Which Country Exports the Most Rice in the World?

Cereals February 01, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global rice exports amounted to 30,693 thousand tonnes in 2015, descending by -3.8% against the previous year level. Overall, the global rice exports indicated a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.0% over the last eight years.

The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010, when the output figure increased by +15% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global rice exports attained its maximum volume of 31,921 thousand tonnes in 2014, falling back in the following year.

In value terms, global exports amounted to $17,764 million in 2015. Overall, the value of global exports increased tangibly from 2007 to 2015, expanding at an average annual rate of +5.6%. This trend pattern, however, indicated relatively mild fluctuations throughout the analyzed period.

Top Rice Exporting Countries in the World

1. India (7932K Tonnes)

2. Thailand (6412K Tonnes)

3. Viet Nam (4086K Tonnes)

4. USA (2819K Tonnes)

5. Pakistan (2604K Tonnes)

6. Uruguay (712K Tonnes)

7. Italy (689K Tonnes)

Rice Imports By Country

The countries with the highest levels of the rice exports in 2015 were India (7,932 thousand tonnes), Thailand (6,412 thousand tonnes), Viet Nam (4,086 thousand tonnes), together accounting for 60% of total exports.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of rice exports among the main exporting countries was attained by India (+6.4% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, India (4,960 million USD), Thailand (3,472 million USD) and Viet Nam (1,762 million USD) were the countries with the highest levels of exports in 2015, together accounting for 57% of total exports.

the United Arab Emirates (+12.4% per year) had the highest growth rates of rice exports among the main exporting countries over the last eight years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Rice - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025