Sugar Imports by Country

Imported Sugar by Country

Brown/white sugar

Global purchases of imported sugar totaled US$30 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of sugar imports for all importing countries fell by an average -6.2% since 2013 when sugar purchases were valued at $31.9 billion. Year over year, exported sugar appreciated by 7.5% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported sugar during 2017 with purchases valued at $14.3 billion or 47.7% of the global total.

In second place were African importers at 21.2% while 18.4% of worldwide sugar imports were delivered to Europe. North American nations represent 7.5% of globally imported sugar, trailed by Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (3.3%) then Oceania (0.6%) including Australia.

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 2017:

  1. Indonesia: US$2.3 billion (7.8% of total sugar imports)
  2. United States: $1.7 billion (5.7%)
  3. Bangladesh: $1.10 billion (3.7%)
  4. China: $1.08 billion (3.6%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: $1 billion (3.4%)
  6. Algeria: $988.4 million (3.3%)
  7. Malaysia: $917.8 million (3.1%)
  8. Italy: $903.6 million (3%)
  9. South Korea: $850.1 million (2.8%)
  10. Egypt: $799.8 million (2.7%)
  11. India: $774.5 million (2.6%)
  12. Spain: $654.7 million (2.2%)
  13. Saudi Arabia: $604.5 million (2%)
  14. Kenya: $575.3 million (1.9%)
  15. Iraq: $557 million (1.9%)

The listed 15 countries purchased roughly half (49.7%) of all sugar imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for sugar since 2013 were: Egypt (up 345.2%), Kenya (up 226.8%), India (up 107.8%) and Bangladesh (up 67.7%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported sugar purchases were led by: China (down -47.9%), Spain (down -36.9%), Saudi Arabia (down -33.1%) and Italy (down -33%).

Indonesia

Sugar Imports into Indonesia

Below are the top 12 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 2013.

  1. Thailand: US$1.2 billion (up 77.6% from 2013)
  2. Brazil: $669.6 million (up 17%)
  3. Australia: $354.6 million (up 2.3%)
  4. Cuba: $59.5 million (no 2013 data)
  5. Guatemala: $45.9 million (up 711.5%)
  6. El Salvador: $39.1 million (down -28.3%)
  7. Costa Rica: $12.4 million (down -39.4%)
  8. South Korea: $5.7 million (up 25.1%)
  9. Hong Kong: $1.7 million (down -49.4%)
  10. Singapore: $677,000 (up 14.4%)
  11. Malaysia: $509,000 (down -92.1%)
  12. Japan: $13,000 (up 333.3%)

The listed 12 countries shipped 100% of all Indonesian sugar imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of sugar to Indonesia since 2013 were: Guatemala (up 711.5%), Japan (up 333.3%), Thailand (up 77.6%) and South Korea (up 25.1%).

Four countries experienced declines in the value of their sugar supplies to Indonesian importers namely Malaysia (down -92.1%), Hong Kong (down -49.4%), Costa Rica (down -39.4%) and El Salvador (down -28.3%).

Overall, the value of Indonesian sugar imports rose by an average 35.7% from all supplying countries since 2013 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 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Mexico: US$637.6 million (down -45% from 2013)
  2. Brazil: $156 million (up 118.9%)
  3. Philippines: $110.4 million (up 199.1%)
  4. Guatemala: $107.4 million (up 123.3%)
  5. Dominican Republic: $103.5 million (up 71.8%)
  6. Australia: $70.9 million (up 151.3%)
  7. Colombia: $69.9 million (up 137%)
  8. Costa Rica: $52.5 million (up 201.4%)
  9. Paraguay: $47.6 million (down -12.6%)
  10. Nicaragua: $46.8 million (up 54.1%)
  11. El Salvador: $38.9 million (down -16.6%)
  12. South Africa: $37 million (up 4,521%)
  13. Peru: $31.2 million (up 129.3%)
  14. Argentina: $26.8 million (up 355.6%)
  15. Panama: $24.9 million (up 29.9%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 91.3% of all American sugar imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of sugar to America’s since 2013 were: South Africa (up 4,521%), Argentina (up 355.6%), Costa Rica (up 201.4%) and Philippines (up 199.1%).

Three countries experienced declines in the value of their sugar supplied to America importers namely Mexico (down -45%), El Salvador (down -16.6%) and Paraguay (down -12.6%).

