Hello, fellow entrepreneurs and curious readers! I’m Ajay, and I’ve been in the rice export business for quite some time now. Today, I’m thrilled to share my journey and insights on how to successfully export rice from India. This industry has been incredibly rewarding for me, and I believe it holds great potential for others as well.

India is renowned worldwide for its rice cultivation. Did you know that as of recent years, rice production in India accounts for a significant portion of our total food crop production? This fact alone highlights the importance of rice in our agriculture sector. Moreover, the demand for Indian rice globally continues to grow, making the rice export business a lucrative venture.

Why Export Rice from India?

Rice is a staple in diets around the world, and Indian rice varieties, especially basmati, are highly sought after. With countries across the globe craving the quality and aroma of Indian rice, there’s a continuous demand that needs to be met. This opens up a world of opportunity for us to export rice from India.

My Experience and How You Can Start Exporting Rice

Starting a rice export business can seem daunting, but it’s quite manageable with the right information and steps. Here’s how I navigated the process and how you can too:

  1. Register Your Business: First things first, you need to make it official. I registered my company, which was a straightforward process that took about 20 days. Remember to include “Exporters” in your company name; it clarifies your business activity to potential international buyers. For example, “Ajay KSG Rice Exporters Pvt Ltd.”
  2. Obtain an Import Export Code (IEC): An IEC is crucial for exporting any product from India. The process is online and relatively simple, thanks to the DGFT website. This code is your passport to the international market.
  3. Identify Your Target Market: For me, choosing the right market was key. I looked into countries with a high demand for rice but less competition. This strategic selection can significantly impact your success.
  4. Finding Buyers: The most challenging yet exciting part is finding potential buyers. I explored various channels like export trade fairs, online platforms like Alibaba and IndiaMART, and even social media advertising. Building a robust online presence and networking extensively has been instrumental in connecting with buyers.
  5. Market Analysis: Understanding the market demand in your chosen country is vital. I conducted both primary and secondary research to gauge the appetite for Indian rice. This step helped me tailor my offerings to meet specific market needs.
  6. Know the Export Procedure: Familiarizing yourself with the export and import policies of your target country is essential. I attended several seminars and consulted with industry experts to get a grip on the best practices and regulations.
  7. Understand Your Competition: Analyzing your competition helps in positioning your business strategically. Offering competitive pricing, ensuring high quality, and maintaining reliability are keys to standing out.
  8. Finalize Payment Methods and Laws: Ensuring smooth transactions is crucial for long-term success. I educated myself about the various payment methods and legal requirements involved in international trade.
  9. Choose the Right Transportation: Selecting an efficient and reliable transportation method ensures your rice reaches its destination in excellent condition. Proper documentation is critical to avoid any hiccups along the way.

Top 30 Countries Which Are Major Importer Of Basmati Rice From India

Saudi Arabia5500
United Arab Emirates3110
United Kingdom930
United States860
Yemen Republc730
South Africa80
Egypt Arab Republic70

Is It Profitable?

Absolutely! The profit margin in the rice export business can be quite attractive, depending on the countries you export to and the volume of your shipments. With India’s rice production reaching around 120 million tons recently, there’s ample supply to meet the global demand. However, staying updated with market trends and foreign trade policies is crucial for navigating the ups and downs of international trade.

Exporting rice from India has not just been a business for me; it’s been a journey of learning, growth, and connecting with diverse cultures through the universal language of food. If you’re considering stepping into the world of rice export, I say go for it! With dedication, research, and a bit of entrepreneurial spirit, you too can make a mark in this flourishing industry.


  1. Hello Jayaprakash,
    We supply rice to several countries, kindly let me know to which country you need.

    • Hi Debasis,

      We are from rice industry.
      We have export quality of Sona masuri rice (Karnataka ponni).
      We are ready to take bulk orders to export.

      Please do feel free to contact us for any quite on the Sona masuri rice.


  2. Hello sir.
    Good Morning.
    Sir we Require best buyer of non basmati rice from india to any country. our capacity 16 Mt per hour.
    Brown rice.
    Parboiled rice.
    Raw rice.
    Steam rice.
    From 5.50mm to 6.80mm in colour of white,golden, &creamy.
    As per buyer requirements (length ,colour &packing ).

