Sugar Imports by Country

Imported Sugar by Country

Brown/white sugar

Global purchases of imported sugar cost an estimated US$23.3 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of sugar imports for all importing countries retreated by an average -19.2% since 2014 when sugar purchases cost $28.8 billion. Year over year, imported sugar depreciated by -25% from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries consumed the highest dollar worth of imported sugar during 2018 with purchases valued at $10.8 billion or 46.6% of the global total.

In second place were African importers at 20.6% while 19.6% of worldwide sugar imports were delivered to Europe. North American nations took delivery of 9.4% of globally imported sugar, trailed by Latin America (3.1%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean 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 2018.

  1. Indonesia: US$1.8 billion (7.7% of total sugar imports)
  2. United States: $1.7 billion (7.2%)
  3. China: $1 billion (4.4%)
  4. Malaysia: $735.7 million (3.2%)
  5. Italy: $717 million (3.1%)
  6. Algeria: $687.9 million (3%)
  7. South Korea: $659.1 million (2.8%)
  8. United Arab Emirates: $596.1 million (2.6%)
  9. India: $578 million (2.5%)
  10. Bangladesh: $559.6 million (2.4%)
  11. Spain: $544.6 million (2.3%)
  12. Egypt: $534.2 million (2.3%)
  13. Saudi Arabia: $516.7 million (2.2%)
  14. Myanmar (Burma): $451.5 million (1.9%)
  15. Nigeria: $446.4 million (1.9%)

The listed 15 countries purchased roughly half (49.5%) of all sugar imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for sugar since 2014 were: Myanmar or Burma (up 842.7%), Egypt (up 74.5%), Indonesia (up 35.4%) then India (up 6.2%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported sugar purchases were led by: United Arab Emirates (down -45.8%), Nigeria (down -45.5%), Spain (down -36.1%) then Italy (down -32.6%).

Indonesia

Sugar Imports into Indonesia

Below are the 9 suppliers from which Indonesia imported the highest dollar value worth of sugar during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Thailand: US$1.5 billion (up 110.6% from 2014)
  2. Australia: $314.7 million (down -20.6%)
  3. Brazil: $24.5 million (down -87.6%)
  4. South Korea: $5.0 million (up 5.9%)
  5. Malaysia: $460,000 (down -77.3%)
  6. Singapore: $228,000 (up 338.5%)
  7. Germany: $133,000 (up 280%)
  8. United States: $109,000 (up 5,350%)
  9. Japan: $35,000 (up 1066.7%)

The listed 9 countries shipped 100% of Indonesia’s sugar imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of sugar to Indonesia since 2014 were: United States (up 5,350%), Japan (up 1,067%), Singapore (up 338.5%) and Germany (up 280%).

Four countries experienced declines in the value of their sugar supplies to Indonesian importers namely Brazil (down -87.6%), Malaysia (down -77.3%) and Australia (down -20.6%).

Overall, the value of Indonesia’s sugar imports expanded by an average 35.4% from all supplying countries since 2014 when sugar purchases were valued at $1.3 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 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Mexico: US$672.4 million (down -13.1% from 2014)
  2. Brazil: $208.9 million (up 39.6%)
  3. Guatemala: $134 million (down -7.1%)
  4. Dominican Republic: $103.9 million (up 88.2%)
  5. Colombia: $97.3 million (up 59.6%)
  6. Philippines: $64.5 million (up 39.5%)
  7. El Salvador: $46.3 million (down -37.2%)
  8. Nicaragua: $43.1 million (up 35.6%)
  9. Argentina: $38.7 million (up 118.7%)
  10. Costa Rica: $32.6 million (down -1.9%)
  11. Australia: $27.3 million (down -40.5%)
  12. Paraguay: $27 million (down -53.6%)
  13. Panama: $24.4 million (up 65.4%)
  14. Honduras: $18 million (down -15.4%)
  15. South Africa: $15.5 million (down -45%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 93.3% of America’s sugar imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of sugar to America since 2014 were: Argentina (up 118.7%), Dominican Republic (up 88.2%), Panama (up 65.4%) and Colombia (up 59.6%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their sugar supplied to US importers included: Paraguay (down -53.6%), South Africa (down -45%), Australia (down -40.5%) and El Salvador (down -37.2%).

