Rice Imports by Country

Top Rice Imports by Country

Uncooked white rice

Global purchases of imported rice totaled US$21.5 billion in 2017.

The overall value of rice imports for all buyer countries was down by an average -9.4% since 2013 when rice purchases were valued at $23.7 billion. Global rice imports appreciated by 6% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, Asian countries consumed the highest dollar worth of imported rice during 2017 with purchases valued at $9.8 billion or 45.5% of the global total. In second place were African importers at 26% while 14.1% of worldwide rice imports were delivered to European nations.

Smaller percentages were bought by importers in North America (6.6%), Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (6.3%) and Oceanian countries (1.2%) led by Australia and New Zealand.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for rice is 1006.

Rice Imports by Country

Top 15


Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of rice during 2017.

  1. China: US$1.8 billion (8.5% of total rice imports)
  2. Benin: $1.1 billion (5%)
  3. Saudi Arabia: $1 billion (4.8%)
  4. Iran: $853.9 million (4%)
  5. Bangladesh: $734.3 million (3.4%)
  6. United States: $727.7 million (3.4%)
  7. United Arab Emirates: $593.5 million (2.8%)
  8. United Kingdom: $546.6 million (2.5%)
  9. South Africa: $513.3 million (2.4%)
  10. Iraq: $512.2 million (2.4%)
  11. France: $474 million (2.2%)
  12. Côte d’Ivoire: $423.5 million (2%)
  13. Mexico: $408.1 million (1.9%)
  14. Senegal: $382.6 million (1.8%)
  15. Japan: $358.1 million (1.7%)

The top 15 countries purchased 48.7% of all rice imported during 2017. Imported rice remain in demand from 219 importing geographies located around the globe. (See the searchable list below).

Among the top rice buyers, only three increased their imported rice purchases since 2013: Bangladesh (up 1,639%), Benin (up 81.3%) and China (up 73.8%).

Those countries that posted the most severe declines in their imported rice purchases were: Iran (down -63%), Japan (down -27.3%), Saudi Arabia (down -26.4%) and South Africa (down -23.1%).

China

Rice Imports into China

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of rice during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value garnered by each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Vietnam: US$1 billion (up 65.8% from 2013)
  2. Thailand: $544.1 million (up 131.5%)
  3. Cambodia: $101.1 million (up 431.3%)
  4. Pakistan: $93.6 million (down -45.7%)
  5. Laos: $32.8 million (up 470.4%)
  6. Myanmar (Burma): $31.8 million (up 1,402%)
  7. Japan: $1.1 million (up 435.2%)
  8. Russia: $962,000 (up 1,947%)
  9. Taiwan: $314,000 (down -72.3%)
  10. South Korea: $208,000 (down -10.2%)
  11. China (re-exports): $124,000 (no data for 2013)
  12. India: $10,000 (down -9.1%)
  13. United States of America: $9,000 (down -18.2%)
  14. Canada: $2,000 (down -95%)
  15. Italy: $2,000 (up 100%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 100% of all Chinese rice imports for 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of rice to China since 2013 were: Russia (up 1,947%), Myanmar also called Burma (up 1,402%), Laos (up 470.4%), Japan (up 435.2%) and Cambodia (up 431.3%).

China’s rice imports declined most intensely from Canada (down -95%), Taiwan (down -72.3%) and Pakistan (down -45.7%)

Overall, the value of Chinese rice imports went up by an average 73.8% from all supplying countries since 2013 back when rice purchases were valued at $1.1 billion.

Benin

Rice Imports into Benin

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Benin imported the highest dollar value worth of rice during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. India: US$503.8 million (up 64.1% from 2013)
  2. Thailand: $440.8 million (up 136.9%)
  3. United Arab Emirates: $74.2 million (up 166.4%)
  4. Pakistan: $35.3 million (up 496%)
  5. Singapore: $9.9 million (down -5.6%)
  6. Hong Kong: $7.5 million (up 117.5%)
  7. Nigeria: $1.6 million (up 860.2%)
  8. China: $1.2 million (down -79.6%)
  9. Vietnam: $1.2 million (down -85.1%)
  10. Denmark: $880,000 (no data for 2013)
  11. Italy: $560,000 (down -2.3%)
  12. Japan: $506,000 (down -62.4%)
  13. Malaysia: $458,000 (up 209.5%)
  14. Spain: $310,000 (up 1034.1%)
  15. United States: $292,000 (up 307.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.9% of all Beninese rice imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of rice to Benin since 2013 were: Spain (up 1,034%), Nigeria (up 860.2%), Pakistan (up 496%) and the United States (up 307%).

