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China’s wheat gluten export and import both increased in 2018

China’s wheat gluten export and import both increased in 20182019.05.15

Wheat gluten is the main protein of wheat, and can be used in a wide variety of applications including milling, bakery products, meats, pasta, breading, etc. Wheat gluten is usually made by washing starch from wheat flour and carefully drying the remaining high protein gluten in order to retain the native properties of the wheat gluten.


In 2018, a total of 1,007,873 tons of wheat gluten (HS 110900 wheat gluten, whether or not dried) have been exported around the world. Belgium is the number one wheat gluten exporter, followed by France and Germany, with the share in the world’s export value of 21.7%, 17.6% and 13.9% respectively. China is the 5th wheat gluten exporter in 2018, accounting for 10.6% in the world’s wheat gluten export value.



(Data Source: ITC)


According to the data from ITC, China has exported 110,925 MT of wheat gluten in 2018, seeing a 24.5% YoY increase. During the past five years, the wheat gluten exported from China has shown an unstable path, first it rose to 148,953 MT in 2015 and then plunged to 89,125 MT in 2017.




(Data Source: ITC)


China’s wheat gluten export value during this period has also shown a similar path, which peaked at 203,108 thousand USD in 2015 and bottomed at 133,794 thousand USD in 2017.   



(Data Source: ITC)


In 2018, Netherlands is the largest wheat gluten importer from China with the import weight of 26,182 MT, followed by Vietnam, Chile, India, Australia, Thailand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and South Korea as the top 10 wheat gluten importers from China.



(Data Source: ITC)


In terms of China’s wheat gluten import, it shows an increasing trend in the past five years despite of a minor decrease in 2016. In 2018, China has imported 1,275 MT of wheat gluten, seeing a 14.1% YoY growth.




(Data Source: ITC)


In 2018, China mainly imports the wheat gluten from France, Germany and Lithuania, and these top three exporters account for more than 80% in China’s wheat gluten import value. 



(Data Source: ITC)

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