India notified its draft Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into India) (Second Amendment) Order (2022), to the Sanitary-Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and is inviting comments.
On February 22, 2022, the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) revised the permissible wastage rate for basic garment products to 29 percent, specialized products to 32 percent, and sweaters and socks to 16 percent.
On April 14, the Ministry of Agriculture approved the “Regarding export of certain goods from the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan” decree outlining wheat and wheat flour export restrictions valid until June 15, 2022.
On April 13, 2022, the Government of India rescinded its cotton import duty of 10 percent until September 30, 2022. This import duty consists of a five percent basic customs duty and a five percent Agriculture Infrastructure and Development Cess (AIDC), which has been reversed to “Nil” until the end of the Indian cotton marketing year (October/September).
On March 29, 2022, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare/Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued order number Std/SP-05/Orders/FSSAI [E-1317], pertaining to the Food Safety and Standards (Food for Infant Nutrition) Regulations (2020). The new FSSAI order extends the implementation date of the regulations to October 1, 2022.
On March 29, 2022, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare/Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued directive Std/SP-05/T(Nutraceutical-2022) [E-5184]. The directive states that the FSSAI has drafted a new framework and revised the Food Safety and Standards (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Use, Food for Special Medical Purpose, Functional Food and Novel Food) Regulations (2016).
On March 29, 2022, India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry MOCI) issued Notification No. 63/2015-2020. This notification extends the unrestricted (free) import policy for pigeon peas (Cajanus cajan) and urad/black gram lentils (Vigna mungo) to March 31, 2023 (favorable treatment had been set to expire on March 31, 2022).
On March 3, 2022, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a guidance document on the elimination of trans fats. The FSSAI document advises food manufacturers to test their products for trans-fats.
On March 15, 2022, the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) notified draft amendment standards (number 1) for Sri Lanka Standards (SLS) 1534:2016 for instant noodles to the World Trade Organization (WTO). WTO members are invited to submit comments on notification G/TBT/N/LKA/50. The comment period expires on May 15, 2022.
On March 16, 2022, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a guidance document and new standard operating procedures setting maximum residue limits for pesticides in agricultural commodities and products. The commodities and products covered include: (a) feeds and fodder, (b) milk and milk products, and (c) meat and meat products.
On January 26, 2022, the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) notified draft amendment standards for soya (soy) sauce to the World Trade Organization (WTO). WTO members are invited to provide comments on notification G/TBT/N/LKA/48.
On January 26, 2022, the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) notified draft amendment standards (First Revision) for fruit concentrates used in squashes, fruit syrups, and fruit cordials to the World Trade Organization (WTO).