Countries that experienced the severest declines in the value of their rice supplies to Beninese importers were Vietnam (down -85.1%), China (down -79.6%) and Japan (down -62.4%).

Overall, the value of Beninese rice imports appreciated by an average 81.3% from all supplying countries since 2013 when rice purchases were valued at $595.4 million.

Saudi

Rice Imports into Saudi Arabia

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Saudi Arabia imported the highest dollar value worth of rice during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. India: US$760.9 million (down -25.1% from 2013)
  2. United States: $110.6 million (down -10.6%)
  3. Pakistan: $70.4 million (down -45.6%)
  4. Thailand: $36.6 million (down -47.4%)
  5. Australia: $20.4 million (down -24.5%)
  6. Vietnam: $8.8 million (up 187.5%)
  7. Brazil: $4.5 million (up 89.7%)
  8. Bangladesh: $2 million (up 155.3%)
  9. Greece: $1.8 million (up 54.3%)
  10. Portugal: $1.3 million (up 3321.1%)
  11. Spain: $765,000 (up 396.8%)
  12. China: $646,000 (up 79.9%)
  13. Italy: $580,000 (up 379.3%)
  14. Russia: $485,000 (no data for 2013)
  15. Egypt: $398,000 (down -97.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.9% of all Saudi rice imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of rice to Saudi Arabia since 2013 were: Portugal (up 3,321%), Spain (up 396.8%), Italy (up 379.3%) and Vietnam (up 187.5%).

Countries that experienced the severest declines in the value of their rice supplies to Saudi importers were: Egypt (down -97.1%), Thailand (down -47.4%), Pakistan (down -45.6%) and India (down -25.1%).

Overall, the value of Saudi rice imports depreciated by an average -26.4% from all supplying countries since 2013 when rice purchases were valued at $1.4 billion.

Iran

Rice Imports into Iran

Below are the top 4 suppliers from which Iran imported the highest dollar value worth of rice during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. India: US$452.4 million (down -52.5% from 2013)
  2. Pakistan: $175.1 million (up 56.8%)
  3. United Arab Emirates: $28.5 million (down -83.2%)
  4. Uruguay: $15.9 million (up 17.8%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 97.3% of all Iranian rice imports during 2017.

Among the above countries, Pakistan was the fastest-growing supplier of rice to Iran since 2013. The leading decliner was the United Arab Emirates via its -83.2% slowdown over the 5-year period.

Overall, the value of Iranian rice imports fell by an average -47.6% from all supplying countries since 2013 when rice purchases were valued at $1.3 billion.



 

