U.S. Makes First Rice Sale to China

A private importer in China last week bought U.S. rice for the first time ever, in the midst of a trade war between the two nations, a rice industry group said on Wednesday and reported at Businessworld. The Chinese importer bought two containers, about 40 tons, of medium-grain rice from California-based Sun Valley Rice, said Michael Klein, a spokesman for USA Rice, a trade group that promotes the sale of the US grain.

The U.S. rice was milled and packaged into bags for consumer and food service use, Klein said. China was a major buyer of US soybeans and pork before the trade war started by the Trump administration. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that China had agreed to make unspecified new purchases of U.S. farm products after he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but purchases of major export crops have so far been elusive.

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