Rice Imports by Country

Top Rice Imports by Country

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Global purchases of imported rice totaled an estimated US$24.7 billion in 2018.

The overall value of rice imports for all buyer countries fell by an average -0.4% since 2014 when worldwide rice purchases were valued at $24.8 billion. Year over year, global rice imports appreciated by 4.8% from 2017 to 2018.

Among continents, Asian countries consumed the highest dollar worth of imported rice during 2018 with purchases valued at $11.7 billion or 47.2% of the global total. In second place were African importers at 25.5% while 12.9% of worldwide rice imports were delivered to European nations.

Smaller percentages were bought by importers in North America (6.9%), Latin America (6.1%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, then Oceanian countries (1.4%) led by Australia and Papua New Guinea.

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 2018.

  1. China: US$1.6 billion (6.5% of total rice imports)
  2. Iran: $1.21 billion (4.9%)
  3. Saudi Arabia: $1.2 billion (4.9%)
  4. Indonesia: $1 billion (4.2%)
  5. United States: $959.5 million (3.9%)
  6. Benin: $930.5 million (3.8%)
  7. Philippines: $736.6 million (3%)
  8. Ivory Coast: $688.9 million (2.8%)
  9. United Arab Emirates: $682.4 million (2.8%)
  10. Iraq: $669 million (2.7%)
  11. France: $522.5 million (2.1%)
  12. South Africa: $518.8 million (2.1%)
  13. Japan: $494.5 million (2%)
  14. United Kingdom: $480 million (1.9%)
  15. Ghana: $451.9 million (1.8%)

The top 15 countries purchased 49.4% of all rice imported during 2018. Imported rice remain in demand from 218 importing geographies located around the globe. (See the searchable list below).

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for rice since 2014 were: Indonesia (up 167.2%), Philippines (up 65.1%), Ivory Coast (up 57.5%) and Iraq (up 48.3%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported rice purchases were led by: Saudi Arabia (down -32.3%), United Kingdom (down -28.4%), United Arab Emirates (down -16.2%) and Iran (down -15.5%).

China

Rice Imports into China

Below are the top 14 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of rice during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value garnered by each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Vietnam: US$739.2 million (up 18.1% from 2014)
  2. Thailand: $508.4 million (up 27.2%)
  3. Pakistan: $145.4 million (down -8.4%)
  4. Cambodia: $122.8 million (up 287.7%)
  5. Laos: $38 million (up 455.8%)
  6. Myanmar (Burma): $31.5 million (up 886.4%)
  7. Taiwan: $11.9 million (up 563.2%)
  8. Japan: $1.9 million (up 353%)
  9. Russia: $472,000 (up 117.5%)
  10. South Korea: $71,000 (no 2014 data)
  11. India: $42,000 (up 100%)
  12. United States: $3,000 (down -98.3%)
  13. Italy: $2,000 (no 2014 data)
  14. Philippines: $1,000 (down -50%)

The listed 14 countries shipped 100% of all Chinese rice imports for 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of rice to China since 2014 were: Myanmar or Burma (up 886.4%), Taiwan (up 563.2%), Laos (up 455.8%) then Japan (up 353%).

Three countries experienced declines in the value of their rice supplied to Chinese importers namely: United States (down -98.3%), Philippines (down -50%) then Pakistan (down -8.4%).

Overall, the value of Chinese rice imports rose by an average 30.2% from all supplying countries since 2014 when rice purchases were valued at $1.2 billion.

USA

Rice Imports into United States

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which America imported the highest dollar value worth of rice during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Thailand: US$580 million (up 20.8% from 2014)
  2. India: $224.9 million (up 19%)
  3. Pakistan: $33.7 million (down -17.8%)
  4. Brazil: $23.8 million (up 109.3%)
  5. China: $21.5 million (up 362.7%)
  6. Italy: $14.2 million (down -12.9%)
  7. Vietnam: $14.1 million (down -64.5%)
  8. Canada: $12.7 million (up 70.4%)
  9. Spain: $6.4 million (up 255.5%)
  10. Argentina: $6.2 million (up 32.1%)
  11. Australia: $4.3 million (down -75.3%)
  12. Japan: $4.2 million (up 857.7%)
  13. Bangladesh: $2.5 million (up 138.7%)
  14. Uruguay: $2.1 million (down -43.9%)
  15. Mexico: $1.4 million (up 40.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.2% of all American rice imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of rice to United States since 2014 were: Japan (up 857.7%), China (up 362.7%), Spain (up 255.5%) then Bangladesh (up 138.7%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their rice supplied to America importers included: Australia (down -75.3%), Vietnam (down -64.5%), Uruguay (down -43.9%) and Pakistan (down -17.8%).

