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| GOI Notifies WTO on Draft Amendments for Gluten and Non-Gluten Foods | WTO Notifications, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Exporter Guide | New Delhi | India | 3/31/2015
On March 13, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) published on its website draft regulations relating to Indian standards and labeling requirements for gluten and non-gluten foods.  A comment period was also notified with a deadline of May 12, 2015. 
GOI Notifies WTO on Draft Amendments for Gluten and Non-Gluten Foods_New Delhi_India_3-27-2015



| 2015 | Exporter Guide | Hanoi | Vietnam | 3/31/2015
This report serves as a practical guide for U.S. exporters wishing to initiate or increase exports of U.S. consumer-oriented agricultural products (fresh or processed animal & plant products; beverages; other snack foods) to Vietnam. It provides key updates on Vietnam’s policies and regulations that may affect exporters’ choices about how to approach this dynamic market. Although Vietnam’s maze of regulations has occasionally resulted in troublesome trade barriers, the country is making progres...
Exporter Guide_Hanoi_Vietnam_3-27-2015



| WTO Notified- Draft Amendments on Standards and Labeling Regulations | WTO Notifications, Dairy and Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 3/31/2015
On February 20, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) published on its website draft regulations which update Indian standards and labeling requirements for dairy products, analogues of infant nutrition, and artificial sweeteners.  The WTO is currently accepting public comments for these draft regulations and has cited April 17, 2015, as the deadline. 
WTO Notified- Draft Amendments on Standards and Labeling Regulations_New Delhi_India_3-27-2015



| Africa Launches Continental SPS Committee | National Plan, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Trade Policy Monitoring | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 3/31/2015
The African Union Commission (AUC) recently launched a continental SPS Committee to assist member states in their efforts to protect human, animal and plant health.  In particular, the Committee will help members address trade-related SPS barriers, the resolution of which is vital for the continent to reach its goal of tripling intra Africa agricultural trade by 2025.
Africa Launches Continental SPS Committee_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_3-26-2015



| Beef Jerky is Back in Tokyo! | Export Accomplishments - Marketing, Trade Events and Shows, Agricultural Trade Office Activities, Livestock and Products, Retail Foods, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Snack Foods | Tokyo | Japan | 3/31/2015
After an absence of more than eleven years, the first shipment of U.S. processed beef products arrived in Japan on March 4, 2015.  FAS/Japan facilitated entry of a shipment of beef jerky just in time for the largest food tradeshow in Asia. 
Beef Jerky is Back in Tokyo!_Tokyo_Japan_3-27-2015



| Animal Numbers, Cattle, Animal Numbers, Swine, Meat, Beef and Veal, Meat, Swine | 2015 | Livestock and Products | Canberra | Australia | 3/31/2015
In 2014, drought in major northern cattle regions significantly increased turnoff and reduced the size of the cattle herd. Total slaughter was almost ten million; production was 2.6 million tonnes and live cattle exports reached 1.3 million. Post estimates have been adjusted to reflect statistical revisions and new estimates. In 2015, seasonal conditions are a key factor. Continuation of improved rainfall should see herd rebuilding become a greater priority. Producers still face uncertainty over...
Livestock and Products Semi-annual_Canberra_Australia_3-19-2015



| Select | Grain and Feed Annual Report | Grain and Feed | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 3/31/2015
The wheat production estimate for MY14/15 is revised downward from the official USDA estimate by 600,000 metric tons to 3.8 million metric tons.  Wheat imports during this same period are unchanged at 900,000 metric tons.  For MY15/16, wheat production and imports are forecast to remain at nearly the same levels as the previous year.  The MY14/15 corn production estimate is held relatively steady at 6.6 million metric tons with production expected to reach 7.0 million metric tons in MY15/16.  As...
Grain and Feed Annual_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_3-24-2015



| Duma Members Propose New Rules for Food Retailers | Retail Foods, Agriculture in the News, Agriculture in the Economy, Agricultural Situation | Moscow ATO | Russian Federation | 3/30/2015
On January 21, 2015, Russian deputies submitted to the State Duma proposed amendments to the Law on Trade that would impact Russian retailers. The amendments include a reduction in the amount of allowable retro-bonuses, shortening the payment window to suppliers for goods, and imposing fines to retailers for violating regulations ranging from 2-5 million rubles ($33,000–$82,000).  Retailers have expressed concern that such proposed changes, along with the ruble depreciation, current food import...
Duma Members Propose New Rules for Food Retailers_Moscow ATO_Russian Federation_3-27-2015



