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| Live Cattle Exports | Livestock and Products, Grain and Feed, Trade Policy Monitoring | Canberra | Australia | 8/3/2015
Australia is a leading international exporter of live cattle and Indonesia has been its main market for over two decades. However, an unexpectedly low Indonesian import quota for live cattle for the second quarter of 2015 recently shocked exporters. The lower quota reflects Indonesia’s move towards self-sufficiency, although it may be revised. In response to access issues, Australia has sought to diversify export markets and seven new markets have agreed to export protocols. The latest is China ...
Live Cattle Exports_Canberra_Australia_7-30-2015



| Wheat, Corn, Rice, Milled | Grain & Feed Update | Grain and Feed | Caracas | Venezuela | 8/3/2015
Post expects wheat, corn and rice imports to be tight due to availability of foreign exchange.  Domestic production of corn and rice for MY 2015/16 are forecast to fall as a result of delayed planting and lack of agricultural inputs. 
Grain and Feed Update_Caracas_Venezuela_7-28-2015



| Cochran FY 2014 Success Story | Climate Change/Global Warming/Food Security | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 7/31/2015
In FY2014 FAS Pretoria selected eight South African private and government officials to participate in the Farm Management training under the Cochran Fellowship Program.  The program designed in Conjunction with Colorado State University, Department of Agriculture & Resource Economics was held May 13-25, 2014 in Denver.  The focus and emphasis of the training was skills transfer and empowering the emerging farm sector officials and managers with exposure and implementation of effective policies ...
Cochran FY 2014 Success Story_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_7-20-2015



| Food and beverages trade show | Trade Show Closing | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 7/31/2015
The Africa’s Big Seven (AB7) trade show took place from June 21-23, 2015 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in South Africa’s Midrand area of Greater Johannesburg. Companies introduced their products, evaluated consumer demand, networked, and negotiated business deals during the event. As for FAS/Pretoria, post attended on June 22nd with the purpose of forming and maintaining relationships with the private sector and government representatives, as well as recruiting for upcoming trade missions t...
Food and beverages trade show_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_7-30-2015



| UN Talks Shape Financial Development Framework | Market Development Reports, Trade Policy Monitoring | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 7/31/2015
The 3rd Financing for Development (FfD) Conference established the development financing framework for the post-2015 development agenda.  The framework, among other things, recognizes international trade as an ‘engine for development.’ In particular, WTO members were asked to implement the Bali package, conclude Doha, prevent trade restrictions and market distortions, and provide duty- and quota-free market access to developing countries.  At several FfD side events, the USG declared its contin...
UN Talks Shape Financial Development Framework_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_7-28-2015



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 7/31/2015
TH5091 – Export prices increased around 1 percent as upward pressure on domestic prices more than offset the weakening Thai baht.  The Government will likely begin to issue public tenders for non-food grade rice next week.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_7-21-2015



| July 2015 | Grain and Feed | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 7/31/2015
Argentine wheat production for 2015/16 is forecast down at 10.2 million tons (mmt), 1.3 mmt lower than USDA.  This is a result of an adjusted smaller area as the crop is unprofitable in most cases and to a lesser use of inputs.  Exports are projected at 5 mmt, significantly lower than USDA official exports at 6.7 mmt.  Barley production for 2015/16 remains unmodified.  Non-feed use is set at 1.3 million tons, 100,000 tons lower than official USDA estimates.  Corn production for 2015/16 is estima...
Grain and Feed Update_Buenos Aires_Argentina_7-28-2015



| Wheat, Barley, Sorghum, Rice, Milled | July 2015 | Grain and Feed | Canberra | Australia | 7/31/2015
The outlook for winter grains production in Australia from mid-2015 and beyond has been improved by more reliable rainfall. In 2015/16, the harvested area for wheat in Australia is expected to be stable at around 14 million hectares while the harvested area for barley is forecast to rise slightly to 4 million hectares. Wheat production is expected to be around 25 million metric tons; while barley production is expected to be 8.6 million tons. The outlook for summer crops is more difficult to for...
Grain and Feed Update_Canberra_Australia_7-28-2015



