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| GE Policy | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Singapore | Singapore | 10/1/2014
Singapore has no significant import barriers to products containing GE ingredients or products derived from GE crops.  There have been no changes to regulations since the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC) revised its Biosafety Guidelines Research in January 2013.  
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Singapore_Singapore_9-29-2014



| Japan Announces 2nd Emergency Dairy Import in Four Months | Livestock and Products | Tokyo | Japan | 10/1/2014
On September 26, 2014, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced its intent to import 3,000 metric tons (MT) of butter and 10,000 MT of non-fat dry milk (NFDM) in response to anticipated domestic supply shortages.  This announcement comes just four months after MAFF announced an emergency importation of 7,000 MT of butter and an additional allocation of 4,178 MT of NFDM on May 21 (see GAIN Report JA4014).  MAFF has already fulfilled Japan’s 2014 current access com...
Japan Announces 2nd Emergency Dairy Import in Four Months_Tokyo_Japan_9-30-2014



| EU HQB Quota Reaches Quota Fill Ceiling as Argentina Secures Access | Livestock and Products | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 10/1/2014
For the first time since the High Quality Beef (HQB) quota was increased to 48,200 tons in 2012, the European Union’s (EU) quota for non-hormone treated beef could be filled during the first quarter quota tier ending on September 30, 2014.  In addition, Argentina’s recent approval to gain access to the HQB quota is likely to exacerbate the situation and may result in a further erosion of the U.S. share of the HQB quota in the future.
EU HQB Quota Reaches Quota Fill Ceiling as Argentina Secures Access_Brussels USEU_EU-28_10-1-2014



| Potato Products, Frozen | EU exports of frozen potato products are expected to be up | Potatoes and Potato Products | The Hague | EU-28 | 10/1/2014
Driven by a higher potato production in MY2014/15, EU exports of frozen potato products are expected to be up.  Export opportunities are especially found in emerging market and will be further defined by geopolitical developments.  The U.S. will continue to compete with the EU in markets like Chile, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.
Potatoes and Potato Products Annual_The Hague_EU-28_9-29-2014



| Colombia’s Pet Food Demand to Grow as Income Rises | Market Development Reports, Grain and Feed | Bogota | Colombia | 10/1/2014
U.S. Dog & Cat food exports to Colombia have continued to grow since before the initiation of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) in 2012.  As of July 2014, U.S Dog & Cat food sales to Colombia were at $7.0 million, a 29.3% increase from calendar year sales during the same time frame in 2013.  These sales, however, only account for about 30% of the tariff rate quota (TRQ) Colombia has designated for U.S. Dog & Cat food exports.  Reasons why the TRQ, expected to disappear completel...
Colombia’s Pet Food Demand to Grow as Income Rises_Bogota_Colombia_9-29-2014



| Free Trade Improves U.S. Liquor Sales in Colombia | Export Accomplishments - Other | Bogota | Colombia | 10/1/2014
FAS Colombia is writing a series of reports on the benefits and challenges of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) between the United States and Colombia. Cooperation between FAS Colombia, U.S. cooperators and Colombian food and agriculture sector has been successful and helped to increase U.S. exports to Colombia. This report highlights U.S. wine and liquor performance in Colombia after the implementation of the TPA.
Free Trade Improves U.S. Liquor Sales in Colombia_Bogota_Colombia_9-30-2014



| 2014/2015 Wheat Crop is Forecast at a Record 7.5 mmt | Grain and Feed | Brasilia | Brazil | 10/1/2014
2014/2015 wheat production is forecast at a record 7.5 million metric tons (mmt), up 30 percent from the previous year.  Low global corn prices reduce 2013/2014 corn exports to 17.5 mmt, a 30 percent drop from last year’s record.  2013/2014 rice production increases 3 percent to 8.3 mmt.
Grain and Feed Update_Brasilia_Brazil_9-25-2014



| FAIRS Country Report Annual | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Accra | Ghana | 10/1/2014
This report was updated June 24, 2014 and the areas updated are: Section II.  Labeling Requirements were updated as indicated in the FDA Guidelines for the labeling of Pre-Packaged Foods. Section VI: Other Regulations and Requirements and registration fees were updated Section IX: Import Procedure, General import requirements and documentation has been updated.   Along with other ECOWAS countries, Ghana has committed to a region-wide system of the common external tariffs (CET) to be implement...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Accra_Ghana_9-9-2014