Overall, the value of America sugar imports were up by an average 1.4% from all supplying countries since 2013 when sugar purchases were valued at $1.7 billion.

Bangl.

Sugar Imports into Bangladesh

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Bangladesh imported the highest dollar value worth of sugar during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Brazil: US$750.8 million (down -10.9% from 2013)
  2. Singapore: $29.4 million (up 2,165%)
  3. Belize: $20 million (no 2013 data)
  4. India: $9.4 million (down -95.3%)
  5. United Kingdom: $8.5 million (up 27,335%)
  6. Malaysia: $2.4 million (up 212.8%)
  7. Australia: $1.5 million (down -1.6%)
  8. Thailand: $167,000 (down -99.9%)
  9. South Korea: $116,000 (down -76.8%)
  10. Yemen: $54,000 (no 2013 data)
  11. China: $27,000 (down -65.8%)
  12. Germany: $17,000 (down -92.4%)
  13. Switzerland: $12,000 (up 71.4%)
  14. United Arab Emirates: $2,000 (down -93.8%)
  15. United States: $2,000 (down -33.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped very close to 100% of all Bangladeshi sugar imports in 2017.

Four of the above exporters expanded their sugar supplies to Bangladesh since 2013 namely United Kingdom (up 27,336%), Singapore (up 2,165%), Malaysia (up 212.8%) and Switzerland (up 71.4%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their sugar supplied to Bangladeshi importers included: Thailand (down -99.9%), India (down -95.3%), United Arab Emirates (down -93.8%) and Germany (down -92.4%).

Overall, the value of Bangladeshi sugar imports dropped by an average -29% from all supplying countries since 2013 when sugar purchases were valued at $1.2 billion.

China

Sugar Imports into China

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of sugar during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Brazil: US$369.8 million (down -74.2% from 2013)
  2. Cuba: $210.2 million (down -6.5%)
  3. Thailand: $144.2 million (up 122.4%)
  4. South Korea: $101.3 million (down -25.8%)
  5. Australia: $69.4 million (up 57.1%)
  6. El Salvador: $43 million (up 21.1%)
  7. Philippines: $37.8 million (no 2013 data)
  8. South Africa: $27.2 million (no 2013 data)
  9. Costa Rica: $21.6 million (no 2013 data%)
  10. United Arab Emirates: $14 million (up 464,900%)
  11. Guatemala: $8.5 million (down -94.5%)
  12. Vietnam: $7 million (up 5,207%)
  13. Cambodia: $4.9 million (up 263.5%)
  14. Nicaragua: $4.4 million (no 2013 data)
  15. Pakistan: $3.8 million (up 325.8%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.9% of all Chinese sugar imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of sugar to China since 2013 were: United Arab Emirates (up 464,900%), Vietnam (up 5,207%), Pakistan (up 325.8%) and Cambodia (up 263.5%).

Four countries experienced declines in the value of their sugar supplied to Chinese importers namely Guatemala (down -94.5%), Brazil (down -74.2%), South Korea (down -25.8%) and Cuba (down -6.5%).

Overall, the value of Indian sugar imports fell by an average -47.9% from all supplying countries since 2013 when sugar purchases were valued at $2.1 billion.



 

