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| India Introduced a 20 Percent Export Tax on Sugar | Sugar, Policy and Program Announcements, Trade Policy Monitoring | New Delhi | India | 6/28/2016
On June 16, 2016, the Government of India (GOI) introduced a 20-percent export tax on raw and white sugar (Customs Notification No. 37/2016) in response to higher international sugar prices.  According to media sources, the current marketing year (MY) sugar export quota for may be revoked.  Moreover, sugarcane farmers may not be eligible to receive additional GOI export subsidies, and sugar millers will focus more on domestic sales.  Also, a primary objective for imposing the new export tax is t...
India Introduced a 20 Percent Export Tax on Sugar_New Delhi_India_6-23-2016



| FSSAI Proposes Amendments in the Norms for Carbonated Drinks | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Beverages, Exporter Guide, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 6/28/2016
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a draft amendment related to norms for carbonated fruit beverages or fruit drinks.  The GOI will accept comments from the World Trade Organization (WTO) trading partners for 60 days beyond the notification date as listed on the WTO’s website (www.wto.org).        
FSSAI Proposes Amendments in the Norms for Carbonated Drinks_New Delhi_India_6-23-2016



| Biofuels Update | Biofuels | Moscow | Russian Federation | 6/28/2016
As one of the world's leading producers and exporters of oil and gas, biofuels have an insignificant share in the overall energy production matrix of Russia, with an estimate of only 1.2 percent, and biomass accounting for only 0.5 percent.  While there are no official statistics that measure what share of total energy production biofuels account for, it is estimated that biofuels make up 5 percent of Russia’s heating energy and 1 percent of its electrical power.   The development of the biofuel...
Biofuels Annual_Moscow_Russian Federation_6-23-2016



| Assessment of food safety risk analysis needs in Colombia | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Bogota | Colombia | 6/27/2016
The United States is poised to exceed past record levels of food and agricultural exports to  Colombia, which in 2015 was the 8th largest market worldwide with $2.4 billion in sales. The GOC continues to reassess and develop new regulatory standards with detrimental trade implications, including Decree 539 of 2014 and Resolution 719 of 2015. Since December 2015, the joint implementation of these regulations has resulted in approximately $250,000 worth of consumer-oriented products delayed at po...
Assessment of food safety risk analysis needs in Colombia_Bogota_Colombia_6-14-2016



| Eurasian Economic Union Ag Times No. 2 of 2016 | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Trade Policy Monitoring | Moscow | Russian Federation | 6/27/2016
This report contains summaries of relevant decisions and documents from the Armenia-Belarus-Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan-Russia Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) meetings, published between April 16 and June 15, 2016, that impact EAEU food and agriculture policy.  Key documents included herein are draft amendments to the Technical Regulations on Dairy and Food Labeling that are open for comments, EEC Council decision No. 40 reducing EAEU import tariffs on various agricultural products in connection with R...
Eurasian Economic Union Ag Times No. 2 of 2016_Moscow_Russian Federation_6-22-2016



| FSSAI Publishes the Final List of Food Additives | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative, Exporter Guide, Trade Policy Monitoring | New Delhi | India | 6/27/2016
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published its comprehensive list of 11,000 food additives used in various food categories.  The new document was prepared on the basis of comments received from various stakeholders.  However, the final notification of the Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulation, 2016 remains pending. 
FSSAI Publishes the Final List of Food Additives_New Delhi_India_6-22-2016



| Draft Standards for Fish and Fish Products | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Fishery Products | New Delhi | India | 6/27/2016
The Government of India (GOI) notified its Draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2016, related to standards of fish and fish products. The deadline for comments for World Trade Organization (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Committee members is sixty days from the date of notification to WTO.
Draft Standards for Fish and Fish Products_New Delhi_India_6-22-2016



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 6/24/2016
TH6065 – Export prices declined around 1 percent as the government is expected to issue a public tender for 2.2 million metric tons on June 15, 2016.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_6-16-2016



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 6/24/2016
TH6067 – Export prices for white rice remained unchanged as the public tender for 2.2 million metric tons of old-crop rice has not yet been finalized.  Meanwhile, prices for parboiled rice increased 1 percent due to the current tight supplies of new crop white rice paddy.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_6-21-2016



| Grapefruit, Fresh, Oranges, Fresh, Tangerines/Mandarins, Fresh, Lemons, Fresh, Orange Juice, Citrus, Other, Fresh | South Africa Citrus Supply and Demand Report | Citrus | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 6/23/2016
The impact of the drought and hail damage is anticipated to have a greater effect in the production areas of Limpopo resulting in decreases in the 2015/16 MY production of grapefruit and oranges by 15% and 5%, respectively. Post estimates that the 2015/16 MY production of Tangerines/Mandarins and lemons/lime will increase by 3% and 2%, respectively, as the production areas of the Eastern Cape and Western Cape were less affected by the drought. Post forecasts that the impact of the drought to all...
Citrus Semi-annual_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_6-17-2016



| Cotton Production and Consumption Annual Report | Cotton and Products | Pretoria | Zimbabwe | 6/23/2016
Post forecasts that the area under cotton production in Zimbabwe will increase, under normal climatic conditions, to about 300,000 hectares and production will recover to around 210,000 MT in the 2016/17 MY.  This recovery will mainly be spurred on by the Zimbabwean government’s free inputs support program that will reduce the production costs of cotton farmers.  In the 2015/16 MY, seed cotton production decreased by 23 percent to around 80,000 MT, after one of the worst droughts the past 35 yea...
Cotton Production and Consumption Annual Report _Pretoria_Zimbabwe_6-20-2016



