Nearly 50% of the U.S. rice crop is exported to over 120 countries worldwide.  For those companies interested in exporting U.S. rice, please refer to the specific importing requirements of the destination including but not limited to phytosanitary protocols and import licenses.

The Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture maintains nearly 50 offices covering agricultural trade issues in over 80 countries around the world. These offices disseminate trade information to exporters and importers. Staff in these offices can explain some of the U.S. government export and market promotion programs which could be beneficial to traders.

Export Credit Guarantee Programs (GSM 102)
The GSM-102 program provides credit guarantees to encourage financing of commercial exports of U.S. agricultural products. By reducing financial risk to lenders, credit guarantees encourage exports to buyers in countries — mainly developing countries — that have sufficient financial strength to have foreign exchange available for scheduled payments.

More about the GSM-102 Export Credit Guarantee Program

Supplier Credit Guarantee Program (SCGP)
SGCP is a US Export Credit Guarantee Program that covers credit terms up to 180 days. The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) guarantees a portion (up to 65%) of payments due from foreign buyers under short-term financing that the exporters have extended directly to the buyers. These direct credits must be secured by dollar-denominated promissory notes signed by the importers. If an importer fails to make any payment as agreed, the exporter or assignee (e.g., U.S. financial institution) must submit a notice of default. The CCC pays any filed claim for loss, if found to be in good order. Importers in the Western Hemisphere and Asian Pacific have utilized this program.

PL 480, Title II
Whereas the GSM-102 is a commercial program, Public Law 480 (PL 480) programs assist the long-range improvement of economies in developing nations.  PL480 Title II provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities by the U.S. government to meet humanitarian food needs in foreign countries. Commodities may be provided to meet emergency needs under government-to- government agreements. Non-emergency assistance may be provided through private voluntary organizations, cooperatives, and inter-governmental organizations.

Eligible Countries: Under Title II, countries are eligible where emergency food needs exist, and non-emergency food may be provided through eligible organizations.