Overall, the value of America’s sugar imports fell by an average -2.5% from all supplying countries since 2014 when sugar purchases were valued at $1.7 billion.

China

Sugar Imports into China

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of sugar during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Brazil: US$222.9 million (down -74.1% from 2014)
  2. Cuba: $153.4 million (down -27%)
  3. Thailand: $108.9 million (down -48.4%)
  4. South Korea: $87.4 million (down -22.5%)
  5. El Salvador: $79.8 million (no 2014 data)
  6. Nicaragua: $66.3 million (no 2014 data)
  7. Australia: $54 million (down -22.3%)
  8. South Africa: $49.9 million (no 2014 data)
  9. Costa Rica: $32.6 million (up 73,902%)
  10. Eswatini: $26.7 million (no 2014 data)
  11. Cambodia: $24.8 million (up 2,665%)
  12. Laos: $21.4 million (no 2014 data)
  13. Vietnam: $15.8 million (no 2014 data)
  14. Honduras: $13.6 million (no 2014 data)
  15. Colombia: $11.4 million (up 7,687%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 94.0% of China’s sugar imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of sugar to China since 2014 were: Costa Rica (up 73,902%), Colombia (up 7,687%) then Cambodia (up 2,665%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their sugar supplied to Chinese importers included: Brazil (down -74.1%), Thailand (down -48.4%), Cuba (down -27%) then South Korea (down -22.5%).

Overall, the value of China’s sugar imports declined by an average -31.1% from all supplying countries since 2014 when sugar purchases were valued at $1.5 billion.

Malaysia

Sugar Imports into Malaysia

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Malaysia imported the highest dollar value worth of sugar during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Brazil: US$391.4 million (down -29% from 2014)
  2. Thailand: $206.1 million (down -28.8%)
  3. South Africa: $75.7 million (no 2014 data)
  4. Australia: $59.4 million (down -38.2%)
  5. China: $1.2 million (down -5.1%)
  6. India: $570,000 (down -99%)
  7. South Korea: $320,000 (up 357.1%)
  8. Singapore: $218,000 (up 847.8%)
  9. Indonesia: $147,000 (up 1,236%)
  10. United States: $147,000 (up 5.8%)
  11. Taiwan: $132,000 (up 3,200%)
  12. Pakistan: $102,000 (down -84.8%)
  13. Philippines: $84,000 (up 833.3%)
  14. Argentina: $50,000 (no 2014 data)
  15. Mauritius: $50,000 (up 233.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped almost 100% of Malaysia’s sugar imported in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of sugar to Malaysia since 2014 were: Taiwan (up 3,200%), Indonesia (up 1,236%), Singapore (up 847.8%) then Philippines (up 833.3%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their sugar supplied to Malaysian importers included: India (down -99%), Pakistan (down -84.8%), Australia (down -38.2%) then Brazil (down -29%).

Overall, the value of Malaysia’s sugar imports shrank by an average 26.1% from all supplying countries since 2014 when sugar purchases were valued at $995 million.



 