| Rice, Milled, Corn | August 2015 | Grain and Feed | New Delhi | India | 7/31/2015
Timely and adequate 2015 monsoon rainfall through early July has supported planting of grains, including rice and corn, in the ongoing MY 2015/16 kharif season (fall/early winter harvest).  MY 2014/15 and MY 2015/16 rice exports estimate has been raised higher to a record 11.7 MMT and 10.0 MMT, respectively.   Consumption has been revised lower to account for higher exports.
Grain and Feed Update_New Delhi_India_7-28-2015



| 2014 Retail Foods Sector | Retail Foods | Cairo | Egypt | 7/30/2015
This report provides U.S. exporters of consumer-ready food products with an overview of the Egyptian retail foods sector.  Best product prospects are included in this report. Best prospects for U.S. products are beef livers and offal, dairy products and tree nuts. Apples and snack foods growth rates have decreased due to Egypt’s free trade agreement with the EU, as European products enjoy preferential tariff rates.   In 2014, U.S. exports of value-added food product exports to Egypt were valued...
Retail Foods_Cairo_Egypt_7-21-2015



| Prospects for U.S. Ingredients in Flourishing Philippine Food Processing Industry | Food Processing Ingredients | Manila | Philippines | 7/30/2015
The Philippines’ rapidly expanding production of processed foods and beverages (f&b) presents robust opportunities for U.S. exporters of agricultural raw materials and high value ingredients.  In 2014, the f&b processing industry’s gross value added output increased 13 percent over the previous year and reached $28.4 billion i.  Roughly 90 percent of the Philippine f&b processing industry’s output is consumed domestically, with excellent growth prospects stemming from the country’s resilient e...
Food Processing Ingredients_Manila_Philippines_7-9-2015



| Dominican Republic Retail Report- Annual Update 2015-2016 | Retail Foods | Santo Domingo | Dominican Republic | 7/30/2015
  The Dominican Republic is one of the most dynamic economies in the Caribbean region.  With over $1.3 billion in U.S. agricultural products exports to the DR, the country represents the sixth largest market for U.S. agricultural products in Latin America.  The Dominican retail distribution sector is dominated by locally owned companies and is growing rapidly.  With a variety of formats, this sector features platforms designed to satisfy the needs of all consumer segments at all income levels. 
Dominican Republic Retail Report- Annual Update 2015-2016_Santo Domingo_Dominican Republic_7-22-2015



| Lowering the Cost of Living | Agriculture in the Economy | Tel Aviv | Israel | 7/30/2015
In an additional  move aimed at lowering the cost of living, the Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Uri Ariel disclosed at a press conference on July 12, 2015 a serious of reforms that are expected to lower consumer food prices, including: a gradual reduction of egg prices of approximately 15 percent, the opening of the fish market for competition, elimination of  the production quota of sheep milk, ease of regulations on foreign workers, and a draft law to contr...
Lowering the Cost of Living _Tel Aviv_Israel_7-27-2015



| Jordan Morsels for July 2015 | Agriculture in the News | Amman | Jordan | 7/30/2015
Port of Aqaba’s Capacity Overwhelmed, Agricultural Exports on a Declining Trend, Prices of Food Items and Jordanian exports enter Iraqi market
Jordan Morsels for July 2015 _Amman_Jordan_7-29-2015



| Grain and Feed Update July 2015 | Grain and Feed | Jakarta | Indonesia | 7/30/2015
Post expects marketing year (MY) 2014/15 Indonesian wheat imports and consumption to decrease to 7.6 million metric tons (MMT) and 7.3 MMT respectively.  The decline is due to Indonesia’s economic slowdown and depressed consumer purchasing power. Post’s MY 2014/15 estimate of Indonesian corn consumption is also reduced to 7.9 MMT from 8 MMT due local industry’s scaling back of day old chicken (DOC) supplies and Indonesia’s unofficial corn import restriction for calendar year (CY) 2015.  Despite ...
Grain and Feed Update_Jakarta_Indonesia_7-27-2015



| 2015 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Riyadh | Saudi Arabia | 7/29/2015
Saudi Arabia currently adopts biotech regulations issued by the Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO) in 2011for imported food and agricultural products. The GSO regulations call for biotech labeling, if the biotech contents in the processed or unprocessed agricultural products exceeds one percent.  Prior to adopting the GSO regulations, Saudi Arabia was implementing its own regulations for labeling food and animal feed as biotech products if they tested positive for having more than 0.9 perc...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Riyadh_Saudi Arabia_6-29-2015



