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Top 10 Rice Imports Countries in the World

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Overall, the value of rice imports for all importing countries was down by an average -23.6% since 2012 when rice purchases were valued at $24.4 billion. Year over year imported rice shipments depreciated by -17.9% from 2015 to 2016.

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

Among continents, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported rice during 2016 with purchases valued at $8.3 billion or 44.3% of the global total. In second place were African importers at 23.9% while 15% of worldwide rice imports were delivered to European nations with 7.1% going to North America. Oceania countries led by Australia and New Zealand accounted for 1.9%.

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 2016:
  1. China: US$1.6 billion (8.5% of total rice imports)
  2. Saudi Arabia: $917.3 million (4.9%)
  3. Benin: $773.5 million (4.1%)
  4. United States: $714.6 million (3.8%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: $678.1 million (3.6%)
  6. Indonesia: $531.8 million (2.8%)
  7. Iraq: $516.7 million (2.8%)
  8. Iran: $508.9 million (2.7%)
  9. United Kingdom: $451.2 million (2.4%)
  10. France: $447.1 million (2.4%)
  11. Japan: $439.6 million (2.4%)
  12. South Africa: $419.5 million (2.2%)
  13. Côte d’Ivoire: $380.5 million (2%)
  14. Malaysia: $377.4 million (2%)
  15. Germany: $359.2 million (1.9%)

Rice imports remain in demand from 220 importing geographies located around the globe (See the searchable list below). The top 15 countries purchased 48.7% of all rice imports in 2016.

Among the top rice buyers, only three increased their imported rice purchases since 2012: Benin (up 145.4%), China (up 40.9%), Germany (up 4%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported rice purchases were led by Iran (down -57%), Côte d’Ivoire (down -44.4%), Indonesia (down -43.8%) and South Africa (down -38.9%).

China

Rice Imports into China

Below are the top 12 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of rice during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Vietnam: $733.9 million (up 7.6%)
  2. Thailand: $461.7 million (up 197.4%)
  3. Pakistan: $250.6 million (down -6.8%)
  4. Cambodia: $74.1 million (up 2,364%)
  5. Myanmar (Burma): $33.1 million (up 1,771%)
  6. Laos: $28.2 million (up 339.1%)
  7. Japan: $1.8 million (up 741.2%)
  8. Russia: $1.2 million (up 579.3%)
  9. South Korea: $695,000 (no change)
  10. Taiwan: $509,000 (down -61.6%)
  11. Italy: $4,000 (up 500%)
  12. Philippines: $1,000 (down -25%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 100% of all Chinese rice imports for 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of rice to China since 2012 were: Cambodia (up 2,364%), Myanmar also called Burma (up 1,771%), Japan (up 741.2%) and Russia (up 579.3%).

China’s rice imports from three countries declined in value from 2012 to 2016: Taiwan (down -61.6%), Philippines (down -25%) and Pakistan (down -6.8%).

Overall, the value of Chinese rice imports was up by an average 40.9% from all supplying countries since 2012 when rice purchases were valued at $1.1 billion.

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 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. India: $677 million (down -11.1%)
  2. United States: $94.8 million (down -15.9%)
  3. Pakistan: $63.4 million (down -37.3%)
  4. Thailand: $42.4 million (down -38.5%)
  5. Australia: $19.1 million (down -38.2%)
  6. Vietnam: $8.5 million (up 128.6%)
  7. Brazil: $3.5 million (up 156.8%)
  8. Egypt: $2.9 million (up 187.7%)
  9. Bangladesh: $1.8 million (up 104.9%)
  10. Greece: $1.6 million (up 160.1%)
  11. Spain: $586,000 (up 409.6%)
  12. Italy: $494,000 (up 205.6%)
  13. Portugal: $477,000 (up 300.8%)
  14. China: $214,000 (down -79.1%)
  15. Cambodia: $160,000 (down -53.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.9% of all Saudi rice imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of rice to Saudi Arabia since 2012 were: Spain (up 409.6%), Portugal (up 300.8%), Italy (up 205.6%) and Egypt (up 187.7%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their rice supplies to Saudi importers included: China (down -79.1%), Cambodia (down -53.7%), Thailand (down -38.5%) and Australia (down -38.2%).