Overall, the value of America rice imports appreciated an average 15% from all supplying countries since 2014 when rice purchases were valued at $834.7 million.

Indo

Rice Imports into Indonesia

Below are the top 9 suppliers from which Indonesia imported the highest dollar value worth of rice during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Thailand: US$386.5 million (up 120.4% from 2014)
  2. Vietnam: $360.7 million (up 151.3%)
  3. India: $139.2 million (up 305.7%)
  4. Pakistan: $134.4 million (up 462.2%)
  5. Myanmar (Burma): $15.2 million (up 198.3%)
  6. China: $1.1 million (down -73.3%)
  7. Japan: $2,000 (down -99%)
  8. Philippines: $2,000 (down -89.5%)
  9. Oman: $1,000 (no 2014 data)

The listed 9 countries shipped 100% of all Indonesian rice imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of rice to Indonesia since 2014 were: Pakistan (up 462.2%), India (up 305.7%), Myanmar or Burma (up 198.3%) and Vietnam (up 151.3%).

Three countries experienced declines in the value of their rice supplied to Indonesian importers namely: Japan (down -99%), Philippines (down -89.5%) and China (down -73.3%).

Overall, the value of Indonesian rice imports expanded by an average 167.2% from all supplying countries since 2014 when rice purchases were valued at $388.2 million.

Philippines

Rice Imports into the Philippines

Below are the top 9 suppliers from which the Philippines imported the highest dollar value worth of rice during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Thailand: US$355.2 million (up 354.7% from 2014)
  2. Vietnam: $280.7 million (down -18.2%)
  3. India: $45.1 million (up 120.9%)
  4. China: $30.7 million (up 593.9%)
  5. Pakistan: $21.3 million (up 24,615%)
  6. Myanmar (Burma): $3.5 million (no 2014 data)
  7. Cambodia: $48,000 (no 2014 data)
  8. Spain: $9,000 (up 80%)
  9. Italy: $8,000 (down -70.4%)

The listed 9 countries shipped 100% of all Filipino rice imports during 2018.

Among the above countries, Pakistan was the fastest-growing supplier of rice to the Philippines since 2014. The leading decliner was Italy via its -70.4% slowdown over the 5-year period.

Overall, the value of rice imported in to the Philippines swelled by an average 65.1% from all supplying countries since 2014 when rice purchases were valued at $446.2 million.



 

