Vietnam’s 5 percent broken rice is US $15/ ton higher than Thailand’s starting August 8 (Photo: Thanh Nien)
The competitiveness of Thai rice in the international market has dropped sharply, partly due to the increase in Thai baht and increasing production costs, forcing Thai rice to stay at a high price.
According to Vietnam Trade Office in Thailand, Thai 5 percent broken rice’s FOB price stayed at US $460/ ton at the beginning of August, US $90 higher than the same rice in India. Meanwhile, Vietnam’s 5 percent broken rice was exported at only US$ 452/ ton. However, only one week later, the 5 percent broken rice's export prices of Vietnam started to gradually surpass Thailand’s, with a difference of US $15/ ton. Vietnam’s 5 percent broken rice is currently priced at US $478-482 in the international market.
The Thai government is considering changing its rice policy, focusing on marketing, reducing production costs, and researching new rice varieties, which include high-quality rice, popular rice, and special rice. Thai Ministry of Commerce will work with the Rice Exporters Association to seek new partners to expand its market, as Thai rice still remains attractive to international partners thanks to its quality, Thanh Nien reported.
Workers move rice sacks from a boat to a warehouse in the Mekong Delta Province of Tien Giang. Vietnam is expected to surpass Thailand in rice exports (Photo: Saigon Times)
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