Global trade flows

Around the world, the supply and demand for raw sugar is concentrated while, in comparison, the white sugar market is much more widely distributed.

IBrazil is both the biggest producer and exporter of raw sugar in the western hemisphere. Its most important market is the Far East, which is the largest consumer of raw sugar in the eastern hemisphere. In addition, Brazil supplies significant volumes of raw sugar to Africa and the Middle East.

For white sugar, Asia is the main production and exporting region, with India and Thailand the leading individual countries. Brazil is also a major producer and exporter. Africa and the Far East are the largest consumers.

Main global trade flows, Raw Sugar 2016

Note: Country and region figures are estimates for total imports / exports. However some minor trade flows (indicated by arrows) are not shown so in some cases there are small discrepancies between the total and trade flow figures shown.

Main Global Trade Flows, White sugar 2016

Note: Country and region figures are estimates for total imports / exports. However some minor trade flows (indicated by arrows) are not shown so in some cases there are small discrepancies between the total and trade flow figures shown.