Beijing - China has begun to allow imports of milled rice from the United States to meet domestic demand, with experts saying on Friday the move will enhance bilateral trade in agricultural products.
Their comments, reports the China Daily, came after the General Administration of Customs released details for the inspection and quarantine requirements relating to imported US rice on Thursday, after China agreed to import US rice in July 2017.
China had previously banned US rice imports owing to the absence of agricultural quarantine inspection agreements. “The move will offer US farmers, especially those in major rice producing states such as Arkansas, Mississippi, California, Louisiana and Missouri, access to the world’s largest rice consumer,” said Ding Lixin, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing.Ding said rice taste preferences vary between Chinese and US consumers, so US rice will likely be used by Chinese food processing, chemicals and alcohol businesses. China imported 4 million metric tons of rice last year from global markets, up 12.96 percent year-on-year, mainly from Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar, data from the China National Grain and Oils Information Center show.