Malta’s Tapioca Starch Trade: Analyzing Exports and Imports

Despite its relatively small scale, Malta actively participates in the trade of tapioca starch, both as an exporter and importer.

Malta’s Tapioca Starch Exports

In 2021, Malta exported a nominal value of $2 worth of tapioca starch, ranking it as the 103rd largest exporter of this product globally. Among all exported goods from Malta, tapioca starch stood at the 3368th position in terms of export volume. The primary destination for Malta’s tapioca starch exports was the Netherlands, accounting for the entire export value.

Malta’s Tapioca Starch Imports

In 2021, Malta imported a total of $3.33k worth of tapioca starch, positioning it as the 128th largest importer of this product worldwide. Within Malta’s import market, tapioca starch occupied the 3678th position in terms of import volume.

The main sources of Malta’s tapioca starch imports were Italy ($1.7k), Thailand ($481), United States ($402), United Kingdom ($372), and Spain ($245).

Between 2020 and 2021, the fastest-growing import markets for tapioca starch in Malta were Italy ($1.43k), United States ($402), and Spain ($245). These figures indicate a notable increase in demand for tapioca starch from these countries, suggesting the expanding utilization and popularity of the product within Malta.


In 2017, Malta’s average tariff rate for tapioca starch was recorded at 22.6%. Notably, the countries with the highest import tariffs for tapioca starch were the Republic of the Congo, Cape Verde, Algeria, Western Sahara, and Gabon. These nations imposed a Most Favoured Nation duty rate treatment of 47.9%, reflecting their trade policies and efforts to regulate the influx of tapioca starch imports.

Data from BACI