Searchable List of Sugar Importing Countries

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RankImporter2017 Sugar Imports% World Total
1.IndonesiaUS$2.3 billion7.8%
2.United States$1.7 billion5.7%
3.Bangladesh$1.11 billion3.7%
4.China$1.08 billion3.6%
5.United Arab Emirates$1 billion3.4%
6.Algeria$988.4 million3.3%
7.Malaysia$917.8 million3.1%
8.Italy$903.6 million3%
9.South Korea$850.1 million2.8%
10.Egypt$799.8 million2.7%
11.India$774.5 million2.6%
12.Spain$654.7 million2.2%
13.Saudi Arabia$604.5 million2%
14.Kenya$575.3 million1.9%
15.Iraq$557 million1.9%
16.Japan$547.2 million1.8%
17.Nigeria$541.2 million1.8%
18.United Kingdom$540.3 million1.8%
19.Belgium$510.1 million1.7%
20.Morocco$508.9 million1.7%
21.Myanmar (Burma)$487.5 million1.6%
22.South Africa$474.5 million1.6%
23.Canada$464.8 million1.6%
24.Taiwan$413.1 million1.4%
25.Germany$407.8 million1.4%
26.Sudan$353.1 million1.2%
27.Yemen$349.8 million1.2%
28.Iran$294 million1%
29.Cambodia$292.8 million1%
30.Peru$269.9 million0.9%
31.France$250.5 million0.8%
32.Afghanistan$248 million0.8%
33.Sri Lanka$246.6 million0.8%
34.Somalia$234.5 million0.8%
35.Kazakhstan$216.6 million0.7%
36.Greece$212.9 million0.7%
37.Angola$208.1 million0.7%
38.Portugal$208 million0.7%
39.Ethiopia$192.6 million0.6%
40.Jordan$190 million0.6%
41.Romania$187.5 million0.6%
42.Syria$184.5 million0.6%
43.Chile$178.7 million0.6%
44.Israel$173.1 million0.6%
45.Ghana$172.4 million0.6%
46.Tunisia$165.4 million0.6%
47.Lebanon$162.7 million0.5%
48.Netherlands$157.7 million0.5%
49.Singapore$144.7 million0.5%
50.Russia$130.7 million0.4%
51.Togo$129.1 million0.4%
52.Venezuela$128.1 million0.4%
53.Côte d'Ivoire$125.3 million0.4%
54.Turkey$120.3 million0.4%
55.New Zealand$117.1 million0.4%
56.Bulgaria$116.9 million0.4%
57.Hong Kong$110.4 million0.4%
58.Colombia$107.5 million0.4%
59.Hungary$105.1 million0.4%
60.Uganda$102 million0.3%
61.Senegal$101.4 million0.3%
62.Libya$98.2 million0.3%
63.Democ. Rep. Congo$95.7 million0.3%
64.Austria$94.7 million0.3%
65.Vietnam$94.6 million0.3%
66.Ireland$92.1 million0.3%
67.Croatia$88.6 million0.3%
68.Norway$86.6 million0.3%
69.Laos$84.4 million0.3%
70.Poland$81.9 million0.3%
71.Djibouti$79.8 million0.3%
72.Tanzania$78.7 million0.3%
73.Kuwait$77 million0.3%
74.Mexico$76.6 million0.3%
75.Azerbaijan$76.1 million0.3%
76.Finland$71.7 million0.2%
77.Bosnia/Herzegovina$71.7 million0.2%
78.Haiti$69.6 million0.2%
79.Madagascar$68.0 million0.2%
80.Uzbekistan$67.6 million0.2%
81.Georgia$67.6 million0.2%
82.Czech Republic$66.9 million0.2%
83.Gambia$65.7 million0.2%
84.Nepal$60.3 million0.2%
85.Mauritius$58.4 million0.2%
86.Switzerland$58.4 million0.2%
87.Benin$57.9 million0.2%
88.Mauritania$57.5 million0.2%
89.Namibia$55.7 million0.2%
90.Armenia$53.6 million0.2%
91.Cameroon$52 million0.2%
92.Uruguay$52 million0.2%
93.Guinea$50 million0.2%
94.Sweden$48.8 million0.2%
95.Oman$47.9 million0.2%
96.Ecuador$42 million0.1%
97.Slovenia$41.4 million0.1%
98.Slovakia$40.8 million0.1%
99.Jamaica$40.5 million0.1%
100.Botswana$39 million0.1%
101.Denmark$38.5 million0.1%
102.Macedonia$38.2 million0.1%
103.North Korea$35.5 million0.1%
104.Rwanda$31.9 million0.1%
105.Philippines$30.2 million0.1%
106.Belarus$30 million0.1%
107.Latvia$28.8 million0.1%
108.Bahrain$27 million0.1%
109.Montenegro$26.3 million0.1%
110.Moldova$25.1 million0.1%
111.Tajikistan$24.9 million0.1%
112.Trinidad/Tobago$24.9 million0.1%
113.Qatar$23.1 million0.1%
114.Kyrgyzstan$21.4 million0.1%
115.Australia$20.2 million0.1%
116.Mongolia$20.1 million0.1%
