USA Rice Federation seeks to gain meaningful access to markets through trade negotiations. USA Rice is very active in the area of bilateral, multilateral and regional trade negotiations, working closely with USDA, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and others to accomplish its trade agenda. 
 

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed regional regulatory and investment treaty between twelve countries throughout the Asia Pacific region. They are:  Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam.  

TPP represents the biggest opportunity in 20 years to improve access for U.S. rice in Japan.  
USA Rice is working hard to obtain a significant improvement in the quantity and quality of access for U.S. rice. 

USA Rice has made clear to the Obama Administration and Congress that without improved market access to Japan, TPP is not a trade deal the U.S. rice industry can support.

Related Link:
Office of the United States Trade Representative

201​6 National Trade Estimate Comments

The 201​6 NTE comments from USA Rice have been submitted to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). USTR's National Trade Estimate on Foreign Trade Barriers will be published in the first quarter of 2017. Please find a copy of this document at the link below. 

201​6 USA Rice National Trade Estimate Report
 (PDF)

Trade Distorting Foreign Subsidies

The U.S. rice industry has long been concerned by the large levels of trade distorting domestic supports provided by key competitor countries to their farms. These levels of support violate the countries’ World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations. 

Trade distorting practices put U.S. growers at a significant disadvantage.
USA Rice, joined by other commodity groups, commissioned studies of foreign support levels in certain advanced developing countries and briefed the media and Members of Congress on the findings.  

In response to these reports and other concerns, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing in June 2015 on the impacts of WTO-inconsistent foreign subsidies.  

USA Rice worked with the House Ways & Means Committee to have the Committee request a U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) study of global rice markets.

Released in May 2015, the final study pointed to support programs in countries such as Thailand and India as having a negative impact on the competitiveness of U.S. rice in the global market. 

USA Rice will continue to push for the U.S. Government to take an active role in holding other countries accountable to their WTO obligations.

Related Links:
Agriculture Subsidies in Key Developing Countries, 2014 (PDF)
Rice: Global Competitiveness of the U.S. Industry, USITC 2015 (​PDF)

China Phytosanitary Protocol

China is the number one rice producing and consuming nation in the world. Currently, the United States rice industry does not have access to this market because the countries have not agreed on a phytosanitary protocol.

Since 2011, the U.S. rice industry has been working to support USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) as they negotiate a protocol with their Chinese counterparts (AQSIQ).  

USA Rice is insisting on a science-based and commercially viable agreement with China.