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| Grain Law (draft) | Agricultural Situation | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 12/18/2014
On November 21, the State Council published a draft Grain Law to solicit public comments until December 21, 2014. Comments can be sent to lsf@chinalaw.gov.cn. This report contains an unofficial translation of the draft legislation, which is the second version after the first draft was published in February 2012.
Grain Law (draft)_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_12-18-2014



| Grapefruit, Fresh, Citrus, Other, Fresh, Lemons, Fresh, Oranges, Fresh, Orange Juice | Mexico Citrus Annual | Citrus | Mexico City | Mexico | 12/18/2014
Mexican fresh orange and grapefruit production drop slightly, whereas lemon and lime production grow. Imports of all citrus are expected to remain the same.
Citrus Annual_Mexico City_Mexico_12-15-2014



| Citrus, Other, Fresh, Grapefruit, Fresh, Lemons, Fresh, Oranges, Fresh, Tangerines/Mandarins, Fresh | 2014 Turkey Citrus Annual | Citrus | Ankara | Turkey | 12/18/2014
The production of all citrus fruit increased in marketing year (MY) 2013.  Exports increased in MY 2013 because of the high production and favorable prices.  However, MY 2014 production of all citrus varieties, except tangerines, decreased around 20 percent in the Aegean Region and around reduced 10 percent in the Mediterranean Region because of unfavorable weather conditions in.  Tangerine production is increased around 10 percent.  Neighboring countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Ir...
Citrus Annual_Ankara_Turkey_12-15-2014



| Wheat update | Grain and Feed | Algiers | Algeria | 12/18/2014
  French bread wheat exports to Algeria decreased by almost 47 percent at the beginning of marketing year 2014/2015.
Wheat update_Algiers_Algeria_12-14-2014



| Annual Citrus Report 2014/2015 | Citrus | Tel Aviv | Israel | 12/17/2014
Post forecasts Israel’s MY 2014/15 (October-September) citrus production at 604 thousand metric tons (TMT), up nearly 17 percent fromMY2013/14. The increase is attributable to a record production in easy peelers and an increase in orange production due to favorable weather conditions. Post expects an increase of 21 percent in citrus exports in MY 2014/15, due to the increase in production as well as above average fruit size and quality.   China’s phyto-sanitary ban is likely to be removed in MY ...
Citrus Annual_Tel Aviv_Israel_12-11-2014



| Dairy, Butter, Dairy, Cheese, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry, Dairy, Milk, Fluid | 2014 | Dairy and Products | Ottawa | Canada | 12/17/2014
Milk, cheese, butter and skim milk powder production is forecast to increase in 2015 due to the need to build stocks.  Imports of these products will remain close to average levels due to the import controls in place.  The need to gain efficiencies through lowering production costs will keep imports of milk protein substances strong (TRQ not applicable to US trade).   The CETA has been signed, though not ratified, and there are several elements of the agreement that could affect the competitiven...
Dairy and Products Annual_Ottawa_Canada_12-12-2014



| Select | 2014 | Citrus | Madrid | EU-28 | 12/17/2014
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Citrus Annual_Madrid_EU-28_12-9-2014



| Lemons, Fresh, Oranges, Fresh, Tangerines/Mandarins, Fresh | Lemons, Oranges, and Tangerines | Citrus | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 12/17/2014
Production of all three types of citrus in MY 2014/2015 is estimated to rebound (although it will still be down from normal levels for lemons), as a result of good weather conditions and the recuperation of plants that had been previously affected by frosts.  Lemon exports are forecast to increase, and orange and tangerine exports are expected to remain stable due to Argentine exporters’ decreasing competitiveness in international markets.  Consumption for all citrus will increase in line with t...
Citrus Annual_Buenos Aires_Argentina_12-12-2014



| Tangerines/Mandarins, Fresh, Oranges, Fresh, Orange Juice, Select | PS&D and Trade Update for MY 2013/14 | Citrus | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 12/17/2014
Korea’s total citrus production for Marketing Year (MY) 2014/15 is forecast at 688,000 metric tons (MT), 2.4 percent higher than the 672,000 MT of MY 2013/14, as total area for Unshu oranges in MY 2014/15 is forecast to remain stable at 20,570 hectares (HA).  Unshu orange exports for MY 2014/15 are forecast at 3,500 MT, a similar level to the previous marketing year, while fresh orange imports are forecast at 120,000 MT for MY 2014/15, about 19,500 MT higher than the 100,457 MT of MY 2013/14.  I...
Citrus Annual_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_12-12-2014



