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Detection of Khapra Beetle Pushes Mexico to Ban Pakistan Rice

Detection of Khapra Beetle Pushes Mexico to Ban Pakistan Rice

02 July 2013

GLOBAL - Following the detection of the Khapra beetle in some rice shipments from Pakistan, Mexico has chosen to suspend rice imports from Pakistan the USA Rice Federation said citing trade sources in Mexico.

According to, 3,000 tons of Pakistan rice was quarantined by the Mexico Customs last week and has been returned to Pakistan. However, other Asian countries, including Vietnam and Thailand, are still permitted to export rice to Mexico.

According to USA Rice, Pakistan has exported about 16,000 tons of rice to Mexico during January – May 2013, up about 1,500% compared to the same period last year. The US is the traditional rice supplier to Mexico, and rice exports from the US to Mexico during January – May 2013 stood at around 30,000 tons, said USA Rice. According to USDA, Mexico’s total rice import requirements in 2013-14 are projected at around 730,000 tons.

The Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) said that it will examine the containers to find out the exact reason for the contamination and has alleged that American and Mexican lobbies want to prevent Pakistan rice imports to Mexico because Pakistan rice is about $100 per ton cheaper than US rice. However, most of the US rice that Mexico imports is paddy (rough) rice, milled by Mexico's domestic mills. Only the US and Brazil allow exports of paddy rice.

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