.004%
104.Sri Lanka$885,0000.003%
112.French Polynesia$564,0000.002%
118.British Virgin Is$102,0000.0004%
122.Papua New Guinea$42,0000.0002%
127.US Minor Outlying Is$18,0000.0001%
139.Sierra Leone$1,0000.000004%
141.Democr. Rep. Congo$1,0000.000004%
142.Saint Lucia$1,0000.000004%

See also Sugar Imports by Country, Natural Honey Exports by Country and Top Soft Drinks Exporters by Country

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 18, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 18, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 18, 2018

Wikipedia, Sugar Companies. Accessed on May 18, 2018

Bloomberg Business, Suedzucker Leads the Top 10 Sugar-Producing Companies (November 2011). Accessed on May 18, 2018

Zepol’s company summary highlights by HTS code. Accessed on May 18, 2018