Sugar Imports by Country

Imported Sugar by Country

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Global purchases of imported sugar totaled US$27 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of sugar imports for all importing countries was down by an average -22.6% since 2012 when sugar purchases were valued at $34.9 billion. Year over year, exported sugar appreciated by 13.7% from 2015 to 2016.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported sugar during 2016 with purchases valued at $12.9 billion or 48% of the global total.

In second place were European importers at 20% while 17.5% of worldwide sugar imports were delivered to Africa. North American nations represent 8.9% of imported sugar purchases, trailed by Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean (3.8%) then Oceania (0.7%).

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

Sugar Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of sugar during 2016:

  1. Indonesia: US$2.1 billion (7.7% of total sugar imports)
  2. United States: $1.9 billion (7%)
  3. China: $1.2 billion (4.3%)
  4. Myanmar (Burma): $966.8 million (3.6%)
  5. India: $922.4 million (3.4%)
  6. Italy: $848.3 million (3.1%)
  7. Malaysia: $814.4 million (3%)
  8. Algeria: $736.1 million (2.7%)
  9. South Korea: $732.4 million (2.7%)
  10. United Arab Emirates: $721.9 million (2.7%)
  11. Bangladesh: $674.4 million (2.5%)
  12. Japan: $594.7 million (2.2%)
  13. Nigeria: $552.4 million (2%)
  14. Egypt: $538.7 million (2%)
  15. Spain: $520.4 million (1.9%)

The listed 15 countries purchased 51.1% of all sugar imports in 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplier since 2012.

Only four of the above countries boosted their imported sugar purchases since 2012: Myanmar (up 2,531%), India (up 129.6%), Indonesia (up 25.7%) and Bangladesh (up 25.5%).

The remaining 11 countries cut back on their sugar imports led by: China (down -47.7%), Nigeria (down -41.7%), Italy (down -41.1%) and Spain (down -38.9%).

Indonesia

Sugar Imports into Indonesia

Below are the top 14 suppliers from which Indonesia imported the highest dollar value worth of sugar during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Thailand: $915.6 million (up 0.4%)
  2. Brazil: $661.3 million (up 20.6%)
  3. Australia: $393.1 million (up 173.8%)
  4. Argentina: $50.2 million (no change)
  5. El Salvador: $23.9 million (up 31.6%)
  6. Guatemala: $19.1 million (up 139.4%)
  7. Honduras: $11.7 million (no change)
  8. South Korea: $4.6 million (down -8.3%)
  9. Nicaragua: $3.6 million (no change)
  10. United Arab Emirates: $3.0 million (up 399.2%)
  11. Singapore: $1.9 million (up 30.4%)
  12. Malaysia: $1.9 million (down -53.2%)
  13. United States: $76,000 (up 3,700%)
  14. India: $24,000 (down -97.8%)

The listed 14 countries shipped 100% of all Indonesian sugar imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of sugar to Indonesia since 2012 were: United States (up 3,700%), United Arab Emirates (up 399.2%), Australia (up 173.8%) and Guatemala (up 139.4%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their sugar supplies to Indonesian importers are: India (down -97.8%), Malaysia (down -53.2%) and South Korea (down -8.3%).

Overall, the value of Indonesian sugar imports were up by an average 25.7% from all supplying countries since 2012 when sugar purchases were valued at $1.7 billion.

USA

Sugar Imports into the United States

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which America imported the highest dollar value worth of sugar during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Mexico: $694.7 million (down -18.6%)
  2. Brazil: $220.2 million (down -5.8%)
  3. Guatemala: $152.6 million (down -18.7%)
  4. Dominican Republic: $94.3 million (down -41%)
  5. El Salvador: $78.5 million (down -53.6%)
  6. Philippines: $72.8 million (down -27.3%)
  7. Paraguay: $65.3 million (up 15.4%)
  8. Costa Rica: $64.3 million (down -14.1%)
  9. Argentina: $59.4 million (up 2.4%)
  10. Australia: $58.4 million (down -41.8%)
  11. Colombia: $56.5 million (up 4.2%)
  12. Peru: $45.5 million (up 25.1%)
  13. Nicaragua: $44 million (down -47.2%)
  14. Panama: $25.2 million (down -21.6%)
  15. Honduras: $16.4 million (down -43.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 92.8% of all American sugar imports in 2016.

