Saudi Arabia’s Tapioca Starch Trade: Analyzing Imports and Tariffs

Saudi Arabia, an active participant in the global tapioca starch market, has experienced notable developments in its import activities.

Saudi Arabia’s Tapioca Starch Imports


In 2021, Saudi Arabia imported tapioca starch worth $195k, positioning the country as the 75th largest importer of this product globally. Tapioca starch ranked as the 3791st most imported commodity in Saudi Arabia during the same year. Saudi Arabia primarily imports tapioca starch from Thailand, accounting for the majority of imports at $165k. Additionally, the country sources significant quantities from Germany ($19.7k), the United States ($9.24k), and Costa Rica ($768).

Saudi Arabia experienced notable growth in its import market for tapioca starch between 2020 and 2021. Thailand played a significant role in this growth, contributing $34.6k to the overall import value. Additionally, the country witnessed positive growth in imports from the United States ($9.24k) and Costa Rica ($768) during the same period.

ContinentCountryTrade Value
North AmericaCosta Rica768
North AmericaUnited States9,235
Table: Where Does Saudi Arabia Import Its Tapioca Starch (2021)


In 2017, the average tariff imposed on tapioca starch imports in Saudi Arabia stood at 4.5%. Notably, Angola, Burundi, Benin, Burkina Faso, and Botswana implemented the highest import tariffs on tapioca starch, with a Most Favoured Nation duty rate treatment of 5%. These tariffs reflect the trade policies and protective measures enforced by these countries to regulate the inflow of tapioca starch imports.

Data from BACI