| Grain and Feed Update | Grain and Feed | Ankara | Turkey | 7/29/2015
Wheat production is forecast at 19.5 million metric tons (MMT) in marketing year (MY) 2015 because of high yields, especially in Central Anatolia. There are record production forecasts for barley and corn.  Barley production is forecast at 7.4 MMT and corn at 5.8 MMT.  However, there are quality problems everywhere.  Strong local production will reduce import demand for all grains. The Turkish Grain Board (TMO) announced 2015 grain procurement prices on June 6, 2015, with intervention prices fo...
Grain and Feed Update_Ankara_Turkey_7-24-2015



| Wine Annual Report and Statistics | Wine | Paris | France | 7/29/2015
France’s CY 2014 wine production is estimated at 4.6 billion liters, 12 percent more than the previous year (4.1 billion liters), but still below the record harvest of CY 2011 (5.1 billion liters).  France’s wine imports increased by 22.7 percent to 644 million liters (valued at $822 Mln) in 2014, mainly thanks to increased volumes from Spain (+44 percent), the leading supplier to the French wine market, accounting for 71 percent of total imports.  Imports from the U.S. increased by 1 percent t...
Wine Annual Report and Statistics_Paris_France_7-7-2015



| Wheat, Corn, Rice, Milled | July 2015 | Grain and Feed | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 7/29/2015
This report is an update to the previous forecast.  Notable changes for MY 2015/16 include an increase in Korean wheat production to 36,000 MT and increased wheat consumption to 3.85 million tons.  For corn, domestic production was increased to 82,008 MT in MY2014.  The Minimum Market Access agreement (MMA) requires that Korea purchase 408,700 MT of milled rice from Most Favored Nation (MFN) countries at the duty level of 5 percent under the tariff rate quota (TRQ) regime.  As of July 8, the aT...
Grain and Feed Update_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_7-24-2015



| Grain and Feed Update | Grain and Feed | Tokyo | Japan | 7/29/2015
Overall feed production in Japan continues to be stable, but is gradually trending down and is expected to be below 24 million metric tons in MY2014/15.  While corn utilization in feed remains stable at around 44.5 percent in MY 2014/15, the use of rice and DDGS has increased notably.
Grain and Feed Update_Tokyo_Japan_7-24-2015



| Agricultural Biotechnology Annual | Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals | Pretoria | Angola | 7/29/2015
There is currently no production of agricultural biotechnology in Angola, and GE imports are limited to food aid.  In December 2014, the Council of Ministers approved Decree No. 92/04 as a provisional measure until the establishment of a comprehensive National Biosafety System capable of properly controlling the importation, entry, use and eventual production of genetically engineered organisms in the country.
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Pretoria_Angola_7-22-2015



| MARD Revises Regulations on Animal Feed Management | Grain and Feed, Oilseeds and Products, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Hanoi | Vietnam | 7/29/2015
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) published Circular 50/2014/TT-BNNPTNT on December 24, 2014, revising some articles of MARD’s Circular 66/2011/TT-BNNPTTNT dated October 10, 2011; and supplementing Decree 8/2010/ND-CP dated February 5, 2010 on animal feed management.  Circular 50 entered into force on February 7, 2015.  This report provides a brief analysis and an unofficial translation of Circular 50/2014.  
MARD Revises Regulations on Animal Feed Management _Hanoi_Vietnam_7-24-2015



| MARD Publishes List of HS Codes Subject to Plant Quarantine Regs | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Fresh Fruit, Dried Fruit, Potatoes and Potato Products, Snack Foods | Hanoi | Vietnam | 7/28/2015
On June 29, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) released Decision 2515/QD-BNN-BVTV promulgating the List of Harmonized System (HS) codes for regulated articles subject to plant quarantine.  Decision 2514/QD-BNN-BVTV provides more detail for Circular 30/2014/TT-BNNPTNT dated September 5, 2014.  Decision 2515 entered into force on July 1, 2015.
MARD Publishes List of HS Codes Subject to Plant Quarantine Regs_Hanoi_Vietnam_7-23-2015



