• USA Rice to USTR: NAFTA, China, & Improved Market Access are Priorities

    Apr 18, 2018
    Last week, USA Rice met with U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) new Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud to discuss current market access issues for rice. USA Rice highlighted the many trade priorities of the industry including preserving the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and improved market access to China and Japan.
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  • Brazil Reactivates Domestic Support Programs as Exports to the U.S. Rise

    Apr 11, 2018
    Exports of Brazilian rice to the United States have jumped nearly 60 percent in the first two months of 2018 over the same time period last year. On the heels of that news, Brazil has rebooted two dormant rice support policies that USA Rice says appear to be being used to push their export prices below production costs in direct violation of World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations.
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  • Iraq Waives Withholding Payment, Should Clear Way for Future U.S. Tenders

    Mar 29, 2018
    A new hurdle in the Iraq market appeared, but has been dealt with by USA Rice and industry allies here and in Iraq.
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  • The U.S. and China Trade Actions

    Mar 23, 2018
    The U.S. and China have exchanged salvos adding fuel to fears of escalating trade sanctions between the two largest global economies. Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced another action in the President’s efforts to “rebalance the U.S.-China trade relationship,” and China began the retaliation process to Trump’s previous action on steel and aluminum imports.
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  • U.S. Rice Industry Stands to Lose from Trump Tariffs

    Mar 19, 2018
    The U.S. rice industry could suffer from retaliatory tariffs in response to proposed steel and aluminum import tariffs, according to a study released last week by economists at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
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  • Do Higher U.S. Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Mean Less Rice Exports?

    Mar 08, 2018
    President Trump may follow through as early as today on last week’s announcement that he will impose import duties of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum. Threats of retaliation have raised fears in U.S. agriculture because farm exports are an easy target for foreign governments seeking to push back on U.S. import restrictions. The European Union quickly issued a retaliation list that targeted imports from the United States of steel, apparel, and agriculture goods, including U.S. rice.
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  • New Bill Focuses Attention on Organic Food

    Feb 08, 2018
    Representative John Faso (R-NY) has introduced a bill that addresses fraudulent organic agricultural imports and proposes to increase funding to the National Organic Program (NOP) for oversight and technology upgrades. USA Rice has continually raised the issue of fraudulent organic rice imports with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they are harmful to domestic organic rice producers.
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  • USA Rice Welcomes Jesica Kincaid

    Jan 29, 2018
    Jesica Kincaid joins the USA Rice trade team.
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  • USA Rice Sees KORUS Modernization Talks as Opportunity

    Jan 26, 2018
    The U.S. and Korean governments have begun discussions to modernize the free trade agreement between the two countries which is commonly known as KORUS. Rice was removed from the original KORUS agreement, which took effect in 2012.
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  • Mexico Opens Door to U.S. Competitors

    Jan 16, 2018
    Amidst tense renegotiations and rhetoric around the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the government of Mexico (GOM) has announced a tariff rate quota (TRQ) for rice of 150,000 metric tons (MT) each for calendar year 2018 and calendar year 2019. Under the TRQ, rice can be imported in any form (paddy, milled) and avoid the 20 percent duty on milled rice or the 9 percent duty on paddy rice. This TRQ is identical in amount, terms, and purpose as took place in 2017.
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