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| The Saudi Grains Organization To Import Barley | Grain and Feed | Riyadh | Saudi Arabia | 9/30/2016
The Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) will take over will take over the exclusive right to import and manage local distribution of feed barley on October 2, 2016.  The organization will import barley directly through public tenders open to registered international exporters; it does not buy through grain brokers.  SAGO’s takeover of the barley imports portfolio will make the Saudi barley imports and distribution more transparent, as the organization will release import data, prices and quantity ...
The Saudi Grains Organization To Import Barley _Riyadh_Saudi Arabia_9-27-2016



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 9/30/2016
Export prices declined 1-2 percent from the previous week as traders await lower prices while the harvest is underway.  The government will give more incentives for farmers and millers/traders to stockpile rice during the peak harvest.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_9-27-2016



| FSSAI Invites Comments on E-Commerce Regulatory Standards | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Retail Foods, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative, Exporter Guide, Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional | New Delhi | India | 9/30/2016
On September 20, 2016, the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India’s (FSSAI) invited comments on a draft notification pertaining to Food Business Operators (FBO) involved in the e-commerce sector. The draft notification specifies regulatory requirements pertaining to e-commerce FBOs.
FSSAI Invites Comments on E-Commerce Regulatory Standards_New Delhi_India_9-27-2016



| An Update to GAIN Report IN6119 | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Food Processing Ingredients, Exporter Guide, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | New Delhi | India | 9/30/2016
The following report updates GAIN IN6119 published on September 16, 2016, regarding the Modified Food Import Regulations.  The earlier report notes in point (k) information applicable specifically to duty free shops.  However, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has since deleted this clause from its website.
An Update to GAIN Report IN6119_New Delhi_India_9-27-2016



| Changes to Special Consumption Tax on Alcoholic Beverages | Wine, Beverages | Hanoi | Vietnam | 9/30/2016
On July 1, 2016, the Vietnamese Government (GVN) promulgated Decree 100/2016/ND-CP, regulating detailed provisions and guidelines for the implementation of a number of articles under the Law 106/2016/QH13.  Law 106 was issued on April 19, 2016, in order to amend and supplement the Law on Value Added Tax, the Law on Special Consumption Tax (SCT), and the Law on Tax Administration.  Decree 100 reinforces the SCT calculation method and provides further guidance on its relationship with businesses a...
Changes to Special Consumption Tax on Alcoholic Beverages_Hanoi_Vietnam_9-27-2016



| GOI amends Import Requirements for Poultry and Poultry Products | Poultry and Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 9/29/2016
On September 21, 2016, the Government of India (GOI) notified amendments to the requirements for poultry and poultry product imports from countries reporting an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza or Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza to the World Trade Organization (WTO).  
GOI amends Import Requirements for Poultry and Poultry Products _New Delhi_India_9-23-2016



| China Lifts Ban on U.S. Beef Exports | Agriculture in the News, Livestock and Products, Trade Policy Monitoring | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 9/29/2016
On September 22, 2016, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine lifted the longstanding Chinese ban on U.S. beef exports (Official Announcement Attached).  The lifting of the ban includes both boneless and bone-in beef from cattle below 30 months of age. However, to fully restore access for U.S. beef exports, the respective governments must still negotiate an export protocol and conduct an audit to verify the protocol before exp...
China Lifts Ban on U.S. Beef Exports_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_9-26-2016



| Crop update | Grain and Feed | Algiers | Algeria | 9/29/2016
  According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the crop assessment indicates that Algeria’s MY2016/2017 grain production reached 3.3 MMT compared to 4.0 MMT the previous year. Once again, the results are directly attributable to drought conditions in the production areas of Algeria. As in previous years when drought has so hampered grain production, Algeria will likely import grain to compensate for the shortfall in domestic production.
Grain and Feed Update_Algiers_Algeria_9-22-2016



