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Cuba now 3rd largest market for U.S. Rice
USA Rice Database, June 9, 2004
According to recent data from USDA for the January-March 2004 period, Cuba has moved just behind Japan and Mexico as the third largest single-country market for U.S. rice. U.S. census data places U.S. rice exports to Cuba at a record $27.96 million for the first three months of the calendar year. U.S. rice exports to Japan reached $116.9 million and sales to Mexico topped $41.1 million for the same period. In CY 2003, Mexico was the top market for U.S. rice reaching a record $140.5 million; Japan was second. Cuba was a distant 24th.
U.S. rice exports to Cuba have surged since late 2000 when U.S. law began to permit sales to the island nation for the first time in 40 years. Shipments to Cuba did not begin arriving until 2002. U.S. exports have grown significantly in each of the last three years. The potential is very large in this rice-loving country. Overall, Cuba imports nearly 600,000 metric tons (milled basis) of rice, but only one-sixth or so currently originates from the United States. Vietnam is the major supplier. U.S. law restricts sales to a cash basis only in this dollar-strapped economy. Most observers feel that U.S. rice will benefit enormously from opening U.S. trade and tourism with Cuba, believing the increased flow of dollars into the island will be recycled back into rice and other basic commodity imports from the United States. The Cuban government has frequently cited USA Rice’s leadership in promotional activities and building strong relationships as critical factors in helping them originate rice from the United States.
USA Rice has been conducting aggressive promotion activities in Cuba since 1999, such as: high-level trade visits; the well publicized first-ever U.S. participation at the 2001 Havana Trade Fair; sponsorship of a major booth at the 2002 U.S. Food Exhibition in Havana; sponsorship of the only U.S.–Cuba chefs contest and seminar; a Rice Goes to School activity; and participation in the recent April 2004 business roundtable in Havana, where USA Rice helped open the event. All of these activities were well covered in the U.S. farm and national press as well as by international news services.
MGR Archive 10.6.2004
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