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Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam is enjoying strong growth in both rice export volume and value, and more export chances are still ahead as some free trade agreements (FTAs) have come into force and consumers around the globe are boosting purchase to ensure food security amid the COVID-19 outbreak. In the first two months of 2020, about 900,000 tonnes of rice worth 410 million USD were shipped abroad, up 27 percent in volume and 32 percent in value year on year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). Export prices averaged 478 USD per tonne in January, rising 7 percent from the same period last year. The Philippines was the biggest importer, accounting for 31 percent of total rice shipments. Meanwhile, Mozambique and Angola were among the markets with biggest growth rates. Phan Xuan Que, General Director of the Vietnam Northern Food Corporation (VINAFOOD 1), said after the Lunar New Year holiday in late January, the rice market has been very vibrant. … [Read more...] about Rosy signs show bright prospect for rice export
Notably, this year, Vietnam earns some advantages due to the enforcement of several FTAs. In the framework of bilateral consultations with the Republic of Korea (RoK) on its tariff on rice products under the World Trade Organisation’s mechanism, Vietnam has signed two documents with the RoK related to the allocation of tariff quotas. Accordingly, starting from January 1 of this year, besides allocating a quota of 20,000 tons of rice to all the members of the WTO, the RoK gave a quota of 55,112 tonnes of rice for Vietnam only, including all rice varieties that the country is able to grow and export. … [Read more...] about What are the prospects for rice exports in 2020?