Searchable List of Rice Importing Countries in 2018

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RankImporter2018 Rice Imports%World Total
1.China$1.6 billion6.5%
2.Iran$1.21 billion4.9%
3.Saudi Arabia$1.2 billion4.9%
4.Indonesia$1 billion4.2%
5.United States$959.5 million3.9%
6.Benin$930.5 million3.8%
7.Philippines$736.6 million3%
8.Ivory Coast$688.9 million2.8%
9.United Arab Emirates$682.4 million2.8%
10.Iraq$669 million2.7%
11.France$522.5 million2.1%
12.South Africa$518.8 million2.1%
13.Japan$494.5 million2%
14.United Kingdom$480 million1.9%
15.Ghana$451.9 million1.8%
16.Senegal$428.3 million1.7%
17.Malaysia$406.3 million1.6%
18.Bangladesh$392.6 million1.6%
19.Mexico$386.7 million1.6%
20.Germany$379.9 million1.5%
21.Canada$355.6 million1.4%
22.Yemen$355.6 million1.4%
23.Kenya$327.2 million1.3%
24.Belgium$321.6 million1.3%
25.South Korea$299.7 million1.2%
26.Hong Kong$297.3 million1.2%
27.Venezuela$294.5 million1.2%
28.Netherlands$267.5 million1.1%
29.Nepal$266.1 million1.1%
30.Guinea$251.4 million1%
31.Madagascar$243.1 million1%
32.Haiti$225.5 million0.9%
33.Singapore$223.8 million0.9%
34.Mozambique$221.2 million0.9%
35.Brazil$217.3 million0.9%
36.Kuwait$217 million0.9%
37.Angola$207.9 million0.8%
38.Oman$203.7 million0.8%
39.Cameroon$179.4 million0.7%
40.Togo$177.4 million0.7%
41.Jordan$174.1 million0.7%
42.Australia$172.4 million0.7%
43.Peru$160.4 million0.6%
44.Italy$155.4 million0.6%
45.Somalia$151.3 million0.6%
46.Burkina Faso$145.5 million0.6%
47.Turkey$145 million0.6%
48.Qatar$134.7 million0.5%
49.Afghanistan$133.8 million0.5%
50.Liberia$132.6 million0.5%
51.Spain$120.2 million0.5%
52.Israel$114.4 million0.5%
53.Zimbabwe$113.1 million0.5%
54.Sierra Leone$104.4 million0.4%
55.Poland$103.2 million0.4%
56.Russia$102.4 million0.4%
57.Chile$90.3 million0.4%
58.Djibouti$87.5 million0.4%
59.Egypt$86.2 million0.3%
60.Switzerland$83.2 million0.3%
61.Portugal$81.7 million0.3%
62.Sri Lanka$81.1 million0.3%
63.Colombia$79.3 million0.3%
64.Sweden$78.6 million0.3%
65.Uganda$76.9 million0.3%
66.Costa Rica$75.1 million0.3%
67.Taiwan$68.6 million0.3%
68.Syrian Arab Republic$65.8 million0.3%
69.Papua New Guinea$65 million0.3%
70.Algeria$64.2 million0.3%
71.Bahrain$63.5 million0.3%
72.Honduras$60 million0.2%
73.Democr. Rep. Congo$58 million0.2%
74.New Zealand$55.4 million0.2%
75.Libya$55.4 million0.2%
76.Lebanon$55.1 million0.2%
77.Austria$54.1 million0.2%
78.Panama$52.3 million0.2%
79.Gambia$49.6 million0.2%
80.Vietnam$49.1 million0.2%
81.Mauritius$48.7 million0.2%
82.Congo$45.5 million0.2%
83.Ethiopia$44.7 million0.2%
84.Niger$43.8 million0.2%
85.Guatemala$43.4 million0.2%
86.Denmark$41.4 million0.2%
87.Sudan$40.9 million0.2%
88.Guinea-Bissau$40.2 million0.2%
89.Ukraine$39.5 million0.2%
90.El Salvador$38.9 million0.2%
91.Mauritania$38.9 million0.2%
92.Cuba$38.2 million0.2%
93.Ireland$37.8 million0.2%
94.Nicaragua$37.4 million0.2%
95.Romania$36.5 million0.1%
96.Timor-Leste$34.9 million0.1%
97.Norway$33.1 million0.1%
98.Botswana$30.2 million0.1%
99.Pakistan$30.2 million0.1%
100.Azerbaijan$28.2 million0.1%
101.Hungary$27.3 million0.1%
102.Slovakia$25.6 million0.1%
103.Finland$25.5 million0.1%
104.Brunei Darussalam$25.2 million0.1%
105.North Korea$24.7 million0.1%
106.Jamaica$24.2 million0.1%
107.Comoros$23.1 million0.1%
108.Morocco$23 million0.1%
109.Greece$22 million0.1%
110.Fiji$22 million0.1%
111.Gabon$21.3 million0.1%
112.Mongolia$20.2 million0.1%
113.Macao$19.6 million0.1%
114.Eswatini$17.8 million0.1%
115.Bulgaria$17 million0.1%
116.Trinidad/Tobago$16.4 million0.1%
