Brazil and Thailand ship more white sugar onto world trade markets while the WTO forces the European Union to cut its sugar exports by over 80%.

Below are the leading sugar producers predicted for 2010-2011. These producers accounted for nearly 80% of the global sugar total of over 150 million tons in 2009-10. (The international sugar season runs from September to August.)

* Brazil … 30 million tons (20% of global sugar production)
* European Union … 22 million (14.7%)
* India … 20 million (13.3%)
* China … 10 million (6.6%)
* United States … 7 million (4.6%)
* Mexico … 6 million (4%)
* South African Development Community (SADC) … 5.7 million (3.8%)
* Australia … 5.4 million (3.6%)
* Thailand … 5 million (3.3%)
* Russia … 2.7 million (1.8%)

Top producers that also export the highest percentage of their sugar production are Australia (76%), Brazil (59%), Thailand (52%) and the European Union (37%). In contrast, India and Mexico each export just over 5% while China, U.S. and Russia do not sell processed sugar to foreign markets.

Top Ten Sugar Exporters Predicted For 2010-2011

Below are the leading sugar exporters for 2009-10.

* Brazil … 17.7 million tons (39% of global sugar exports)
* European Union … 8.1 million (18%)
* Australia … 4.1 million (9%)
* Thailand … 2.6 million (5.8%)
* SADC … 1.6 million (3.6%)
* Guatemala … 1.5 million (3.3%)
* India … 1.4 million (3.1)
* Persian Gulf … 1.3 million (2.9%)
* South Africa … 1.3 million (2.9%)
* Cuba … 1.2 million (2.7%)

Sources:
This article presents independent calculations and insights based on data, graphics and statistics drawn from illovosugar.com, abareconomic.com and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (fao.org).

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