Four of the above top countries increased sugar sales to the U.S. since 2012: Peru (up 25.1%), Paraguay (up 15.4%), Colombia (up 4.2%) and Argentina (up 2.4%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their sugar supplies to American importers included: El Salvador (down -53.6%), Nicaragua (down -47.2%), Honduras (down -43.7%) and Australia (down -41.8%).

Overall, the value of American sugar imports were down by an average -20.7% from all supplying countries since 2012 when sugar purchases were valued at $2.4 billion.

China

Sugar Imports into China

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of sugar during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Brazil: $706.9 million (down -37.6%)
  2. Cuba: $175.7 million (down -37%)
  3. South Korea: $103 million (down -32.4%)
  4. Thailand: $88.5 million (down -84.5%)
  5. Australia: $69.7 million (up 266.3%)
  6. Guatemala: $9.9 million (down -78.7%)
  7. Malaysia: $7.2 million (up 67.1%)
  8. Cambodia: $2.1 million (up 222.3%)
  9. Myanmar (Burma): $2 million (down -17.4%)
  10. India: $1.9 million (down -53.7%)
  11. United Arab Emirates: $1.5 million (up 75,550%)
  12. Mauritius: $951,000 (up 109.9%)
  13. Poland: $865,000 (up 745.3%)
  14. Ukraine: $690,000 (no change)
  15. Czech Republic: $456,000 (up 15,100%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.9% of all Chinese sugar imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of sugar to Indonesia since 2012 were: United Arab Emirates (up 75,550%), Czech Republic (up 15,100%), Poland (up 745.3%) and Australia (up 266.3%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their sugar supplies to Chinese importers included: Thailand (down -84.5%), Guatemala (down -78.7%), India (down -53.7%) and Brazil (down -37.6%).

Overall, the value of Chinese sugar imports were down by an average -47.7% from all supplying countries since 2012 when sugar purchases were valued at $2.2 billion.

India

Sugar Imports into India

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which India imported the highest dollar value worth of sugar during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Brazil: $918.7 million (up 129.9%)
  2. United States: $1 million (up 206.7%)
  3. United Kingdom: $700,000 (up 1,650%)
  4. New Zealand: $591,000 (up 5,810%)
  5. Italy: $542,000 (up 5,922%)
  6. Germany: $324,000 (up 42.1%)
  7. China: $136,000 (up 1,136%)
  8. France: $123,000 (down -42%)
  9. Australia: $73,000 (up 7,200%)
  10. United Arab Emirates: $61,000 (down -72.5%)
  11. Canada: $55,000 (down -63.3%)
  12. South Korea: $51,000 (up 45.7%)
  13. Netherlands: $31,000 (down -29.5%)
  14. Japan: $7,000 (down -53.3%)
  15. Switzerland: $6,000 (up 200%)

The listed 15 countries shipped very close to 100% of all Indian sugar imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of sugar to India since 2012 were: Australia (up 7,200%), Italy (up 5,922%), New Zealand (up 5,810%) and United Kingdom (up 1,650%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their sugar supplies to Indian importers were: United Arab Emirates (down -72.5%), Canada (down -63.3%), Japan (down -53.3%), France (down -42%) and the Netherlands (down -29.5%).

Overall, the value of Indian sugar imports were up by an average 129.6% from all supplying countries since 2012 when sugar purchases were valued at $401.8 million.



 

