Which Country Imports the Most Food?

Food Imports (As % of Merchandise Imports) (%), 2014 or latest
Agriculture | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 144 countries in 2014, Benin ranked the highest in food as a share of merchandise imports with 36.9% followed by Gambia and Yemen. On the other end of the scale was Argentina with 2.46%, Singapore with 3.34% and India with 3.97%.

Average food as a share of merchandise imports reached 7.67% in 2014 in the World according to Faostat. This is 0.097 % less than in the previous year and 8.52 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, average food as a share of merchandise imports reached an all time high of 20.9% in 1962 and an all time low of 6.34% in 2006. The average annual growth amounted to -1.91 % since 1962.

Data for more countries are available at Food Imports (As % of Merchandise Imports) indicator page.

Food Imports (As % of Merchandise Imports) Unit 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Benin % 36.1% 31.1% 31.9% 33.9% 37.9%
Burundi % 11.2% 12.5% 13.7% 24.7% 30.1%
Cameroon % 23.8% 26.8% 17.7% 25.1% 19.4%
Central African Republic % 25.9% 39.3% 28.1% 31.2% 29.6%
Comoros % 41.1% 38.2% 37.5% 40.6% 46.2% ...
Egypt % 17.2% 17.2% 19.1% 23.7% 22.4%
Fiji % 16.2% 20.6% 18.4% 20.9% 21.1%
Gambia % 29.8% 34.3% 36.1% 32.8% 33.2%
Guinea % 13.2% ... ... ... ...
Maldives % 15.9% 22.2% 22.4% 21.0% 21.2%
Mauritius % 20.9% 21.6% 21.1% 21.3% 21.6%
Niger % 24.9% 15.5% 15.1% 15.8% 31.7%
Nigeria % 9.78% 11.8% 10.2% 30.6% 22.7%
Senegal % 25.9% 24.2% 22.4% 23.0% 24.1%
Yemen % 24.8% 27.8% 30.8% 31.5% 32.5%