Leading rice importing and export countries

by Chrystal Shannon
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Thailand, United States, India and Vietnam are the principle rice exporting countries, whereas Indonesia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia are the main countries importing rice. India and Thailand are the main exporting countries for aromatic rice, such as Basmati and Jasmine types. It should be noted that although a similar total of rice and wheat are grown worldwide, rice trade between countries, at less than 25 million tonnes, is much lower than that for wheat, which exceeds 100 million tonnes.

EXPORT COUNTRY

Country

Export (1,000 tonnes)

Import (1,000 tonnes)

1

Thailand

5,500

0

2

USA

2,743

264

3

India

2,000

0

4

Vietnam

2,000

0

5

Pakistan

1,300

0

6

Myanmar

1,000

0

7

Australia

575

35

8

Italy

540

25

9

Uruguay

450

0

10

Argentina

425

1

11

Hong Kong

420

420

12

China

200

750

IMPORT COUNTRY

Country

Export (1,000 tonnes)

Import (1,000 tonnes)

1

Indonesia

1,500

0

2

Brasil

1,250

0

3

Saudi Arabia

800

30

4

Iran

800

0

5

China

750

200

6

Phillippines

700

0

7

Bangladesh

450

0

8

Senegal

450

0

9

North Korea

450

0

10

Japan

425

200

11

Hong Kong

420

420

12

Mexico

400

0

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