Searchable List of Sugar Importing Countries in 2018

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RankImporterSugar Imports (US$)%World Total
1.Indonesia$1.8 billion7.7%
2.United States$1.7 billion7.2%
3.China$1 billion4.4%
4.Malaysia$735.7 million3.2%
5.Italy$717 million3.1%
6.Algeria$687.9 million3%
7.South Korea$659.1 million2.8%
8.United Arab Emirates$596.1 million2.6%
9.India$578 million2.5%
10.Bangladesh$559.6 million2.4%
11.Spain$544.6 million2.3%
12.Egypt$534.2 million2.3%
13.Saudi Arabia$516.7 million2.2%
14.Myanmar (Burma)$451.5 million1.9%
15.Nigeria$446.4 million1.9%
16.Belgium$427.5 million1.8%
17.Japan$425.3 million1.8%
18.United Kingdom$415.2 million1.8%
19.Canada$409.6 million1.8%
20.Taiwan$384.7 million1.7%
21.Morocco$373.5 million1.6%
22.Iraq$348 million1.5%
23.Germany$340.4 million1.5%
24.Sudan$308.5 million1.3%
25.South Africa$306.9 million1.3%
26.France$242.3 million1%
27.Uzbekistan$221.4 million1%
28.Cambodia$213.7 million0.9%
29.Kenya$210 million0.9%
30.Chile$198.4 million0.9%
31.Netherlands$197.5 million0.8%
32.Philippines$196.9 million0.8%
33.Afghanistan$192.2 million0.8%
34.Yemen$189.7 million0.8%
35.Somalia$183.2 million0.8%
36.Kazakhstan$180.5 million0.8%
37.Ghana$176.8 million0.8%
38.Sri Lanka$168.8 million0.7%
39.Romania$168.3 million0.7%
40.Portugal$156.8 million0.7%
41.Benin$153.5 million0.7%
42.Syrian Arab Republic$152.9 million0.7%
43.Israel$149.4 million0.6%
44.Venezuela$147.5 million0.6%
45.Jordan$146.4 million0.6%
46.Russia$142.5 million0.6%
47.Tunisia$139.4 million0.6%
48.Greece$136.4 million0.6%
49.Djibouti$127.5 million0.5%
50.Tanzania$123.8 million0.5%
51.Singapore$119.6 million0.5%
52.Angola$119.3 million0.5%
53.Peru$118.3 million0.5%
54.Togo$112.1 million0.5%
55.Mexico$107.5 million0.5%
56.Libya$104.6 million0.4%
57.Lebanon$100.5 million0.4%
58.Bulgaria$93.5 million0.4%
59.Hong Kong$92.6 million0.4%
60.New Zealand$87.9 million0.4%
61.Ireland$87.2 million0.4%
62.Turkey$82.9 million0.4%
63.Austria$79.6 million0.3%
64.Hungary$77 million0.3%
65.Democr. Rep. Congo$76.2 million0.3%
66.Uganda$74.7 million0.3%
67.Vietnam$70.6 million0.3%
68.Norway$70.2 million0.3%
69.Poland$66.4 million0.3%
70.Georgia$58.3 million0.3%
71.Tajikistan$56.5 million0.2%
72.Namibia$55.5 million0.2%
73.Czech Republic$52.4 million0.2%
74.Switzerland$52.2 million0.2%
75.Guinea$52.2 million0.2%
76.Laos$50 million0.2%
77.Colombia$48.9 million0.2%
78.Burkina Faso$48.7 million0.2%
79.Finland$46.8 million0.2%
80.Bosnia/Herzegovina$46.3 million0.2%
81.Uruguay$45.4 million0.2%
82.Mauritania$44.8 million0.2%
83.Slovenia$43.4 million0.2%
84.Senegal$43.2 million0.2%
85.Kuwait$43.1 million0.2%
86.Madagascar$42.4 million0.2%
87.Denmark$41.6 million0.2%
88.Sweden$41 million0.2%
89.Slovakia$39 million0.2%
90.Botswana$38.3 million0.2%
91.North Korea$35.2 million0.2%
92.Rwanda$34.8 million0.1%
93.Haiti$34.2 million0.1%
94.Montenegro$30.8 million0.1%
95.North Macedonia$29.9 million0.1%
96.Armenia$29.9 million0.1%
97.Gambia$29.7 million0.1%
98.Qatar$29.2 million0.1%
99.Cameroon$28.2 million0.1%
100.Iran$28.1 million0.1%
101.Belarus$28 million0.1%
102.Paraguay$27.1 million0.1%
103.Mongolia$25.9 million0.1%
104.Latvia$24.4 million0.1%
105.Lithuania$21.7 million0.1%
106.Azerbaijan$20.8 million0.1%
107.Croatia$18.5 million0.1%
108.Nepal$18 million0.1%
109.Cuba$17.7 million0.1%
110.Ecuador$17.5 million0.1%
111.Kyrgyzstan$17.4 million0.1%
112.Albania$17.2 million0.1%
113.Jamaica$16.4 million0.1%
114.Papua New Guinea$16.2 million0.1%
115.Trinidad/Tobago$15.4 million0.1%
116.Oman$15.2 million0.1%