| Bean and Pulses Monthly Trade-August | Grain and Feed | Rangoon | Burma - Union of | 12/16/2014
Report highlights Myanmar exported 81,408 metric tons (MT) of beans and pulses in August 2014, down 26 percent from last month’s level following a sharp reduction in border shipments to China and India.  Domestic wholesale prices were mixed in August.
Bean and Pulses Monthly Trade-August_Rangoon_Burma - Union of_12-10-2014



| Bean and Pulses Monthly Trade- May | Grain and Feed | Rangoon | Burma - Union of | 12/16/2014
Myanmar exported 196,760 metric tons (MT) of beans and pulses in March 2014, up by 90 percent from a level in February and 58 percent as compared to a level in March 2013.  Domestic wholesale prices for all beans and pulses firmed due to strong demand in both domestic and international markets, especially India.
Bean and Pulses Monthly Trade- May_Rangoon_Burma - Union of_12-10-2014



| Nigeria to Adopt ECOWAS Common Tariff - January 2015 | Agriculture in the News, Trade Policy Monitoring | Lagos | Nigeria | 12/16/2014
Nigeria would begin the implementation of ECOWAS Common External Tariffs beginning January 1, 2015 to comply with ECOWAS Heads of State’s adoption of a five-band regional CET.  ECOWAS CET seeks to liberalize trade in line with WTO guidelines by harmonizing tariff charges within ECOWAS countries within a five tariff band ranging from zero to 35 percent.  However, the adopted ECOWAS CET does not reflect intended progress towards trade liberalization as individual countries still have sovereignty o...
Nigeria to Adopt ECOWAS Common Tariff - January 2015_Lagos_Nigeria_12-16-2014



| Polish Dairy Farmers without Compensation for the Russian Embargo | Dairy and Products | Warsaw | Poland | 12/16/2014
The European Commission granted compensation to Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian (Baltic States) dairy farmers but Poland did not receive compensation for losses of the dairy industry resulting from the Russian embargo introduced on August 7, 2014.  It is estimated that in 2014 Polish exports of dairy products to Russia will be US$ 65 million lower than in 2013.
Polish Dairy Farmers without Compensation for the Russian Embargo_Warsaw_Poland_12-15-2014



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Brasilia | Brazil | 12/16/2014
This report outlines regulatory requirements for food and agricultural product imports into Brazil, including import procedures.  There were no significant changes to Brazilian regulations within 2014, however, new significant requirements are expected to be implemented during 2015.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Brasilia_Brazil_12-15-2014



| US Wines Maintain Stronghold in Philippine Market | Wine, Market Development Reports, Product Brief | Manila | Philippines | 12/16/2014
The U.S. has long been the leading supplier of wines to the Philippines and, since 2009, the Philippines has been the largest U.S. wine market in Southeast Asia in terms of volume.  In 2013, U.S. wine exports to the Philippines reached 2.8 million liters, and $8.3 million, up 10 and 3 percent respectively over the previous year.  FAS Manila estimates 2014 exports will reach a record 3.1 million liters, and $9 million.   Prospects for growth are exceptionally bright, despite distribution challen...
US Wines Maintain Stronghold in Philippine Market_Manila_Philippines_12-12-2014



| Mexico Announces Additional Supports for Sorghum and Rice | Policy and Program Announcements | Mexico | Mexico | 12/15/2014
On November 28, 2014, Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Foodstuffs (SAGARPA) announced in Mexico’s Federal Register (Diario Oficial) specific guidelines applicable to the 2014 crop year for two new support programs available in the states of Sinaloa and Tamaulipas for sorghum growers and buyers as well as rice supports offered in several Mexican states.  On November 27, 2014, SAGARPA’s agency of Commercialization and Agriculture Markets Development ...
Mexico Announces Additional Supports for Sorghum and Rice _Mexico_Mexico_12-12-2014



| Multiple PED Outbreaks Likely to Impact Pork Production | Pest/Disease Occurrences | Kiev | Ukraine | 12/15/2014
Since the beginning of 2014, there have been multiple outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) reported on commercial-scale farms in Ukraine.  Insufficient attention paid to the outbreak by the industry and authorities may result in further spread of the virus which could have a significant adverse impact on pork production in 2014-15. Moreover, it may also result in further spread of the virus to neighboring countries, such as Poland, causing a major production decrease in 2015.
Multiple PED Outbreaks Likely to Impact Pork Production _Kiev_Ukraine_12-10-2014



