Rice Exports by Country

Rice Exports by Country

Vietnamese rice field Rice exports by country totaled US$19.9 billion in 2016 down by an average -16.7% for exporting countries from 2012 when overall rice shipments were valued at $23.9 billion. Year over year, the value of global rice exports also dipped by -12.2% from the $22.7 billion worth of exported rice during 2015.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar value worth of rice exports during 2016 with shipments amounting to $14.5 billion or two-thirds (66.4%) of all rice exports.

North American exporters supplied 9.6% of global rice exports, followed by Europe at 8.4% then Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean at 6.6%. African rice exporters was responsible for a smaller percentage at 1.7%.

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of rice during 2016:

  1. India: US$5.3 billion (26.7% of total rice exports)
  2. Thailand: $4.4 billion (21.9%)
  3. United States: $1.9 billion (9.6%)
  4. Pakistan: $1.7 billion (8.5%)
  5. Vietnam: $1.6 billion (8%)
  6. Italy: $565.0 million (2.8%)
  7. Myanmar (Burma): $438.9 million (2.2%)
  8. Uruguay: $413.8 million (2.1%)
  9. China: $378.8 million (1.9%)
  10. Cambodia: $305.9 million (1.5%)
  11. Brazil: $251.9 million (1.3%)
  12. Belgium: $241.8 million (1.2%)
  13. Argentina: $212.5 million (1.1%)
  14. Paraguay: $196 million (1%)
  15. Guyana: $169 million (0.8%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 90.6% of all rice exports in 2016 (by value).

Among the above countries, four exporters grew the value of their rice shipments since 2012: Cambodia (up 119.5%), Paraguay (up 66.4%), China (up 39.3%) and Belgium (up 2.8%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported rice sales were led by Vietnam (down -56.6%), Brazil (down -53.9%), Argentina (down -29.7%) and Uruguay (down -26.1%).

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