117.Ivory Coast$14.7 million0.1%
118.Estonia$14.1 million0.1%
119.Palestine$13.9 million0.1%
120.Sierra Leone$12.8 million0.1%
121.Australia$11.7 million0.1%
122.Lesotho$11.3 million0.05%
123.Malta$11.2 million0.05%
124.Cyprus$11 million0.05%
125.Bahrain$11 million0.05%
126.Eritrea$10.8 million0.05%
127.Mauritius$10.3 million0.04%
128.Timor-Leste$10.3 million0.04%
129.Liberia$9.9 million0.04%
130.Burundi$9.7 million0.04%
131.Mali$8 million0.03%
132.Brunei Darussalam$8 million0.03%
133.Cabo Verde$6.8 million0.03%
134.Costa Rica$6.5 million0.03%
135.Barbados$6.2 million0.03%
136.Macao$5.6 million0.02%
137.Iceland$5.5 million0.02%
138.Moldova$5.5 million0.02%
139.Luxembourg$5.4 million0.02%
140.Niger$5.3 million0.02%
141.St Vincent/Grenadines$5.2 million0.02%
142.Fiji$5.1 million0.02%
143.Solomon Islands$5.1 million0.02%
144.French Polynesia$4.7 million0.02%
145.Suriname$4.6 million0.02%
146.Bahamas$4.6 million0.02%
147.Guyana$4.2 million0.02%
148.Pakistan$4 million0.02%
149.New Caledonia$3.7 million0.02%
150.Comoros$3.6 million0.02%
151.Gabon$3.5 million0.02%
152.Bhutan$3.3 million0.01%
153.Samoa$3.2 million0.01%
154.Mozambique$3.2 million0.01%
155.Equatorial Guinea$3.1 million0.01%
156.Ethiopia$3.1 million0.01%
157.Chad$3 million0.01%
158.Turkmenistan$2.5 million0.01%
159.Guinea-Bissau$2.4 million0.01%
160.Kiribati$2.1 million0.01%
161.Brazil$2.1 million0.01%
162.Panama$1.9 million0.01%
163.US Minor Outlying Is$1.7 million0.01%
164.Dominican Republic$1.7 million0.01%
165.Curaçao$1.6 million0.01%
166.Zambia$1.6 million0.01%
167.Vanuatu$1.5 million0.01%
168.Ukraine$1.4 million0.01%
169.Greenland$1.2 million0.01%
170.Micronesia$1.1 million0.005%
171.Saint Lucia$1.1 million0.005%
172.Sao Tome/Principe$980,0000.004%
173.Seychelles$959,0000.004%
174.Serbia$930,0000.004%
175.Aruba$921,0000.004%
176.Grenada$916,0000.004%
177.Bermuda$911,0000.004%
178.Tonga$810,0000.003%
179.Andorra$780,0000.003%
180.Maldives$690,0000.003%
181.Congo$678,0000.003%
182.Cayman Islands$640,0000.003%
183.Faroe Islands$594,0000.003%
184.Eswatini$495,0000.002%
185.Antigua/Barbuda$462,0000.002%
186.Thailand$403,0000.002%
187.Bolivia$390,0000.002%
188.Dominica$384,0000.002%
189.Guatemala$317,0000.001%
190.British Virgin Islands$287,0000.001%
191.Honduras$272,0000.001%
192.Argentina$265,0000.001%
193.Cook Islands$253,0000.001%
194.Central African Rep$235,0000.001%
195.Gibraltar$234,0000.001%
196.Marshall Islands$230,0000.001%
197.Turks/Caicos Islands$222,0000.001%
198.Nauru$195,0000.001%
199.Tuvalu$169,0000.001%
200.South Sudan$157,0000.001%
201.Wallis/Futuna Islands$153,0000.001%
202.Saint Kitts and Nevis$151,0000.001%
203.Palau$146,0000.001%
204.Northern Mariana Is$138,0000.001%
205.Belize$138,0000.001%
206.St Maarten (Dutch)$83,0000.0004%
207.Nicaragua$83,0000.0004%
208.Saint Helena$59,0000.0003%
209.Anguilla$48,0000.0002%
210.Malawi$47,0000.0002%
211.El Salvador$44,0000.0002%
212.St. Pierre/Miquelon$35,0000.0002%
213.Niue$31,0000.0001%
214.Norfolk Island$22,0000.0001%
215.Zimbabwe$17,0000.0001%
216.Montserrat$12,0000.0001%
217.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$10,0000.00004%
218.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$7,0000.00003%
219.French S./Antarctic Terr$2,0000.00001%
220.Pitcairn$1,0000.000004%


See also Sugar Exports by Country and America’s Top Trading Partners

Research Sources:
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on April 18, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on April 18, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on April 18, 2019