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.
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.
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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 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.
On January 25, 2021, Malaysia notified new requirements for the importation of grains and grain products to the WTO.
On January 11, 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) issued biosafety certificates for imports of two new traits along with the renewal of three others.
On December 23, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) amended the handling procedures for products that are derived from the crossbreeding of genome edited varieties which have already...
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Japan: Exporter Guide

Japan is the fourth largest market for U.S. exporters of food and agricultural products. The total Japanese food and beverage market was valued at an estimated $788 billion in 2019...
The Government of Japan has completed and published guidelines for handling food and agricultural products derived from genome editing technology.
On October 30, 2020, Hong Kong officially filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization’s dispute unit against the United States on the subject of the United States’ new labelling arrangement...