California Rice to China and USTR Suspends Thailand Trade

California Rice to China and USTR Suspends Thailand Trade

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**California-grown rice unloaded at a Chinese port last Tuesday completed the first shipment of U.S.-grown rice to China.

The USA Rice Federation says the premium, medium-grain rice from California will be sold by a Chinese retail chain known as Sungiven.

Chinese importers visited California and two other rice-growing states last year as part of a longstanding effort to open the market to U.S. rice.

**The U.S. Trade Representative is suspending $817 million in trade preferences for Thailand under the Generalized System of Preferences program after failing to provide U.S. pork with “equitable and reasonable market access.”

Sunday’s announcement follows a 2018 National Pork Producers Council petition asking the USTR to review Thailand’s eligibility for the GSP program, that offers duty-free treatment to certain goods entering the U.S.

NPPC President “AV” Roth thanked the Administration saying Thailand has taken full advantage of U.S. trade benefits for years, while imposing a completely unjustified de facto ban on U.S. pork.

**Organic fresh produce sales exceeded $2.2 billion for the third quarter this year, with volume sales up 15% from the same period in 2019 and dollar sales up 16%.

Organic Produce Network CEO Matt Seeley tells, organics drove twice the dollar share compared to volume share, 12% of total produce dollars and 6% of produce volume, underscoring why organics are so powerful and important to retailers.

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