Russia’s rice and rice groats export ban will not affect Jordan - JCC

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AMMAN — On Saturday, the Russian government announced a ban on the export of rice and rice groats until the end of the current year to maintain stability in its local market. The representative of the food sector at the Jordan Chamber of Commerce (JCC), Jamal Amro, confirmed that Russia's decision will not affect the Kingdom, as traders import limited quantities from there.اضافة اعلان

Amro stated that Jordan used to import small quantities from the Russian market, but it stopped doing so after the export ban was imposed in mid-2022, Hala News reported.

Hence he ruled out any impact of the Russian decision on the local market due to the availability of many alternative sources of medium-grain rice. Amro said that 70 percent of the Kingdom's rice consumption is the medium-grain variety, which is imported from the United States and European countries.

He explained that the Kingdom's rice imports during the previous year amounted to 230,000 tons, distributed among medium-grain, long-grain, and basmati rice. The local market's consumption of rice in all its varieties reaches 150,000 tons annually, while the remaining quantities serve as stocks for importers and traders.

The quantities of rice that the Kingdom imported from Russia in recent years were 4,000 tons in 2020, 11,000 tons in 2021, and 8,000 tons until mid-2022. 

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