Which Country Imports the Most Barley in the World?

Cereals January 16, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

barley market

Global barley imports amounted to 32,880 thousand tonnes in 2015, growing by +13.2% against the previous year level. Overall, the global barley imports indicated a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +5.1% over the last eight years.

The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010, when the output figure increased by +17% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global barley imports reached its maximum volume in 2015, and is likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, global barley imports amounted to $7,926 million in 2015. Overall, the value of global barley imports increased robustly from 2007 to 2015, expanding at an average annual rate of +3.6%. This trend pattern, however, indicated relatively mild fluctuations throughout the analyzed period.

Top Barley Importing Countries in the World

1. China (10,731K Tonnes)
2. Saudi Arabia (6,495K Tonnes)
3. Belgium (1596K Tonnes)
4. Netherlands (1509K Tonnes)
5. Germany (1434K Tonnes)
6. Japan (1111K Tonnes)
7. Spain (826K Tonnes)

Barley Imports By Country

The countries with the highest levels of the barley imports in 2015 were China (10,732 thousand tonnes), Saudi Arabia (6,494 thousand tonnes), Belgium (1,596 thousand tonnes), together accounting for 57% of total imports.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of barley imports among the main importing countries was attained by China (+36.1% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, China (2,859 million USD), Saudi Arabia (1,470 million USD) and Belgium (332 million USD) were the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2015, together accounting for 59% of total imports.

Algeria (+37.2% per year) had the highest growth rates of barley imports among the main importing countries over the last eight years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Barley - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025