U.S., China sign agreement to provide access for U.S. riceStaff Writer | July 21, 2017
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. 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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“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 U.S. rice industry will have access to this critical market, significantly expanding export opportunities.
U.S. rice exports can begin following the completion of an audit of U.S. rice facilities by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. ■