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| Enter a Descriptive Report Name | Food Processing Ingredients | Panama City | Panama | 12/12/2013
Minor edits have been made from last year’s report, as most information contained in 2012 Food Processing Ingredients report is still applicable. Company profiles have been updated as some local companies have been sold and begun operating under different company names or brands. The food processing ingredients market is estimated at $110 million, with U.S. products leading with an approximate 65 % share of the market. The beverage and food industries constitute one of the main manufacturing ...
Food Processing Ingredients_Panama City_Panama_12-4-2013
| Singles Day and China's Growing Love for eCommerce | Promotion Opportunities, Agricultural Trade Office Activities | Shanghai ATO | China - Peoples Republic of | 12/12/2013
The world’s biggest shopping day of the year occurs every November. This year, however, that day was not Black Friday or Cyber Monday. It was Singles’ Day, a previously obscure Chinese holiday that has skyrocketed in economic importance thanks to savvy marketing by Chinese e-commerce companies and a growing appetite for online shopping by China’s increasingly tech-savvy population.
Singles Day and China's Growing Love for eCommerce _Shanghai ATO_China - Peoples Republic of_12-4-2013
| Kenya Corn Update Report | Grain and Feed | Nairobi | Kenya | 12/12/2013
FAS/Nairobi estimates that Kenya will increase its corn imports to 800,000 metric tons during the July/June marketing year (MY) 2013/2014. The last record corn import quantity occurred in MY 2008/2009, when Kenya harvested one of its smallest corn crops. Given the import ban on genetically modified food imports, and the 50 percent ad valorem tariff on corn outside the East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), and inadequate supplies in the region...
Kenya Corn Update Report _Nairobi_Kenya_12-2-2013
| U.S. Exhibitors' Great Success at Wine and Spirits Fair | Export Accomplishments - Events | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 12/12/2013
U.S. exhibitors reported excellent export opportunities at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair 2013, with projected sales in the next 12 months of over US$1.3 million. More than 1,000 exhibiting companies from around the world participated in the show. A total of 20,452 trade visitors attended the show and nearly 90% (circa 18,000) had visited the U.S. Pavilion, which had an area of 198 sq. m. and 38 participating U.S. companies and organizations. The next Hong Kong International Wine...
U.S. Exhibitors' Great Success at Wine and Spirits Fair_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_12-9-2013
| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 12/12/2013
U.S. bone-in beef products derived from cattle under 30 months of age and boneless beef over 30 months of age have been allowed entry to Hong Kong since February 2013. Discussions on further expanding product cuts to access the market is underway. Also, Hong Kong is going to introduce a mandatory pre-market safety assessment scheme for genetically modified food. Time frame is not set yet.
This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Servi...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_11-22-2013
| Select | Demand for Citrus Fruit in Japan - a Mixed Basket | Citrus | Tokyo | Japan | 12/12/2013
| Saudi Arabia to Start Electronic Customs Clearance | FAIRS Subject Report | Riyadh | Saudi Arabia | 12/11/2013
The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) announced last month that it will fully implement a mandatory electronic customs clearance system (E-Clearance) for all packaged food products imported into the Kingdom starting on January 1, 2014. The SFDA has indicated that it will not process any customs clearance requests after January 1st unless it is submitted through the E-Clearance system.
Saudi Arabia to Start Electronic Customs Clearance _Riyadh_Saudi Arabia_12-5-2013
| Food Processing Ingredients Market Report | Food Processing Ingredients | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 12/11/2013
The report contents remains the same as the 2012 Food Processing Ingredients report, only the 2013 statistics is updated.