| Philippine Food Retail-A Growing Opportunity for U.S. F and B | Retail Foods | Manila | Philippines | 12/15/2014
Food retail continues to grow, as retail chains spread across the country.  This expansion is being driven by continued strong economic growth, which has led to a boom in consumer spending.  Markets continue to be dominated by national chains, due to investment regulations that limit ownership by foreign investors.  Rapid growth in retail sales are creating new opportunities for imported food and beverage products, with many U.S. brands already widely recognized by Philippine consumers.
Philippine Food Retail-A Growing Opportunity for U.S. F and B_Manila_Philippines_12-10-2014



| Bangladesh Seed Laws and Regulations - A Chronological Summary | Planting Seeds | New Delhi | Bangladesh | 12/15/2014
The government of Bangladesh (GOB) gradually developed seed laws, policies, and regulations for the seed sector that eventually, through various amendments, expanded regulatory oversight over both the private and public sector, and all seed varieties. 
Bangladesh Seed Laws and Regulations - A Chronological Summary_New Delhi_Bangladesh_12-15-2014



| The Bangladesh Budget FY 2014-15 – Agricultural Highlights | Agriculture in the Economy | New Delhi | Bangladesh | 12/15/2014
The proposed national budget for FY 2014-15 (July-June) is BDT 2.5 trillion ($ 31.6 billion), 15.9 percent higher than last year.  The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock received a 52.6 percent boost to increase egg, fish, meat, and fluid milk production, as well as support animal vaccine manufacturing and veterinary services.  The budget provided customs duty exemptions for:  a) agricultural commodities like rice, pulses, wheat, and onions; b) agricultural inputs such as fertilizer, insectici...
The Bangladesh Budget FY 2014-15 – Agricultural Highlights_New Delhi_Bangladesh_12-15-2014



| Maize Lethal Necrosis - The growing challenge in Eastern Africa | Agricultural Situation, Grain and Feed | Nairobi | Kenya | 12/15/2014
The spread of Maize Lethal Necrosis  (MLN) in the maize growing regions of Eastern Africa has intensified since the first outbreak in September 2011 in Kenya. FAS/Nairobi estimates that the disease will reduce Kenya's maize production by about 10% during the 2014/2015 marketing year. The Government of Kenya (GOK), and the national, regional and international research organizations have commenced initiatives to mitigate the spread and adverse impact on food security.  United States Department of ...
Maize Lethal Necrosis - The growing challenge in Eastern Africa _Nairobi_Kenya_12-10-2014



| Booming Supermarket Expansion is Boosting Demand for Quality Imported Food Processing Ingredients | Food Processing Ingredients | Lima | Peru | 12/15/2014
Peru’s food processing industry is a dynamic sector of the national economy.  FAS Lima estimates import demand for U.S.-origin food processing ingredients growing about 5 percent through the end of calendar year (CY) 2014, slightly off from last year’s growth of 6 percent.  We estimate that there are some 3,000 plus Peruvian companies engaged in food processing, with the 50 largest food processors reporting combined sales of $16 billion (2013).  Indications are that the food processing sector wi...
Food Processing Ingredients_Lima_Peru_11-24-2014



| Grain and Feed Update | Grain and Feed | Accra | Ghana | 12/15/2014
Ghana is a net importer of rice and wheat.  Post forecasts rice exports to Ghana in MY 2014/2015 to reach 600,000 MT. Sales of US rice to Ghana in MY 2011/2012 was an all-time high at $73.7 million but dropped to $59.4 million in MY 2012/2013 due to the high price of US rice. However, the increasing per capita consumption of rice in Ghana continues to create opportunity for US rice exports to Ghana. Wheat consumption in Ghana will likely remain stagnant due to the relatively high cost of hard wh...
Grain and Feed Update_Accra_Ghana_12-12-2014



| FAS Lima Coordinates Tartrazine Briefing for Peruvian Congress | Agriculture in the Economy, Agriculture in the News, Beverages, Export Accomplishments - Other, FAIRS Subject Report, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Lima | Peru | 12/15/2014
FAS Lima coordinated on October 23, 2014, a Tartrazine use briefing for Peruvian Congressman Freddie Sarmiento (Fuerza Popular) and the congressional consumer defense committee.  Tartrazine, also known as FD&C Yellow #5 (E102, C.I. 19140), is certifiable and approved for use in the United States and other countries.  Labeling requirements mandate that the colorant be listed in the ingredient statement.  
FAS Lima Coordinates Tartrazine Briefing for Peruvian Congress_Lima_Peru_11-14-2014