Searchable List of Rice Importing Countries

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RankImporter2017 Rice Imports% World Total
1.ChinaUS$1.8 billion8.5%
2.Benin$1.1 billion5%
3.Saudi Arabia$1 billion4.8%
4.Iran$853.9 million4%
5.Bangladesh$734.3 million3.4%
6.United States$727.7 million3.4%
7.United Arab Emirates$593.5 million2.8%
8.United Kingdom$546.6 million2.5%
9.South Africa$513.3 million2.4%
10.Iraq$512.2 million2.4%
11.France$474 million2.2%
12.Côte d'Ivoire$423.5 million2%
13.Mexico$408.1 million1.9%
14.Senegal$382.6 million1.8%
15.Japan$358.1 million1.7%
16.Germany$352.7 million1.6%
17.Malaysia$343.6 million1.6%
18.Brazil$320.3 million1.5%
19.Kenya$313.4 million1.5%
20.Cameroon$311.1 million1.4%
21.Belgium$301.7 million1.4%
22.Sri Lanka$300.8 million1.4%
23.South Korea$298.4 million1.4%
24.Canada$287.8 million1.3%
25.Philippines$278.7 million1.3%
26.Kuwait$251.2 million1.2%
27.Hong Kong$250 million1.2%
28.Netherlands$249.9 million1.2%
29.Madagascar$246.9 million1.2%
30.Nepal$246.6 million1.1%
31.Yemen$240.1 million1.1%
32.Singapore$213.6 million1%
33.Peru$195.7 million0.9%
34.Mozambique$187.5 million0.9%
35.Ethiopia$185.5 million0.9%
36.Angola$165.6 million0.8%
37.Italy$165.6 million0.8%
38.Jordan$161.7 million0.8%
39.Oman$154.3 million0.7%
40.Indonesia$154.3 million0.7%
41.Guinea$151.8 million0.7%
42.Turkey$148.8 million0.7%
43.Venezuela$147.1 million0.7%
44.Australia$143.9 million0.7%
45.Haiti$134.9 million0.6%
46.Somalia$129.2 million0.6%
47.Afghanistan$128.8 million0.6%
48.Qatar$128.3 million0.6%
49.Ghana$120.7 million0.6%
50.Sierra Leone$115.2 million0.5%
51.Togo$106.5 million0.5%
52.Russia$97.4 million0.5%
53.Liberia$93.9 million0.4%
54.Spain$93.9 million0.4%
55.Israel$92.5 million0.4%
56.Uganda$92.4 million0.4%
57.Tanzania$92.2 million0.4%
58.Chile$86 million0.4%
59.Libya$82.1 million0.4%
60.Poland$81.9 million0.4%
61.Algeria$80 million0.4%
62.Djibouti$78.7 million0.4%
63.Switzerland$78.3 million0.4%
64.Taiwan$72.3 million0.3%
65.Colombia$70.3 million0.3%
66.Costa Rica$70 million0.3%
67.Niger$69.6 million0.3%
68.Sweden$69.4 million0.3%
69.Congo$61.2 million0.3%
70.Portugal$61.1 million0.3%
71.Czech Republic$58.3 million0.3%
72.Lebanon$50.8 million0.2%
73.Egypt$50.1 million0.2%
74.Austria$49.7 million0.2%
75.Gambia$49.1 million0.2%
76.Cuba$48.8 million0.2%
77.Bahrain$48.6 million0.2%
78.New Zealand$47.4 million0.2%
79.Guinea-Bissau$45.7 million0.2%
80.Syrian Arab Republic$45.7 million0.2%
81.Honduras$44.3 million0.2%
82.Jamaica$43.4 million0.2%
83.Guatemala$42.3 million0.2%
84.Papua New Guinea$41.3 million0.2%
85.Denmark$38.9 million0.2%
86.Mauritius$36.9 million0.2%
87.Burkina Faso$34.9 million0.2%
88.Sudan$34.4 million0.2%
89.Ukraine$32.6 million0.2%
90.Norway$31 million0.1%
91.Vietnam$30.3 million0.1%
92.Ireland$29.4 million0.1%
93.Laos$29.2 million0.1%
94.Gabon$29 million0.1%
95.Democ. Rep. Congo$27.5 million0.1%
96.Zimbabwe$27.5 million0.1%
97.Nicaragua$27.4 million0.1%
98.El Salvador$26.3 million0.1%
99.Mauritania$26.2 million0.1%
100.Romania$26.1 million0.1%
101.Hungary$24.6 million0.1%
102.Botswana$24.4 million0.1%
103.Finland$24.1 million0.1%
104.Pakistan$21.6 million0.1%
105.Dominican Republic$21.5 million0.1%
106.North Korea$21.4 million0.1%
107.Slovakia$20.8 million0.1%
108.Azerbaijan$20.6 million0.1%
109.Comoros$18.6 million0.1%
110.Bolivia$18.3 million0.1%
111.Greece$18.3 million0.1%
112.Mongolia$18.1 million0.1%
113.Panama$16.9 million0.1%
114.Swaziland$16.1 million0.1%
115.Thailand$14.1 million0.1%
116.Macao$13.9 million0.1%
