Commerce ministry: Thai rice exports to Africa unaffected by Ebola

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BANGKOK, 15 September 2014- The Ministry of Commerce has confirmed Thai rice exports to Africa have not been affected by the Ebola outbreak in the continent. 

Permanent Secretary for Commerce Chutima Boonyaprapatsorn on Monday spoke about Thai rice exporters’ speculations that rice exports from Thailand to Africa were in trouble since cargo ships were concerned over the Ebola outbreak. Ms Chutima said the Thai National Shippers Council confirmed most of the cargo ships to Africa were operating as normal and only a few of them were delaying their voyages to some destinations with an Ebola issue.

Ms Chutima added that the ministry was closely monitoring the situation to make sure that it would not impact the overall exports of Thai rice.