USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and USTR Representative Robert Lighthizer announced an agreement with Colombia to allow for expanded market access for U.S. paddy rice exports.
A 2012 agreement previously enabled exports of U.S paddy rice to Colombia under strict and costly requirements relating to phytosanitary concerns. The new agreement lifts those requirements and expands access beyond the port of Barranquilla, which was the only port previously opened for U.S exporters.
Colombia is the U.S.’s 12th largest export market for food and agricultural products and has seen a small but growing share of total U.S. rice exports, which reached $15 million in 2016.
Written by Mitchell Liwanag.