Food Processing Ingredients_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_11-27-2013
| Retail Sector in Africa is receiving attention | Retail Foods | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 12/11/2013
Retail Foods_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_11-1-2013
| This Week in Canadian Agriculture – Issue 17 | Agriculture in the News | Ottawa | Canada | 12/11/2013
Tomato Farmers Crushed by Closure of Heinz Plant * The Federal Government Is Supporting Growth of Organic Sector * Municipalities in British Columbia Passed Resolution for a GE-Free Province * The Canadian Pork Industry Teams with Academia to Fund Swine Welfare Chair
This Week in Canadian Agriculture – Issue 17_Ottawa_Canada_12-06-2013
| BiH Accepts VASP Certificate for U.S. Almonds | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Tree Nuts | Sarajevo | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 12/11/2013
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) Food Safety Agency (FSA) has presented a bi-lingual “Certificate of Aflatoxin Sampling and Analysis for California Almonds for Import into BiH” following a recently introduced requirement according to which U.S. almonds and nut/dried fruit mix exports from the United States must be tested for aflatoxin content and certified by USDA. The certificate corresponds to the Voluntary Aflatoxin Sampling Plan approved by USDA. The current BiH’s regulation sets a maximum re...
BiH Accepts VASP Certificate for U.S. Almonds_Sarajevo_Bosnia and Herzegovina_12-5-2013
| Annual 2013 | Retail Foods | Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia | 12/11/2013
Boosted by solid economic performance, and robust domestic demand, Malaysia’s retail sector is forecast to grow ten percent annually. U.S. Fresh fruit, fresh and frozen potatoes, dairy products, snack foods (including nuts), and pet food have broad appeal and excellent opportunities in Malaysia’s retail sector.
Retail Foods_Kuala Lumpur_Malaysia_12-6-2013
| Customs Union Ag Times No. 16 | Trade Policy Monitoring, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report | Moscow | Russian Federation | 12/11/2013
This report contains summaries of relevant decisions and documents from the Russia-Kazakhstan-Belarus Customs Union (CU) meetings, published between October 1 and December 2, 2013 that impact CU food and agriculture policy. Key documents included herein are a number of draft SPS measures published for public review/comment; Technical Regulations of the Customs Union “On Safety of Milk and Dairy Products” and “On Safety of Meat and Meat Products,” EEC Collegium decision No. 242 establishing CU t...
Customs Union Ag Times No. 16_Moscow_Russian Federation_12-4-2013
| Proposed Parliamentary Action Negative Impacts UStates Exports | Trade Policy Monitoring | Ottawa | Canada | 12/10/2013
On November 22, 2013, proposed taxation legislation was introduced into the Canadian Parliament that has negatively impacted U.S. exports of cheese-containing food preparations to Canada. The proposed legislations will dramatically alter the manner in which tariffs on affected cheese-containing food preparations in Chapter 16 of the Canadian Customs Tariffs are administered, effectively ending some of the substantive trade that was occurring in that chapter. As of December 10, 2013, the propos...
Proposed Parliamentary Action Negative Impacts UStates Exports_Ottawa_Canada_12-10-2013
| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Miami ATO | Cuba | 12/10/2013
Section(s) Updated: Sections I, VI, IX & Appendix I.
The United States allows for the export of agricultural products to Cuba in conformity with the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. U.S. suppliers willing to navigate a detailed set of U.S. regulatory controls related to exporting to Cuba will find that the island is fairly receptive to U.S. products. This report provides information on Cuba's regulatory environment as it relates to U.S. agricultural exports. Cuban r...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Miami ATO_Cuba_12-5-2013
| TAP Update--Mexico--Late November 2013 | Export Accomplishments - Other | Mexico | Mexico | 12/10/2013
Post reports its late November 2013 TAP updates.
TAP Update--Mexico--Late November 2013_Mexico_Mexico_12-5-2013
| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Miami ATO | Trinidad and Tobago | 12/10/2013
"Section(s) Updated: Section VI, VIII, IX and Appendices I & III"
U.S. suppliers willing to clear initial hurdles will find Trinidad and Tobago to be an import-friendly country allowing for relatively smooth flowing movement of food products through its borders. While most products compliant with U.S. standards are fully acceptable, special attention needs to be given to licensing, certification, labeling and documentation for select products in order to avoid customs clearance delays.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Miami ATO_Trinidad and Tobago_12-5-2013
| Oilseed, Soybean (Local) | Good Weather Pushes Up Soybean Production to 88.5 Million Metric Tons (mmt), with Diminished Helicoverpa Threat; Exports Estimated at 45 mmt | Oilseeds and Products | Brasilia | Brazil | 12/10/2013
Brazil's soybean production is on target to reach 88.5 million metric tons (mmt). Key factors include well-distributed and regular rains and the agronomic success of pesticide application in combating Helicoverpa.
