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| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Madrid | Spain | 5/25/2016
This report only focuses on Spanish specific certification requirements when they differ or are additional to EU-harmonized certification.  This report should be read in conjunction with the EU-28 FAIRS Export Certificate report prepared by the FAS Office in the U.S. Mission to the European Commission (USEU).
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Madrid_Spain_5-19-2016



| AQSIQ to Require Importers to Review Overseas Food Producers (Draft) | Policy and Program Announcements | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 5/25/2016
In September 2015, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) released the Draft Administrative Measures for Importers’ Review and Inspection on Overseas Establishments that Export Food Products to China for public comments.  The Draft Measures instruct importers of certain products to review relevant documents and conduct on-site inspection of foreign establishments from which products are sourced.   The draft measures also provide the “Guidance for Fo...
AQSIQ to Require Importers to Review Overseas Food Producers (Draft)_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_5-25-2016



| State Council Opinions on Traceability Systems for Key Products | Policy and Program Announcements | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 5/25/2016
In January 2016, the State Council issued Opinions on Accelerating the Construction of a Traceability System for Key Commodities (Guo Fa Ban (2015) No. 95), which pledges to expedite the construction of traceability systems for key commodities, including edible agricultural products, food products, drugs, and rare earth.  This report contains an unofficial translation of the Opinions. 
State Council Opinions on Traceability Systems for Key Products_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_5-25-2016



| WTO Notified Plant Quarantine Fifth Amendment 2016 | FAIRS Subject Report, WTO Notifications, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Wood Products, Trade Policy Monitoring | New Delhi | India | 5/25/2016
The Government of India (GOI) notified Draft Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into India) (Fifth Amendment) Order, 2016 to the WTO for comments on May 2 with the comment period closing on May 15.  The Amendment has significant text revisions to the 2003 Plant Quarantine order. Wood and forestry products are featured prominently in the later portion of the Amendment but the document covers multiple plant species for varying uses from numerous countries. 
WTO Notified Plant Quarantine Fifth Amendment 2016_New Delhi_India_5-22-2016



| Egyptian Land Reclamation Efforts | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy, Agriculture in the News | Cairo | Egypt | 5/25/2016
The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture announced an effort to reclaim approximately 1.5 million acres (607,028 ha) of marginal or desert lands for agricultural use. Egypt has undertaken similar strategies in the past with limited success. The country's agricultural lands are highly constrained due to limited water resources and significant urban encroachment.
Egyptian Land Reclamation Efforts_Cairo_Egypt_5-16-2016



| Select | 2016 | Coffee | Tegucigalpa | Honduras | 5/25/2016
Honduras ranks first in Central America, third in Latin America, and sixth globally in coffee exports by volume.  Honduran coffee production in marketing year (MY) 2016/17 (Oct –Sept) is forecast at 6.1 million 60-kilogram bags, a four percent increase over MY 2015/2016. The increase is marginal compared to historical growth rates.  Low prices continued to plague producers throughout the season resulting in lower production.     
Coffee Annual_Tegucigalpa_Honduras_4-26-2016



| Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Cheese, Dairy, Butter, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry, Dairy, Dry Whole Milk Powder | Mexico's Dairy Products Imports to Increase in MY2016 | Dairy and Products | Mexico City | Mexico | 5/25/2016
Fluid milk production is expected to increase in MY2016 at the same time international demand for dairy products contracts. Shifts in consumption patterns toward value-added products that offer health benefits despite their relatively higher cost is stemming fluid milk consumption. Thus, Mexico will keep importing dairy products, mainly Non Fat Dry Milk and cheeses, to fulfill its processing needs and to cover the demand for specialized products.
Dairy and Products Semi-annual_Mexico City_Mexico_5-20-2016



| Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Dry Whole Milk Powder, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry | China's Fluid Milk Imports to Remain Strong in 2016 | Dairy and Products | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 5/25/2016
China is the world's fourth largest dairy milk producer and consumer, and also a major importer of milk. To reflect strong fluid milk import growth, Post revised 2015 imports upward to 460,000 tons and further increased the 2016 forecast to 650,000 tons. Low international milk prices and consumers preference for imported milk helped drive import growth. Despite increasing fluid milk imports, many U.S. dairy plants remain on the sidelines as a result of delays in gaining export approvals under C...
Dairy and Products Semi-annual_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_5-20-2016



