Nearly 50% of the U.S. rice crop is exported to more than 120 countries worldwide. Companies that are interested in exporting U.S. rice should refer to the specific importing requirements of the destination country including but not limited to phytosanitary protocols and import licenses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance & Tracking System (PCIT)
allows you to create and submit applications for phytosanitary certificates for the purpose of exporting agricultural commodities.
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of USDA staffs 95 offices in 74 countries around the world. FAS Foreign Service Officers (FSO) and Locally-Employed Staff (LES) — while not maintaining a physical presence — also monitor and report on the agricultural trade matters of an additional 99 countries. These employees disseminate trade information to exporters and importers. Staff in these offices can explain some of the U.S. government export and market promotion programs which could be beneficial to traders.