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India: Final Standards for Alcoholic Beverages Published in Indian Gazette
April 19, 2018
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published the final notification on its Alcoholic Beverage Standards in the Official Gazette of India on April 5, 2018.
India: Government of India Allows Imports of Apples from all Ports
April 10, 2018
On March 27, 2018, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT) published a notification removing port restrictions for imports of fresh apples....
Pakistan: Pakistan Subsidizes Wheat Exports
March 20, 2018
The Government of Pakistan has authorized an export subsidy of up to $159 per metric ton to facilitate exports of up to 2 million metric tons of wheat.
India: GOI Budget 2018-19 – Agricultural Highlights
March 6, 2018
On February 1, 2018, the Indian Minister of Finance presented the Union Budget for fiscal year 2018/19 (April/March) that focused on strengthening the agricultural and rural economy....
Pakistan: Sugar Update 2018
January 29, 2018
In response to large carry-over stocks at the onset of the current harvest, the Government of Pakistan has increased the volume of sugar eligible for an export subsidy from 500,000 metric tons....
India: Import Tariff Rate Increases for Lentils and Chickpeas
December 27, 2017
The Ministry of Finance office of the Central Board of Excise and Customs announced a 30 percent tariff on the importation of chickpeas (Chana/Garbanzos/Vigna spp. and Phaseolus spp.)....
India: Draft Amendments to the 2003 Plant Quarantine Order
December 18, 2017
The Government of India (GOI) published draft amendments to the 2003 Plant Quarantine Order that could affect the import of certain plants and plant materials; including, North American softwoods....
India: Seed Cotton Bonus Payment for Gujarat Growers
November 23, 2017
On October 23, 2017, the State of Gujarat announced a bonus of about 3.5 cents per pound (Rs. 500 per 100 kg) be paid to farmers for seed cotton.
Growing Opportunities for U.S. Agricultural Exports in India
October 11, 2017
U.S. exporters who want to enter or expand in India’s market have an array of opportunities available due to the country’s growing population and increasing demand for food and agricultural goods.
India: WTO Notified Plant Quarantine Ninth Amendment 2017
July 27, 2017
The Government of India (GOI) notified Draft Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into India) (Ninth Amendment) Order, 2017 to the WTO for comments on July 12....
India: Amendments to the Food Additives List Invites WTO Member Comments
May 12, 2017
India has invited World Trade Organization (WTO) member states to provide comments on its recently published notification amending the additive list in Appendix A....
India: GOI Notifies SOP for Traceability of Imported Bovine Germplasm
January 17, 2017
The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF) notified the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for traceability of imported bovine germplasm including semen, embryos and bulls.
Pakistan: Pakistan Drafts Geographical Indication Protection Bill
December 16, 2016
The report contains the text of Pakistan’s proposed Geographical Indication Protection Bill. The Bill is still a draft and will have to pass through various phases of approval before submission...
India: 2016 Amendment to the Legal Metrology Rules
October 10, 2016
On September 7, 2016, the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution’s Department of Legal Metrology amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011.
Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan Joins Eurasian Economic Union
August 24, 2015
On August 12, 2015, Kyrgyzstan officially became the fifth member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).
Pakistan: Province of Punjab Proposes to Restrict Semen Imports
August 20, 2015
The Government of Punjab, Pakistan’s largest agricultural province, is proposing minimum standards for imported semen that would severely restrict farmer access to improved dairy and beef semen.
Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan Agricultural Update
August 10, 2015
Council of European Union Approves Kazakhstan's Accession to WTO . . . Nazarbayev Encourages Increase in Exports to Russia . . . Poultry from Ukraine and Russia Restricted . . .
Pakistan: Pakistan Allows Government-to-Government Wheat Sales
April 27, 2015
The Government of Pakistan has allowed the export of wheat on a government-to-government basis using the same export subsidy rates that were announced for private exporters in January 2015.
India Sees Surge in Agricultural Exports to Least Developed Countries
September 23, 2014
In recent years, India’s exports have demonstrated phenomenal growth – especially to developing countries, which now account for nearly 80 percent of Indian exports.
Kazakhstan: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual
July 12, 2013
Kazakhstan's draft biotech law could remain stalled until the country's WTO accession. Meanwhile, new Customs Union regulations address labeling and import of biotech products.