| Denmark offers opportunities for U.S. products | Exporter Guide, Beverages, Fishery Products, Snack Foods, Tree Nuts, Wine | The Hague | Denmark | 5/25/2016
The exporter guide focuses on Consumer-Oriented and Fishery products and provides practical tips for U.S. exporters on how to conduct business in Denmark.  Although a small market in the EU, Denmark offers export opportunities for U.S. exporters of seafood, wine, craft beer, almonds and specialty foods.
Denmark offers opportunities for U.S. products _The Hague_Denmark_5-19-2016



| Oilseeds and Products Annual | Oilseeds and Products | Hanoi | Vietnam | 5/25/2016
In Marketing Year (MY) 2014/15 (Calendar Year 2015), the U.S. was unseated by Brazil as the largest exporter of soybeans to Vietnam. U.S. exports placed 2nd in the market at 660 thousand metric tons (TMT), a drop of 5.4 percent in volume. In MY 2015/16 (CY 2016), U.S. soybean exports are expected to fall to about 550 TMT as poor early year sales will not be made up for by fall 2016 exports. In MY 2014/15, total soybean meal (SBM) imports were 4.5 million metric tons (MMT), an increase of about 2...
Oilseeds and Products Annual_Hanoi_Vietnam_5-20-2016



| Philippine Agriculture Declines in the First Quarter of 2016 | Agricultural Situation | Manila | Philippines | 5/24/2016
Philippine agriculture contracted 4.53 percent in the first quarter of 2016 due to a prolonged dry spell and damages caused by typhoons in the later part of 2015.  The crops subsector declined 8.55 percent during the period with rice and corn output shrinking 9.97 and 19.07 percent, respectively, from the previous year’s level.  On the other hand, domestic livestock production expanded 4.66 percent while the local poultry industry grew 1.01 percent from their year ago levels.  During the same pe...
Philippine Agriculture Declines in the First Quarter of 2016_Manila_Philippines_5-19-2016



| Philippine-EFTA Free Trade Agreement Signed | Trade Policy Monitoring | Manila | Philippines | 5/24/2016
The Philippines and Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), namely, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, signed a comprehensive and broad Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on April 28, 2016.  In general terms, the EFTA abolishes all customs duties on industrial products as of the entry into force of the Agreement, whereas the Philippines will gradually lower or abolish its duties on the vast majority of such products.  The EFTA-Philippine FTA will enter into force after...
Philippine-EFTA Free Trade Agreement Signed_Manila_Philippines_5-19-2016



| Milk Surplus in Turkey | Dairy and Products, Agricultural Situation | Ankara | Turkey | 5/23/2016
Turkey’s dairy and red meat balance is always tenuous, with never enough red meat leading to high prices, and a protected market generally from imports. An oversupply of milk and shortage of red meat in 2008 led to some mass slaughtering of dairy cattle which some are predicting may happen again. In 2008, so many cattle were slaughtered that it led to a rise in milk prices, and consequently imports in live animals to replace the herd. The decline in exports due to turmoil Turkey’s main export m...
Milk Surplus in Turkey_Ankara_Turkey_5-4-2016



| GOI Invite Comments from WTO SPS members on Standards for Chocolates | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Food Processing Ingredients, Exporter Guide, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | New Delhi | India | 5/23/2016
India notified its revised draft standards for chocolates to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and invited comments.  The comment period for trading partners expires 60 days beyond the notification date as listed on the WTO’s website (www.wto.org).
GOI Invite Comments from WTO SPS members on Standards for Chocolates_New Delhi_India_5-17-2016



| Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreak in Karnataka | Poultry and Products, Pest/Disease Occurrences, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | New Delhi | India | 5/23/2016
On May 12, 2016, the Government of India reported a detection of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 strain in Karnataka to the World Organisation for Animal Health. Reportedly, the GOI issued an advisory to contain the outbreak.
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreak in Karnataka_New Delhi_India_5-18-2016