2013/14 forward sales are ten percent slower than in 2012/13. Exports are estimated at 45 mmt and expected to be aided by a larger truck fleet and less pressure from competing corn exports.
Oilseeds and Products Update_Brasilia_Brazil_12-4-2013
| Retail Foods | Retail Foods | Sao Paulo ATO | Brazil | 12/10/2013
The Brazilian food retail sector is emerging among the top retail markets in the world. Domestic and global players are adopting aggressive strategies which make the business environment competitive and difficult for newcomers. Despite timid economic performance, the industry continued to grow and revenues rose 8.3 percent to $122.7 billion, in 2012.
Retail Foods_Sao Paulo ATO_Brazil_12-4-2013
| Annual | Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional | Riyadh | Saudi Arabia | 12/10/2013
The hotel, restaurant and institutional (HRI) food service sector in Saudi Arabia has been rapidly growing in the past decade. Major changes in the Saudis’ work and life styles as well as in their consumption patterns have led to increased frequency of Saudis eating outside homes and doing more in-country travel. The annual revenue derived from consumer food services, restaurants and cafés, is estimated to have reached $15 billion in 2012, and forecast to reach $18 billion by 2016. Revenues from...
Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional_Riyadh_Saudi Arabia_11-26-2013
| Cotton and Products Update 2013/14 | Cotton and Products | Islamabad | Pakistan | 12/10/2013
Pakistan’s MY 2013/14 (August-July) cotton production is revised downward to 9.1 million bales (480 lbs), 11 percent lower from the previous estimate of 10.2 million bales and three percent lower than the 2012/13 crop. Consequently, imports are forecasted to increase by 53 percent to 3.36 million bales and exports to decrease by 50 percent to 400,000 bales. Ending stocks are now estimated at 3.1 million bales. MY 2013/14 cotton consumption is forecast at 12 million bales - around half a million ...
Cotton and Products Update_Islamabad_Pakistan_12-5-2013
| 2013 Exporter Guide - Australia | Exporter Guide | Canberra | Australia | 12/9/2013
Australia is a prosperous, politically and economically stable, industrialized nation. Australia is the world's 12th largest economy, with nominal GDP of US$1.5 trillion and one of the highest levels of per capita GDP in the world. It has a large services sector but is also a major exporter of resources, energy, and food. The Australian economy has grown for 22 consecutive years. Net debt is expected to peak at 12% per cent of GDP in 2014-15. The economy grew by 2.75% in 2011 and 2012 but is no...
| ISA virus outbreak in the south of Chile | Fishery Products, Agriculture in the News | Santiago | Chile | 12/6/2013
Confirmed outbreak of ISA virus in the province of Aysen un the south of Chile.
ISA virus outbreak in the south of Chile_Santiago_Chile_12-5-2013
| Creation of “Enjoy BBQ! (Great American Barbeque)” Guidebook | Agricultural Trade Office Activities, CSSF Activity Report, Market Development Reports | Tokyo ATO | Japan | 12/6/2013
ATO Japan created the “Enjoy BBQ!” concept and guidebook to raise awareness and acceptance of U.S. agricultural products utilizing U.S. style classic Barbeque images. BBQ is a popular outdoor activity in Japan. But, Japanese consumers view BBQ cooking very different from classic BBQ in the United States, and less knowledge of U.S. style slow cooking BBQ. “Enjoy BBQ!” is the concept ATO created for encouraging Japanese buyers to know essential link between classic BBQ cooking and U.S. agricult...
