Which Country Imports the Most Rice in the World?

Cereals January 25, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global rice imports amounted to 32,713 thousand tonnes in 2015, declining by -2.9% against the previous year level. Overall, the global rice imports indicated a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.7% over the last eight years.

The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010, when the output figure increased by +11% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global rice imports attained its maximum volume of 33,694 thousand tonnes in 2014, falling back in the following year.

In value terms, global rice imports amounted to $18,283 million in 2015. Overall, the value of global rice imports increased robustly from 2007 to 2015, expanding at an average annual rate of +5.1%. This trend pattern, however, indicated relatively mild fluctuations throughout the analyzed period.

Top Rice Importing Countries in the World

1. China (3350K Tonnes)

2. Benin (1687K Tonnes)

3. Saudi Arabia (1604K Tonnes)

4. Senegal (1372K Tonnes)

5. United Arab Emirates (1221K Tonnes)

6. CГґte d'Ivoire (1130K Tonnes)

7. Philippines (1100K Tonnes)

Rice Imports By Country

The countries with the highest levels of the rice imports in 2015 were China (3,350 thousand tonnes), Benin (1,687 thousand tonnes), Saudi Arabia (1,604 thousand tonnes), together accounting for 20% of total imports.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of rice imports among the main importing countries was attained by China (+27.7% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Saudi Arabia (1,505 million USD), China (1,472 million USD) and the United Arab Emirates (949 million USD) were the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2015, together accounting for 21% of total imports.

China (+27.0% per year) had the highest growth rates of rice imports among the main importing 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