117.Bulgaria$13.6 million0.1%
118.Namibia$13.2 million0.1%
119.Cabo Verde$13 million0.1%
120.Slovenia$12.8 million0.1%
121.Brunei Darussalam$11.9 million0.1%
122.Kyrgyzstan$11.5 million0.1%
123.Maldives$11.2 million0.1%
124.Turkmenistan$11.1 million0.1%
125.Croatia$11 million0.1%
126.Mali$10.5 million0.05%
127.Zambia$10 million0.05%
128.Burundi$9.4 million0.04%
129.Lithuania$9.2 million0.04%
130.Equatorial Guinea$9 million0.04%
131.Timor-Leste$8.9 million0.04%
132.South Sudan$8.8 million0.04%
133.Tunisia$8.3 million0.04%
134.Morocco$7.7 million0.04%
135.Lesotho$7.7 million0.04%
136.Cyprus$7.5 million0.04%
137.Central African Rep$6.7 million0.03%
138.Bahamas$6.3 million0.03%
139.Tajikistan$6.1 million0.03%
140.Trinidad/Tobago$6 million0.03%
141.Georgia$5.8 million0.03%
142.Luxembourg$5.5 million0.03%
143.Chad$5.4 million0.03%
144.Armenia$5.3 million0.02%
145.Kazakhstan$5 million0.02%
146.Moldova$5 million0.02%
147.Argentina$4.9 million0.02%
148.Latvia$4.8 million0.02%
149.Curaçao$4.6 million0.02%
150.Sao Tome/Principe$4.6 million0.02%
151.Bosnia/Herzegovina$4.3 million0.02%
152.Micronesia$4.3 million0.02%
153.French Polynesia$4.2 million0.02%
154.Serbia$4.2 million0.02%
155.New Caledonia$4.1 million0.02%
156.Samoa$4.1 million0.02%
157.Cambodia$4.1 million0.02%
158.Myanmar (Burma)$3.8 million0.02%
159.Albania$3.8 million0.02%
160.Barbados$3.7 million0.02%
161.Seychelles$3.5 million0.02%
162.Malta$3.4 million0.02%
163.Estonia$3 million0.01%
164.Nigeria$3 million0.01%
165.Palestine$2.8 million0.01%
166.Belarus$2.8 million0.01%
167.Aruba$2.6 million0.01%
168.Uruguay$2.5 million0.01%
169.Fiji$2.5 million0.01%
170.Rwanda$2.4 million0.01%
171.Iceland$2.3 million0.01%
172.Solomon Islands$1.9 million0.01%
173.Antigua/Barbuda$1.7 million0.01%
174.Bhutan$1.5 million0.01%
175.India$1.3 million0.01%
176.Malawi$1.2 million0.01%
177.Marshall Is$1.1 million0.01%
178.Paraguay$1.1 million0.01%
179.Cayman Islands$1 million0.005%
180.Vanuatu$1 million0.005%
181.Belize$999,0000.005%
182.Montenegro$962,0000.004%
183.Turks/Caicos Is$887,0000.004%
184.US Minor Outlying Is$825,0000.004%
185.Kiribati$775,0000.004%
186.Palau$667,0000.003%
187.Bermuda$595,0000.003%
188.British Virgin Is$557,0000.003%
189.Greenland$473,0000.002%
190.Saint Kitts/Nevis$448,0000.002%
191.North. Mariana Is$381,0000.002%
192.Guyana$380,0000.002%
193.Suriname$314,0000.001%
194.Andorra$310,0000.001%
195.Faroe Islands$282,0000.001%
196.Gibraltar$277,0000.001%
197.Macedonia$247,0000.001%
198.Eritrea$222,0000.001%
199.Ecuador$187,0000.001%
200.St Vincent/Grenadines$182,0000.001%
201.Anguilla$164,0000.001%
202.Dominica$162,0000.001%
203.Uzbekistan$107,0000.0005%
204.Montserrat$70,0000.0003%
205.Saint Helena$57,0000.0003%
206.Saint Lucia$49,0000.0002%
207.Grenada$31,0000.0001%
208.Wallis/Futuna Is$27,0000.0001%
209.Tokelau$26,0000.0001%
210.Cook Islands$25,0000.0001%
211.Tonga$21,0000.0001%
212.Tuvalu$19,0000.0001%
213.Niue$18,0000.0001%
214.St Maarten$15,0000.0001%
215.Nauru$11,0000.0001%
216.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$6,0000.00003%
217.St. Pierre/Miquelon$5,0000.00002%
218.Norfolk Island$4,0000.00002%
219.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$3,0000.00001%


See also Rice Exports by Country, China’s Rice Imports by Country, Saudi Arabia’s Top 10 Imports and Highest Value Chinese Import Products

Research Sources:
Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 16, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on May 16, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 16, 2018