Creation of “Enjoy BBQ! (Great American Barbeque)” Guidebook _Tokyo ATO_Japan_11-27-2013
| National Food Safety Standard for Use of Food Additives | FAIRS Subject Report | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 12/6/2013
On March 15, 2013, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (previously Ministry of Health) released National Food Safety Standard – National Food Safety Standard for Use of Food Additives (Draft for Public Comment). On March 27, China notified to the WTO the Draft Standard as SPS N CHN 602. Comments may be made to China’s SPS Enquiry Point before May 26, 2013.
The Standard is a revision of the National Food Safety Standard for Use of Food Additives (GB 2...
National Food Safety Standard for Use of Food Additives _Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_12-4-2013
| Suggested List of Standards for Good Practice in Production | National Plan | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 12/6/2013
On October 10, 2012, the Ministry of Healthy (now the National Health and Family Planning Commission, NHFPC) started reviewing existing standards on quality and safety of edible agricultural products, food hygiene, and food quality, as well as mandatory standards for food-related products. Expert teams reviewed standards in eight categories (food products, physical-chemical testing methods, micro-organism inspection and testing method, procedures and methods for toxicological assessment of food...
Suggested List of Standards for Good Practice in Production_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_11-1-2013
| First Human H7N9 Case Detected in Hong Kong | Agriculture in the News, Poultry and Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 12/6/2013
The Hong Kong government confirmed the first human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong on December 3, 2013. The infected woman, who recently had bought, slaughtered and ate a chicken in Shenzhen, is now in critical condition in a Hong Kong hospital. The HKG has banned live chicken imports from the three registered farms in Shenzhen.
First Human H7N9 Case Detected in Hong Kong_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_12-3-2013
| South Africa to Impose Restrictions on Alcohol Advertising | Trade Policy Monitoring | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 12/6/2013
South Africa to Impose Restrictions on Alcohol Advertising_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_12-3-2013
| Typhoon Haiyan Damage Summary | Agricultural Situation | Manila | Philippines | 12/6/2013
Despite being one of the strongest storms ever recorded, agricultural damage from Typhoon Haiyan (referred to as Yolanda in the Philippines) is not expected to affect the nation’s food security as whole as the impacted regions were not considered to be key rice producing areas. According to the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) Acting Undersecretary for Field Operations, damage resulting from the November 8, 2013 typhoon is estimated at P10.6 billion ($241 million). Of the estimate, to...
Typhoon Haiyan Damage Summary_Manila_Philippines_12-4-2013
| Chiles Cheese Production Consumption and Imports | Dairy and Products | Santiago | Chile | 12/6/2013
For 2013 cheese and farmers cheese production is expected to reach 135,000 MT which is an eight percent increase over last year.
Chiles Cheese Production Consumption and Imports_Santiago_Chile_12-4-2013
| Poland and France Declare Closer Cooperation in Agriculture. | Agriculture in the News | Warsaw | Poland | 12/6/2013
During the meeting held on November 29, 2013 in Warsaw, Polish and French ministers of agriculture declared willingness to tighten cooperation in the area of agriculture. French Minister of Agriculture proposed to create a Polish-French working group which will be a platform in formulating common positions in areas related to, among others, the Common Agricultural Policy and EU trade policy.
Poland and France Declare Closer Cooperation in Agriculture._Warsaw_Poland_12-3-2013
| FAS Paves the Way for U.S. Exports to Trinidad and Tobago | Export Accomplishments - Other, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Miami ATO | Caribbean Basin | 12/6/2013
Greatly simplified certification requirements for U.S. beef and poultry exported to Trinidad and Tobago (TT) became effective on November 15, 2013. Similarly, streamlined certification requirements for U.S. dairy, pet foods, and other animal products exported to TT were made effective on August 29, 2013. This was the result of technical discussions, held in Port of Spain in August 2012 and again in August 2013, between FAS, APHIS, and FSIS officials with their counterparts at the TT Ministries...