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 5/20/2016
TH6055 – Export prices increased 2 to 3 percent due to further tightening of the domestic rice supply.  Foreign buyers are awaiting the result of the public tender for 1.2 million metric tons, which will be announced by the end of this week.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_5-17-2016



| Completion of the First 2016 U.S. Rice CSQ Normal Tender for Glutino | Grain and Feed | Taipei | Taiwan | 5/20/2016
On May 6, Taiwan completed a normal tender GF4-105-041 for 1,000 MT of U.S. short grain milled glutinous rice.
Completion of the First 2016 U.S. Rice CSQ Normal Tender for Glutino_Taipei_Taiwan_5-12-2016



| New Import Demand for Non-GE Defatted Soy Flake | Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals, Oilseeds and Products | Taipei | Taiwan | 5/20/2016
In Taiwan, soy sauces increasingly feature labels claiming a variety of production methods such as “non-genetically engineered” (non-GE), “pure fermentation,” and “organic.”  Some of these production claims have created new markets for U.S. products.  Specifically in 2015, Taiwan imported 13,142 MT of non-GE soy flakes destined for soy sauce production, valued at approximately US$9.6 million; of this, U.S. market share was 28%. Previously, soy flakes were almost exclusively sourced from domestic...
New Import Demand for Non-GE Defatted Soy Flake _Taipei_Taiwan_5-17-2016



| New Law on Special Consumption Tax Adversely Affects Alcohol Imports | Beverages, Wine | Hanoi | Vietnam | 5/20/2016
On April 6, 2016, the National Assembly of Vietnam passed Law 106/2016/QH13 (Law 106) on amending and adding a number of articles to Law on Value Added Tax, the Law on Special Consumption Tax (SCT), and the Law on Tax Management. The Law will adversely affect imports of alcoholic beverages by changing the tax basis for how the special consumption tax is collected. The new SCT calculation basis comes after the National Assembly raised the SCT rate during previous assembly sessions. Law 106 will c...
New Law on Special Consumption Tax Adversely Affects Alcohol Imports_Hanoi_Vietnam_5-17-2016



| Select | New Zealand Semi-Annual Dairy and Milk Supply Report 2016 | Dairy and Products | Wellington | New Zealand | 5/19/2016
Dairy Farmers are now in the second year of below breakeven farmgate milk prices and have cut the national dairy cow herd number over the last eighteen months by five percent to 4.9 million head.  Milk supply which is now forecast at 20.9 million metric tons for 2016 is down 4.5% from the peak in 2014.
Dairy and Products Semi-annual_Wellington_New Zealand_5-16-2016



| Coffee, Green | Annual Report | Coffee | Sao Paulo ATO | Brazil | 5/19/2016
ATO/Sao Paulo projects Brazilian coffee production for Marketing Year (MY) 2016/17 (July-June) at 55.95 million 60-kg bags, up 13 percent relative to MY 2015/16, due to expected high arabica yields in major growing regions.    Coffee exports for MY 2016/17 are forecast at 35.23 million bags, slightly down compared to the previous year due to likely lower carry-over stocks, which are forecast at 2.25 million bags by the end of the 2015/16 season and 2.53 million bags for MY 2016/17.
Coffee Annual_Sao Paulo ATO_Brazil_5-16-2016



| Apples, Fresh, Pears, Fresh, Grapes, Table, Fresh | Update on the South African Deciduous Fruit Supply and Demand | Fresh Deciduous Fruit | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 5/19/2016
Post estimates that the 2015/16 MY production of apples and pears will increase by about one percent to 930,000 MT and 410,000 MT, respectively, based on increases in area planted which was partially offset by the impact of dry weather conditions.  Table grape production is estimated to decrease by about 2.7% to 283,700 MT in the 2015/16 MY, based on the dry weather conditions that resulted in smaller grape sizes.
Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_5-16-2016



| Eurasian Economic Union Ag Times No. 1 of 2016 | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Trade Policy Monitoring | Moscow | Russian Federation | 5/19/2016
This report contains summaries of relevant decisions and documents from the Armenia-Belarus-Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan-Russia Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) meetings, published between January 1 and April 15, 2016 that impact EAEU food and agriculture policy.  Key documents included herein are EEC Collegium decision No. 11 establishing transition periods for implementation of the CU technical regulations in Kyrgyzstan, decisions No. 14 and 15 establishing veterinary requirements and a veterinary cert...
Eurasian Economic Union Ag Times No. 1 of 2016_Moscow_Russian Federation_5-16-2016



| Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update - 6 | Agriculture in the News | Moscow | Russian Federation | 5/19/2016
Government Commission Discusses Current Situation in Consumer Food Markets… Report of the Implementation of the Federal Program on the Development of Agriculture 2013-2020 in 2015 is released… Russian Grain Export in MY 2015/16 May Be a Record One in the Russian History… Bangladesh Rejected Three Shipments of Russian Wheat in April and May 2016… Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Economic Development Agreed on the New Rules for Grain Interventions… Russian Delegation from the Russian Minist...
Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update - 6_Moscow_Russian Federation_5-16-2016