| Endocrine Disruptors in the EU - Update | Agricultural Situation, Trade Policy Monitoring | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 12/15/2014
On September 29, 2014, The European Commission (EC) launched an online public consultation to help define criteria for endocrine disruptors as required by the regulations on biocides and plant protection products.  The purpose of the public consultation is to gather the views of stakeholders (including third countries) and the general public on the roadmap published in June 18, 2014, for the impact assessment (IA) of potential options for Endocrine Disruptors’ criteria (EDs).  The input receive...
Endocrine Disruptors in the EU - Update_Brussels USEU_EU-28_12-12-2014



| The WASABI - Hot News from Japan Vol. 10 Issue 10 | Agricultural Situation | Tokyo | Japan | 12/15/2014
Original Designs Feature U.S. Hardwoods at Japan’s Largest Furniture Show; AHEC Success Story Continues to Pay Dividends; Forest Products Summit Confronts Challenging Market Conditions; Texas Cattlemen Visit the United States’ Largest Beef Export Market; U.S. Potato Board Holds Seminar in Tokyo; U.S. Soybean Buyers Conference Attracts over 350 Attendees; 5th Generation Oyster Firm Distributes U.S. Oysters; FAS/Japan Promotes the Future of Agricultural Extension
The WASABI - Hot News from Japan Vol. 10 Issue 10_Tokyo_Japan_12-10-2014



| Kazakhstan Master Plan for Poultry Meat Sector Development till 2020 | Poultry and Products | Astana | Kazakhstan - Republic of | 12/15/2014
The Kazakhstan Ministry of Agriculture issued a plan for the development of the poultry meat sector in Kazakhstan through the year 2020.  This report contains an unofficial translation of the full plan.
Kazakhstan Master Plan for Poultry Meat Sector Development till 2020_Astana_Kazakhstan - Republic of_12-11-2014



| Tel Aviv Tidbits December 2014 | Agriculture in the News | Tel Aviv | Israel | 12/15/2014
Burger King's possible return to Israel; New Israeli Food Law; Reform to the Tariff Rate Quota Allocation System.
Tel Aviv Tidbits December 2014_Tel Aviv_Israel_12-11-2014



| Grain Voluntary Update - December 2014 | Grain and Feed, Trade Policy Monitoring | New Delhi | India | 12/15/2014
The Government of India (GOI) continues to consider rice imports for distribution under governmental feeding programs in the northeastern states, but to date, has not made a decision.  Wheat planting for the upcoming 2015/16 rabi season (spring harvested) commenced on scheduled in early November and is currently progressing well.
Grain Voluntary Update - December 2014_New Delhi_India_12-11-2014



| 2014 West Africa Cotton and Products | Cotton and Products | Dakar | Senegal | 12/15/2014
MY 2014/15 (Aug/July) seed cotton production is expected to fall 5 percent from August’s forecast to 1.77 million tons.  The estimated crop decline is primarily the result of a difficult start of the rainy season with long pauses in June/July.  Nevertheless, MY 2014/15 production is estimated to increase 10 percent from the previous year.  Burkina Faso, the largest cotton producer in West Africa, is forecast to remain stable from the previous year with 645,000 tons while Mali foresees 25 percen...
Cotton and Products Update_Dakar_Senegal_12-1-2014



| 2014 | Retail Foods | Riyadh | Saudi Arabia | 12/15/2014
Saudi Arabia’s retail food retail market continues to rapidly grow, with several leading Saudi and international retailers expanding operation in response to increased competition and changing consumer preferences.  In 2013, the number of food retail outlets in Saudi Arabia was estimated at 40,435 stores, an increase of 15 percent over 2012.  The total value of food sales at these outlets was estimated at about $40 billion in 2013, an increase of 10 percent. The total value of retail food sales...
Retail Foods_Riyadh_Saudi Arabia_12-14-2014



| Oranges, Fresh, Orange Juice | Annual | Citrus | Sao Paulo ATO | Brazil | 12/15/2014
Brazilian orange crop for 2014/15 is projected at 400 million 40.8-kg boxes, down 13 million boxes the previous year. Total frozen concentrate orange juice  (FCOJ) production for 2014/15 is forecast at 1 million metric tons a 10 percent decrease compared to previous season.  FCOJ ending stocks for 2014/15 are projected at 107,000 mt, down 177,000 mt from 2013/14 due to projected reduced availability of fruit for processing.
Citrus Annual_Sao Paulo ATO_Brazil_12-5-2014



