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Attaché Report (GAIN)

Netherlands: Dutch Seafood Market Overview

The Netherlands is increasingly becoming one of Europe’s leading importers and exporters of seafood products. The United States was the Netherlands’ 15th largest foreign supplier of seafood in 2021. U.S. exports were dominated by frozen Alaskan Pollock (AP) which represented two-thirds of U.S. seafood trade to the Netherlands.
This report provides an update on Turkey’s export ban on select agricultural products to stabilize local market conditions and keep food prices from running higher.
Germany, the largest economy in the European Union, is a large and promising pet food market. Imports of pet food account for more than half of the total market. While the market is mature and somewhat saturated, it is steadily growing.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

France: Exporter Guide

In 2020, French food and agricultural imports from the United States reached $1.32 billion. While exporting to France is complicated, there are many opportunities for U.S. suppliers.
On April 27, 2022, the Turkish Government published new Biosafety Decision approvals for the import of genetically engineered (GE) soybean and corn. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MinAF) approved two new soybean events and two new corn events for feed and cancelled the approvals of three corn events and one soybean event.
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreaks have already led to the culling of 15 million poultry birds in France (approximately 5 percent of the total poultry flock). Dozens of new cases are being discovered every day. The new variant of the HPAI H5N1 virus appears to be highly transmissible and is spreading rapidly through reproductive flocks of broilers, ducks and egg laying hens.
The long-awaited EU proposed list of antimicrobial products reserved for human medicine has been published for comment through May 17, 2022. This Commission Implementing Regulation is part of the implementation legislation for the Veterinary Medicinal Products Regulation (EU) 2019/6, which was implemented on January 28, 2022.
Since October 2021, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality has reported 37 findings of avian influenza at commercial poultry farms in the Netherlands. One of the most recent findings is in the municipality of Barneveld, which is considered the poultry capital of the Netherlands. Both the global Covid-19 crisis and local avian influenza outbreaks have had a negative effect on Dutch exports.
Germany is an important fish and seafood market for U.S. in Europe exporters. The growing demand for high-quality fish and seafood offers opportunities for U.S. suppliers especially with the partial resumption of shellfish trade in 2022.
In March 2022, the European Commission published a legislative proposal to revise geographical indications (GIs) legislation. The new measures integrate specific sustainability criteria and aim to achieve a higher level of protection for GIs.
The European Union (EU) follows a complex, rolling system of review for active ingredients and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) in food. For agricultural inputs, U.S. farmers must know early in the process of review to prevent or mitigate the loss of, and/or access to, chemical inputs.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Germany: FAIRS Annual Country Report

Germany is a member of the European Union (EU) and generally follows EU directives and regulations, including those relating to the importation of food products.