| July Grain Update | Grain and Feed | Astana | Kazakhstan - Republic of | 7/28/2015
FAS/Astana forecasts Kazakhstan’s wheat production in 2015/16 at 12.8 MMT only slightly less than the levels estimated for 2014/15 on the background of heavy rains in May, which delayed planting and left some areas unplanted.  Decreased planting area may be offset by a slight increase in yields making for a leveling of production.  Larger carry-in stocks are expected to keep Kazakhstan’s exports flat, although the Government of Kazakhstan continues to look optimistically toward export possibili...
Grain and Feed Update_Astana_Kazakhstan - Republic of_7-22-2015



| FSSAI Updates Standards of Dried Salted and Fishery Products | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Fishery Products, Exporter Guide, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 7/27/2015
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) amended the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, to update its standards for dried/salted and dried fishery products.  The GOI is currently seeking comments from interested public stakeholders regarding these draft regulations.  The deadline for the public comment period is September 4, 2015.
FSSAI Updates Standards of Dried Salted and Fishery Products_New Delhi_India_7-24-2015



| Draft Amendments on the Biotoxins Limit in Fish and Fish Products | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Fishery Products, Exporter Guide, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 7/27/2015
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) amended the Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulations, 2011, and has set biotoxin limits in fish and fish products.  The GOI is currently seeking comments from interested public stakeholders regarding these draft regulations.  The deadline for the public comment period is September 4, 2015.
Draft Amendments on the Biotoxins Limit in Fish and Fish Products_New Delhi_India_7-24-2015



| FSSAI Sets Draft Standards for Melamine in Infant and Other Foods | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Dairy and Products, Exporter Guide, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 7/27/2015
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) amended the Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulations, 2011 to set maximum levels for melamine in infant and other foods.  The GOI is currently seeking public comments for the draft regulations.  The deadline for public comments is September 4, 2015.
FSSAI Sets Draft Standards for Melamine in Infant and Other Foods_New Delhi_India_7-24-2015



| Draft Amendments on the Declaration of Trans-fat Content Levels | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 7/27/2015
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published updated draft regulations regarding labeling requirements for the contents of trans-fat in packaged food products.  The deadline for the public comment period is August 5, 2015.
Draft Amendments on the Declaration of Trans-fat Content Levels_New Delhi_India_7-24-2015



| Draft Regulations Relating to Food Additives | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative, Exporter Guide, Trade Policy Monitoring | New Delhi | India | 7/27/2015
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2015 relating to food additives. 
Draft Regulations Relating to Food Additives_New Delhi_India_7-27-2015



| New Regulation for Nutraceutical - Functional - Novel Foods etc. | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative, Dairy and Products, Fresh Fruit | New Delhi | India | 7/27/2015
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published new draft regulations for food or health supplements, nutraceuticals, foods for special dietary uses, foods for special medical purpose, functional foods and novel food.  The GOI is currently seeking comments from the World Trade Organization (WTO) – Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) member countries.  The deadline for the comments is September 23, 2015.
New Regulation for Nutraceutical - Functional - Novel Foods etc._New Delhi_India_7-27-2015



| Spanish Pulse Market Outlook 2015 | Grain and Feed | Madrid | Spain | 7/27/2015
Spain is a net importer of lentils, chickpeas and dry beans as domestic production is not sufficient to fulfill internal demand creating opportunities for U.S. exports to Spain.  Poor weather conditions have resulted in significantly lower production expectation for the non-irrigated pulses in MY2015/16. 
Spanish Pulse Market Outlook 2015_Madrid_Spain_7-16-2015



| Portuguese Packaged Food and Grocery Retail Sector | Retail Foods | Madrid | Spain | 7/27/2015
Consumer budget cuts have negatively impacted various areas of the food industry, such as packaged foods.  Due to lower household incomes, consumers have taken to preparing their meals at home, only going to a restaurant for special occasions.  While consumers seek lower prices, they are also looking for food quality, especially fresh products.  Budget cuts have also led consumers to seek grocery outlets and discount stores near their home in order to avoid spending time and money on unnecessar...
Portuguese Packaged Food and Grocery Retail Sector _Madrid_Spain_7-22-2015



