Bangkok. Thailand exported a record 11.48 million tonnes of rice in 2017, the commerce ministry said on Wednesday (10/01).
The amount, which surpassed the previous record of 10.96 million tonnes in 2014, was worth over $5.1 billion, said Adul Chotinisakorn, deputy chief of the commerce ministry's department of foreign trade.
Thailand, the world's second-biggest rice exporter after India, is expected to ship out 9.5 million tonnes of rice worth $4.7 billion this year.
A lower forecast is maintained as bad weather is affecting the crops, Adul said.
He added Thailand will be pursuing government-to-government deals this year with many countries, including Iraq, Iran and Indonesia, in addition to Bangladesh and China.
Thailand exported 9.88 million tonnes of rice in 2016.