117.Cabo Verde$16.3 million0.1%
118.Laos$16.1 million0.1%
119.Maldives$16.1 million0.1%
120.Slovenia$15.1 million0.1%
121.Belarus$15.1 million0.1%
122.Albania$13.7 million0.1%
123.Zambia$13.6 million0.1%
124.Mali$13 million0.1%
125.Dominican Republic$13 million0.1%
126.Thailand$12.3 million0.05%
127.Tunisia$12.2 million0.05%
128.Bolivia$11.9 million0.05%
129.Equatorial Guinea$11.6 million0.05%
130.Namibia$10.9 million0.04%
131.Lithuania$10.5 million0.04%
132.Croatia$10.4 million0.04%
133.Tajikistan$9.1 million0.04%
134.Cyprus$8.5 million0.03%
135.Bahamas$7.3 million0.03%
136.Seychelles$7.2 million0.03%
137.Georgia$7.2 million0.03%
138.Rwanda$7.2 million0.03%
139.Lesotho$6.6 million0.03%
140.Czech Republic$6.2 million0.03%
141.Kazakhstan$6.2 million0.03%
142.Luxembourg$6.1 million0.02%
143.French Polynesia$5.9 million0.02%
144.Uzbekistan$5.8 million0.02%
145.Armenia$5.7 million0.02%
146.Myanmar (Burma)$5.6 million0.02%
147.Serbia$5.5 million0.02%
148.Nigeria$5.4 million0.02%
149.Latvia$5.3 million0.02%
150.Bosnia/Herzegovina$5.2 million0.02%
151.New Caledonia$5.1 million0.02%
152.Curaçao$4.9 million0.02%
153.Cambodia$4.8 million0.02%
154.Chad$4.7 million0.02%
155.India$4.4 million0.02%
156.Micronesia$4.3 million0.02%
157.Sao Tome/Principe$3.9 million0.02%
158.Palestine$3.8 million0.02%
159.Barbados$3.7 million0.01%
160.Malta$3.6 million0.01%
161.Estonia$3.2 million0.01%
162.Malawi$3.1 million0.01%
163.Moldova$3 million0.01%
164.Argentina$2.7 million0.01%
165.Iceland$2.7 million0.01%
166.Kyrgyzstan$2.4 million0.01%
167.Kiribati$2.3 million0.01%
168.Aruba$2.1 million0.01%
169.South Sudan$1.7 million0.01%
170.Turkmenistan$1.6 million0.01%
171.Montenegro$1.5 million0.01%
172.Marshall Islands$1.4 million0.01%
173.Turks/Caicos Islands$1.1 million0.004%
174.Tanzania$1.1 million0.004%
175.US Minor Outlying Is$1.1 million0.004%
176.Cayman Islands$1.1 million0.004%
177.Burundi$1.1 million0.004%
178.Bermuda$1 million0.004%
179.Samoa$1 million0.004%
180.St Vincent/Grenadines$997,0000.004%
181.Paraguay$951,0000.004%
182.Grenada$934,0000.004%
183.Uruguay$856,0000.003%
184.Saint Lucia$808,0000.003%
185.Belize$797,0000.003%
186.Solomon Islands$762,0000.003%
187.Vanuatu$739,0000.003%
188.Antigua/Barbuda$725,0000.003%
189.Palau$718,0000.003%
190.Bhutan$646,0000.003%
191.Central African Rep$630,0000.003%
192.Saint Kitts/Nevis$609,0000.002%
193.British Virgin Islands$531,0000.002%
194.Greenland$527,0000.002%
195.Northern Mariana Is$526,0000.002%
196.Dominica$456,0000.002%
197.Suriname$327,0000.001%
198.Andorra$312,0000.001%
199.Faroe Islands$308,0000.001%
200.Tuvalu$280,0000.001%
201.Gibraltar$269,0000.001%
202.Ecuador$238,0000.001%
203.Guyana$223,0000.001%
204.Eritrea$211,0000.001%
205.North Macedonia$184,0000.001%
206.Anguilla$146,0000.001%
207.Saint Helena$89,0000.0004%
208.Cook Islands$76,0000.0003%
209.Tonga$69,0000.0003%
210.St Maarten (Dutch)$53,0000.0002%
211.Niue$51,0000.0002%
212.Montserrat$36,0000.0001%
213.Wallis/Futuna Islands$35,0000.0001%
214.Nauru$33,0000.0001%
215.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$6,0000.00002%
216.St. Pierre/Miquelon$5,0000.00002%
217.Norfolk Island$3,0000.00001%
218.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$1,0000.000004%


See also Rice Exports by Country, China’s Rice Imports by Country and Saudi Arabia’s Top 10 Imports

Research Sources:

International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on April 15, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on April 15, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on April 15, 2019