• Iraq Extends Agreement on U.S. Rice

    Jun 21, 2017
    USA Rice orchestrated a coordinated effort with U.S. State Department and Embassy officials here to ensure the extension of the U.S.-Iraq Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for rice that was set to expire last week. It has now been confirmed that the MOU has been extended by the government of Iraq until January 2018. The extension means exporters of U.S.-grown rice will have additional opportunities to make sales to Iraq through January of next year.
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  • Iraq Makes First Purchase of U.S. Rice under the U.S.-Iraq Memorandum of Understanding

    May 30, 2017
    With help from a last minute, full-court press by USA Rice involving Congress, the U.S. Embassy, and high-level State Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials, Iraq made its first-ever purchase of U.S. rice under the U.S. – Iraq Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This sale will help U.S. rice exporters gain a foothold in the Iraqi market, and heightens prospects for new sales in the future.
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  • USA Rice Members to State Department: “Keep Pressure on Middle East”

    Feb 15, 2017
    Yesterday, USA Rice members met key Iraq policymakers at the State Department to get an update on the Iraqi rice tendering process under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and Iraq. Members reminded officials of the priority the industry places on Iraq as a future market.
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  • U.S. and Iraq Sign Rice MOU

    Jul 13, 2016
    This morning U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Iraq's Trade Minister Salman al-Jumayli that provides new opportunities for U.S. rice to be purchased for the food ration system here.
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  • Shifting Sands in Iraq

    Apr 04, 2016
    Against a backdrop of an erratic tendering process in Iraq that has seen price competitive bids and even country specific tenders failing in recent months, the news now coming out of Baghdad is that a planned tender has been canceled.
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  • Iraq Update: Chaos Still Reigns

    Oct 19, 2015
    Amid reports of corruption centered around rice tenders conducted by the Iraqi Minister of Trade (MoT), USA Rice has learned a court order was issued over the weekend to arrest the Iraqi Trade Minister and his brother to be investigated for corruption. It remains unclear how this latest shake up will affect the pending or future tenders. A new tender that was to be announced today has been postponed and, according to the Director General of the Grain Board of Iraq, a new tender will be issued either later this week or next regardless of this new situation.
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  • U.S. Rice Sale Lost Amongst Chaos at Iraqi Ministry of Trade

    Oct 16, 2015
    Yesterday USA Rice learned that Iraq’s Ministry of Trade (MoT) cancelled the sale of 30,000 MT of U.S. rice that was awarded under the last tender. This move was anticipated because the U.S.-origin award was made to an Indian company with no previous record of exporting U.S. rice and at a bid price well below offers of U.S. rice from a U.S. firm and a U.K. firm. The MoT retained the award of 50,000 MT of Indian-origin rice bid by a second Indian company.
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  • Latest Iraqi Rice Tender Results Confusing at Best

    Oct 06, 2015
    U.S. Rice - the feel good foodUSA Rice learned today that in the latest tender here, which has been delayed numerous times, Iraq purchased 80,000 MT of rice, 30,000 MT of which was U.S. origin. The U.S. sale was from an India-based company, Jindal Industries, at an offered price of $559 per metric ton CIF. The price seems unrealistic given the prices offered by the two western companies of $639 and $659 per ton CIF. There were two other offers of U.S.-origin from India-based companies ranging in price from $559 to $561 per ton CIF.
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  • Selling Rice Amidst Chaos in Iraq

    Sep 23, 2015
    The road aheadIraq’s public tendering system is a mess. The Iraqi Grain Board (IGB) has extended, or “renewed,” tenders on several occasions, most recently with the current tender initially set to close on September 9, but now extended until September 29. The IGB’s contracts committee has not met as scheduled, leading to the current delay.
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  • USA Rice, Members, Iraqi Trade Minister Talk Markets

    Jul 27, 2015
    In a continued effort to keep U.S. rice competitive in the Iraqi market, USA Rice members met last week with the Iraqi Trade Minister and his staff to discuss requirements and expectations surrounding that country's public tender process.
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