Philippines duty cut likely to help Indian rice exports

With the Philippines cutting import tariff on rice to enhance provides, Indian exporters see an

With the Philippines cutting import tariff on rice to enhance provides, Indian exporters see an opportunity to ship out additional of the foodgrain to the South-East Asian nation, a person of the biggest grain customers in the region.

According to stories from Manila, the Philippines final week reduced the most favoured nation tariff on rice imports to 35 for each cent from 40 for each cent for in-quota buys and 50 for each cent out-quota quantity for a person calendar year.

For the past pair of many years, Indian exporters, who confronted bigger rice import tariff of 50 for each cent in the Philippines, have been pursuing with Manila for equalising the duty construction. However, with their standard suppliers this kind of as Vietnam and Thailand going through offer constraints, Manila has been forced to reduce the tariff to maintain the cereal price ranges below look at.

“It’s a excellent progress for us. We are now at par with other ASEAN international locations,” stated BV Krishna Rao, President of The Rice Exporters Association. “We are nonetheless awaiting the real orders,” Rao stated including that this will open up up a sector of all around fifty percent a million tonnes in Philippines.


Marketplace dimensions

The once-a-year rice import sector in Philippines is believed at all around 2.5 million tonnes. The large high-quality rice sector is all around two million tonnes, when the reduce high-quality is all around fifty percent a million tonnes. Vietnam and Thailand offer predominantly the large high-quality fragrant and glutinous versions to the Philippines.

The Indian Basmati rice doesn’t come across important takers in the Philippines as it is deemed high priced compared to Thai Jasmine and other fragrant versions. Though Basmati is priced at $1,000-1,200 for each tonne, the Thai versions are out there at $700 for each tonne.

Indian rice exports to the Philippines have confronted a volatile development in new many years (see table). “It is a excellent sector in the long operate, the place we can increase our sector share,” Rao stated.