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Based on a preliminary announcement, Mexico is drafting a proposed official standard for product placement in supermarkets and stores.
Those seeking to take advantage of the tariff benefits stemming from the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement should ensure their products comply with rules-of-origin requirements to avoid fines and back duty assessments.
Health Canada is seeking feedback on two new pieces of guidance for the Novel Foods Regulations, focused on plant breeding. The consultation will be open for 60 days until May 24, 2021.
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Mexico: Organic Law 'LPO' Enforcement in 2021

On December 26, 2020, Mexico published a measure that requires most organic raw materials and bulk products to be certified to Mexico’s Organic Law (LPO) standards by June 26, 2021. The includes products that will require proof of LPO certification at the border.
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Canada: Canada Proposes Federal Carbon Offset System

On March 5, the federal government issued proposed regulations for a federal carbon offset system as an additional element to their carbon pollution pricing policy.
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Guatemala: CAFTA-DR Tariff Line Classification Issue

On December 18, 2020 the Guatemalan Ministry of Economy officially adopted the 6th Amendment of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding Systems (HS) for international trade...
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Argentina: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

In 2020, Argentina became the first country to grant conditional approval for cultivation of Genetically Engineered (GE) wheat.
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Mexico: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Mexico has not approved any biotechnology food or feed products since May 2018 and there is no official indication when approvals will resume.
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Canada: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Responding to requests for clarity on Novel Food Regulations, Health Canada announced they will develop and publish new guidance regarding the regulatory interpretation and oversight...
On December 31, Mexico published a final decree that calls for a phase-out of use of both glyphosate and genetically modified (GE) corn for human consumption in Mexico.
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Peru: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Peru’s Congress has approved a law to extend the ongoing ten year moratorium to fifteen years.
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Chile: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

There is no commercial production of Genetically Engineered (GE) crops in Chile, with the exception of seeds for re-export.