  3. I would like to start a rice export business. Could you please any one give the details about the export details.


  4. Hi sir,
    I am V.R.Ashwin I would like to do an rice export business from Tamil nadu. If willing help me.thank you

  5. Hi people,
    I have a client in Africa and i want to export paraboiled rice from India.
    Can you please provide me your best price per Mt CIF India as well as landing price to Africa. My email sureshrshetty@gmail.com
    I hope to start a very long term business relationship with you.

  6. Hello All , I have a very big base for exporting Jasmine rice from thailand to any country requirement we have 90% Jasmine rice , 94% pure Jasmine Homali rice, Organic Berry rice
    Interested people can contact on
    debarshi_b@yahoo.com, 00971569486117


  7. Hi,
    I want to start a rice business from goa can somebody guide me right from start step wise , as iam new to business .

  8. We are exporting Rice in 42 countries.
    We r having requirements of basmati, non basmati, boiled rice frequently, suppliers from India please contact us.

  9. I have a buyer of basmati rice in Kuwait. Please guide me how export rice from India, from where i can purchase on best rate and sample also required for the same.

  10. Comment:
    I am Sunil Agrawal from India and I am living in rice producing belt and want to start rice expert business. any tips for me.

  11. sir i want to know the full procedure of exporting rice from india to another country. can you please help me.

  12. Hello sir we have a rice and other different factory so we want to export them to USA . Can you help me.

    • Hi Megha,

      I want to import rice from India to Guinea. Please let me know your contact information so we can discuss more details.

  13. Hi

    I am interested in Importing Rice from India to Uk Basmati Organic anyone interested pls contact me on my email

    Hima Bindu

    • Dear Hima Bindu,
      Greetings from Sakthi Logistics.

      We introduce ourselves as an exporter of rice from South India.
      We came to know that you import Rice from India. We can able to supply you any quantity with quality as per customer specifications.

      If there is any opportunity please let us know.

      Awaiting for your positive reply.

      With regards,
      R.Vijaya Kumar

  14. Hello All, can u send me price of all type basmati rice on fob or cf Dubai price per metric ton as soon as possible. My email id is anandpathak22@gmailcom wait for ur urgent reply.

  15. hello sir, i wanna export basmati 1121 sella rice. i wanna infomation regarding list of buyers from saudi arabia,dubai..plese help me.

  16. Sir,I want to know the procedure of exporting rice from from India to Australia, can you help me please.

  17. Hi,

    Im a Farmer from Kumbakonam, Tanjore District in Tamilnadu, India,
    I have agricultrural land of 8 acres. And i do only organic rice paddy for past 3 years.
    Recently i done Seeraga Samba type Paddy,
    Im looking for export the same. Kindly let me know your interests on this…

    Contact me sathish7078@gmaiil.com

  18. Good Evening,
    We are on the look out for Potential Buyers of good quality non basmati rice within India and also for exports to any other countries.
    Varieties are as follows:-
    Gobindo Bhog Rice
    Banskathi Rice
    Common Rice
    MiniKit Rice
    36 Saru Rice
    Rice Bran

    Any special grade requested can be looked into by our mill.

    Best Regards,

    Neenad Swar

  19. i want to start rice exporting business from mangalore to saudhi, suppliers of rice at wholsale sale price please contact me with price details etc.

  20. can some one advice to select rice type and quality identification before exporting.
    response appreciated

  21. Dear All,
    We are looking for Potential Buyers of good quality rice within India and also exports to any other countries. Fast delivery & high quality.

    If there is any opportunity please let us know.

    Kind Regards,

    • Sir,


      Hi can you help us out with the variety of rice exported to middle east with the specification and type of rice exported as we have a buyer for the same and quantity would be 5- 10000 tonnes to start with, as we are looking forward for a competitive quote and good quality of rice

      Hope too ear from you soon .

      Thanks & Regards,

      Vineet Suneja

  22. want to start rice exporting business from kandla(gujarat) india to dubai, suppliers of rice at wholsale sale price please contact me with price details etc

  23. We are a leading producer of Rice in Maharashtra. We want to enter international market like Middle est countries, Africa. Pls help us with the details of the Rice like size of grain,colour,quantity etc on mail.

  24. Hello Sir,

    Could you please help us out with the variety of rice to export to Australia with the specification and price as we have a buyer for the same and quantity would be 5-25 tonnes to start with, as we are looking forward for a competitive quote and good quality of rice.

  25. We are exporting rice, spices, pulses and dry fruits to gulf countries, contact me for if there are any requirement.

    +91 9884697848