| SaborUSA Explores the Culinary Richness of D.C. and Virginia | Market Promotion/Competition, Export Accomplishments - Marketing, Trade Events and Shows | Bogota | Colombia | 9/29/2016
FAS/Bogota recently took SaborUSA on the road to Washington, D.C. and Virginia to explore the culinary richness of this historic region. Washington, D.C. is not only the nation’s capital but a city that is rapidly becoming a culinary capital as well.  Virginia’s agriculture is the largest industry in the state and one of the most diverse in the nation.  The highlight of the tour was the filming of the show with Cristeta Comerford, White House Executive Chef, and Eric Ziebold, award winning chef....
SaborUSA Explores the Culinary Richness of D.C. and Virginia_Bogota_Colombia_9-23-2016



| Wheat, Rice, Milled, Corn, Barley | Turkey Grain and Feed Update | Grain and Feed | Ankara | Turkey | 9/29/2016
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Grain and Feed Update_Ankara_Turkey_9-23-2016



| Oil, Sunflowerseed, Oilseed, Sunflowerseed, Meal, Sunflowerseed | Sunflowerseed and Products Update Turkey | Oilseeds and Products | Ankara | Turkey | 9/29/2016
MY 2016 sunflowerseed area and production are now estimated at 550,000 hectares and 1.2 million MT while planting area is up about ten percent, production was up about twenty percent due to higher yields.  Sunflowerseed imports were down about thirty seven percent to 294,000 MT during the first eleven months of the marketing year, due to increase in imports of alternative lower cost oilseeds such as canola and aspir (safflower) and also increasing crushing capacities at sourcing countries.  Sun...
Oilseeds and Products Update_Ankara_Turkey_9-23-2016



| The WASABI - Hot News from Japan Vol. 12 Issue 7 2016 | Agricultural Situation | Tokyo | Japan | 9/29/2016
Farewell to Ag Minister Counselor David Miller; U.S. Dry Egg Baking Contest; Patisserie & Bakery Japan Tradeshow; U.S. Meat Promotion Guidebook Seminar; National Organic Program Equivalency Visit; Calbee Hiroshima Visit; Softwood Lumber Milling Visit; U.S. Hardwood Promotions in Hiroshima   Keywords:  Wasabi, JA6024, Baking Contest, Patisserie, NOP, Calbee, Softwood, Hardwood
The WASABI - Hot News from Japan Vol. 12 Issue 7 2016_Tokyo_Japan_9-23-2016



| WTO Notified – Draft Amendment on Adoption of 46 Standards of BIS | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | New Delhi | India | 9/29/2016
The Government of India (GOI) notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO) a draft amendment to adopt 46 standards of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).  The comment period for trading partners expires on November 19, 2016.
WTO Notified – Draft Amendment on Adoption of 46 Standards of BIS _New Delhi_India_9-23-2016



| FSSAI Publishes FAQs on Food Licensing and Registration Systems | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | New Delhi | India | 9/29/2016
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the food licensing and registration systems (FLRS). 
FSSAI Publishes FAQs on Food Licensing and Registration Systems_New Delhi_India_9-23-2016



| Proposed Retail Tax | Retail Foods | Warsaw | Poland | 9/29/2016
As of September 1, 2016 the Polish Government introduced a new law obligating retailers operating on the Polish market to pay an additional tax on retail sales.  The new tax imposed on retailers had two application rates: 0.8 percent in case of revenue ranging from 17 million Polish Zloty (U.S. $4.4 million) per month to 170 million Polish Zloty  (U.S. $44 million) per month and 1.4 percent when sales exceed 170 million Polish Zloty  (U.S. $ 44 million) per month.  Sales under 17 million Polish ...
Proposed Retail Tax_Warsaw_Poland_9-22-2016



| Select | This report focuses on the supply and demand for broiler meat in South Africa | Poultry and Products | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 9/29/2016
Post forecasts that South Africa’s broiler meat imports will increase by eight percent in 2017 to 560,000 tons, driven mainly by increased demand and market excess of United States broiler bone-in meat.  Currently, broiler production in South Africa is under pressure due to drought-related high feed prices. A severe drought hit the Southern Africa region in the 2015/16 summer season.  As a result, post estimates that broiler meat imports will increase by almost 20 percent in 2016 to 520,000 tons...
Poultry and Products Annual_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_8-31-2016



