Trade Policy at Work

S&SEA Rice Exports: Challenges in Relation with the new EU MRL

This note aims to summarize some of the key challenges faced by the rice exporting SMEs from South and Southeast Asia due to the revision of the EU MRL’s regulation. This is note is based on views of a few selected rice exporting SMEs and relevant governmental ministries and agencies from 7 countries; which allows to understand how the new regulation could potentially impact their business & exports, the strategies they plan/will have to put in place to counter-act the challenges posed by this new regulation, and their specific needs to be able to comply with the new EU MRL. The aim is to help trade negotiators better understand the export challenges concerning MRL faced by the agricultural sector.