| Ecuador Partially Lifts U.S.-Origin Poultry and Poultry Products Ban | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Trade Policy Monitoring | Quito | Ecuador | 7/27/2015
FAS and APHIS Quito have succeeded in urging AGROCALIDAD (Ecuador’s Sanitary Authority) to permit the import of U.S. processed poultry products from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza-free (HPAI) states, regions, zones or areas. On May 22, 2015, AGROCALIDAD issued Resolution 0101, partially lifting the ban (Resolution 0047 – April 16, 2015) on U.S.-origin poultry and poultry products.  Resolution 0101 effectively recognizes that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is not transmittable throu...
Ecuador Partially Lifts U.S.-Origin Poultry and Poultry Products Ban_Quito_Ecuador_7-22-2015



| Proposed National Liquor Policy (Liquor Act 59 of 2003) | Trade Policy Monitoring, Beverages | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 7/27/2015
On May, 20, 2015, the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published a government notice (No. 38808) inviting the public to comment on the National Liquor Policy.  If the policy is implemented in its current form, it is expected to have economic implications to the liquor industry and could affect United States liquor exports. Post encourages United States companies and organizations to review the policy and make submissions to DTI by no later than August, 13, 2015.
Proposed National Liquor Policy (Liquor Act 59 of 2003)_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_7-20-2015



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Kingston | Jamaica | 7/27/2015
This report outlines food and agricultural import requirements for Jamaica. In addition, the report provides detailed information on the import procedures and contact information for Jamaica's regulatory agencies.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Kingston_Jamaica_7-21-2015



| Food Processing Ingredients Bulgaria | Food Processing Ingredients | Sofia | Bulgaria | 7/27/2015
This report contains information about Bulgaria’s food processing industry and food ingredients market.   The food industry in Bulgaria accounts for 14% of the country’s industrial production. The following products have good sales potential on the Bulgarian market: distilled spirits, tree nuts dried fruits, wine, snack/cereal foods, seafood products, pulses, beef, prepared food, and soft drinks/juices.
Food Processing Ingredients Bulgaria_Sofia_Bulgaria_7-23-2015



| 2015 | Biotechnology | Sarajevo | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 7/27/2015
After a five-year moratorium on genetically modified organisms (“GMOs”) that was imposed with the 2004 Food Law,  Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) adopted the Law on Genetically Modified Organisms in 2009 setting up the framework for approval of imports and field releases of products derived from agricultural biotechnology.  It took three more years for BiH’s Council of Ministers to adopt the five implementing rulebooks regarding the specific procedures to import and market genetically engineered (G...
AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY ANNUAL_Sarajevo_Bosnia and Herzegovina_7-21-2015



| 2015 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Paris | EU-28 | 7/27/2015
In the European Union, governments, the media, non-governmental organizations, consumers, and industry associations remain conflicted about the use of agricultural biotechnology.  Acceptance varies widely across countries.  A complex policy framework developed under pressure from anti-biotech activists has limited research, development, and production.  The EU produces very few genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals but, with the growing adoption of biotechnology around the globe by lea...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Paris_EU-28_7-23-2015



| Crop Update | Grain and Feed | Algiers | Algeria | 7/27/2015
  The Ministry of Agriculture foresees a rise in production in the current crop year despite some unfavorable weather conditions. The cereal harvest is expected to reach 4.3 MMT compared to 3.5 MMT last year.
Grain and Feed Update_Algiers_Algeria_7-21-2015



| Wheat, Barley, Corn, | July 2015 | Grain and Feed | Moscow | Russian Federation | 7/27/2015
FAS/Moscow increased its April 2015’s grain production forecast by 5 million metric tons (MMT) to 97 MMT. This forecast includes 56 MMT of wheat (3 MMT higher than in the April forecast), 16.5 MMT of barley, 12 MMT of corn (up 2 MMT), 3 MMT of rye, 5 MMT of oats, almost 0.7 MMT of milled rice (1.06 MMT in rough weight), and 3.2 MMT of other grains and pulses. FAS/Moscow forecasts grain exports in MY 2015/16 at 29 MMT, a 7 percent decrease from the record 32 MMT’s exports in MY 2014/15, but the s...
Grain and Feed Update_Moscow_Russian Federation_7-20-2015



| Crop Update | Grain and Feed, Oilseeds and Products | Prague | Czech Republic | 7/27/2015
  Dry weather with high temperatures resulted in slightly earlier start of grains and rapeseed harvest.  Drought causes smaller grains and lower yields.  MY2015/16 harvest is forecast to be average, with the sowing area remaining almost unchanged.  
Crop Update_Prague_Czech Republic_7-22-2015