Rice group adds Vietnam to list of those engaging in unfair trade practices

by Laura Lloyd
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ARLINGTON, VA. — The U.S.A. Rice Federation last week added Vietnam to its list of foreign competitors, including Brazil, Thailand and India that it considers to be engaging in unfair trade practices related to rice marketing and production.

The decision by the rice advocacy group to include Vietnam among nations failing to adhere to World Trade Organization guidelines occurred after a Texas rice mill imported long-grain milled rice from Vietnam. The U.S.A. Rice Federation advocates only the use of U.S.-grown rice in the domestic market.

U.S.A. Rice said it considers certain practices by the Vietnamese rice industry to be in violation of international trade rules since Vietnam joined the W.T.O. in 2008. The U.S.A. Rice Federation alleged that Vietnam has not disclosed its domestic support programs since joining the W.T.O. Questions remain about whether the country uses export subsidies, the U.S. rice advocacy group added.

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