Overall, the value of Saudi rice imports were down by an average -15.3% from all supplying countries since 2012 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 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. India: $352.1 million (up 352.6%)
  2. Thailand: $324.5 million (up 215.9%)
  3. United Arab Emirates: $47.2 million (up 17.7%)
  4. Pakistan: $20.2 million (up 283.6%)
  5. Singapore: $8 million (down -12.6%)
  6. Brazil: $5 million (down -84.4%)
  7. Hong Kong: $4.5 million (down -57.7%)
  8. Japan: $3.8 million (down -46.4%)
  9. China: $2.4 million (down -48.3%)
  10. Vietnam: $1.6 million (up 49.8%)
  11. Lebanon: $1.1 million (up 53,100%)
  12. Malaysia: $1.1 million (up 59.3%)
  13. Taiwan: $453,000 (no change)
  14. Côte d’Ivoire: $421,000 (down -56.3%)
  15. Sri Lanka: $411,000 (down 0%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.9% of all Beninese rice imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of rice to Benin since 2012 were: Lebanon (up 53,100%), India (up 352.6%), Pakistan (up 283.6%) and Thailand (up 215.9%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their rice supplies to Beninese importers included: Brazil (down -84.4%), Hong Kong (down -57.7%), Côte d’Ivoire (down -56.3%) and China (down -48.3%).

Overall, the value of Beninese rice imports was up by an average 145.4% from all supplying countries since 2012 when rice purchases were valued at $315.2 million.

USA

Rice Imports into the United States

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the US imported the highest dollar value worth of rice during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Thailand: $416.9 million (down -10.4%)
  2. India: $169.1 million (up 11.4%)
  3. Pakistan: $30.5 million (up 44.9%)
  4. Vietnam: $23.2 million (down -22.1%)
  5. Brazil: $19.4 million (up 159.6%)
  6. Italy: $17.3 million (up 29.4%)
  7. Canada: $5.5 million (up 32.3%)
  8. Argentina: $5.3 million (up 35.2%)
  9. China: $4.8 million (up 17.2%)
  10. United Kingdom: $4.6 million (up 2,075%)
  11. Spain: $2.7 million (down -22.6%)
  12. Japan: $2.3 million (up 1036%)
  13. Bangladesh: $2 million (up 142.4%)
  14. Mexico: $1.9 million (up 119.6%)
  15. South Korea: $1.3 million (up 448.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.9% of all American rice imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of rice to United States since 2012 were: United Kingdom (up 2,075%), Japan (up 1,036%), South Korea (up 448.3%) and Brazil (up 159.6%).

Three countries experienced declines in the value of their rice supplies to American importers: Spain (down -22.6%), Vietnam (down -22.1%) and Thailand (down -10.4%).

Overall, the value of American rice imports was down by an average -0.6% from all supplying countries since 2012 when rice purchases were valued at $718.9 million.