| Quarantine Sets Protocol for Fresh Food of Plant Origin (Apple) | Avocado, Citrus, Dried Fruit, Fresh Fruit, Grain and Feed, Kiwifruit, Potatoes and Potato Products, Raisins, Stone Fruit, Strawberries, Trade Policy Monitoring, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Oilseeds and Products | Jakarta | Indonesia | 3/30/2015
The Indonesian Agricultural Quarantine Agency (IAQA) has confirmed the terms required for the continued shipments of fresh food of plant origin following the U.S. FDA recall of apples due to listeria.
Quarantine Sets Protocol for Fresh Food of Plant Origin (Apple) _Jakarta_Indonesia_3-27-2015



| Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update 4 | Agriculture in the News | Moscow | Russian Federation | 3/30/2015
Russian Government Updates Formulas for the Co-Financing of Economically Important Regional Agricultural Programs… The Government Amends Rules for the Quota Distribution System for Fish and Seafood… The State Duma Modifies the Regulation of the Alcohol and Beverage Sector… Russian Government Increases the Charter Capital of Rosagroleasing… Russia Lifts Restrictions on Some Moldovan Apple Exporters … Agricultural Producers and Retailers Must Come to Agreement… Officials in the Russian Far East Of...
Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update 4_Moscow_Russian Federation_3-25-2015



| How the European Union Works - A Guide to EU Decision-Making | Country Strategy Statement, Trade Policy Monitoring | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 3/30/2015
This report is a guide on how the EU works.  It explains the role of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council in EU decision-making, highlights the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty and explains in detail how the ordinary legislative procedure and comitology procedures work. 
How the European Union Works - A Guide to EU Decision-Making_Brussels USEU_EU-28_3-25-2015



| Corn, Rice, Milled, Wheat | U.S. Corn Trade Hits Historic Levels | Grain and Feed | Bogota | Colombia | 3/30/2015
U.S. corn exports to Colombia hit historic trade levels at 3.6 million metric tons (MT) in Marketing Year (MY) 2014 with a trade value of $861 million. U.S. corn dominated the Colombian market supplying 97 percent of imports, displacing export competitors from the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR). The 2.4 million MT quota for calendar year (CY) 2015 under the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) will likely fill before July 2015. Higher duties on MERCOSUR corn under the Price Band Sys...
Grain and Feed Annual_Bogota_Colombia_3-20-2015



| Select | 2015 | Cotton and Products | Madrid | Spain | 3/30/2015
Last planting season, in order to secure the maximum CAP payments for the period 2015-2020, farmers boosted planted area and production.  Area planted to cotton in MY 2014/15 in Spain is anticipated to decline and production to return to average levels.  The cotton processing industry reports an increase in production of fabrics throughout 2014, while yarn production declined.
Cotton and Products Annual_Madrid_Spain_3-25-2015



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 3/27/2015
TH5035 – Export prices further declined 1 to 2 percent as supplies of new off-season rice continue coming into the market.  The government is expected to delay the issuance of new public tender until the end of April.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_3-24-2015



| Russia Announces Minimum Set Prices for Wine | Agriculture in the News, Agriculture in the Economy, Agricultural Situation, Wine | Moscow ATO | Russian Federation | 3/26/2015
On January 28, 2015, Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev signed Resolution # 63 "On Amendments to Certain Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on State Regulation of Prices of Alcoholic Beverages".  The resolution introduces minimum set prices for wine and sparkling wine (Champagne) in the Russian Federation.  The resolution is expected to help ensure the competitiveness of legally-produced wine and contribute to the development of wine-making in Russia.  Vadin Drobiz, Head of the Russia...
Russia Announces Minimum Set Prices for Wine_Moscow ATO_Russian Federation_3-23-2015



| Korea continues the fight to contain FMD and HPAI | Livestock and Products | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 3/26/2015
The Korean government has expended continual effort into containment of FMD in swine and cattle as well as HPAI in poultry farms.  Although vaccination efforts and culling of affected animals seems to have proven effective at controlling a mass spreading of the diseases, it does not seem sufficient in eradication.  The following provides updates to reports KS1501 and KS1503.
Korea continues the fight to contain FMD and HPAI_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_3-24-2015



