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| Invalidation of Import Permits Disrupts Imports of Agricultural Prod | Trade Policy Monitoring | Manila | Philippines | 12/2/2016
The Philippine Department of Agriculture has required re-validation of the import certificates for agricultural products.  No official procedure was posted for the process however, creating confusion for importers.  It appears that the online system to apply for new permits has been restored, although no new permits are confirmed as being issued.  Import permits must be issued prior to shipping a cargo.  Exporters are advised to allow for delays in issuance, and in clearance of cargoes upon arr...
Invalidation of Import Permits Disrupts Imports of Agricultural Prod_Manila_Philippines_12-1-2016



| 2016 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Bangkok | Thailand | 12/2/2016
The report provides an update on the Biosafety Act legislation in Thailand.  The report also provides information on possible labelling regulation changes for manufactured/imported foods containing Genetically Engineered (GE) raw materials. 
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Bangkok_Thailand_11-16-2016



| Success for U.S. Exhibitors at Hong Kong Food Expo 2016 | Export Accomplishments - Events | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 12/2/2016
Eleven U.S. exhibitors reported $100,000 in sales following a successful participation in the Hong Kong Food Expo held in Hong Kong during August 11-13, 2016.
Success for U.S. Exhibitors at Hong Kong Food Expo 2016_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_10-6-2016



| The WASABI - Hot News from Japan Vol. 12 Issue 10 | Agricultural Situation | Tokyo | Japan | 12/2/2016
Iowa Reaches New Milestones in Japan, Organic Trade Association at Japan’s Organic Lifestyle Expo, 2016 Craft Beer Experience, U.S. Soybean Buyers Advantage Outlook Conference, U.S. Wheat Crop Quality Seminar, American Hardwood at Japan’s Largest Furniture Show   Keywords: WASABI, Organic, Beer, Soy, Wheat, Hardwood
The WASABI - Hot News from Japan Vol. 12 Issue 10_Tokyo_Japan_11-30-2016



| November 2016 | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 12/2/2016
The majority of main-crop rice and corn supplies have entered the market creating downward pressure on farm-gate prices.  In response, the government implemented an on-farm pledging program for all varieties of rice and restricted feed wheat imports.  White rice prices will likely remain under downward pressure in anticipation of a bountiful MY2016/17 off-season rice production.
Grain and Feed Update_Bangkok_Thailand_11-29-2016



| New Turkish Agricultural Policy and Projected Impacts | Policy and Program Announcements, Grain and Feed | Ankara | Turkey | 12/2/2016
Turkey will start to implement a new subsidy program for agricultural products in 2017. According to new subsidy program, Tukey is divided in 941 agricultural basins based on climate and soil to subsidize 19 strategic crops for each zone.  It is expected that planting area of corn will decrease about up to 30 percent in MY 2017.
New Turkish Agricultural Policy and Projected Impacts_Ankara_Turkey_11-14-2016



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 12/2/2016
Export prices remain virtually the same in part due to little trading activity.  Exporters have completely fulfilled the first shipment of new-crop white rice under the government-to-government agreement with China.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_11-29-2016



| Nutraceuticals and Food Health Supplement Standards Made Operational | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | New Delhi | India | 12/2/2016
On November 24, 2016, the Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), issued new standards for nutritional supplements, nutraceuticals, foods for special dietary requirements, and foods for special medical requirements.  Although FSSAI has made the new standards operational, full implementation will not be enforced as of January 1, 2018, thereby giving stakeholders’ time to adjust and come into compliance.
Nutraceuticals and Food Health Supplement Standards Made Operational_New Delhi_India_11-29-2016



| Indonesia Oilseeds and Products Update November 2016 | Oilseeds and Products | Jakarta | Indonesia | 12/2/2016
A La Nina event is expected to sustain itself into early 2017, resulting in an early onset rainy season, and providing relief to Indonesia’s palm oil industry from the dryness experienced throughout the Sumatera and Kalimantan production areas. MY 2016/17 production is thus expected to exceed 2015/16 production with 35 million MT. Indonesian palm oil consumption is led by biodiesel consumption. Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources reports that around 1.9 MMT of biodiesel were dis...
Oilseeds and Products Update_Jakarta_Indonesia_11-29-2016



| 2016 Rice Production Update | Grain and Feed | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 12/2/2016
On November 15, 2016, Statistics Korea (KOSTAT) released its revised 2016 rice production estimate to 4.197 million metric tons (MMT), slightly down from 4.2 MMT, the initial rice production estimate surveyed for early September 2016.  This represents 3.0 percent lower output than last year’s record crop, reflecting a decline in rice area.  Lowered production has also resulted in a 41 percent stocks-to-use ratio in MY 2016/17, the highest in several years.
2016 Rice Production Update_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_11-29-2016



| Monthly Agricultural Market News of South China – 4 | Agricultural Trade Office Activities, Agriculture in the News | Guangzhou | China - Peoples Republic of | 12/2/2016
U.S. wood and wood product exports to South China continue strong…. ATO Guangzhou joins in retail launch of U.S. pork products, hosts agricultural trade delegations from Idaho and Michigan, participates in key trade shows, and supports a U.S. softwood trade delegation.     
Monthly Agricultural Market News of South China – 4_Guangzhou_China - Peoples Republic of_11-29-2016