| Indonesia Amends Import Regulations for Livestock Products | Trade Policy Monitoring, Livestock and Products | Jakarta | Indonesia | 6/23/2016
Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade (MOT) amended meat import regulations amid rising prices, notably allowing imports from Foot-and-Mouth-Disease (FMD) zone-based areas. The regulation also formally grants supermarkets and the formal retail sector to sell imported beef. Steps have also been taken to expand the list of eligible beef cuts that can be imported as well as breeding cattle. 
Indonesia Amends Import Regulations for Livestock Products_Jakarta_Indonesia_6-20-2016



| Corrigenda on the FAQs for Proprietary Food | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Exporter Guide | New Delhi | India | 6/23/2016
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a corrigendum on frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding FSSAI’s definition of proprietary foods.  The FAQs on proprietary foods were published on March 23, 2016 (See GAIN report IN6050).
Corrigenda on the FAQs for Proprietary Food_New Delhi_India_6-20-2016



| Brazil Faces Tight Grains Stocks and Higher Prices | Grain and Feed | Brasilia | Brazil | 6/22/2016
2015/2016 wheat production is estimated at 5.6 million metric tons (mmt), down 6 percent from the previous year as some producer switch to more profitable crops like corn and soybeans.  2015/2016 corn production is estimated at 75 mmt, due to an early start to the dry season having an adverse effect on the second “safrinha” crop.  This is down 12 percent from the previous year’s record crop.  Domestic corn prices have risen dramatically since March, putting pressure on pork and poultry producers...
Grain and Feed Update_Brasilia_Brazil_6-17-2016



| Limited Corn Supply Challenges Pork and Poultry Sector | Agricultural Situation | Brasilia | Brazil | 6/22/2016
Brazil's limited corn supply is driving domestic prices up and having a significant impact on the pork and poultry sectors.
Limited Corn Supply Challenges Pork and Poultry Sector_Brasilia_Brazil_6-17-2016



| Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update - 8 | Agriculture in the News | Moscow | Russian Federation | 6/22/2016
Draft Rules on Reimbursement of Costs to Banks Providing Loans to Ag Producers… Six Ministers of Fisheries of Northern Atlantic Region Discusses Issues of Fish Conservation… Russia Sets up a Government Commission on the Issues of the Agro-Industrial Sector… Fisheries Companies with Foreign Management Will Lose their Quotas for Fish Catch… The GOR Approves Order on Signing the CIS Convention on Agrobiodiversity Conservation… Central Bank Cuts Key Interest Rate to 10.5 Percent… Head of VPSS Sergey...
Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update - 8_Moscow_Russian Federation_6-17-2016



| German Govt on potential impacts of TTIP on agriculture | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News | Berlin | Germany | 6/22/2016
The German government has highlighted that TTIP will not undermine food safety standards and that American exporters have to meet European regulations. The position of the German Government was published as a response to a parliamentary enquiry on potential impacts of TTIP on food and agriculture in Germany and the European Union.
German Govt on potential impacts of TTIP on agriculture_Berlin_Germany_6-7-2016



| Parliamentarians discuss future of plant breeding | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News, Planting Seeds | Berlin | Germany | 6/22/2016
The future of plant breeding was discussed by a parliamentary advisory council in German parliament on June 1, 2016. Topics were the development of a sustainable breeding strategy for Germany, the market concentration of seed companies, and recent innovations.   
Parliamentarians discuss future of plant breeding_Berlin_Germany_6-7-2016



| EU Customs Code - Binding Tariff Information | Trade Policy Monitoring | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 6/22/2016
On May 1, 2016, the EU's new Union Customs Code (UCC) became applicable.  This report explains how the new UCC affects the "Binding Tariff Information" (BTI) system.
EU Customs Code - Binding Tariff Information_Brussels USEU_EU-28_6-17-2016



| European Commission Presents Criteria to Define Endocrine Disruptors | Agriculture in the News | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 6/22/2016
On June 15, 2016, the European Commission presented two draft measures outlining scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors (EDs) under the Plant Protection Products Regulation (1107/2009) and Biocidal Products Regulation (528/2012), using the World Health Organization (WHO) definition for EDs as a basis.  This means that the ‘hazard-based’ approach of the Pesticides Regulation will be maintained, not taking into account exposure to the substance.  The new measures, which will apply i...
European Commission Presents Criteria to Define Endocrine Disruptors_Brussels USEU_EU-28_6-17-2016



| EU’s General Court rules against anti-dumping duty on U.S. ethanol | Biofuels | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 6/22/2016
On June 9, 2016, the European Union (EU) General Court ruled that the European Commission (EC) violated its own laws by issuing a country-wide anti-dumping (AD) duty on imports of U.S. ethanol.  The exact interpretation of the ruling as well as its implications for U.S.  bioethanol exports to the EU are currently unknown. The EC has two months to file an appeal of the ruling, during which time the AD duty will remain in place.  Although  there have been some developments since AD duties were imp...
EU’s General Court rules against anti-dumping duty on U.S. ethanol_Brussels USEU_EU-28_6-17-2016



| Japan proposes the revision of MRLs for 11 agricultural chemicals | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Tokyo | Japan | 6/22/2016
On Friday, June 17, 2016, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) of the Government of Japan (GOJ) announced changes to the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for the pesticides Bicyclopyrone, 1,3-Dichloropropene, Ethofumesate, Etofenprox, Fluazifop-butyl, and Isopyrazam, and for the veterinary drugs Erythromycin, Flumethrin, Metoclopramide, Piperazine, and Vedaprofen.  MHLW also established analytical methods for agricultural and veterinary chemicals in food for Ipronidazole, Kimetridazole,...
Japan proposes the revision of MRLs for 11 agricultural chemicals_Tokyo_Japan_6-17-2016