FAS Paves the Way for U.S. Exports to Trinidad and Tobago_Miami ATO_Caribbean Basin_12-3-2013
| Turks and Caicos Islands Set New Meat Import Requirements | FAIRS Subject Report, Livestock and Products, Poultry and Products, Policy and Program Announcements, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Trade Policy Incident Report, Export Accomplishments - Other | Miami ATO | Caribbean Basin | 12/6/2013
Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) have recently implemented new import requirements for meat and poultry products. While several new certification statements are now required on USDA health certificates for practically all meat and poultry products, these new requirements continue to provide full market access for U.S. suppliers. In 2012 the United States exported 2,750 MT of meat and poultry products to TCI, valued at $7.6 million.
Turks and Caicos Islands Set New Meat Import Requirements_Miami ATO_Caribbean Basin_12-3-2013
| Introducing Pecans to Turkey | Export Accomplishments - Other | Istanbul | Turkey | 12/6/2013
FAS Istanbul efforts to introduce pecans to the Turkish market have resulted in an initial import of pecans from the state of Georgia in the amount of 2 metric tons valued at $35,000.
Introducing Pecans to Turkey_Istanbul_Turkey_12-3-2013
| Rice, Milled | October 2013 | Grain and Feed | Hanoi | Vietnam | 12/6/2013
The report provides trade data on Vietnam's monthly rice exports by grades and destinations, and weekly quotes for export rice by grades.
Rice Trade - Monthly_Hanoi_Vietnam_12-3-2013
| 2013 Rice Production Update | Grain and Feed | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 12/6/2013
Korea’s rice production in 2013 is revised slightly downward to 4.23 million tons from the initial Korean government’s estimate of 4.24 million tons. This revised production estimate still represents a increase of 5.6 percent over last year. The increase in production is due largely to favorable weather since September despite unfavorable weather through August coupled with a steady decline in acreage planted, the lowest since 1980.
2013 Rice Production Update_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_12-3-2013
| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | San Jose | Costa Rica | 12/6/2013
Updated on 12/03/2013. Sections updated: Section I. Food Laws. Appendix I. Government Regulatory Agency Contacts.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_San Jose_Costa Rica_12-3-2013
| 2013 | Food Processing Ingredients | Madrid | Spain | 12/6/2013
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Spain imported $1.88 billion of agricultural, fish and forest products from the United States, 74 percent up compared to the previous year and highest import figure since at least FY1970. Thus, Spain continues to offer opportunities for U.S. food ingredient suppliers, and market niches exist for consumer-ready food products. In Spain, this sector generates 14 percent of Spain’s total industrial production. U.S. ingredient exporters not currently in the Spanish market ...
Food Processing Ingredients_Madrid_Spain_11-26-2013
| 2013 | Retail Foods | Madrid | Spain | 12/6/2013
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Spain imported $1.88 billion of agricultural, fish and forest products from the United States, 74 percent up compared to the previous year and highest import figure since at least FY1970. Despite the difficult economic situation that continues to strangle Spain’s retail food sector, retailers are adapting to the new reality, adjusting prices and reducing their margins to stay competitive and in business. As the consolidation and maturity of the retail food industry co...
| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Madrid | Spain | 12/6/2013
Spain is a member of the European Union (EU) and it follows EU directives and regulations. This report is an update of SP1126 and outlines the applicable legislation regarding the export of U.S. food products to Spain, particularly those rules that differ from EU legislation. This report should be read in conjunction with the EU-27 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Report.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Madrid_Spain_10-16-2013
| Pakistan Success Story –Sales of U.S. Wood Species worth USD 650000 | Export Accomplishments - Other | Islamabad | Pakistan | 12/6/2013
In collaboration with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (Harwood Development Council), and the Virginia Department of Agriculture, FAS Islamabad provided marketing support services to the ITrade Pakistan a medium size company importing $3 million worth of wood species annually, to establish commercial relationships with U.S. hardwood and softwood suppliers. This trade servicing activity resulted in over $650,000 on-site sales and projected sales...
