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| New EU Rules on Dietetic Foods - Update | FAIRS Subject Report, Product Brief | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 2/12/2016
The EU's new Dietetic Foods Regulation 609/2013, adopted in June 2013, becomes applicable on July 20, 2016.  Regulation 609/2013 required the European Commission to adopt a number of delegated acts setting out specific compositional and labeling requirements.  This report provides an overview of the new EU requirements.
New EU Rules on Dietetic Foods - Update_Brussels USEU_EU-28_2-8-2016



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 2/12/2016
TH6016 – Export prices were steady due to quiet trading during the Luna New Year holidays.  Also, traders are awaiting the Government stocks tender on February 16-17.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_2-9-2016



| Grain Voluntary Update - February 2016 | Grain and Feed, Agriculture in the Economy, Agricultural Situation | New Delhi | India | 2/12/2016
MY 2015/16 rice exports are revised lower to 8 million tons based on the current pace of exports.  MY 2015/16 corn imports estimated higher at 400,000 metric tons based on the recent government allocation under the tariff rate quota (TRQ) imports.  Indian wheat production in the upcoming MY 2016/17 likely to decline for the second consecutive year on adverse weather conditions during planting and early growth stages.
Grain Voluntary Update - February 2016_New Delhi_India_2-9-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Astana | Kazakhstan - Republic of | 2/12/2016
This report highlights export certification requirements for Kazakhstan.  Please note that certification requirements have and will continue to undergo changes as Kazakhstan reforms its regulations to meet Customs Union (CU), Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)  and WTO commitments.  Exporters are advised to verify export certification requirements with their importer before shipment.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Astana_Kazakhstan - Republic of_1-13-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Nairobi | Kenya | 2/12/2016
This report compliments the FAIRS Country Report, and updates on certificates that are required by the Government of Kenya (GOK) to export food and agricultural products into Kenya. GOK has implemented the Kenya TradeNet System that provides a single point for importers and exporters to electronically submit and receive approvals from all the regulatory agencies that are involved in international trade, and is linked to the banking system for payments. 
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Nairobi_Kenya_1-5-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Cairo | Egypt | 2/12/2016
Egypt FAIRS Export Certificate Report   Report Highlights:   The report lists and describes certificates that should accompany food and agricultural products to Egypt. It also includes the purpose of each certificate and the governmental agency responsible.  In general, an original invoice, bill of lading, packing list, weighing list, health certificate, batch number certificate, certificate of origin, and insurance certificate are required to accompany any shipment.  An export certificate matri...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Cairo_Egypt_12-7-2015



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 2/11/2016
This guide provides an overview of export health certificates needed for exporting plants, animals, foods and other animal origin products to the European Union.  U.S. regulatory agencies have been informed of the wide range of certificates changes that have occurred in the past months and have updated their export manuals to reflect those changes.  Sections updated: All sections.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Brussels USEU_EU-28_12-24-2015



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | New Delhi | India | 2/11/2016
In CY 2015, the Ministry of Health continued to amend its Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011, from time to time related to food safety, labeling and packaging of imported products.  Additionally, the Ministry of Agriculture published (a) final health certificate for pork and pork products; bovine frozen semen, in vivo bovine embryo and live bovine and (b) proposal on phytosanitary requirements for the import of hay from the United States.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_New Delhi_India_1-11-2016



| Kazakhstan Grain and Feed Report | Grain and Feed | Astana | Kazakhstan - Republic of | 2/10/2016
Production data from the Kazakhstani Statistical Agency shows total grain production in 2015 at 18.2 million metric tons (MMT) and total wheat production at 13.7 MMT, 6 percent more than last year.  Kazakhstani currency devaluation affected exports prices, pushing Kazakhstani exports up significantly.  Wheat stocks have again remained flat.
Grain and Feed Update_Astana_Kazakhstan - Republic of_2-5-2016



| Consumer Foods-Patterns of Food Expenditures and Imports in Croatia | Product Brief | Zagreb | Croatia | 2/10/2016
The Croatian Bureau of Statistic’s (CBS), 2014 Household Budget Survey of just over 2,000 households shows trends in Croatian household expenditures for the 4.3 million inhabitants.  This survey found that Croatia’s average annual household expenditure was HRK81,054 ($11,498) of which HRK23,934 ($3,395) was spent on food and beverages.  In 2014, Croatia imported approximately $2 billion ($1.5 billion during Jan-Oct 2015) in consumer foods. Croatia’s main trading partners are other EU member stat...
Consumer Foods-Patterns of Food Expenditures and Imports in Croatia_Zagreb_Croatia_2-5-2016



| Huge Stocks Challenge Grain Policy | Grain and Feed | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 2/10/2016
China’s huge grain stocks continue to impose severe pressures on China’s production and trade policies.  While officially recognizing the need to reduce the high guaranteed producer prices for food grains (especially corn), the government has not articulated when or how it will do this.  As a result, China is once again expected to produce record corn, wheat, and rice crops in 2016.  This production will, in turn, add to already bulging stocks, currently estimated at approximately 250 million to...
Grain and Feed Update_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_2-5-2016



| Admin Measures of Inspection and Quarantine for Entry and Exit Grain | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 2/10/2016
This report contains an UNOFFICIAL translation of the Administrative Measures of Inspection and Quarantine for the Entry and Exit Grain issued by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). This regulation, also referred to as AQSIQ Decree 177, will come into force on July 1, 2016.  A draft regulation was notified to the WTO as G/SPS/N/CHN/882 on August 5, 2015.  Post published a GAIN report on the draft measures on August 3, 2015 (Draft Administrative M...
Admin Measures of Inspection and Quarantine for Entry and Exit Grain_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_2-5-2016



