The global rice export trade has grown to around 42 million tons per annum and accounts for nearly 9% of global production.
The top five rice exporting countries (Thailand, India, Vietnam, Pakistan and Cambodia) account for 80% of global rice trade. For these Asian exporters, rice is the most important staple food, therefore their domestic food security and strategic reserve is extremely important.
Africa consumes a total of 25 million tons of milled rice per year, of which 13 million tons is imported.
West Africa accounts for most of the rice production and consumption in Africa. Demand consistently outstrips ‘home grown’ supply, creating an ongoing demand for imports.
We import white and other rice varieties from Asia, including Super Basmati Rice and Biryani Rice, which are both premium brands, and long grain rice, which caters for the broader income groups.
Reciprocal agreements with our reliable suppliers and ETG’s renowned end-to-end supply chain, enables us to cost-effectively deliver rice on demand.
ETG imports rice from mills and traders in Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan, India, Cambodia and Myanmar.
Rice volumes are moved through a robust distribution network that is shared with other ETG commodities to create cost efficiencies. Our own trucks move rice from ports into inland towns and landlocked countries. Destination markets include West Africa, East Africa and some parts of Europe.
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