U.S. Corn Exports in 2021

Total Export Value
$18.63 Billion
Total Volume (Millions)
69 Metric Tons
3-Year Average
$11.85 Billion
Compound Average Growth
7.2% (2012-2021)

U.S. corn exports were up $1.6 billion (20 percent) from a year ago to $9.2 billion in 2020. Strong feed demand in China contributed to this sharp increase, as did China’s implementation of the Phase One Agreement. Exports to China totaled $1.2 billion, the largest since 2012. China became the third largest destination for U.S. corn in 2020 after Mexico and Japan. The top three markets accounted for 62 percent of total U.S. corn exports. The sum total of U.S. corn exports to Colombia, South Korea, and Guatemala, three U.S. free trade partners, was up $424 million over 2019.

More information from the 2020 U.S. Agricultural Export Yearbook

USDA's latest official data on U.S. and global trade, production, consumption and stocks, as well as analysis of developments affecting world trade in grain, can be found in the Grain: World Markets and Trade report.

Top 10 Markets for Corn in 2021

Market Total Value (USD)
China $5.06 Billion
Mexico $4.7 Billion
Japan $3.19 Billion
Colombia $1.09 Billion
South Korea $858.91 Million
Canada $662.92 Million
Taiwan $416.77 Million
Guatemala $343.69 Million
Costa Rica $208.85 Million
Honduras $204.4 Million
Top 10 Corn Export Markets 2012 - 2021
Annual Corn Exports 2012 - 2021

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News and Features

September 22, 2022
Export Sales Announcement

Export Sales to Mexico and Unknown

Private exporters reported the following sales activity to USDA: 105,000 MT of corn for delivery to Mexico during the 2022/2023 MY and 101,600 MT of corn for delivery to unknown destinations during the 2022/2023 MY.
September 7, 2022
Export Sales Announcement

Export Sales to Mexico

Private exporters reported sales of 257,400 MT of corn for delivery to Mexico - 226,920 MT for delivery during MY 2022/2023 and 30,480 MT is for delivery during MY 2023/2024.
August 9, 2022
Export Sales Announcement

Export Sales to China

Private exporters reported to USDA export sales of 133,000 metric tons of corn for delivery to China during the MY 2022/2023.

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