April 18, 2008 / 2:28 PM / 10 years ago

FACTBOX-The world's biggest exporters and importers of food

 GENEVA, April 18 (Reuters) - The following lists the biggest
exporters and importers of food in 2006, according to the World
Trade Organisation (WTO) statistics.
Country              value            share in world
                                       exports/imports
                      US$ billion      percent
 EXPORTERS
  1. European Union         79.64      10.2
  2. United States          69.21       9.2
  3. Brazil                 34.34       4.5
  4. China                  27.86       3.7
  5. Canada                 27.10       3.6
  6. Argentina              20.74       2.7
  7. Australia              17.94       2.4
  8. Thailand               14.71       1.9
  9. Mexico                 13.69       1.8
 10. Indonesia              11.95       1.6
 11. India                  11.21       1.5
 12. Malaysia               11.18       1.5
 13. New Zealand            10.93       1.4
 14. Chile                   8.56       1.1
 15. Russia                  8.39       1.1
 IMPORTERS
  1. European Union         96.19      12.0
  2. United States          80.28      10.0
  3. Japan                  52.17       6.5
  4. China                  22.92       2.9
  5. Russia                 21.78       2.7
  6. Canada                 20.03       2.5
  7. Mexico                 15.00       1.9
  8. South Korea            13.04       1.6
  9. Hong Kong (total)       9.47       1.2
 10. Saudi Arabia            8.55       1.1
 11. United Arab Emirates    8.27       1.0
 12. Switzerland             7.37       0.9
 13. Malaysia                6.84       0.9
 14. Taiwan                  6.66       0.8
 15. Australia               6.20       0.8
 NOTE - Hong Kong's retained food imports (excluding
re-exports) were $6.92 billion or 0.9 pct of the world total
 The following table ranks countries by the share of food in
their economy's total merchandise exports or imports in 2006.
Country              value            share in economy's
                                       exports/imports
                      US$ million      percent
 EXPORTERS
  1. Nicaragua                830      80.8
  2. Paraguay               1,445      75.8
  3. Panama                   765      73.0
  4. Uruguay                2,181      55.2
  5. Iceland                1,829      52.9
  6. New Zealand           10,929      48.7
  7. Argentina             20,742      44.5
  8. Ghana                  1,516      40.9
  9. Kenya                  1,340      40.7
 10. Tanzania                 585      34.6
 11. Ivory Coast            2,856      33.9
 12. Guatemala              2,010      33.4
 13. Costa Rica             2,447      29.8
 14. Ecuador                3,431      27.1
 15. Brazil                34,341      25.0
 NOTE - Kenya export figure is for 2005.
 IMPORTERS
  1. Senegal                  858      25.0
  2. Cuba                   1,209      21.7
  3. Yemen                  1,044      21.2
  4. Egypt                  3,979      20.1
  5. Hong Kong              6,924      19.3
  6=. Algeria               4,062      18.9
  6=. Ivory Coast           1,006      18.9
  8. Bosnia                 1,268      17.4
  9. Lebanon                1,463      15.2
 10. Bangladesh             1,911      14.8
 11. Syria                  1,404      14.7
 12. Nigeria                2,928      14.1
 13. Jamaica                  781      13.8
 14. Oman                   1,221      13.6
 15=. Jordan                1,523      13.3
 15=. Russia               21,782      13.3
 NOTE - Cuba import figure is for 2004; Egypt, Bangladesh,
Syria, Nigeria and Oman import figure is for 2005; Hong Kong is
retained imports (total food imports were $9.47 billion or 2.8
pct of total imports including re-exports)
 (Reporting by Jonathan Lynn; Editing by Matthew Jones)



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