| Changes in Pakistan Wheat Export Subsidy and Import Tariff | Grain and Feed, Trade Policy Monitoring | Islamabad | Pakistan | 9/29/2016
Pakistan has announced that 900,000 metric tons of wheat will be available for export with a subsidy of $120 per metric ton.  The subsidy will be shared by the federal government and the provinces of Sindh and Punjab.  The subsidy does not appear to be large enough to generate significant interest in Pakistani wheat which priced significantly higher than wheat from Black Sea ports.  Pakistan has also announced an increase in its temporary “regulatory duty” on wheat imports from 40 percent to 60...
Changes in Pakistan Wheat Export Subsidy and Import Tariff_Islamabad_Pakistan_9-2-2016



| Pakistan Increases Tariff on Milk Powder Import | Dairy and Products, Trade Policy Monitoring | Islamabad | Pakistan | 9/29/2016
Pakistan has increased its effective import tariff on imports of milk powder and whey powder from 20 to 45 percent with the imposition of a 25 percent “regulatory duty.”  Regulatory duties are designed to inhibit or block the flow of imports and are generally temporary.  It is not clear how long the duty will be in place.  The Government of Pakistan also took steps to roll back certain tax rebates that benefit milk processors.
Pakistan Increases Tariff on Milk Powder Import_Islamabad_Pakistan_9-2-2016



| Cotton and Products Update 2016 | Cotton and Products | Islamabad | Pakistan | 9/29/2016
:   Pakistan’s 2016/17 cotton production is forecast at 8.25 million 480 lb bales, up 250,000 bales from the previous estimate.  Despite reduced planted area, rising cotton prices are prompting farmers to more actively manage insects, resulting in higher expected yields compared to a year ago when low cotton prices prompted farmers to curb input costs.  Stocks are forecast to drop to the lowest level in 15 years prompting a modest increase in forecast 2016/17 imports to 2.4 million 480 lb bales....
Cotton and Products Update_Islamabad_Pakistan_9-2-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Moscow | Russian Federation | 9/29/2016
This report highlights export certification requirements for Russia.  Please note that certification requirements have and will continue to undergo changes as Russia reforms its regulations to meet Eurasian Economic Union and WTO commitments.  Exporters are advised to verify export certification requirements with their importer before shipment.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Moscow_Russian Federation_8-22-2016



| Select | Report | Poultry and Products | Kiev | Ukraine | 9/29/2016
Ukraine’s poultry production in 2016 is forecast higher than official USDA figures at 1010 TMT, and is expected to increase versus 2015 following a reconstruction of old, and an efficiency increase of existing, production facilities by major vertically-integrated producers.  A significant drop in disposable income in 2013-2015 resulted in a demand increase for cheap poultry offal.    Exports in 2016 are expected to reach a record-high at 215 TMT, a substantial increase over current USDA officia...
Poultry and Products Annual_Kiev_Ukraine_8-31-2016



| Ministry of Trade Updates Beef Import Regulation | Dairy and Products, Livestock and Products, Trade Policy Monitoring, Poultry and Products | Jakarta | Indonesia | 9/28/2016
Indonesian Ministry of Trade (MOT) regulation 59/2016 on imports of animals and animal products was published on August 15, 2016. The regulation covers the issuance of import permits, replacing MOT’s regulation 5/2016 and amendment 37/2016. The regulation corresponds with Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) regulation 34/2016 and does not introduce any new rules or practices other than what was already introduced in previous regulations, including MOA 34/2016.
Ministry of Trade Updates Beef Import Regulation_Jakarta_Indonesia_9-2-2016



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 9/26/2016
Export prices declined 1-2 percent from the previous week as supplies of new main-crop rice have begun to enter the market.  The majority of main-crop rice production is expected to enter the market in November.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_9-20-2016