The General Administration of Customs in China announced today that all 32 U.S. rice facilities interested in exporting milled rice to China have been approved. The announcement comes after Chinese inspectors visited several mills across the country last year, and the initial approval of seven facilities two months ago.
USA Rice worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to push for the approval of the remaining facilities that have demonstrated their ability to export to China and adhere to the requirements of the U.S.-China phytosanitary protocol.
“All U.S. facilities that wish to export milled rice to China have been approved by the Chinese government,” said USA Rice COO Bob Cummings. “The next hurdle to overcome is for China’s importers to receive the go-ahead from their government to actually make purchases.”