On June 20, 2022, Canada announced final regulations banning the following single-use plastic manufactured items: checkout bags, cutlery, certain foodservice ware, ring carriers, stir sticks, and most straws.
Colombia is a major cocoa producer, ranking tenth globally in total output. In 2021, Colombia produced 65,174 MT of cocoa with a planted area of 194,428 hectares. Colombia has 2.8 million hectares of land suitable for cocoa growth and is a major producer of fine or flavor cocoa.
Anufood Brazil 2022 was one of the first in-person food and beverage shows in Sao Paulo since the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) endorsed the show and provided excellent opportunities for U.S. exporters. USDA is endorsing the show again next year.
On March 7, 2022, President Luis Abinader addressed the nation to announce 10 policy measures to ease inflationary pressures in the Dominican Republic (DR) due to the lingering effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Honduras ranks twenty sixth as an ?export destination for consumer-oriented products from the United ??States?. Honduras’s imports were valued in US$ 462.8 million, second only to Guatemala for the Central American region, and seventh in the Americas.
Venezuelan seafood production totaled 241,000 MT in 2021, growing by 16 percent compared to 2020. Seafood products are Venezuela’s largest agricultural export, accounting for more than 54 percent of the total value of agricultural exports in 2021.
The following changes have been made to the 2022 FAIRS report: 1) Section II – Labeling. Effective December 1, 2023, food containing hydrogenated oils must be labeled. 2) Section III – Packaging. Glass and plastic bottles will be subject to additional levies. 3) Section VI – Other Requirements, Regulations, and Registration Measures.
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA) published Ordinance 558, which establishes procedures for accreditation, modification, audit, and cancellation of edible animal-origin products registration in Brazil.
Venezuelan milk production reached 1.5 billion litres in 2021, just a 2 percent increase from 2020. The formal dairy industry processed 12 percent of this output, only working at 20 percent of their capacity, due to the collapse of the market and Venezuelan consumers favoring artisanal cheeses.
On May 16, 2022, the Government of Mexico (GOM) published a presidential decree temporarily exempting the payment of import duties on 66 tariff lines covering staple food items and basic commodities for food processing. The tariff suspension is part of the GOM’s recently announced Program to Combat Food Price Inflation and Scarcity (PACIC).