Pakistan Success Story –Sales of U.S. Wood Species worth USD 650000 _Islamabad_Pakistan_12-3-2013
| Indonesia Cotton Update November 2013 | Cotton and Products | Jakarta | Indonesia | 12/6/2013
Post estimates that in marketing years (MY) 2012/13 and 2013/14, Indonesia’s cotton production will remain stable at 30,000 bales . MY 2013/14 Indonesian cotton consumption and imports are expected to increase to 2.7 million bales, as compared to 2.5 million bales in MY 2012/13. Increased consumption and imports are due to rising local and global demand for textiles, and declining international prices. The Indonesian National Statistics Agency estimates that textile products made up almost 1.5 ...
Indonesia Cotton Update November 2013_Jakarta_Indonesia_12-3-2013
| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 12/6/2013
TH3112 – Despite an increase in domestic rice prices, most export prices remain unchanged due to the weakening of the Thai baht.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_12-3-2013
| Beans and Pulses Monthly Trade Report - September | Grain and Feed | Rangoon | Burma - Union of | 12/6/2013
BM3009. Burma exported 71,274 metric tons (MT) of beans and pulses in September, a decrease of 18 percent from 87,167 MT in August 2013. About 67 percent total volume was exported to India.
Beans and Pulses Monthly Trade Report - September_Rangoon_Burma - Union of_11-29-2013
| Agricultural Development Program 2013-2020 | Agricultural Situation | Astana | Kazakhstan - Republic of | 12/6/2013
On February 18, 2013, the Government of Kazakhstan approved a new 7-year plan for the development of agriculture in the country. The “Agricultural Development Program for 2013-2020” (or Agrobusiness-2020) replaced the previous “Agricultural Program for 2010-2014”. The creation of the Customs Union, WTO accession negotiations, and other factors created the impetus for the development of the new program. The total funding envisioned for the life of the program is 3.1 trillion tenge (approximat...
Agricultural Development Program 2013-2020_Astana_Kazakhstan - Republic of_10-24-2013
| E-commerce in China Series - Scope and Survey | Agricultural Trade Office Activities | Shanghai ATO | China - Peoples Republic of | 12/5/2013
As the scale of E-Commerce in China continues on its forecasted track to surpass the United States by 2015, a world wide web of opportunity has presented itself to the world amid burgeoning incomes, growing demand, and a tremendous market reach. China’s online retail market consists of a vast ecosystem of E-Commerce platform giants, logistics solutions and setbacks, and a new set of market forces. As online retail growth far outpaces offline growth in a country with only 42% internet penetration...
E-commerce in China Series - Scope and Survey_Shanghai ATO_China - Peoples Republic of_7-26-2013
| Colombia Rice Update | Grain and Feed | Bogota | Colombia | 12/5/2013
A return to more normal weather patterns have enabled better than expected rough/paddy rice yields in Colombia. Accordingly, Post is revising upward rough/paddy rice production estimates from 1.7 to 1.9 million metric tons (MMT) in marketing year (MY) 2012/13. After implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA), the United States has taken over almost 100 percent of the licit import market share of rice trade to Colombia. Trade in illegal, contraband rice is recognized ...
Colombia Rice Update_Bogota_Colombia_12-2-2013
| Draft Export Restriction Measure on Hides and Skins | Trade Policy Monitoring, FAIRS Subject Report, Livestock and Products | Moscow | Russian Federation | 12/5/2013
A draft Government decree enabling Russia to impose export restrictions, including export bans, on hides and skins (HS codes 4101, 4103, 4104 11, and 4104 19) was posted on the Russian Government website for public review at http://regulation.gov.ru/. Interested U.S. parties are encouraged to share their comments and/or concerns with USDA at AgMoscow@fas.usda.gov by December 4, 2013.
As of the date of publication of this report, FAS/Moscow does not believe this measure has been notified to ...