| 2016 Annual | Exporter Guide | Manila | Philippines | 12/2/2016
The U.S. continues to be the Philippines’ number one supplier of agricultural products, and the Philippines is its 10th largest global market.  Sales of U.S. agricultural exports to the Philippines declined 15 percent to $2.3 billion in 2015 due to the strong U.S. dollar, distribution challenges and intense competition.  The top five U.S. exports by value were soybeans & soybean meal; wheat; dairy products; prepared food; and pork & pork products.   Traders forecast export sales in 2016 will i...
Exporter Guide_Manila_Philippines_11-28-2016



| Enter a Descriptive Report Name | Exporter Guide | Zagreb | Croatia | 12/1/2016
Croatia imports a significant portion of the food it consumes. Continuing economic reforms as a result of EU accession and growing tourism make Croatia a potential market for certain US food products, such as seafood, snack foods, pet food, wine, tree nuts, and rice.  This report’s statistical data were updated in November 2016.
Exporter Guide_Zagreb_Croatia_11-14-2016



| Meal, Soybean, Oil, Soybean, Oilseed, Soybean, Meal, Peanut, Oil, Peanut, Oilseed, Peanut, Oil, Palm | November 2016 | Oilseeds and Products | New Delhi | India | 12/1/2016
Post maintains its previous marketing year (MY) 2016/17 (Oct-Sept) forecast for Indian soybean production in at 11.5 million metric tons (MMT), derived from 11.4 million hectares.  Peanut production is revised higher to 6.4 MMT, derived from 5.5 million hectares.  Oilmeal sales and edible oil imports are adjusted to reflect the latest trade estimates.
Oilseeds and Products Update_New Delhi_India_11-25-2016



| Indonesia Cotton and Products Update Nov 2016 | Cotton and Products | Jakarta | Indonesia | 12/1/2016
Depressed consumer purchasing power in Indonesia and weaker export markets for finished Indonesian textiles has driven Post’s estimate of MY2015/16 Indonesian cotton consumption to 2.94 million bales from the previous estimate of 3.0 million bales. MY 2015/16 Indonesian cotton imports, in-line with consumption, are also expected to decrease from 3.0 to 2.9 million bales. Indonesian cotton imports are also expected to continue declining in MY 2016/17 to 2.75 million bales.
Cotton and Products Update_Jakarta_Indonesia_11-25-2016



| Great Success for U.S. Exhibitors at Asia Fruit Logistica 2016 | Export Accomplishments - Events | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 12/1/2016
14 U.S. exhibitors reported over $7.67 million in sales following a successful Asia Fruit Logistica 2016 trade show held in Hong Kong September 7-9.
Great Success for U.S. Exhibitors at Asia Fruit Logistica 2016_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_11-28-2016



| Success for US Exhibitors at Natural and Organic Products Asia 2016 | Export Accomplishments - Events | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 12/1/2016
16 U.S. exhibitors reported over $100,000 in projected sales following their successful participation in the Natural and Organic Products Asia trade show held in Hong Kong August 31 – September 2, 2016.
Success for US Exhibitors at Natural and Organic Products Asia 2016_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_11-28-2016



| Great Success for U.S. Exhibitors at Seafood Expo Asia 2016 | Export Accomplishments - Events | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 12/1/2016
25 U.S. exhibitors reported US$850,000 on-site sales and US$5.25 million in projected sales following a successful Seafood Expo Asia 2016 trade show held in Hong Kong September 6-8.
Great Success for U.S. Exhibitors at Seafood Expo Asia 2016_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_11-28-2016



| Eurasian Economic Union Ag Times No. 4 of 2016 | FAIRS Subject Report | Moscow | Russian Federation | 12/1/2016
This report contains summaries of relevant decisions and documents from the Armenia-Belarus-Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan-Russia Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) meetings published between September 1 and November 18, 2016, that impact EAEU food and agriculture policy.  Key documents included herein are the draft decision on the approval of the “Common quarantine and phytosanitary requirements for regulated products and quarantine items” and the draft regulation, “On the quarantine phytosanitary control o...
Eurasian Economic Union Ag Times No. 4 of 2016_Moscow_Russian Federation_11-25-2016



| New Policies Could Spur Greater Soybean Plantings in Northern Argentina. Peanut Sowings in South Cordoba Are Delayed to Adverse Weather. | Oilseeds and Products | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 12/1/2016
There continues to be significant discussion over the short-term effects of the government’s decision to delay the reduction of soybean export taxes; and the introduction of a 5 percent export tax rebate for northern provinces expected to take effect March 2017.  Post estimates that is too early to alter its production forecast based on these developments and thus its 2016/17 soybean production estimate is left unchanged at 55 million tons. Adverse weather and erratic temperatures have delayed p...
Oilseeds and Products Update_Buenos Aires_Argentina_10-31-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Riyadh | Saudi Arabia | 11/30/2016
This Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS)- Certificates Report lists major export certificates required by Saudi Arabia’s regulatory and import control agencies for the importation of food and agricultural products into the Kingdom.  This report includes a required certification for exports of U.S. beef and veal to Saudi Arabia.  
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Riyadh_Saudi Arabia_10-30-2016



