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| Trade Show Evaluation Report - Supermarket Trade Show 2014 | Trade Show Evaluation, CSSF Activity Report | Tokyo ATO | Japan | 4/15/2014
Supermarket Trade Show, organized by the New Supermarket Association of Japan, was held in Tokyo from February 12-14, 2014.  The USA Pavilion featured a variety of high quality and healthy U.S. agricultural products and foods from 20 organizations and companies including the U.S. Meat Export Federation, the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association, Food Export Association of the Midwest USA/Northeast, SUNKIST Growers Inc....
Trade Show Evaluation Report - Supermarket Trade Show 2014_Tokyo ATO_Japan_4-11-2014



| Mexican Junk Food Tax | Snack Foods | Mexico ATO | Mexico | 4/15/2014
On September 8, 2013 the Government of President Enrique Peña Nieto announced its plan of fiscal reforms aimed at boosting revenue and improving social development programs. On January 1, 2014, these new taxes came into effect.  Among the reforms there is a 16 percent value added tax and an increase of 8 percent on the Special Tax over Products and Services (IEPS) to processed foods with a determined caloric value  These taxes will be applied to domestic and imported products.
Mexican Junk Food Tax_Mexico ATO_Mexico_4-9-2014



| Modifications to Duty Free Imports of Coffee in 40 Gram Containers | Coffee | Mexico | Mexico | 4/15/2014
The Secretariat of Economy (SE) published an amendment in the Diario Oficial (Federal Register) on April 1, 2014, modifying a previous duty free import quota for 40-gram containers of roasted and ground coffee under tariff lines 0901.21.01; 0901.22.01; and, 0901.90.99.  The amendment is designed to increase the use of Mexican coffee in the production process and to improve quota allocation.   This announcement references a similar program announced in 2011. Give Us Your Feedback on this Report
Modifications to Duty Free Imports of Coffee in 40 Gram Containers_Mexico_Mexico_4-10-2014



| Consumer Interest Grows for US Cranberries and Blueberries | Agriculture in the Economy, Agricultural Situation, Dried Fruit, Retail Foods, Food Processing Ingredients | St. Petersburg | Russian Federation | 4/15/2014
In calendar year (CY) 2013, Russian imports of fresh cranberries and blueberries reached 1,663 MT valued $11.1 million – up 40 percent compared to 2012.  Imports of frozen cranberries and blueberries reached 16, 245 MT in CY 2013 valued at $16.6 million, up 10 percent respectively.  While Russian demand for imported berries has risen markedly in recent years, there is significant room for future growth as the fast paced lifestyle in Russia, which combines more eating out and more emphasis on hea...
Consumer Interest Grows for US Cranberries and Blueberries_St. Petersburg_Russian Federation_4-10-2014



| Select | The report covers supply and demand trends for sugar in South Africa | Sugar | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 4/15/2014
For the 2014/15 MY, South Africa’s sugar production is estimated at 2.4 MMT (2.5 MMTRV), three percent more than in the 2013/14 MY, on the back of a higher expected sugar cane crop.  Post forecasts that South Africa will have enough stocks to exports about one million MTRV of sugar in the 2014/15 MY.  In the 2013/14 MY, South Africa’s sugar exports could increase by more than 100 percent to reach 760,000 MTRV.  Sugar imports are expected to decline to about 250,000 MTRV in the 2014/15 MY, due to...
Sugar Annual_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_4-10-2014



| U.S. Livestock Exports to South Africa Remain Blocked | Trade Policy Monitoring | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 4/15/2014
At present, South Africa is one of a few nations in the globe that restricts U.S. beef, pork, and poultry.  Conservative estimates indicate that the United States’ beef, poultry and pork industries (including pet food) are currently losing out on annual trade to South Africa worth about US$175 million, which is just over half the value of existing U.S. agricultural exports to South Africa.  The market to South Africa is limited for these industries due to anti-dumping duties and technical trade ...
U.S. Livestock Exports to South Africa Remain Blocked_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_4-9-2014



| Corn, Wheat, Rice, Milled | 2014 Kenya Corn, Wheat and Rice Report | Grain and Feed | Nairobi | Kenya | 4/15/2014
FAS/Nairobi forecasts corn production in MY 2014/2015 to remain same as the previous year.  White and rice will however modestly increase. Consumption and usage of the commodities will increase creating a supply deficit that will be offset by imports. Imports into Kenya are subject to external tariffs that range from 10 percent for wheat, 35 percent for rice and 50 percent for corn. Minimal exports of the commodities occur through cross border trade.
Grain and Feed Annual_Nairobi_Kenya_4-8-2014



| Sugar, Centrifugal | El Niño Potentially Could Affect Ecuador's Sugar Production | Sugar | Quito | Ecuador | 4/14/2014
FAS Quito forecasts Ecuador’s total sugar production in marketing year (MY) 2014/15 at 615,000 metric tons (MT), up 38,000 MT or 6.5 percent from the MY 2013/14 estimate.  Our MY 2014/15 forecast is subject to no major production disruptions induced by an El Niño event commencing in the third quarter of 2014.  Meteorologists are anticipating the possibility of an El Niño that could rival the devastation wrought by the 1997/98 one.  There is a 50 percent chance of an El Niño in 2014; normally the...
Sugar Annual_Quito_Ecuador_4-7-2014



| Market Access for U.S. Beef and Offal | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy, FAIRS Subject Report, Livestock and Products, Poultry and Products | Quito | Ecuador | 4/14/2014
Import permits are now being requested for both U.S. beef and offal shipments.  U.S.-origin tenderloin, sirloin, and rib-eye cuts evidence the best prospects for the Ecuadorian market; there is also good potential for U.S. hamburger patties.  Ecuador also represents a good export destination for U.S.-origin offal (i.e., stomachs, tripe, hearts and livers).  At current consumption levels, Ecuador is a $1.7 billion animal protein market (includes beef, pork, and poultry).    
Market Access for U.S. Beef and Offal_Quito_Ecuador_4-9-2014