Draft Export Restriction Measure on Hides and Skins_Moscow_Russian Federation_12-2-2013
| Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update - 6 | Agriculture in the News | Moscow | Russian Federation | 12/5/2013
Warm autumn weather helps grain crop…Russian government to create computerized system to track food security…Federal Customs Service may take over veterinary and phytosanitary border control on a trial basis…Ministry of Agriculture discusses credit financing…Federal Fishery Agency to track and publish fish prices...Russia will maintain ban on European cattle…Customs Union continues FTA negotiations with New Zealand… Rospotrebnadzor issues press release on Codex meeting…Customs Union to require p...
Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update - 6_Moscow_Russian Federation_12-2-2013
| Apples, Fresh, Pears, Fresh, Grapes, Table, Fresh | Demand for Apples Grow but Stays Flat for Pears and Grapes | Fresh Deciduous Fruit | Moscow ATO | Russian Federation | 12/5/2013
Russia is the largest global importer of apples and pears. In marketing year (MY) 2013, Russian imports of apples are expected to grow slightly while imports of pears and grapes are forecast to remain flat. Post forecasts apple production at 1.2 million metric tons (MMT) in MY 13, down 5 percent than the previous year. More than 60 percent of the apple crop in Russia is cultivated by the households for personal consumption or sales within the season in outdoor markets. Commercial pear produc...
Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual_Moscow ATO_Russian Federation_12-2-2013
| Food and Beverage Trade Shows | Promotion Opportunities | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 12/5/2013
The report highlights food and beverage upcoming trade shows in South Africa which offers U.S. exporters in the sector potential opportunities. South Africa is a gateway and a trade hub to the region and continues to attract buyers and distributors from the continents to these events.
Food and Beverage Trade Shows_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_11-4-2013
| Poland's 2013 Apple Crop on Everyone's Dessert Menu! | Fresh Deciduous Fruit, Agricultural Situation, Policy and Program Announcements | Warsaw | Poland | 12/5/2013
Poland’s MY 2013/14 total apple product is estimated at 2.6 million metric tons, or a decline of nearly 10 percent from the previous year’s record crop. The decline is attributed, in part, to the drop-off in deliveries of “wild” or “backyard” harvested apples to the processing sector. Decreased deliveries will be reflected in lower apple juice production and lesser availability of stock for foreign buyers. On the other hand, dessert apples destined for the fresh market are reported to be of v...
Poland's 2013 Apple Crop on Everyone's Dessert Menu!_Warsaw_Poland_12-2-2013
| Dairy Sector Update | Dairy and Products | Sofia | Bulgaria | 12/5/2013
Bulgaria’s dairy sector is undergoing a challenging period that is further complicated by present political and economic instability. The new Cabinet has requested a third derogation to meeting EU quality/safety milk requirements.
Numerous farmer protests and road blockades this fall pressured the Ministry of Agriculture to provide more domestic support for the dairy/livestock sectors. The dairy sector, debating how to generate a soft landing from termination of the EU milk quota program, ...
Dairy Sector Update_Sofia_Bulgaria_12-2-2013
| Rice Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 12/5/2013
TH3111- MY2013/14 rice production is revised down slightly due to a decrease in the planting acreage of the off-season rice crop, water shortages, and a less attractive pledging program caused by limited government financial resources. Carry-over government rice stocks, however, remain high.
Grain and Feed Update_Bangkok_Thailand_12-2-2013
| Grain and Feed Voluntary Update - December 2013 | Grain and Feed, Agriculture in the Economy, Trade Policy Monitoring, Competitor | New Delhi | India | 12/5/2013
MY 2013/14 milled rice production is lowered to 103 million metric tons (MMT) on crop damage due to recent cyclones on the eastern coast and heavy rains in eastern and southern states. MY 2012/13 export estimate is revised marginally lower to 10.9 MMT based on preliminary official statistics. Government wheat exports against the 2 MMT quota have resumed with lowering of the minimum export price from $300 to $260 per ton FOB in early November and issuance of seven tenders.
Grain and Feed Voluntary Update - December 2013_New Delhi_India_12-2-2013