July 20, 2017

21/07/2017: US and China sign historic agreement to provide market access for US rice exports

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the US Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the United States to begin exporting rice to China for the first time ever

 
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“This is another great day for US agriculture and, in particular, for our rice growers and millers, who can now look forward to gaining access to the Chinese market. This market represents an exceptional opportunity today, with enormous potential for growth in the future,” said Mr Perdue.

“The agreement with China has been in the works for more than a decade and I’m pleased to see it finally come to fruition, especially knowing how greatly it will benefit our growers and industry."

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of rice. Since 2013, it has also been the largest importer, with imports reaching nearly 5 million tons last year.

When the new rice protocol is fully implemented, the US rice industry will have access to this critical market, significantly expanding export opportunities.

US rice exports can begin following the completion of an audit of US rice facilities by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.


Visit the USDA website, HERE.
 

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