Searchable List of Sugar Importing Countries

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RankImporter2016 Sugar Imports% World Total
1.IndonesiaUS$2.1 billion7.7%
2.United States$1.9 billion7%
3.China$1.2 billion4.3%
4.Myanmar (Burma)$966.8 million3.6%
5.India$922.4 million3.4%
6.Italy$848.3 million3.1%
7.Malaysia$814.4 million3%
8.Algeria$736.1 million2.7%
9.South Korea$732.4 million2.7%
10.United Arab Emirates$721.9 million2.7%
11.Bangladesh$674.4 million2.5%
12.Japan$594.7 million2.2%
13.Nigeria$552.4 million2%
14.Egypt$538.7 million2%
15.Spain$520.4 million1.9%
16.United Kingdom$483.2 million1.8%
17.Canada$474.7 million1.8%
18.Morocco$470.7 million1.7%
19.Germany$397.3 million1.5%
20.Saudi Arabia$344.1 million1.3%
21.Belgium$336 million1.2%
22.Sri Lanka$334.8 million1.2%
23.Iraq$314.6 million1.2%
24.Sudan$306.6 million1.1%
25.South Africa$306.1 million1.1%
26.Cambodia$300.7 million1.1%
27.Yemen$299.4 million1.1%
28.Somalia$280.1 million1%
29.Russia$268.9 million1%
30.France$251.9 million0.9%
31.Chile$245.3 million0.9%
32.Taiwan$230.7 million0.9%
33.Iran$207.2 million0.8%
34.Israel$206.8 million0.8%
35.Portugal$203.4 million0.8%
36.Kazakhstan$203.3 million0.8%
37.Djibouti$197.5 million0.7%
38.Netherlands$196.4 million0.7%
39.Romania$194.3 million0.7%
40.Syria$188.4 million0.7%
41.Ethiopia$188.2 million0.7%
42.Jordan$177.8 million0.7%
43.Greece$174.3 million0.6%
44.Lebanon$172.3 million0.6%
45.Peru$171.1 million0.6%
46.Angola$161.1 million0.6%
47.Kenya$157.7 million0.6%
48.Vietnam$154.8 million0.6%
49.Turkey$153.4 million0.6%
50.Singapore$152.4 million0.6%
51.Hungary$148.9 million0.6%
52.Colombia$136.8 million0.5%
53.Bulgaria$124.5 million0.5%
54.Venezuela$118.4 million0.4%
55.Tunisia$116.7 million0.4%
56.Philippines$116.2 million0.4%
57.Poland$114.1 million0.4%
58.Belarus$109.3 million0.4%
59.Ireland$100.9 million0.4%
60.New Zealand$100.6 million0.4%
61.Hong Kong$98.8 million0.4%
62.Austria$96.1 million0.4%
63.Côte d'Ivoire$94.6 million0.4%
64.Ghana$89.8 million0.3%
65.Croatia$83.8 million0.3%
66.Haiti$82.3 million0.3%
67.Norway$78.2 million0.3%
68.Senegal$77.2 million0.3%
69.Finland$76.8 million0.3%
70.Bahrain$74.7 million0.3%
71.Kuwait$72.8 million0.3%
72.Bosnia/Herzegovina$68.2 million0.3%
73.Georgia$65.4 million0.2%
74.Czech Republic$62.3 million0.2%
75.Tanzania$60.9 million0.2%
76.Pakistan$58.8 million0.2%
77.Dominican Republic$58.7 million0.2%
78.Laos$58 million0.2%
79.Namibia$57 million0.2%
80.Uruguay$56.1 million0.2%
81.Oman$55.7 million0.2%
82.Switzerland$55.6 million0.2%
83.Rwanda$53.3 million0.2%
84.Mexico$52.8 million0.2%
85.Australia$46.1 million0.2%
86.Denmark$45.5 million0.2%
87.Madagascar$45.4 million0.2%
88.Libya$41.8 million0.2%
89.Slovenia$41.5 million0.2%
90.Sweden$41.2 million0.2%
91.Botswana$41.1 million0.2%
92.Kyrgyzstan$39.2 million0.1%
93.Macedonia$37.1 million0.1%
94.Slovakia$36.4 million0.1%
95.Trinidad/Tobago$36.3 million0.1%
96.Mauritius$36 million0.1%
97.Mauritania$35.3 million0.1%
98.Benin$32.5 million0.1%
99.Guinea$32 million0.1%
100.Jamaica$31.7 million0.1%
101.Ukraine$31.3 million0.1%
102.Cameroon$30.5 million0.1%
103.Burkina Faso$30.4 million0.1%
104.Albania$30.1 million0.1%
105.Democratic Rep. Congo$29.4 million0.1%
106.Latvia$28.9 million0.1%
107.Gambia$28.9 million0.1%
108.Ecuador$25.1 million0.1%
109.Niger$24.9 million0.1%
110.Nepal$23 million0.1%
111.Armenia$22.9 million0.1%
112.Eritrea$22.9 million0.1%
113.Lithuania$22.6 million0.1%
114.Mongolia$20.3 million0.1%
115.Tajikistan$18.3 million0.1%
116.Malta$17.4 million0.1%
