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India, the world’s largest rice exporter, disrupted global rice markets by banning white rice exports in July 2023, before placing an export tax on parboiled rice exports in August 2023.
On August 25, 2023, India’s Ministry of Finance issued Notification No. 49/2023 (Customs), notifying with immediate effect that the Indian government is imposing a 20 percent export duty on parboiled non-basmati rice (PNB), harmonized tariff system (HS) code 1006.30.10.
Quarterly Agricultural Trade Forecast

Quarterly Agricultural Trade Forecast

FAS and the Economic Research Service jointly publish the quarterly Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade. The agricultural export forecast is updated February, May, August, and November.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

India: India Bans the Export of Non-Basmati White Rice

On July 20, 2023, the India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI)/Directorate General of Foreign Trade issued Notification No. 20/2023 – Amendment in Export Policy of Non-basmati Rice under Harmonized System (HS) Code 1006.30.90.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Costa Rica: Costa Rica Rice Situation Update

U.S. rough rice exports have plummeted and the decline of Costa Rican rice production has accelerated sharply following the Government of Costa Rica’s August 2022 tariff rate reduction on imported rice from all origins.
On July 28, 2023, the Government of Mexico (GOM) notified a revised NOM-187 to the World Trade Organization and opened a 60-day comment period. NOM-187 establishes the sanitary and commercial requirements for products made from nixtamalized corn and for the establishments that produce these products.
International Agricultural Trade Report

U.S. Agricultural Export Prospects in Angola

Located on the west coast of southern Africa, Angola borders the four nations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Namibia, and Zambia. Approximately 10 percent of arable land is used for agriculture, with food production falling short of consumer demand, making Angola reliant on imports to meet its needs.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Philippines: Corn Import Regulations and Standards

This report outlines the Philippine government requirements for the importation of corn. It also provides points of contact for key Philippine government authorities.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Japan: USJTA TRQs Remain Underutilized in JFY 2022

The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, which entered into force on January 1, 2020, improved market access for U.S. products through the creation of tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for food wheat, wheat products, malt, processed cheese, whey, glucose and fructose, potato starch, corn starch, and inulin.
The Government of Honduras implemented a new and complicated import permit system for the importation of rice and poultry that has caused major problems for U.S. shippers of these products and their customers.
According to information published by the United Nations Joint Coordination Centre, as of June 20, 2023, approximately one-quarter of all grain and oilseed volumes shipped under the Black Sea Grain Initiative (BSGI) were destined for the People’s Republic of China (PRC); making it the single largest recipient of food and feed commodities.
Morocco notified G/SPS/N/MAR/97 on April 26, 2023. The notification concerns Morocco’s animal feed regulation. Comments are due no later than June 25, 2023. An unofficial translation is included in this report.