A trade delegation of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (Reap), led by the association’s Senior Vice-Chairman Noman Ahmed Shaikh, has returned with huge export orders from China. The delegation visited Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou during 17 to 26 March. China is a very attractive market of Pakistani rice, as approximately 500,000 metric tons of rice is exported to China annually…Full Article: BlackSeaGrain Mar 2016

Key Point

  • According to the Senior Vice-Chairman of REAP, the Pakistani rice delegation met with representatives from COFCO Group, Shenzhen Cereal Association, Guangzhou Grain Association, Chamber of Commerce, and Foshan Grain Reserve Corporation.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2014, China (including Hong and Macao) imported 411,475 MTs of Pakistani rice.
  • In September 2014, India urged China to open its market to Indian exports of non-Basmati rice. Indian trade sources stated that they believe the import ban on non-basmati rice is politically motivated as China imports non-basmati rice from Pakistan. At the same time, Russia, who has “stringent” phytosanitary requirements for rice, imports Indian rice without any major issues.
  • In 2012 and 2013, China purchased more than 1.6 million MTs per year from Vietnam and roughly 500,000 MTs per year from Pakistan. The vast majority of these imports (80% by volume) were funneled in via the southern Chinese ports of Shenzhen, Huangpu, and Hong Kong.
  • During the 2011 to 2012 fiscal year, China imported approximately 372,500 metric tons of rice from Pakistan. The imports primarily consisted of non-Basmati rice.
  • In 2011, China began importing PK-386 Long Grain (non-Basmati variety) from Punjab Province, Pakistan.
  • In 2010, China imported only 7,072 MTs of Pakistani rice.

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