Latest Iraq Rice Tender All Goes to Thailand

Jan 30, 2015
ARLINGTON, VA -- The USA Rice Federation has learned that despite mounting pressure from the United States, the latest Iraqi rice tender, 80,000 metric tons, has been completely awarded to Thailand.
The announcement comes just days after a bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to help ensure U.S. rice farmers would be given a fair shot at competing for Iraqi tenders, (see "USA Rice Promotes Cochran Bipartisan Letter on Iraqi Rice Purchases," USA Rice Daily, Friday, January 23, 2015).
"We're disappointed to see the U.S. lose out on this tender, but at the end of the day, they bought the least expensive rice on the market," said Jamie Warshaw, CEO of Louisiana's Farmers Rice Milling Company and a USA Rice Federation Board Member.  "I hope the next time they are back out on the market they will give U.S.-origin rice good consideration."
Iraq remains a major importer of rice, purchasing approximately 1.4 million metric tons annually.
Contact:  Michael Klein (703) 236-1458