China has agreed to import rice from 14 of the 19 registered rice exporters from India, while the remaining five mostly of rice sellers have been asked to improve storage and isolation facilities before applying afresh.
China allows import of only basmati rice from India, but with this clearance, even non-basmati rice can be exported.
The clearance comes amid rising tension between the United States and China over trade tariff. China is looking for newer markets to boost its inventories. The shipments had to comply with the Chinese plant quarantine laws and regulations.
India has to ensure that processing and storage houses of the rice to be exported to China are free from pests like Trogoderma granarium and Prostephanus truncatus and live insects. The exported rice will have to be free of soil, seeds of weeds, paddy hull, loose bran and any of plant debris of rice.
Non-basmati rice exports from the country during April-February 2018 stood at $3.26 billion as against $2.53 billion in 2016-17. India wants to increase exports to China with a view to bridging the ballooning trade deficit, which has increased to $63.12 billion in 2017-18 from $51.08 billion in the previous fiscal.