As reported by the USA Rice Federation the phytosanitary protocol between China and the U.S., which establishes the phytosanitary or pest control rules necessary to allow U.S. rice into China, is still has not finalized. In addition, the Federation has denied claims by the US Rice Producers Association early this week that the U.S. and China will sign a phytosanitary protocol during the week of September 21, 2015 when Chinese President Xi Jinping leads a delegation on an official visit to the U.S.
Further, in this context, citing information from USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Federation noted that the phytosanitary protocol between the two countries is still undergoing regulatory review in China. It has been noted that the USDA APHIS is working closely with U.S. rice industry, China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to come to a bilateral agreement on the final set of protocols for exporting U.S. milled rice to China. As per the sources, the USDA APHIS sent its latest phytosanitary protocol to China last month and is expecting China’s response to the U.S. draft protocol very soon.