| Record Soybeans Production and Exports Forecast for 2014/15 Marketing Year | Oilseeds and Products | Brasilia | Brazil | 10/1/2014
A record crop of 94 million metric tons (mmt) is forecast for the 2014/15 marketing year (MY) as a result of increased planted area to soybeans.  Crush for the 2014/15 MY is forecast at 37.5 mmt to meet increased biodiesel mandate (B7).  Post forecasts exports at a record 49 mmt for 2014/15 MY, up one percent from the previous year, despite the relatively slow progress of commercialization.  
Oilseeds and Products Update_Brasilia_Brazil_9-26-2014



| Stone Fruit Annual 2014 | Stone Fruit | Rome | Italy | 10/1/2014
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Stone Fruit Annual 2014_Rome_Italy_8-22-2014



| Stone Fruit Annual 2014 | Stone Fruit | Rome | Greece | 10/1/2014
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Stone Fruit Annual 2014_Rome_Greece_8-22-2014



| Wheat and Rice Assessment After Flooding | Grain and Feed | Islamabad | Pakistan | 10/1/2014
Recent field travel suggests that floods damaged about 80,000 hectares (3 percent) of Pakistan’s rice area and reduced production by 200,000 metric tons.  Flood waters receded relatively quickly in Punjab and flooding was not as severe as anticipated in Sindh.  Exports are forecast marginally lower for 2014/15.  An estimated 500,000 metric tons of on-farm wheat stocks were damaged by late monsoon rains and flooding, resulting in an expected increase in the use of wheat for animal feed.  Recent r...
Grain and Feed Update_Islamabad_Pakistan_9-26-2014



| September 2014 | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 10/1/2014
TH4084 – MY2014/15 corn is 30 percent harvested.  Reservoirs remain critically low for next off-season crops.  Rice exports in 2014 continue strong driven by the government-to-government contracts. 
Grain and Feed Update_Bangkok_Thailand_9-26-2014



| Apples, Fresh, Pears, Fresh | Updated Apple and Pear Report | Fresh Deciduous Fruit | Wellington | New Zealand | 9/30/2014
A biennial bearing “off” year in MY2013 is likely to have reduced production of apples to 480,500 metric tons. However, better than normal export pack-outs have reduced the impact of this off-year on the apple export tonnage, which is now expected to be 301,000 metric tons.  This won’t match MY2012’s stellar performance of 322,000 metric tons of apples exported from production of 531,000 metric tons.  But grower profitability is expected to remain firmly positive in MY2013 for the second year ru...
Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual_Wellington_New Zealand_8-4-2014



| Select | Annual | Livestock and Products | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 9/30/2014
Weakening demand and high prices lower total import expectations for U.S. pork products to 340,000 MT and 350,000 MT in 2014 and 2015, respectively, from 399,000 MT in 2013.  Taking re-exports into consideration, Hong Kong imported $87 million or 29,538 MT (product weight) of pork products in 2013. Offal imports continue to show a strong growth trend topping $146 million in 2013 and expected to grow over 30 percent in 2014 (table 7).
Livestock and Products Annual_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_9-25-2014



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Riyadh | Saudi Arabia | 9/30/2014
This FAIRS Country Report contains updated regulatory requirements and procedures for importing food and agricultural products into Saudi Arabia. The updates include the Saudi requirements for novel foods, the Saudi government specifications for subsidized baby foods, facility and products registration information, a list of general standards that U.S. food product exporters to Saudi Arabia should be aware of, and details of clearance procedures by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority for imported ...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Riyadh_Saudi Arabia_9-25-2014



| Korea - Australia Free Trade Agreement | Country/Regional FTA's | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 9/30/2014
The Korea- Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) was officially signed by both parties on April 8th, approximately two years after the KORUS FTA went into effect in March 2012.  As a direct competitor in lucrative products such as beef and wine, KAFTA will pose a greater challenge for US exporters to Korea.  Details of the agreement are contained in the following report.
Korea - Australia Free Trade Agreement_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_5-7-2014



