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Canada: Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional

In 2020, Canadian food sales amounted to US$49 billion, a decrease of 34 percent from the previous year. This includes commercial and non-commercial national sales.
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Brazil: Brazil Temporary Lowers Import Tariffs

On November 5, Brazil announced a unilateral 10 percent reduction of import tariffs on 87 percent of all goods and services until December 31, 2022. Agricultural products are on the list of reductions, including ethanol – which was lowered by 10 percent from 20 percent to 18 percent.
Mexico's new certification requirements for bulk/raw organic product imports will enter into force on January 1, 2022.
On Saturday, November 6, Mexico's National Service for Agricultural Health, Food Safety, and Agri-Quality (SENASICA) published on its website the Phytosanitary Requirement Sheet (HRF by its Spanish acronym) for U.S. potato imports to the entirety of Mexico.
Damage to port facilities in New Orleans during Hurricane Ida caused significant delays to shipments of U.S. feed grains to Costa Rica, where the poultry, pork, and dairy sectors rely almost exclusively on U.S. suppliers.
This report intends to inform U.S. beer, wine, and spirits companies interested in exporting to Mexico about the general requirements, import process and timeframes, and about how often they are updated.
In El Salvador there is no specific food law. However, the Ministry of Health’s (MINSAL) Health Code is used to enforce food safety for all food and beverage products.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently updated Importer Attestation Form 5961, which is required for shipments of romaine lettuce from the California counties of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Monterey.
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Jamaica: FAIRS Export Certificate Report

This report outlines the major export certificates required by the Government of Jamaica for imports of food and agricultural products.
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Panama: Overview of Panama Trade First Half 2021

This report provides an overview of ag trade trends in Panama over the first half of 2021. In particular, this report highlights selected high-growth categories.
On October 1, 2021, Mexico published a tariff rate quota (TRQ) applicable to soybean imports from all trading partners, which took effect immediately and will be in force through December 31, 2021.
On October 4, 2021, the Consumer Protection Agency (PROFECO) announced that nine brands of instant soup would be temporarily removed from the market due to noncompliance with Mexican labeling laws, namely misleading declarations regarding product content, or because of high levels of ingredients perceived to pose health risks, such as fats, salt, sugar, and calories.