Report Highlights:

Italy is the largest rice producer in the EU-28. According to the latest figures from the Italian Rice Association (Enterisi), Italy's MY2015/16 rice planted area is forecast to increase by 3.5 percent compared to 2014/15.

General Information:

Italy Rice Update - December 2015

Italy is the largest rice producer in the EU-28. Rice cultivation is mostly located in Northern Italy (Piemonte, Lombardia, and Veneto) where water is relatively abundant and the rice crop can be raised in flooded fields. Approximately 70 percent of rice varieties grown in Italy are Indica (i.e. Ariete, Drago, Arborio, Baldo, S.Andrea, and Carnaroli), while the remainder are Japonica ones. Except for rough (unmilled) rice exports and domestic seed sales, virtually all the Italian rice is marketed as a whole-kernel milled product.

According to the latest figures from the Italian Rice Association (Enterisi), Italy's MY2015/16 rice planted area is forecast to increase by 3.5 percent compared to 2014/15. The decrease in the Long Grain Indica planted area is likely to be offset by the increased area forecasted for the more profitable Long Grain Japonica variety.

ITALY - RICE AREA (Ha)

Rice

Variety

2014/15 Area

(Estimate)

2015/16 Area

(Forecast)

% Change

Round Grain Japonica

52,667

56,946

8.12

Medium Grain Japonica

7,060

9,471

34.15

Long Grain Japonica

104,507

125,867

20.44

Long Grain

Indica

55,298

35,045

-36.63

Total Area

219,532

227,329

3.55

According to local industry contacts, Italian paddy rice prices remained firm in the third week of November 2015. Prices, which were quite low in the last week of September and first week of October 2015, started increasing from the second week of October and continued the pace till the week ended on November 17, 2015.

