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WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2002 - An authorization to purchase $19 million of U.S. rice under Public Law 480, Title I, was issued to Indonesia today. 

            The authorization was issued under the Title I credit sales agreement of Aug. 2, 2002. 

            Purchase authorization ID-5004 provides for approximately 85,000 metric tons of long-, medium-, or short-grain milled rice, brown rice for processing, or rough rice, packed in polypropylene or burlap bags; in bulk; or in bulk with polypropylene or burlap bags, needles and twine to accompany.  Such rice shall grade U.S. No. 5 or better and shall contain not more than 20 percent broken kernels.  Milled rice shall be either well milled or reasonably well milled. 

            The contracting period is Sept. 24 through Sept. 30, 2002, and the delivery period is Oct. 15 through Dec. 31, 2002.  Delivery will be to importer, free alongside vessel (f.a.s.) in the case of rice in bags, or free on board vessel (f.o.b.) in the case of rice in bulk, U.S. port(s).  F.o.b. vessel shall mean delivery at discharge end of loading spout. 

            For information on purchasing, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 775-5200.  Further information on the purchase authorization may be obtained from the Operations Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, Washington, DC 20250-1035, telephone (202) 720-3224. 

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# PR 0317-02

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