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VN seals Philippines rice contracts

Update: October, 23/2013 - 08:52
Due to market factors and falling prices, the country's rice exports will reach 7 million tonnes this year, lower than the 7.5 million tonne threshold set at the beginning of the year.— Photo dantri

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam recently scored contracts to sell 120,000 tonnes of rice to the Philippines ending a dry spell for the country's grain exports, said director of the Thinh Phat Food Co Lam Anh Tuan.

Under the deal, Vietnamese rice export prices have been increased in recent weeks, with loading to begin next month.

The 5-per-cent broken rice was quoted last week at US$400-405 a tonne, free-on-board (FOB) Sai Gon Port, up around 10 per cent from early this month.

Vietnamese rice sales have also risen following agreements with the Philippines and increased demand from China.

The Viet Nam Food Association (VFA) said that China, Viet Nam's biggest rice importer in the first eight months of this year, bought roughly 1.68 million tonnes, up 3.2 per cent over the same period last year.

However, the association last week called on the Ministry of Industry and Trade to strictly monitor border rice sales to China, it was difficult to know how much of the grain was being sent across the border.

It is said rice exported via border trade, was not included in the country's statistics and escaped quality restrictions, risking damage to the image of Vietnamese rice

VFA chairman Truong Thanh Phong forecast that the country's rice exports would reach 1.8 million tonnes in the fourth quarter this year, 128,000 tonnes below the targets, due to a slump in exports in September.

Due to market factors and falling prices, the country's rice exports will reach 7 million tonnes this year, lower than the 7.5 million tonne threshold set at the beginning of the year.

By September 30, Vietnamese rice export volume had reached 5.2 millions tonnes. — VNS

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