| Food Safety Scandal Forces Baking Industry to Change | Dried Fruit, Tree Nuts, Dairy and Products, Raisins, Promotion Opportunities | Taipei ATO | Taiwan | 3/26/2015
Due in part to several recent food safety incidents throughout Taiwan, consumers are paying more attention to the source of ingredients, despite the premium price.  This trend has propelled the baking industry to develop a stronger traceability program dependent on certificates-of-origin with an emphasis on natural, healthier ingredients and fewer additives.  In 2014, the United States exported nearly 990,000 metric tons (MT) of wheat to Taiwan, or roughly $356 million.  Approximately, 44% of lo...
Food Safety Scandal Forces Baking Industry to Change_Taipei ATO_Taiwan_3-23-2015



| Customs Valuations for Condiments | Trade Policy Monitoring, Snack Foods | Islamabad | Pakistan | 3/26/2015
This report contains information concerning Customs reference prices, known locally as “valuations” that the Government of Pakistan has established for a number of sauces and condiments.  Customs applies ad valorem tariffs to the “valuation” or the invoice price, whichever is higher.  Valuations are reviewed and updated periodically.
Customs Valuations for Condiments_Islamabad_Pakistan_3-20-2015



| Philippines–US Food and Beverage Exports Surpass Billion-Dollar Mark | Market Development Reports, Export Accomplishments - Other | Manila | Philippines | 3/25/2015
U.S. food and beverage (f&b) exports to the Philippines grew 11 percent in 2014 and reached a record $1.1 billion.  As the number one market in SE Asia and the 10th largest market in the world for U.S. f&b products, the Philippines purchased enough value-added goods in 2014 to fill roughly 27,000 container trucks stretching more than 360 kilometers.  Growth across the sector is exceptionally broad-based, with more than half of the products that comprise the f&b category setting new records.  Th...
Philippines–US Food and Beverage Exports Surpass Billion-Dollar Mark_Manila_Philippines_3-18-2015



| Annual Report | Exporter Guide | Amman | Jordan | 3/25/2015
This report provides updated information for U.S. exporters of food and agricultural products to Jordan.  The report highlights best prospects for consumer-oriented food products.     According to the Central Bank of Jordan, Jordan’s Gross domestic product (GDP) is projected to grow by 2.8 percent in 2013 and by 3.5 percent in 2014.  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) states that Jordan's economy is stable, nonetheless remains surrounded by all forms of threats.   Jordan’s Customs Au...
Exporter Guide_Amman_Jordan_2-18-2015



| Nile Nuggets for February 2015 | Agriculture in the News | Cairo | Egypt | 3/25/2015
News on development in agriculture and food in Egypt.
Nile Nuggets for February 2015_Cairo_Egypt_3-10-2015



| The WASABI - Hot News from Japan Vol. 11 Issue 3 | Agricultural Situation | Tokyo | Japan | 3/25/2015
ATO Tokyo Sponsors the USA Pavilion at FOODEX JAPAN 2015; Ambassador Kennedy Observes Silkworms for Genetically Engineered Application; Agricultural Exchanges Continue to Strengthen Ties between Japan and the United States; Napa Valley Vintners Wine by the Glass Campaign Award Ceremony
The WASABI - Hot News from Japan Vol. 11 Issue 3_Tokyo_Japan_3-24-2015



| Deadline for Comment - Draft Certificate for Pork and Pork Products | Livestock and Products, Trade Policy Monitoring, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 3/25/2015
On March 16, 2015, the India’s draft veterinary certificate for imported pork and pork products was published on the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) website for comment.  The deadline for comments is May 15, 2015.  The draft combines two separate veterinary certificates for pork and processed pork meat, and includes modifications, deletions, or additions to these import requirements. 
Deadline for Comment - Draft Certificate for Pork and Pork Products_New Delhi_India_3-24-2015



| Select | Oilseeds and Products Annual Report 2015 | Oilseeds and Products | Jakarta | Indonesia | 3/25/2015
Indonesian CPO production is expected to reach a record 35 MMT in MY 2015/16 despite the continued slowdown of planting area expansion.  Low petroleum prices that are offsetting demand for biodiesel, coupled with growing palm oil production, are creating ample supplies, implying that palm oil exports will reach 22.7 MMT in 2015/16, about one percent higher than 2014/15 exports. 2015/16 Indonesian soybean production is expected remain limited despite government self-sufficiency goals. 2014/15 an...
Oilseeds and Products Annual_Jakarta_Indonesia_3-20-2015