Searchable List of Rice Importing Countries

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Rank Importer 2016 Rice Imports % World Total
1. China US$1.6 billion 8.5%
2. Saudi Arabia $917.3 million 4.9%
3. Benin $773.5 million 4.1%
4. United States $714.6 million 3.8%
5. United Arab Emirates $678.1 million 3.6%
6. Indonesia $531.8 million 2.8%
7. Iraq $516.7 million 2.8%
8. Iran $508.9 million 2.7%
9. United Kingdom $451.2 million 2.4%
10. France $447.1 million 2.4%
11. Japan $439.6 million 2.4%
12. South Africa $419.5 million 2.2%
13. Côte d’Ivoire $380.5 million 2%
14. Malaysia $377.4 million 2%
15. Germany $359.2 million 1.9%
16. Senegal $325.6 million 1.7%
17. Mexico $322.8 million 1.7%
18. Canada $289.8 million 1.6%
19. Brazil $288.7 million 1.5%
20. South Korea $264.9 million 1.4%
21. Belgium $263.3 million 1.4%
22. Hong Kong $255.4 million 1.4%
23. Cameroon $242.3 million 1.3%
24. Kuwait $236.6 million 1.3%
25. Guinea $214.7 million 1.1%
26. Philippines $210.7 million 1.1%
27. Singapore $206.8 million 1.1%
28. Haiti $204.8 million 1.1%
29. Ethiopia $201.7 million 1.1%
30. Netherlands $195 million 1%
31. Yemen $181.9 million 1%
32. Nepal $173.1 million 0.9%
33. Peru $165.4 million 0.9%
34. Angola $158.4 million 0.8%
35. Niger $152.4 million 0.8%
36. Oman $148.6 million 0.8%
37. Jordan $143.8 million 0.8%
38. Venezuela $143.5 million 0.8%
39. Italy $142.4 million 0.8%
40. Ghana $140.8 million 0.8%
41. Mozambique $139.4 million 0.7%
42. Australia $138.4 million 0.7%
43. Colombia $131 million 0.7%
44. Turkey $116.2 million 0.6%
45. Somalia $110.5 million 0.6%
46. Sierra Leone $110 million 0.6%
47. Zimbabwe $109.9 million 0.6%
48. Qatar $108.4 million 0.6%
49. Burkina Faso $106.9 million 0.6%
50.
Papua New Guinea
$106.8 million
0.6%
51. Israel $93.7 million 0.5%
52. Spain $92.3 million 0.5%
53. Russia $86 million 0.5%
54. Switzerland $85.6 million 0.5%
55. Madagascar $84.6 million 0.5%
56. Poland $84 million 0.4%
57. Laos $76.1 million 0.4%
58. Taiwan $73.3 million 0.4%
59. Portugal $73.2 million 0.4%
60. Sweden $71.2 million 0.4%
61. Liberia $68.1 million 0.4%
62. Chile $66.4 million 0.4%
63. Costa Rica $65.8 million 0.4%
64. Congo $63.9 million 0.3%
65. Czech Republic $58.9 million 0.3%
66. Honduras $55.2 million 0.3%
67. Djibouti $54.9 million 0.3%
68. Panama $52.9 million 0.3%
69. Libya $50.7 million 0.3%
70. Lebanon $50.5 million 0.3%
71. Cuba $50 million 0.3%
72. Austria $48.2 million 0.3%
73. Mali $46.6 million 0.2%
74. Syrian Arab Republic $45.8 million 0.2%
75. New Zealand $45 million 0.2%
76. Nicaragua $40.7 million 0.2%
77. Gabon $40.2 million 0.2%
78. Algeria $40.1 million 0.2%
79. Mauritius $39.9 million 0.2%
80. Denmark $39.7 million 0.2%
81. Solomon Islands $39.5 million 0.2%
82. Egypt $38.2 million 0.2%
83. Bahrain $37.5 million 0.2%
84. Guatemala $37.3 million 0.2%
85. Gambia $35.6 million 0.2%
86. Nigeria $35.6 million 0.2%
87. Pakistan $35.1 million 0.2%
88. Brunei Darussalam $34.1 million 0.2%
89. Romania $32.6 million 0.2%
90. Viet Nam $31.6 million 0.2%
91. Mauritania $31.6 million 0.2%
92. El Salvador $31.4 million 0.2%
93. Norway $30.9 million 0.2%
94. Kenya $30.6 million 0.2%
95. Ireland $27.9 million 0.1%
96. Rwanda $27.1 million 0.1%
97. Democratic Rep. Congo $25.8 million 0.1%
98. North Korea $24.9 million 0.1%
99. Finland $23.8 million 0.1%
100.
Botswana
$23.6 million
0.1%
101. Sudan $22.7 million 0.1%
102. Hungary $22.5 million 0.1%
103. Maldives $22.2 million 0.1%
104. Slovakia $21.5 million 0.1%
105. Togo $18.4 million 0.1%
106. Azerbaijan $16.8 million 0.1%
107. Jamaica $16.5 million 0.1%
108. Bangladesh $15.9 million 0.1%
109. Macao $15.3 million 0.1%
110. Swaziland $15.3 million 0.1%
111. Bulgaria $14.8 million 0.1%
112. Ukraine $14.5 million 0.1%
113. Greece $14.4 million 0.1%
114. Turkmenistan $14.4 million 0.1%
115. Trinidad/Tobago $14.3 million 0.1%