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Miami ATO | Trinidad and Tobago | 12/15/2014
TT Updated Section(s): Section II, IV and Appendices I, II & III. U.S. Suppliers need to be mindful of certification requirements for agricultural products entering TT (TT) as port of entry scrutiny can be intense on new-to-market players as well as on new-to-market food products until a track record of compliance can be established.  This report outlines TT’s certification requirements and includes an Export Certificate Matrix as well as examples of select Export Certificates.  To avoid costly ...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Miami ATO_Trinidad and Tobago_11-13-2014



| Implementation of Korea - Australian Free Trade Agreement | Country/Regional FTA's | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 12/12/2014
The Korea - Australia FTA will go into effect on December 12, 2014.  The first year of this FTA will cover the period December 12-31, 2014.  As of January 1, 2015, it will go into the second year of its implementation.  Details of the agreement is provided in KS1419, dated 5/7/2014.
Implementation of Korea - Australian Free Trade Agreement _Seoul_Korea - Republic of_12-12-2014



| Draft Amendment on Trans Fatty Acid Levels | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 12/12/2014
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published draft regulations for public comment, which primarily focus on setting maximum limits for trans fatty acid.  Comments are due by February 5, 2015.
Draft Amendment on Trans Fatty Acid Levels_New Delhi_India_12-12-2014



| Draft Amendment on Food Additives Regulations for Pullulan | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 12/12/2014
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published draft regulations for public comments on the inclusion of Pullulan as a food additive in the Food Standards and Additives Regulation, 2011.  Comments are due by February 8, 2015.
Draft Amendment on Food Additives Regulations for Pullulan_New Delhi_India_12-12-2014



| FAS and NOAA Expand Seafood Access Resulting in Record Exports | Export Accomplishments - Other, Fishery Products | Hanoi | Vietnam | 12/12/2014
Following a sustained effort by the Office of Agricultural Affairs in Hanoi and the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which resulted in an additional 103 U.S. seafood processors being listed as eligible to export seafood products to Vietnam, U.S. seafood exports have grown 150 percent in 2014 year-to-date to almost $90 million.
FAS and NOAA Expand Seafood Access Resulting in Record Exports_Hanoi_Vietnam_12-12-2014



| MARD Releases new guidance on Pest Risk Analysis Procedure | Fresh Fruit, Vegetables, Pest/Disease Occurrences, Planting Seeds, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Hanoi | Vietnam | 12/12/2014
On October 31, 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) released Circular 36/2014/TT-BNNPTNT publishing the Regulation on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) Procedures for regulated articles subject to Pest Risk Analysis before being imported into Vietnam.  This Circular will enter into force on January 1, 2015.
MARD Releases new guidance on Pest Risk Analysis Procedure _Hanoi_Vietnam_12-12-2014



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 12/12/2014
TH4124 – Export prices declined 1 percent in anticipation of the sales of government rice stocks.  The details of a new public tender for 400,000 metric tons will be announced on December 11, 2014.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_12-9-2014



| Japan’s approval and regulatory approach affects commercial release of GE crops | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Tokyo | Japan | 12/12/2014
This report provides the latest status of consumption, regulation, public perception, research, development and production of genetically engineered crops in Japan.
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Tokyo_Japan_6-4-2014



| Oilseed, Soybean, Oil, Soybean, Meal, Soybean | Revised November 2014 Oilseeds Update | Oilseeds and Products | Ankara | Turkey | 12/11/2014
This report supersedes TR4051, November 2014 Oilseeds Update, providing Oilseeds, Soybean Production, Supply and Distribution (PSD) table.    Turkish soybean area and production for market year (MY) 2014 are about 35,000 hectares and 130,000 metric tons (MT).  Declining world soy prices and increased crushing margins triggered soybean imports during the last four months of MY 2013, and total imports reaching 1.6 million metric tons (MMT) for the marketing year.  While soy imports were up twenty-...
Oilseeds and Products Update_Ankara_Turkey_12-8-2014