117.Moldova$16.2 million0.1%
118.Togo$15.3 million0.1%
119.Estonia$14.3 million0.1%
120.Zimbabwe$13.9 million0.1%
121.Sierra Leone$13 million0.05%
122.Azerbaijan$12.7 million0.05%
123.Palestine$12.6 million0.05%
124.Uganda$12.5 million0.05%
125.Qatar$12.3 million0.05%
126.Cyprus$12 million0.04%
127.Uzbekistan$11.9 million0.04%
128.Suriname$10.7 million0.04%
129.Liberia$10.5 million0.04%
130.Burundi$10.4 million0.04%
131.Papua New Guinea$10.3 million0.04%
132.Afghanistan$10.3 million0.04%
133.Lesotho$9.7 million0.04%
134.Barbados$8.4 million0.03%
135.Mali$8.2 million0.03%
136.Maldives$7.6 million0.03%
137.Mozambique$7.5 million0.03%
138.Montenegro$7.4 million0.03%
139.Cabo Verde$7.3 million0.03%
140.Central African Rep.$6.5 million0.02%
141.Iceland$6.3 million0.02%
142.Costa Rica$5.7 million0.02%
143.Fiji$5.6 million0.02%
144.Samoa$5.5 million0.02%
145.Bahamas$5.5 million0.02%
146.Macao$5.3 million0.02%
147.Luxembourg$5 million0.02%
148.French Polynesia$4.9 million0.02%
149.Congo$4.7 million0.02%
150.New Caledonia$4.6 million0.02%
151.Solomon Islands$4.4 million0.02%
152.Gabon$4.4 million0.02%
153.Brunei Darussalam$4.4 million0.02%
154.Guinea-Bissau$4.3 million0.02%
155.Timor-Leste$3.8 million0.01%
156.Guyana$3.5 million0.01%
157.Comoros$3.5 million0.01%
158.Curaçao$3.4 million0.01%
159.Equatorial Guinea$3.4 million0.01%
160.Kiribati$3.2 million0.01%
161.St Vincent/Grenadines$2.3 million0.01%
162.Saint Lucia$2.1 million0.01%
163.US Minor Outlying Is.$2 million0.01%
164.Vanuatu$1.9 million0.01%
165.Turkmenistan$1.8 million0.01%
166.Grenada$1.8 million0.01%
167.Aruba$1.7 million0.01%
168.Sao Tome/Principe$1.7 million0.01%
169.Bhutan$1.5 million0.01%
170.Antigua/Barbuda$1.4 million0.01%
171.Dominica$1.4 million0.01%
172.Thailand$1.3 million0.01%
173.Serbia$1.3 million0.00%
174.Greenland$1.3 million0.005%
175.Micronesia$1.2 million0.004%
176.Seychelles$1.1 million0.004%
177.Brazil$1.1 million0.004%
178.Andorra$1.1 million0.004%
179.Belize$1 million0.004%
180.Bermuda$967,0000.004%
181.Panama$962,0000.004%
182.Saint Kitts/Nevis$902,0000.003%
183.North Korea$783,0000.003%
184.Cayman Islands$675,0000.003%
185.Tonga$650,0000.002%
186.Faroe Islands$644,0000.002%
187.Zambia$546,0000.002%
188.Swaziland$485,0000.002%
189.Argentina$439,0000.002%
190.St Maarten (Dutch part)$402,0000.001%
191.Honduras$364,0000.001%
192.British Virgin Islands$364,0000.001%
193.Nauru$296,0000.001%
194.Marshall Islands$294,0000.001%
195.Turks/Caicos Islands$276,0000.001%
196.Cook Islands$250,0000.001%
197.Tuvalu$227,0000.001%
198.Gibraltar$199,0000.001%
199.Paraguay$166,0000.001%
200.Palau$154,0000.001%
201.Netherlands Antilles$154,0000.001%
202.Northern Mariana Is.$145,0000.001%
203.Wallis/Futuna Islands$144,0000.001%
204.Guatemala$144,0000.001%
205.Bolivia$118,0000.000%
206.Anguilla$79,0000.000%
207.Nicaragua$76,0000.0003%
208.El Salvador$71,0000.0003%
209.Malawi$69,0000.0003%
210.Chad$63,0000.0002%
211.Saint Helena$56,0000.0002%
212.St. Pierre/Miquelon$47,0000.0002%
213.Montserrat$46,0000.0002%
214.Cuba$41,0000.0002%
215.Norfolk Island$41,0000.0002%
216.Niue$24,0000.0001%
217.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$11,0000.00004%
218.Falkland Is. (Malvinas)$4,0000.00001%
219.Pitcairn$2,0000.00001%


See also Sugar Exports by Country, America’s Top Trading Partners and Highest Value Chinese Import Products

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 5, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 5, 2017

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on June 5, 2017