The Ministry of Commerce notified temporarily suspension on the issuance of rice export permits.


  • The issuance of rice export licenses was halted, following the declaration of the coronavirus as a pandemic
  • Traders with existing license can continue with trading activities
  • The Director General of the Department of Trade explained that the restriction is just a transition measure as arrangements are made to put in place a better system. There is no further information shared about the new system or when it would be put in place
  • Official from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation dispelled speculation that the ban may be intended to secure
    domestic rice supplies during the outbreak


  • While the intent of such measures is to protect domestic supplies, there may be ripple effect on global prices, which would impact national food insecurity