Italy's Leading Milled Rice Exports

Year Ending: August

2013

2014

2015

Partner Country

Unit

USD

Quantity

USD

Quantity

USD

Quantity

World

T

579,384,265

673,588

597,714,462

630,582

551,050,583

630,844

Germany

T

101,114,900

115,607

122,658,845

117,936

108,513,992

117,675

France

T

124,556,741

138,084

121,337,787

124,103

103,949,295

121,639

United Kingdom

T

54,431,130

62,645

45,469,901

50,171

59,074,367

71,212

Turkey

T

36,513,310

47,408

27,950,262

30,251

38,417,876

37,749

Belgium

T

29,945,380

31,003

33,323,581

32,289

25,245,470

26,185

Austria

T

20,124,582

20,627

20,430,994

19,433

19,990,150

21,354

Czech Republic

T

29,578,235

40,505

18,657,045

25,848

15,351,319

23,270

Hungary

T

16,522,817

24,714

17,508,195

28,765

14,705,422

26,339

United States

T

10,713,503

7,362

13,189,340

7,184

13,462,188

7,274

Switzerland

T

9,792,421

10,821

13,802,645

16,402

11,466,374

13,791

Italy's Leading Milled Rice Imports

Year Ending: August

2013

2014

2015

Partner Country

Unit

USD

Quantity

USD

Quantity

USD

Quantity

World

T

51,376,748

47,890

68,412,500

66,580

67,672,183

84,428

India

T

7,940,288

7,509

11,147,896

8,840

11,463,380

10,606

Thailand

T

11,081,592

9,744

12,742,188

11,955

10,510,246

10,989

Cambodia

T

5,160,165

5,890

7,373,444

9,570

9,351,078

16,791

Pakistan

T

3,081,869

2,770

3,635,669

2,913

5,224,830

5,427

France

T

8,885,802

7,220

9,182,299

5,351

5,011,566

4,825

Belgium

T

1,170,630

701

2,282,631

1,635

4,692,647

4,672

Myanmar

T

-

-

3,283,462

8,074

4,016,605

9,800

Romania

T

1,878,027

2,244

3,448,230

2,588

3,408,994

2,588

United Kingdom

T

3,293,908

2,759

3,411,479

2,616

3,293,810

2,772

Spain

T

1,056,257

802

4,052,270

4,874

2,362,806

3,143

Italy's Leading Husked Rice Exports

Year Ending: August

2013

2014

2015

Partner Country

Unit

USD

Quantity

USD

Quantity

USD

Quantity

World

T

56,349,249

63,450

62,903,094

63,175

69,901,691

73,227

Belgium

T

16,095,766

18,958

17,153,271

20,577

17,870,993

22,721

Germany

T

8,478,505

7,859

10,122,634

7,971

12,725,773

9,548

Netherlands

T

9,406,192

12,074

9,493,461

10,728

9,682,594

12,178

Switzerland

T

5,676,387

7,445

6,127,569

5,521

7,199,762

7,164

France

T

4,520,250

3,356

5,818,208

3,497

6,531,584

4,433

Poland

T

3,805,767

5,611

4,285,619

6,154

4,304,398

6,431

United Kingdom

T

1,907,527

1,751

1,889,391

1,398

2,132,303

1,546

Czech Republic

T

945,938

1,154

977,003

1,265

1,942,685

2,598

Spain

T

821,460

734

1,298,801

839

1,619,413

1,218

Sweden

T

728,465

676

1,056,278

855

832,010

710

Italy's Leading Husked Rice Imports

Year Ending: August

2013

2014

2015

Partner Country

Unit

USD

Quantity

USD

Quantity

USD

Quantity

World

T

48,379,761

50,252

76,298,820

61,274

38,797,741

45,056

India

T

35,524,461

39,207

48,526,551

37,312

16,762,409

20,699

Pakistan

T

6,757,678

6,064

18,533,078

16,182

14,360,909

16,856

Thailand

T

4,625,349

3,677

4,246,417

3,399

3,642,394

3,242

France

T

261,402

195

936,287

1,096

1,061,666

670

Argentina

T

98,175

129

683,629

760

590,084

616

Uruguay

T

192,828

350

157,354

188

559,369

640

Guyana

T

-

-

-

-

377,941

1,000

Netherlands

T

296,074

145

358,425

157

291,239

175

United Kingdom

T

317,673

222

542,512

374

287,234

308

Spain

T

10,473

12

872,018

568

194,997

214

Italy's Leading Rice in the Husk Exports

Year Ending: August

2013

2014

2015

Partner Country

Unit

USD

Quantity

USD

Quantity

USD

Quantity

World

T

9,339,393

12,689

11,388,625

14,171

7,929,504

10,718

Portugal

T

1,558,715

1,715

2,509,854

2,310

1,807,964

2,096

France

T

1,664,410

1,813

1,123,633

1,053

1,162,022

1,302

Romania

T

944,150

1,086

805,957

874

1,146,960

1,507

Spain

T

958,620

1,126

2,502,814

3,088

1,131,678

1,633

Netherlands

T

1,713,584

4,220

1,762,283

4,173

740,370

1,833

Greece

T

346,800

407

532,795

474

658,037

688

Morocco

T

929,270

962

463,905

452

424,866

518

Bulgaria

T

349,580

355

670,479

597

244,253

235

Belgium

T

220,424

377

321,565

586

234,245

544

Uruguay

T

3,749

2

34,916

22

80,058

87

Italy's Leading Rice in the Husk Imports

Year Ending: August

2013

2014

2015

Partner Country

Unit

USD

Quantity

USD

Quantity

USD

Quantity

World

T

8,063,051

12,838

10,656,017

17,339

21,304,047

55,647

Guyana

T

-

-

-

-

11,725,379

37,298

France

T

2,628,492

5,854

5,479,039

11,650

4,786,760

12,897

Romania

T

3,240,732

6,025

2,112,120

3,215

1,563,313

1,998

United Kingdom

T

804,130

587

1,199,897

718

846,641

603

Netherlands

T

29,108

15

158,492

83

632,624

731

Spain

T

89,589

61

986,636

1,499

613,231

1,223

Greece

T

17,636

40

-

-

535,686

724

United States

T

891,874

80

417,932

40

319,356

44

Germany

T

297,327

143

238,865

109

216,093

83

Abbreviations and definitions used in this report

Ha Hectare: 1 ha = 2.471 acres

MT Metric Ton: 1MT = 1,000 kg

Marketing Year: September/August

HS Codes:

Milled rice: 100630; 100640

Rice Husked (Brown): 100620

Rice In The Husk (Paddy Or Rough): 100610