| Ethiopia Announces Tender for Imported Milling Wheat | Agricultural Situation, Grain and Feed | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 9/29/2014
On September 16, 2014, the Ethiopian government issued an international tender to purchase 200,000 metric tons of milling wheat. The deadline to submit bids is October 22, 2014. 
Ethiopia Announces Tender for Imported Milling Wheat_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_9-29-2014



| Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update - No. 18 | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News | Moscow | Russian Federation | 9/29/2014
Prime Minister Medvedev Interview on Food Embargo…. Duma Considers Draft Law Tightening Labeling Control of Genetically Engineered Products…. Approved Budget for Support of Small and Medium Sized Farmers…. Minimum Subsistence Income Levels Set by Russian Government…. Federal Customs Service Price Comparison Survey….GOR Seeking More Sources for Food Imports….Harvest Figures Up in 2014….Unions Agree to Food Price Restraint….
Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update - No. 18_Moscow_Russian Federation_9-26-2014



| Tree Nuts Annual 2014 | Tree Nuts | Rome | Italy | 9/29/2014
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Tree Nuts Annual 2014_Rome_Italy_9-24-2014



| Great Success for U.S. Exhibitors at Seafood Expo Asia 2014 | Export Accomplishments - Events | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 9/29/2014
19 U.S. exhibitors reported over $2.56 million in onsite sales and $8.5 million in projected sales following a successful Seafood Expo Asia 2014 trade show held in Hong Kong September 2-4. 
Great Success for U.S. Exhibitors at Seafood Expo Asia 2014_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_9-23-2014



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 9/26/2014
TH4082 – Export prices increased 1 to 2 percent due to tighter domestic supplies.  The Thai government signed a government-to-government contract with the Philippines for 300,000 metric tons of white rice.      
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_9-23-2014



| BIH Pet Food Market Overview | Product Brief | Sarajevo | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 9/25/2014
Bosnia and Herzegovina imports 90 percent of the pet food consumed and these imports reached $7.5 million in 2013.  Imports grew an average of 12 percent over a five-year period. Although the pet food market is price-sensitive, the number of pets is constantly increasing and the types of products being purchased are diversifying into higher value premium food, treats and dental hygiene products.
BIH Pet Food Market Overview_Sarajevo_Bosnia and Herzegovina_9-22-2014



| Great Success for U.S. Exhibitors at Asia Fruit Logistica 2014 | Export Accomplishments - Events | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 9/25/2014
U.S. Exhibitors reported great success at Asia Fruit Logistica 2014.  15 U.S. exhibitors showcased 242 new products at this largest produce trade show in Hong Kong.  U.S. exhibitors reported over US$1.66 million onsite sales and US$4.75 million in projected sales at the show.
Great Success for U.S. Exhibitors at Asia Fruit Logistica 2014_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_9-19-2014



| 2014 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | San Salvador | El Salvador | 9/25/2014
On April 30th, 2008, El Salvador abolished Article 30 of the Planting Seed Law that  required imported seeds to have a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the seeds did not contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).  El Salvador ratified the Cartagena Protocol in 2003.  The Environment Law, effective since 1998 provides guidance on assessing the environmental impact of GMOs.  Even though there is no legal impediment to use of GMOs and GMO corn field t...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_San Salvador_El Salvador_6-19-2014



| CSSF Activity Report – Showcasing U.S. Food at School Events 2014 | CSSF Activity Report, Fresh Fruit, Tree Nuts | New Delhi | India | 9/24/2014
FAS India, in conjunction with three Delhi-area middle schools, organized interactive student activities to promote the consumption of healthful U.S. food products.  This activity featured nutrition-themed contests and presentations from a nutritionist.  A key objective of this activity was to convey to the students and Indian media that U.S. fruits, nuts, and dried fruit are an important part of a balanced diet. 1,500 students and 200 faculty members were targeted for this activity.
CSSF Activity Report – Showcasing U.S. Food at School Events 2014_New Delhi_India_9-19-2014



| Argentina - Annual Biotechnology Report | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 9/24/2014
  Argentina continues to be the third largest producer of biotech crops after the United States and Brazil, producing 14 percent of the world´s total biotech crops.   The revamped regulatory system for agricultural biotechnology launched in 2012 continues to be a successful tool to reduce the approval time for new events.   There is a growing misinformation campaign carried out by local anti-biotech groups that are spreading fear and non-scientific facts. These actions were somehow triggered b...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Buenos Aires_Argentina_8-15-2014