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On April 29, the European Commission launched a public consultation on "legislation for plants produced by certain new genomic techniques,"
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Japan: TRQ Allocation Rates for FTAs in JFY 2021

The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA), which entered into force on January 1, 2020, improved market access for U.S. products through the creation of tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for food wheat, wheat products, malt, processed cheese, whey, glucose and fructose, potato starch, corn starch, and inulin.
On January 11, 2022, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) announced it will conduct an Expiry Review on the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) measures imposed on U.S.-origin distiller’s dried grains with or without solubles (DDGS).
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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Japan: USJTA TRQs Underutilized in First Half of JFY 2021

The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA), which entered into force on January 1, 2020, improved market access for U.S. products through the creation of tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for food wheat, wheat products, malt, processed cheese, whey, glucose and fructose, potato starch, corn starch, and inulin.
On September 16, 2021 China applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Although faced with institutional obstacles for joining the CPTPP, China-based experts have noted that accession to the CPTPP could quicken economic development and trade liberalization by meeting the agreement's high-standards and progressive requirements.
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Hong Kong: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

In September 2021, the Hong Kong government decided not to launch a scheme requiring pre-market safety assessments for biotech events initially proposed in 2013. Hong Kong did not have any policy changes on regulating genetically engineered (GE)...
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China: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Since the last report, high-level officials in the People's Republic of China (PRC) have made strong public statements emphasizing the importance of biotechnology development taking place within China. While the regulatory system for biotechnology...
On December 6, 2021, China’s National Crop Variety Registration Committee (NCVRC) published its National Registration Standards for Genetically Engineered Soybean Varieties and National Registration Standards for Genetically Engineered Corn Varieties...
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China: Draft Standard for Infant Formula Manufacturing

On November 17, China notified the National Food Safety Standard: Good Manufacturing Practice for Powdered Infant Formula to the WTO SPS Committee.
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Spain: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Spain is a powerhouse for agricultural biotechnology in the European Union, as the country remains the largest grower of biotech corn and a major consumer of feed ingredients.
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...