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Russia: Russia Extended Food Import Ban through End 2020
July 4, 2019
On June 24, 2019, President Putin signed decree No. 293 extending Russia’s ban on the import of agricultural products from the countries that applied economic sanctions against Russia....
Cambodia: Revised Import Duties and Special Consumption Tax
June 7, 2019
In the past two years, the Cambodian government has adjusted import duties and special consumption taxes on alcoholic beverages and on several agricultural and food products.
China: China Raises Tariffs on U.S. Agricultural Products
May 17, 2019
On May 13, 2019, the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Finance (MOF), State Council Tariff Commission (SCTC) announced that supplementary import tariffs levied on certain U.S. products....
Japan: Japan Revises Fisheries Act Seeking Global Competitiveness
April 15, 2019
On December 8, 2018, Japan revised the first revision to the Fisheries Act since it was established in 1949. Japan will introduce individual quotas (IQ) within the total allowable catch (TAC)....
Tunisia: Import Financing Restored for Consumer Products
February 15, 2019
Effective December 21, 2018, Tunisia repealed its ban on import financing for select imported consumer goods it deemed as “non-essential,” which earlier came into effect October 27, 2017....
China: China Lowers Selected MFN Tariffs on November 1
November 7, 2018
On September 30, 2018, the State Council Duty Commission (SCDC) announced that import tariffs for 1,585 tariff lines will be lowered effective November 1, 2018.
China: China Implements Supplemental Imports Tariffs on U.S. Products Exported to China
September 25, 2018
On September 18, 2018, China’s State Council Tariff Commission (SCTC) announced that it would start enforcing additional import tariffs on U.S. products exported to China....
Kuwait: Update on Kuwait Bans on U.S. Food Products
August 9, 2018
Update on Kuwait bans on U.S. food products.
Guatemala: Guatemala Opens Market for U.S. Exports of Fishery Products
August 2, 2018
As of July 2018, Guatemala accepts U.S. exports of fishery products with a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Export Inspection Certificate.
China: China Announces Tariff Reductions for Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement Members
July 3, 2018
On June 19, 2018, China’s Ministry of Finance announced that as part of the Second Amendment to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement, China will reduce tariffs on imports of a number of products....
China: China to Cut Tariffs on Agricultural Products
June 7, 2018
On July 1, China will cut most-favored-nation (MFN) tariffs for 1,449 taxable items, including several agricultural and seafood items.
Hong Kong: Minimal Impact of New HK Chilean Seabass Legislation on U.S. Exports
March 12, 2018
In mid-2018, the Hong Kong government is planning to introduce a new ordinance on toothfish (more commonly known as Chilean seabass)....
South Korea: 2018 Korea's Adjustment and Quota Tariffs Schedule
February 1, 2018
On December 26, 2017, Korea issued an updated list of adjustment tariffs and voluntary tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for certain agricultural, forestry and fishery products....
Tunisia: No More Import Financing for Consumer Products
November 14, 2017
Effective October 27, Tunisian banks stopped financing the importation of non-essential consumer products, adversely impacting between $5-30 million of U.S. food and agricultural sales.
Russia: Technical Regulation on Safety of Fish and Fish Products
August 23, 2017
The Technical Regulation of the Russia-Kazakhstan-Belarus-Kyrgyzstan-Armenia Customs Union (CU) “On Safety of Fish and Fish Products” (TR TS 040/2016) is a key CU regulation covering standards....
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.
Venezuela: Temporary Zero Tariffs for Agricultural Products and Live Animals
November 11, 2016
On October 27, 2016, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (GBRV) temporarily (one year) eliminated import tariffs and value added taxes for scarce agricultural products...
Russia: Russian Food Ban Extended Until August 2016
June 29, 2015
On June 24, 2015, President Putin signed decree No. 320 extending Russia’s ban on the import of a variety of agricultural products from the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia....
Ecuador: Ecuador’s Call for Temporary Fishing Ban Rejected
May 15, 2015
Ecuador called for a temporary 30-60 day global ban on tuna fishing to compensate for excessive overfishing in 2014. East Asia-Pacific states have rejected the proposal.
Russia Bans Key U.S. Agricultural Exports
August 8, 2014
On August 6, 2014, Russia issued an order banning certain agricultural imports from the United States, the EU-28, Canada, Australia, and Norway for one year.
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