Principal importing countries of wheat, flour and wheat products from 2014/2015 to 2017/2018 (in 1,000 metric tons)

Major importing countries of wheat flour and products 2014-2018 This statistic shows the principal importing countries of wheat, wheat flour and wheat products worldwide from 2014/2015 to 2016/2017 and provides a forecast for 2017/2018. In 2016/2017, Egypt imported about 11.5 million metric tons of wheat and wheat-derived products.
Wheat

Wheat is one the most widely produced grains in the world, leading the grain market along with corn and rice in production and sales. Wheat is an important trade commodity due to its durability, longevity and its use as flour. The importing and exporting of wheat and wheat products is a complex worldwide business.

As one of the leading wheat importers worldwide, Egypt exercises significant power over the import/export market. Egyptian wheat supplies are not glutinous enough to produce bread, a staple of the Egyptian diet. Local stocks are mixed with imported wheat to achieve acceptable flour. The country hopes to decrease their dependence on wheat imports in years to come.

The United States is one the world’s chief exporters of wheat. As an industry, large-scale grain import and export really took off following the immigration of Europeans to the Americas. The vast, unpopulated prairies provided an ideal environment for establishing large-scale commercial farms capable of producing grains on a level unimaginable to the smaller farms of Europe. The American Great Plains, comprised of Midwestern states such as Oklahoma, Kansas, and the Dakotas, among others, is known as America’s “Breadbasket” or “Grain Belt” due to the high production of grain crops in this region.
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2014/20152015/20162016/20172017/2018*
Egypt11,30011,92511,50012,000
Indonesia7,47810,11610,00010,000
Algeria7,2578,1538,2008,000
Brazil5,8695,9227,7887,200
Japan5,8785,7155,9005,800
Philippines5,0544,9185,6845,650
European Union5,9796,9165,3006,500
Mexico4,4714,8055,2505,200
Nigeria4,2444,4104,9255,000
Turkey5,9604,4054,5005,400
2014/20152015/20162016/20172017/2018*
Egypt11,30011,92511,50012,000
Indonesia7,47810,11610,00010,000
Algeria7,2578,1538,2008,000
Brazil5,8695,9227,7887,200
Japan5,8785,7155,9005,800
Philippines5,0544,9185,6845,650
European Union5,9796,9165,3006,500
Mexico4,4714,8055,2505,200
Nigeria4,2444,4104,9255,000
Turkey5,9604,4054,5005,400
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This statistic shows the principal importing countries of wheat, wheat flour and wheat products worldwide from 2014/2015 to 2016/2017 and provides a forecast for 2017/2018. In 2016/2017, Egypt imported about 11.5 million metric tons of wheat and wheat-derived products.
Wheat

Wheat is one the most widely produced grains in the world, leading the grain market along with corn and rice in production and sales. Wheat is an important trade commodity due to its durability, longevity and its use as flour. The importing and exporting of wheat and wheat products is a complex worldwide business.

As one of the leading wheat importers worldwide, Egypt exercises significant power over the import/export market. Egyptian wheat supplies are not glutinous enough to produce bread, a staple of the Egyptian diet. Local stocks are mixed with imported wheat to achieve acceptable flour. The country hopes to decrease their dependence on wheat imports in years to come.

The United States is one the world’s chief exporters of wheat. As an industry, large-scale grain import and export really took off following the immigration of Europeans to the Americas. The vast, unpopulated prairies provided an ideal environment for establishing large-scale commercial farms capable of producing grains on a level unimaginable to the smaller farms of Europe. The American Great Plains, comprised of Midwestern states such as Oklahoma, Kansas, and the Dakotas, among others, is known as America’s “Breadbasket” or “Grain Belt” due to the high production of grain crops in this region.
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Release date
August 2016
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2014/2015 to 2017/2018
Supplementary notes
All values are Trade Year (TY) data which puts all countries on a uniform, 12-month period for analytical comparisons: trade year for wheat is July/June.
* Forecasts as of August 2017.

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