South Africa rice export quantities

In 2019 South Africa shipped 78,833,432 tonnes of rice. In 2019 alone, the market for South Africa rice (cereals/grains category) has shrunk, changing by -11.788 pc compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, rice's exports went down by -19.29 pc bringing the exporter US$130.05m for the year 2019. South Africa's rice exports are classified as:

  • Husked or brown rice (HS code 100620)
  • Broken rice (HS code 100640)
  • Semi-milled or wholly milled rice, whether or not polished or glazed (HS code 100630)
  • Rice in the husk, "paddy" or rough (HS code 100610)


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South Africa rice export values

In 2019, South Africa supplied rice worth 130.05m USD, a reduction of -10.89% from 2018's total rice export of 145.936m USD. The yearly change in value of South Africa rice between 2017 to 2018 was 10.62 pc.

The per year change in the quantity of South Africa's rice exports between 2017 and 2019 was -19.29 percent compared to a variation of -11.788% in the period between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's portion of the world's total rice's exports in 2019 was less than 1%. South Africa holds position 31 in world exports of rice.


Export markets for South Africa rice ( in '000$ )

South Africa's top export markets for rice are Swaziland (Eswatini), Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana and France.


Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net exporter of rice. The annual growth of South Africa rice in value between 2015 to 2019 was 10%, per annum, while annual growth in quantity for the same period was %, per annum.

South Africa ordered 1,934,602 tonnes of rice in 2019.


The production of rice in South Africa was 20,516 tonnes in 2019 and is estimated to change by an average of 0.02%. The country had approximately 8,776.00 hectares under rice cultivation.