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First Commercial Shipment of U.S. Rice Arrives in China
USAgNet - 10/28/2020

The first ever commercial shipment of U.S.-grown rice was unloaded in China, following more than a decade of regulatory and political effort by USA Rice to establish a two-way trading relationship with the nation.

The premium, medium grain Calrose rice was grown in California and sold by ADM Rice, Inc. to a private importer under the 'Sungiven' brand for retail distribution.

China is the world's largest rice producer and consumer, and only second to the Philippines in global rice imports. Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report projected that China would consume more than 146 million MT of rice this year, dwarfing the 4.6 million MT estimated for consumption by Americans.

"As seasoned exporters, this small shipment of California milled rice sounded routine at the outset, but the many logistical challenges of exporting to this new market proved to be one of our most complex transactions to date," said Buzz Burich, Vice President, ADM Rice.

A reverse trade mission for Chinese importers hosted by USA Rice that visited Arkansas, Louisiana, and California in December 2019 helped lead to this sale and eventual shipment.

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