| GVN stipulates Fortification of Micronutrients in Food | FAIRS Subject Report | Hanoi | Vietnam | 2/10/2016
This report provides a summary and an unofficial translation of Decree 9/2016/ND-CP dated January 28, 2016 of the Government of Vietnam (GVN) stipulating the fortification of micronutrients in food. This Decree enters into force on March 15, 2016.
GVN stipulates Fortification of Micronutrients in Food_Hanoi_Vietnam_2-5-2016



| Indonesia Oilseeds and Products Update 2016 | Oilseeds and Products | Jakarta | Indonesia | 2/10/2016
Palm oil production declines are expected to arrive starting in December 2015 and extend throughout the next six to nine months. Although initial reports indicate some production declines in December and January, growers and analysts both report that initial declines are on par with seasonal drops typically experienced in December and January. Based on this data, Post maintains its original estimate of 33 million tons for 2015/16. Indonesia’s palm oil levy and biodiesel subsidy has transformed I...
Oilseeds and Products Update_Jakarta_Indonesia_2-5-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Canberra | Australia | 2/10/2016
This report provides guidance on export certificate requirements for a representative sample of products that have been identified as having excellent prospects in the Australian market. The information required to import into Australia is complex and changes frequently.  It is therefore not possible to provide comprehensive information for every product in this report.   All sections have been revised or updated.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Canberra_Australia_1-11-2016



| Mexico’s SISI Program Offers Expedited Entry for Low-Risk Products | Trade Policy Monitoring, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Mexico | Mexico | 2/9/2016
Mexico’s Comprehensive System of Inspection Service (SISI) pilot project allows for inspection of 22 high-volume, low-risk, containerized agricultural products at internal customs points.  Mexico plans to continue expanding the program in the future.
Mexico’s SISI Program Offers Expedited Entry for Low-Risk Products_Mexico_Mexico_2-4-2016



| Grain and Feed Update - January 2016 | Grain and Feed | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 2/9/2016
Post estimates wheat production for 2015/16 at 10.8 million metric tons (MMT), 300,000 tons higher than USDA.  Although yields were higher than normal, the protein content of a large share of the production is low.  Exports are forecast at 6.5 MMT, 500,000 tons higher than USDA primarily due to the production increase.  Barley production for 2015/16 is estimated at 4.3 MMT, significantly higher than USDA’s 3.4 MMT as result of excellent weather during the entire cycle which produced almost recor...
Grain and Feed Update_Buenos Aires_Argentina_2-1-2016



| January 2016 | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 2/9/2016
TH – 6011: MY2015/16 rice production is further revised down due to lower-than-expected off-season rice planting caused by limited irrigation availability.  Feed wheat imports will be closely monitored by Ministry of Commerce.
Grain and Feed Update_Bangkok_Thailand_2-1-2016



| MARD Releases List of Animal Products Subject to Quarantine | Dairy and Products, Livestock and Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Hanoi | Vietnam | 2/9/2016
This report provides an un-official translation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MARD) Decision 4758/QÐ-BNN-TY dated November 18, 2015, promulgating the Harmonized Schedule (HS) Codes of the List of Animals and Animal Products subject to Quarantine during Customs Clearance and Importation. The Decision 4758 provides a detailed 8 digit HS code List based on Vietnam’s current harmonized schedule covering all animals and animal products subject to quarantine. Decision 4758 en...
MARD Releases List of Animal Products Subject to Quarantine _Hanoi_Vietnam_2-4-2016



| Singapore Opens Market to Full Range of U.S. Beef Products | FAIRS Subject Report | Singapore | Singapore | 2/8/2016
Reissue report with update on AVA contact detail.   Singapore has increased the range of U.S. beef products that can be imported to include boneless and bone-in cuts, processed beef products, and offal.  Heretofore, Singapore had only allowed boneless cuts derived from cattle less than 30 months of age.  U.S. establishments’ eligibility to export these products to Singapore and the eligibility of the various beef and beef products is subject to certain conditions.  These conditions are describ...
Singapore Opens Market to Full Range of U.S. Beef Products_Singapore_Singapore_2-4-2016



| January | Grain and Feed | Ottawa | Canada | 2/8/2016
The combined production of wheat, barley, corn and oat production is forecast to fall marginally in 2016/2017 as a result of small increases in wheat and barley production being off-set by a ten percent decrease in corn production.  Total exports of wheat, barley, corn and oats in 2016/2017 are forecast to fall eight percent as increases in barley exports are not high enough to offset an anticipated drop in wheat exports.  The weakness for the Canadian dollar compared to the U.S. dollar has been...
Grain and Feed Update_Ottawa_Canada_2-3-2016



| Turkish Pulses Market Overview | Policy and Program Announcements, Grain and Feed | Ankara | Turkey | 2/8/2016
Pulses production and planting area in Turkey have been declining for many years, especially in the last decade. However, the Government of Turkey increased supports for lentil production which led to an increase in lentil planting area in MY 2016. Post estimates Turkey’s marketing year (MY) 2015 production of lentils at 350,000 MT and forecasts MY 2016 production at 360,000 MT. Strong domestic demand and re-exports are the driving force for Turkish lentil imports. Turkish lentil importers suffe...
Turkish Pulses Market Overview_Ankara_Turkey_2-3-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 2/8/2016
This report lists major export certificates required by the Chinese government for imports of food and agricultural products.  This year’s major changes include the implementation of China’s 2015 Food Safety Law, and slight revisions to the Catalogue of Products under Decree 145.  In addition, beginning January 12, 2015, China banned the importation of all poultry and pet birds from the entire United States.  Changes regarding certificate requirements remain minimal.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_1-7-2016