• USA Rice Awarded Funding to Bring Chinese Officials to the U.S.

    Sep 23, 2015
    Working out next stepsUSA Rice was notified today that our Emerging Markets Program (EMP) proposal budgeted at $61,000 to bring Chinese officials to the U.S. has been approved for funding in FY 2015. The purpose of the visit, scheduled to take place soon after a phytosanitary protocol has been reached with the Chinese, is for the officials to survey a number of rice mills interested in exporting rice to China. This market survey is required by the protocol and envisioned as the last step before rice can be legally imported by buyers in China.
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  • APHIS Sets the Record Straight on China Phytosanitary Deal

    Sep 17, 2015
    We will sell no rice before it's timeIn a conference call with USA Rice staff yesterday, high ranking officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed that the phytosanitary protocol between the United States and China has not been finalized.
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  • Update: U.S./China Phytosanitary Agreement

    Sep 14, 2015
    The phytosanitary protocol that promises to pave the way for export trade with China appears to be tracking toward a successful resolution, maybe as soon as next week when China’s President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit the United States. However, USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said this afternoon they are awaiting agreement on the language of the protocol from AQSIQ, their counterpart in China, before the deal can be finalized.
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