last release: April 2017
- On 13 March, the Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil announced that, with immediate effect, rice exporters should submit a Certificate of Origin (to be issued by Banco do Brasil) in order to benefit from tariff quota access in the European Union market.
- On 1 March, the Government of Mexico published the allocation of tariff quota licences for a total of 150,000 tonnes of paddy, milled rice and broken rice. The distribution of import licences started from 20 February 2017 and will conclude on 31 December 2017. Such licences are capped at 10,000 tonnes each and will remain valid for 60 days after issuance.
- On 13 March, Mexico notified the WTO of the introduction of new phytosanitary requirements and inspection procedures for paddy imported from Argentina.
- In an effort to meet the 2020 self-sufficiency target in rice production, on 14 March, the Department of Agriculture in the Philippines announced that it will intensify the promotion of hybrid rice varieties, facilitate greater access to credit (through the Quick Credit Facility), enhance access to rice marketing, and provide extensive post-harvest facilities.
- On 23 March, around 3.66 million tonnes of rice unfit for human consumption were auctioned by the government of Thailand from its 6.65 million tonnes stockpile. The auctioned rice is destined for industrial uses. This follows the previous auction held on 16 February 2017, in which the government offered 2.9 million tonnes of food-quality supplies and around 1.3 million tonnes were sold.
- As specified in a recently-issued implementing decree (No. 24/2017/ND-CP), under the 2016 Viet Nam-Cambodia Trade Promotion Agreement, Viet Nam will start importing rice from Cambodia duty-free. These access terms, however, exclude rice produced in Cambodia with investment from Viet Nam.