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China allows first-ever U.S. rice imports

Staff Writer | December 28, 2018
China has opened the door to imports of rice from the United States for the first time ever.
Asia   Imports of brown rice, polished rice and crushed rice are now permitted
The green light from Chinese customs, indicated in a statement posted on the customs authority's website on Friday, comes in the run-up to talks between the countries in January after U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed a moratorium on higher tariffs that would affect trade worth hundred of billions of dollars.

It wasn't immediately clear how much rice China, which sources rice imports from within Asia, might seek to buy from the United States. But the move, which comes after years of talks on the matter, follows pledges from China's commerce ministry of further U.S. trade openings earlier this week.

As of Dec. 27, imports of brown rice, polished rice and crushed rice from the United States are now permitted, as long as cargoes meet China's inspection standards and are registered with the United States Department of Agriculture.