Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 11, Issue 3&4,2013
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Interregional sugar trade flows in China: An estimation by spatial equilibrium model


Wei Si *, Mei Xiao

Recieved Date: 2013-05-20, Accepted Date: 2013-10-18


This paper aims to describe the interregional distribution of sugar and discover the sugar market potential of each area under the optimum quantities and flows computed by the spatial equilibrium model. The results indicate that sugar is distributed from limited producing areas to the whole country with the increasing concentration of sugar crops production compared with the former circulation pattern that sugar was shipped to the nearest markets around many main producing areas. The shipping of the cane sugar from Southern China to the North is a marked character in China’s sugar economy. The results also show that sugar import and export in Beijing, Shandong and Liaoning provinces have significant impact on interregional sugar trade flows, especially the sugar economy in Guangxi province.


Sugar, interregional distribution, trade flows, spatial equilibrium model

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2013
Volume: 11
Issue: 3&4
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 249-253

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