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    US Expands Market Access for Rice Exports to Columbia

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    The United States and Colombia reached a deal to widen market access for American exports of rice, the US Office of the Trade Representative said in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The new agreement lifts strict requirements related to phytosanitary concerns, the release added.

    "US Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today announced an agreement reached with the government of Colombia to allow for expanded market access for US exports of paddy rice," the release said on Thursday.

    Columbia is the United States’ 12th biggest export market for food and agricultural items, the release stated. The US exports were valued at more than $2.4 billion in 2016, according to the release.

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