• 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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  • Iraq Makes Huge Purchase of U.S. Rice under the U.S.-Iraq Memorandum of Understanding

    Nov 16, 2017
    Six months after the first U.S. rice purchase by Iraq under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two countries, Iraq has awarded a new 90,000 metric ton order for long grain milled rice to Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).
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  • USA Rice Delegation Sits Down with Iraq’s Minister of Trade

    Jul 24, 2017
    A USA Rice delegation representing four of the largest U.S. long grain rice exporters met here last week for high-level talks with Iraq’s acting Minister of Trade, Dr. Salman Al-Jumaili. The delegation focused its discussions with the Minister on gaining additional access to Iraq for U.S.-grown rice under the current U.S.-Iraq Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
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  • Iraq Extends Agreement on U.S. Rice

    Jun 21, 2017
    USA Rice orchestrated a coordinated effort with U.S. State Department and Embassy officials here to ensure the extension of the U.S.-Iraq Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for rice that was set to expire last week. It has now been confirmed that the MOU has been extended by the government of Iraq until January 2018. The extension means exporters of U.S.-grown rice will have additional opportunities to make sales to Iraq through January of next year.
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  • Iraq Makes First Purchase of U.S. Rice under the U.S.-Iraq Memorandum of Understanding

    May 30, 2017
    With help from a last minute, full-court press by USA Rice involving Congress, the U.S. Embassy, and high-level State Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials, Iraq made its first-ever purchase of U.S. rice under the U.S. – Iraq Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This sale will help U.S. rice exporters gain a foothold in the Iraqi market, and heightens prospects for new sales in the future.
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  • USA Rice Members to State Department: “Keep Pressure on Middle East”

    Feb 15, 2017
    Yesterday, USA Rice members met key Iraq policymakers at the State Department to get an update on the Iraqi rice tendering process under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and Iraq. Members reminded officials of the priority the industry places on Iraq as a future market.
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  • U.S. and Iraq Sign Rice MOU

    Jul 13, 2016
    This morning U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Iraq's Trade Minister Salman al-Jumayli that provides new opportunities for U.S. rice to be purchased for the food ration system here.
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  • Shifting Sands in Iraq

    Apr 04, 2016
    Against a backdrop of an erratic tendering process in Iraq that has seen price competitive bids and even country specific tenders failing in recent months, the news now coming out of Baghdad is that a planned tender has been canceled.
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  • Iraq Update: Chaos Still Reigns

    Oct 19, 2015
    Amid reports of corruption centered around rice tenders conducted by the Iraqi Minister of Trade (MoT), USA Rice has learned a court order was issued over the weekend to arrest the Iraqi Trade Minister and his brother to be investigated for corruption. It remains unclear how this latest shake up will affect the pending or future tenders. A new tender that was to be announced today has been postponed and, according to the Director General of the Grain Board of Iraq, a new tender will be issued either later this week or next regardless of this new situation.
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  • U.S. Rice Sale Lost Amongst Chaos at Iraqi Ministry of Trade

    Oct 16, 2015
    Yesterday USA Rice learned that Iraq’s Ministry of Trade (MoT) cancelled the sale of 30,000 MT of U.S. rice that was awarded under the last tender. This move was anticipated because the U.S.-origin award was made to an Indian company with no previous record of exporting U.S. rice and at a bid price well below offers of U.S. rice from a U.S. firm and a U.K. firm. The MoT retained the award of 50,000 MT of Indian-origin rice bid by a second Indian company.
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