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On December 24, 2021, the State Council Tariff Commission (SCTC) extended the Section 301 retaliatory tariff exclusion period for Sorbitol and other select U.S. commodities.
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Mexico: Nogales Port of Entry Update 2021

About 88 percent of total 2020 U.S. food and agricultural exports to Mexico, valued at $16.6 billion, crossed overland through one of various ports of entry (POE) along the U.S.-Mexico border. Also in 2020, 6.3 percent of U.S. food and agricultural...
Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to its Food Labeling Standards, including two related to agricultural biotechnology. CAA proposes the addition of processed food containing genetically engineered...
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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 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.
Russia notified the World Trade Organization of draft amendments to the EAEU technical regulation on food products labeling.
Russia announced a draft measure that would harmonize EAEU technical regulations with the requirements of the EU directives ont the use of single-use plastic products.
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Vietnam: National Standard for Chilled Poultry Meat

This report provides an unofficial translation of Vietnam’s National Standard for Chilled Meat - Part 3: Poultry Meat (TCVN 12429-3:2021) issued under the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology’s Decision No. 209/QD-BKHCN dated February 3, 2021.
Revised measures will enter into force on January 1, 2022, covering a broad range of requirements on food exports to China including overseas facilities registration, record filing by importers and exporters, quarantine and inspection, and product labeling.
On April 13, 2021, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) notified provisions for licensing and registration of fortified food products in its Food Safety and Compliance System (FOSCOS).
On April 9, 2021, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a draft guidance document – Standard Operating Procedures to Fix Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for Pesticides.
On April 1, 2021, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) suspended a mandatory aflatoxin inspection regime imposed on walnuts from the United States and other exporting countries.