117.Lithuania$18.7 million0.1%
118.Palestine$17.8 million0.1%
119.Estonia$17.1 million0.1%
120.Sierra Leone$16.3 million0.1%
121.Eritrea$16 million0.1%
122.Suriname$14.8 million0.05%
123.Malta$14.4 million0.05%
124.Papua New Guinea$14.3 million0.05%
125.Turkmenistan$13 million0.04%
126.Bahamas$12.5 million0.04%
127.Cyprus$12.3 million0.04%
128.Lesotho$11.7 million0.04%
129.Central African Rep$10.1 million0.03%
130.Niger$10 million0.03%
131.Dominican Republic$9.6 million0.03%
132.Burundi$9.2 million0.03%
133.Liberia$9.1 million0.03%
134.Cabo Verde$8.7 million0.03%
135.Bolivia$8.6 million0.03%
136.Barbados$7.3 million0.02%
137.US Minor Outlying Is$7.2 million0.02%
138.Albania$6.8 million0.02%
139.Iceland$6.7 million0.02%
140.South Sudan$6.2 million0.02%
141.Mozambique$6 million0.02%
142.Congo$6 million0.02%
143.Mali$6 million0.02%
144.Costa Rica$5.9 million0.02%
145.Macao$5.8 million0.02%
146.Guyana$5.8 million0.02%
147.Samoa$5.7 million0.02%
148.French Polynesia$5.7 million0.02%
149.Pakistan$5.3 million0.02%
150.Luxembourg$5.2 million0.02%
151.Fiji$4.9 million0.02%
152.Burkina Faso$4.9 million0.02%
153.Timor-Leste$4.8 million0.02%
154.Comoros$4.7 million0.02%
155.Solomon Islands$4.7 million0.02%
156.New Caledonia$4.5 million0.02%
157.Equatorial Guinea$3.9 million0.01%
158.Kiribati$3.9 million0.01%
159.Gabon$3.9 million0.01%
160.Brunei Darussalam$3.3 million0.01%
161.Curaçao$2.5 million0.01%
162.Bhutan$2.5 million0.01%
163.Paraguay$1.9 million0.01%
164.Saint Lucia$1.8 million0.01%
165.Sao Tome/Principe$1.8 million0.01%
166.Brazil$1.8 million0.01%
167.Aruba$1.8 million0.01%
168.Antigua/Barbuda$1.7 million0.01%
169.Grenada$1.6 million0.01%
170.Serbia$1.5 million0.01%
171.Vanuatu$1.5 million0.01%
172.Belize$1.5 million0.01%
173.Guinea-Bissau$1.4 million0.005%
174.Zimbabwe$1.4 million0.005%
175.Micronesia$1.4 million0.005%
176.Ukraine$1.3 million0.004%
177.Greenland$1.2 million0.004%
178.Panama$1.1 million0.004%
179.Andorra$1.1 million0.004%
180.Maldives$935,0000.003%
181.Saint Kitts/Nevis$909,0000.003%
182.Bermuda$902,0000.003%
183.Tonga$882,0000.003%
184.Seychelles$848,0000.003%
185.St Vincent/Grenadines$815,0000.003%
186.Cayman Islands$737,0000.002%
187.Faroe Islands$677,0000.002%
188.Thailand$583,0000.002%
189.Swaziland$571,0000.002%
190.Argentina$475,0000.002%
191.Dominica$403,0000.001%
192.Chad$351,0000.001%
193.British Virgin Is$338,0000.001%
194.Cook Islands$278,0000.001%
195.Gibraltar$274,0000.001%
196.Marshall Islands$272,0000.001%
197.Turks/Caicos Is$255,0000.001%
198.Northern Mariana Is$250,0000.001%
199.Honduras$232,0000.001%
200.Tuvalu$222,0000.001%
201.Wallis/Futuna Is$201,0000.001%
202.Palau$171,0000.001%
203.Guatemala$133,0000.0004%
204.Zambia$127,0000.0004%
205.Nauru$126,0000.0004%
206.El Salvador$73,0000.0002%
207.Nicaragua$72,0000.0002%
208.Saint Helena$66,0000.0002%
209.Malawi$62,0000.0002%
210.Montserrat$45,0000.0002%
211.St Maarten (Dutch)$43,0000.0001%
212.Norfolk Island$37,0000.0001%
213.Anguilla$29,0000.0001%
214.St. Pierre/Miquelon$29,0000.0001%
215.Cuba$21,0000.0001%
216.Niue$19,0000.0001%
217.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$11,0000.00004%
218.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$5,0000.00002%
219.Tokelau$5,0000.00002%
220.Pitcairn$1,0000.000003%


See also Sugar Exports by Country, America’s Top Trading Partners and China’s Top 10 Imports

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 31, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 31, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on May 31, 2018