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Mexico: Mexico Modifies TRQs for Five Agricultural Products
January 24, 2018
On December 26, 2017, the Secretariat of Economy (SE) published in Mexico’s Federal Register (“Diario Oficial” – DOF) three announcements modifying tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for five products.
Morocco: U.S.–Morocco FTA Tariff Schedule in 2018
January 11, 2018
Entering its 13th year of implementation, on January 8, 2018, Morocco published its tariff-related commitments under the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement for 2018 via Circular # 5742/222....
Morocco: Food Processing Ingredients
January 3, 2018
Morocco, a U.S. Free Trade Agreement partner, has been an occasionally good yet price-sensitive market for U.S. food processing ingredients.
Australia: Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement
January 2, 2018
Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA) negotiations have now been concluded and the detailed text will be released once the agreement has been signed.
EU-28: EU-Japan Finalize Economic Partnership Agreement
December 19, 2017
On December 8, 2017, the European Union and Japan announced the conclusion of the final discussions on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Ecuador: Ecuador Rolls Out New Protectionist Customs Control Service Fees
December 4, 2017
The Government of Ecuador has announced several new trade measures that, while framed as a way to curb smuggling and tax fraud, also appear to be protectionist in nature.
Russia: Renewed Temporary Export Ban on Some Hides and Skins
November 27, 2017
On September 20, 2017, the Russian Government issued Decree No. 1130 imposing a temporary export ban on hides and skins which fall under EAEU HS codes 4104 11 and 4104 19 from October 5, 2017....
Russia: Russia Expands Food Import Ban to Swine and By-Products
November 2, 2017
On October 25, 2017, the Government of Russia issued decree No. 1292, expanding the ban on the imports of agricultural products from the countries that applied economic sanctions against Russia....
Mexico: Comment Period Open for Proposed Beef Grading System
October 31, 2017
On October 20, 2017, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishery and Food (SAGARPA) published in Mexico’s Federal Register (Diario Oficial de la Federación)....
Mexico: Mexico Proposes a Beef Grading System
October 23, 2017
On October 9, 2017, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishery and Food (SAGARPA) posted on its website a draft regulation (known in Mexico as a NOM)....
Russia: Eurasian Economic Commission Announces 2018 TRQs
September 6, 2017
On August 21, 2017, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) published Decision No. 97 of August 18, 2017, establishing tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) and respective volumes for imports of meat, poultry....
Japan: Tariffs for Frozen Beef Rise as Special Safeguard is Applied
August 17, 2017
On August 1, 2017, the Japanese Ministry of Finance (MOF) raised the duty for U.S. frozen beef from 38.5 percent to 50 percent under Japan’s special safeguard (SSG) for frozen beef.
Algeria: Trade Suspended for Several High-value Processed Products
July 27, 2017
Effective July 4, sources indicate Algeria's import licensing regime extended to include several high-value/processed food products, including almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios....
South Africa: Draft Regulations Relating to Maximum Levels of Metals in Foodstuffs
June 9, 2017
On May 18, 2017, the South African Ministry of Health invited further comments or inputs on the Draft Regulations relating to maximum levels of metals in foodstuffs.
Ukraine: Ukraine Introduced New Agricultural Support System in 2017
May 25, 2017
There have been significant changes affecting agricultural product quality, safety, and sanitary regulations since the submission of the last report.
Japan: Beef Market Competition to Intensify in 2018
May 19, 2017
In 2016, U.S. chilled beef exports to Japan exceeded the 2015 volume by 50 percent.
South Africa: South Africa Suspends Meat Imports from Brazil
April 26, 2017
On March 22, 2017, the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced it has suspended meat imports from establishments suspected to be involved in the Brazil meat scandal.
Turkey: New Bovine Genetics Import Regulations in Turkey
April 5, 2017
In January 2016, Turkey’s Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock added new categories to their genetic requirements which broadened the variety of genetics which can be imported to Turkey.
Japan: Increasing Interest in U.S. Feeder Cattle
April 4, 2017
This report is an overview of Japan’s general legal and technical requirements for food and agricultural imports.
Argentina: Government Modifies Export Rebates to Bolster ValueAdded Products
February 8, 2017
On December 30th, 2016, the government of Argentina modified export rebates for a wide range of high value and value-added agricultural products to support regional rural economies...
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