| Select | New Zealand Annual Dairy and Milk Supply Report 2016 | Dairy and Products | Wellington | New Zealand | 11/30/2016
New Zealand milk supply is continuing to slow as cow numbers drop and inputs are cut in response to the very low milk prices.  The MY2017 milk supply forecast at 21.17 million metric tons milk is 3.3% below the record production in MY2014 before the current milk price downturn set in.  Export volumes remain quite resilient as more milk is channeled in UHT liquid milk exports.   MY2017 total exports are forecast at 2.99 million metric tons, 1.3% below MY2016.
Dairy and Products Annual_Wellington_New Zealand_10-13-2016



| November 2016 | Cotton and Products | Bangkok | Thailand | 11/30/2016
MY2016/17 cotton imports are likely to recover from a recent downturn in anticipation of a sustained economic recovery and increased domestic demand for garments in the first half of the year.  MY2015/16 cotton imports were lower than expected as imports of yarn surged causing Thai spinners to increase their yarn inventories.
Cotton and Products Update_Bangkok_Thailand_11-25-2016



| Labeling Requirement for Food Grade Dairy Powder Exported to Taiwan | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Taipei | Taiwan | 11/30/2016
Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) requires all packages of food grade dairy powder products that are over 10 kilograms in weight to be labeled as “food grade” or “for human consumption.”  Shipments of packages not containing such statements may be rejected at port if the importer cannot produce documentation verifying the products are fit for human consumption.
Labeling Requirement for Food Grade Dairy Powder Exported to Taiwan_Taipei_Taiwan_11-22-2016



| Apples, Fresh, Grapes, Table, Fresh, Pears, Fresh | 2016 | Fresh Deciduous Fruit | Ottawa | Canada | 11/30/2016
For MY 2016/17, post forecasts an 11 percent increase in Canadian apple production, following an average growing season. The U.S. share is estimated to remain at 80 percent of the total Canadian import volume for apples, and at over 50 percent of pear imports.  Demand for fresh table grapes continues to be solid, in a market supplied almost exclusively via imports, over half of which originate from the United States.
Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual_Ottawa_Canada_11-23-2016



| WTO Notified Draft Standards for Fish and Fish Products | Fishery Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Exporter Guide | New Delhi | India | 11/30/2016
Government of India notified Draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2016 relating to vertical standards of fish and fish products to the World Trade Organization (WTO).   The deadline for comments is December 9, 2016.
WTO Notified Draft Standards for Fish and Fish Products_New Delhi_India_11-25-2016



| 2016 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Vienna | Austria | 11/29/2016
Austria continues to be one of the leading forces in Europe opposed to the use of agricultural biotechnology.  Austria was an initiator and always a supporter of the “opt-out” legislation for cultivation of biotech crops.  The Austrian implementation of a nation-wide biotech cultivation ban (according to EU directive 2015/412) has been published in August 2015.  Austrian opposition to biotech crops is a major controversial factor during the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment ...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Vienna_Austria_11-18-2016



| Pet Food Market Update 2016 | Product Brief | Seoul ATO | Korea - Republic of | 11/29/2016

Pet Food Market Update 2016_Seoul ATO_Korea - Republic of_11-25-2016



| Additional Certificate and Labelling Requirements for Some Fruits | WTO Notifications, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Bangkok | Thailand | 11/29/2016
On November 8, 2016, Thailand informed the World Trade Organization about a draft regulation on good practice certification and labelling requirements for packing houses of fruits and vegetables.  The Thai FDA is currently seeking comments on this notification (SPS/N/THA/239 also notified as G/TBT/N/THA/490) from the World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries.  The comment period for trading partners will be 40 days from November 8, 2016, the WTO circulation date.  This report contains an ...
Additional Certificate and Labelling Requirements for Some Fruits_Bangkok_Thailand_11-18-2016



| Certification and Labeling for EU Whey Protein Supplements | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Brussels USEU | Belgium EU-28 | 11/29/2016
Exporters shipping whey protein food supplements to the EU should be aware that EU Importing Countries’ Inspectors at EU Border Inspection Posts (BIPs) will check if the consignment is shipped with certification and labeling conform with European Union requirements.  This report provides guides exporters through the requirements.
Certification and Labeling for EU Whey Protein Supplements_Brussels USEU_Belgium EU-28_11-22-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Vienna | Austria | 11/28/2016
This report covers only specific export certificate requirements by Austria, which are different from EU requirements.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Vienna_Austria_11-17-2016



| Certification and Labeling of EU Whey Protein Supplements | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Brussels USEU | Belgium EU-27 | 11/28/2016
Exporters shipping whey protein food supplements to the EU should be aware that EU Importing Countries’ Inspectors at EU Border Inspection Posts (BIPs) will check if the consignment is shipped with certification and labeling conform with European Union requirements.  This report provides guides exporters through the requirements.
Certification and Labeling of EU Whey Protein Supplements_Brussels USEU_Belgium EU-27_11-22-2016