An Overview of the Asian Sugar Trade - MECAS(19)06

The Asian Pacific Rim (APR) region is the biggest region on the world sugar balance sheet in terms of consumption and imports. Both production and export statistics for the region lag behind South American figures, due to Brazil, while production in Southern Asia, including India, was also marginally above the APR region’s total in 2017/18. This study reviews and updates the current sugar market situation in selected countries in Asia, and quantifies changes in the regional sugar trade.

APR key parameters:

  • The national requirement and capacity to refine raw sugar imports.
  • Logistic infrastructure in place to handle imports for each refinery location.
  • The changing dynamics around raw sugar imports as a result of changing national policy.
  • Bilateral or multilateral agreements and the demand for white sugar.

The analysis reveals that sugar tradeflows in APR region have become more focused on supply from within the region and more binary in terms of supply routes. However, projected consumption growth will challenge regional producers to expand in order to maintain this intra-regional focus, or alternative supply routes will need to be reinstated.



Regional Sugar Balance 
Recent Changes in RTAs 
Recent Changes in Trade Dynamics 

Sugar Industries and National Refining
Korea / Japan 

The Physical Flow of Raw Sugar across
the Asian Pacific Rim 
Raw Sugar Trade Matrix 
Quality Norms 
Raw Sugar Cargo Sizes 
The Involvement of Tradehouses 
Typical Seasonality / Supply Analysis 

Alternative Tradeflows 

An Overview – Looking Forward 																	
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