116. Slovenia $14 million 0.1%
117. Tanzania $13.5 million 0.1%
118. Sri Lanka $12.8 million 0.1%
119. Cabo Verde $12.8 million 0.1%
120. Bolivia $12.7 million 0.1%
121. Myanmar (Burma) $12.6 million 0.1%
122. Mongolia $12.4 million 0.1%
123. Belarus $12.1 million 0.1%
124. Dominican Republic $11.2 million 0.1%
125. Croatia $10.7 million 0.1%
126. Namibia $10.5 million 0.1%
127. Thailand $9.6 million 0.1%
128. Chad $9.6 million 0.1%
129. Equatorial Guinea $9.3 million 0.1%
130. Tajikistan $8.9 million 0.05%
131. Guinea-Bissau $8.6 million 0.05%
132. Albania $8.5 million 0.05%
133. Lithuania $8.2 million 0.04%
134. Lesotho $7.4 million 0.04%
135. Tunisia $6.8 million 0.04%
136. Bahamas $6.3 million 0.03%
137. Cyprus $6.3 million 0.03%
138. Samoa $6.3 million 0.03%
139. Central African Rep. $6.1 million 0.03%
140. Burundi $6 million 0.03%
141. Luxembourg $6 million 0.03%
142. Cambodia $5.8 million 0.03%
143. Timor-Leste $5.3 million 0.03%
144. Malawi $5.2 million 0.03%
145. Kazakhstan $5.1 million 0.03%
146. Bosnia/Herzegovina $5 million 0.03%
147. Georgia $5 million 0.03%
148. Armenia $4.9 million 0.03%
149. Serbia $4.9 million 0.03%
150.
Argentina
$4.8 million
0.03%
151. New Caledonia $4.5 million 0.02%
152. Zambia $4.3 million 0.02%
153. Moldova $4.2 million 0.02%
154. Latvia $4.2 million 0.02%
155. Uganda $4.1 million 0.02%
156. Fiji $3.8 million 0.02%
157. Curaçao $3.7 million 0.02%
158. Barbados $3.6 million 0.02%
159. St Vincent/Grenadines $3.4 million 0.02%
160. Morocco $3.3 million 0.02%
161. Seychelles $3.2 million 0.02%
162. Micronesia $3.2 million 0.02%
163. Malta $3.2 million 0.02%
164. Sao Tome/Principe $3.1 million 0.02%
165. Saint Lucia $2.9 million 0.02%
166. Estonia $2.9 million 0.02%
167. Aruba $2.7 million 0.01%
168. French Polynesia $2.3 million 0.01%
169. Palestine $2.2 million 0.01%
170. Iceland $2.2 million 0.01%
171. Uruguay $2.1 million 0.01%
172. Bhutan $1.7 million 0.01%
173. Antigua/Barbuda $1.5 million 0.01%
174. Montenegro $1.3 million 0.01%
175. Paraguay $1.3 million 0.01%
176. South Sudan $1.3 million 0.01%
177. St Maarten (Dutch part) $1.1 million 0.01%
178. India $942,000 0.01%
179. Bermuda $920,000 0.005%
180. Cayman Islands $889,000 0.005%
181. Turks/Caicos Is. $884,000 0.005%
182. US Minor Outlying Is. $873,000 0.005%
183. Palau $833,000 0.004%
184. Kyrgyzstan $823,000 0.004%
185. Grenada $724,000 0.004%
186. Belize $644,000 0.003%
187. Saint Kitts/Nevis $605,000 0.003%
188. Greenland $531,000 0.003%
189. Afghanistan $521,000 0.003%
190. British Virgin Is. $511,000 0.003%
191. Andorra $463,000 0.002%
192. Comoros $384,000 0.002%
193. Northern Mariana Is. $372,000 0.002%
194. Marshall Islands $371,000 0.002%
195. Netherlands Antilles $366,000 0.002%
196. Uzbekistan $345,000 0.002%
197. Dominica $330,000 0.002%
198. Guyana $319,000 0.002%
199. Suriname $294,000 0.002%
200.
Macedonia
$234,000
0.001%
201. Faroe Islands $221,000 0.001%
202. Anguilla $195,000 0.001%
203. Gibraltar $190,000 0.001%
204. Ecuador $132,000 0.001%
205. St. Pierre/Miquelon $89,000 0.0005%
206. Vanuatu $61,000 0.0003%
207. Montserrat $52,000 0.0003%
208. Saint Helena $40,000 0.0002%
209. Kiribati $27,000 0.0001%
210. Niue $26,000 0.0001%
211. Wallis/Futuna Is. $25,000 0.0001%
212. Tuvalu $21,000 0.0001%
213. Cook Islands $19,000 0.0001%
214. Falkland Is. (Malvinas) $14,000 0.0001%
215. Nauru $10,000 0.0001%
216. Christmas Island $7,000 0.00004%
217. Tonga $7,000 0.00004%
218. Norfolk Island $3,000 0.00002%
219. Eritrea $1,000 0.00001%
220. Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba $1,000 0.00001%
Research Sources:

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 31, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 31, 2017

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on May 31, 2017

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