Thailand will start loading in December about half the 1 million tonnes of rice it has agreed to sell to China annually, the Thai Commerce Minister said on Tuesday. The Southeast Asian nation has been under pressure to reduce record rice stockpiles amassed in a populist grain-buying scheme designed to support farmers…Full-text article: Thailand News.Net Nov 2013

Key point

  • According to the Thailand’s Commerce Minister, the loading of the ~500,000 metric ton rice shipment will take place from December 2013 to April 2014

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 2006 to 2011, Thailand was the primary supplier of rice to the China. Starting in 2010, a shift towards Vietnamese imports began to occur and by 2012, Vietnam overtook Thailand as the top supplier to China. Small secondary suppliers of note include Lao, Australia, and Pakistan.

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