Mexico, a new market for Vietnam rice exports

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Five Vietnamese businesses have exported more than 2,693 tons of rice to Mexico this year, the first ever shipment to the Central American country, according to the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Nguyen Van Nga, director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Zone 2 Plant Quarantine Sub-Department, said the export was mainly of 5 percent broken rice.

Mexico has stringent quarantine requirements for rice, with exporters having to furnish documents for plant quarantine and origin of shipment, and ensure the grain is free from 12 different kinds of insect pests, Nga said.

Vietnam's rice exports in the first half of the year were worth US$1.6 billion, down 7.4 percent from the same period last year.

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