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On August 17, 2021, the European Commission (EC) approved seven genetically engineered (GE) crops (3 corn, 2 soybean, 1 rapeseed, and 1 cotton) and renewed the authorizations for two corn and one rapeseed crop used for food and animal feed.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Japan: Japan Grants Market Access for US Japanese Plums

From August 19, 2021, Japan has expanded market access for U.S.-grown plums to imports of Japanese plums (Prunus salicina) from the United States, in addition to European plums (Prunus domestica) grown in the United States.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Philippines: Validity of SPS Import Clearances Extended

The Philippine Department of Agriculture temporarily extended the validity of SPS Import Clearances for meat and poultry from 60 to 90 days.
The U.S-China Economic and Trade Agreement (Phase One) granted market access for new U.S. horticultural products such as avocadoes, blueberries, and nectarines.
India's 2012 and 2016 labeling requirements for bulk food products will remain in effect until new standards and regulations take effect in November.
Based on a preliminary announcement, Mexico is drafting a proposed official standard for product placement in supermarkets and stores.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Saudi Arabia: Poultry Imports Drastically Reduced

New measures by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority will have serious repercussions on the Saudi import poultry market.
The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA) has been in effect for 17 months, however the timing of Japan's fiscal year meant that the agreement entered "Year 3" of implementation on April 1, 2021.
The Russian Federation recently extended the waiver on a previously established ban of imports of some GE soybeans and soybean meal without state registration to January 1, 2022.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Japan: USJTA Treatment for Fruit Preparations 2021

The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA) has been in effect for 17 months, however the timing of Japan's fiscal year meant that the agreement entered "Year 3" of implementation on April 1, 2021.
The Ministry of Agriculture has issued a new questionnaire for foreign dairy establishments seeking approval to export to Indonesia
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Japan: USJTA Treatment for Whey 2021

This report is one in a series of product briefs highlighting the tariff benefits for specific commodities and products from Year 3 (2021) to Year 5 (2023) of the agreement.