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| Select | Record Crop Forecast Despite Lower Planted Area | Oilseeds and Products | Brasilia | Brazil | 4/1/2015
FAS/Brasilia forecasts 2015/16 soybean production at 94 million metric tons (mmt) despite a drop in planted area to 31.1 million hectares, a decrease of one percent compared to 2014/15.  The drop in area is attributed to the relative low global soybean prices, the economic challenges in Brazil, and the expectation of higher interest rates.  Soybean exports in marketing year 2015/16 are forecast to reach a record 48 mmt, up four percent compared to the previous marketing year.  This forecast is b...
Oilseeds and Products Annual_Brasilia_Brazil_3-27-2015



| Cotton | Commodity Report | Cotton and Products | Hanoi | Vietnam | 4/1/2015
Post revises Vietnam's 2013/2014 cotton production estimate at 1,270 metric tons (mt) or 5.82 thousand bales.  Despite efforts from the leading Vietnam Textile Corporation to carry out some cotton farming projects, Vietnam’s cotton production in MY 2014/2015 is forecast less than the previous MY. Cotton imports in Marketing Year (MY) 2013/2014 are revised to increase by 32 percent, reaching 691,400 mt (or 3,171 thousand bales), thanks to strong exports of yarns and expansion of the yarn spinning...
Cotton and Products Annual_Hanoi_Vietnam_3-27-2015



| Oilseed, Soybean, Meal, Soybean, Oil, Soybean | Soybeans and Products Situation and Outlook | Oilseeds and Products | Taipei | Taiwan | 4/1/2015
Taiwan’s demand for soybean meal continues to be the driving force behind Taiwan’s demand for imported soybeans.  The soybean import forecast for MY2014/15 is 2.28 MMT, about 2% decrease from a year earlier mainly due to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks.  Though facing fierce competition from South American soybeans, U.S. share is anticipated to remain at 50%.  However, soybean oil demand estimate for forecast year is lagging as oil products face negative external pressure due ...
Oilseeds and Products Annual_Taipei_Taiwan_3-26-2015



| GOI Notifies WTO on Draft Amendments for Gluten and Non-Gluten Foods | WTO Notifications, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Exporter Guide | New Delhi | India | 3/31/2015
On March 13, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) published on its website draft regulations relating to Indian standards and labeling requirements for gluten and non-gluten foods.  A comment period was also notified with a deadline of May 12, 2015. 
GOI Notifies WTO on Draft Amendments for Gluten and Non-Gluten Foods_New Delhi_India_3-27-2015



| 2015 | Exporter Guide | Hanoi | Vietnam | 3/31/2015
This report serves as a practical guide for U.S. exporters wishing to initiate or increase exports of U.S. consumer-oriented agricultural products (fresh or processed animal & plant products; beverages; other snack foods) to Vietnam. It provides key updates on Vietnam’s policies and regulations that may affect exporters’ choices about how to approach this dynamic market. Although Vietnam’s maze of regulations has occasionally resulted in troublesome trade barriers, the country is making progres...
Exporter Guide_Hanoi_Vietnam_3-27-2015



| WTO Notified- Draft Amendments on Standards and Labeling Regulations | WTO Notifications, Dairy and Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 3/31/2015
On February 20, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) published on its website draft regulations which update Indian standards and labeling requirements for dairy products, analogues of infant nutrition, and artificial sweeteners.  The WTO is currently accepting public comments for these draft regulations and has cited April 17, 2015, as the deadline. 
WTO Notified- Draft Amendments on Standards and Labeling Regulations_New Delhi_India_3-27-2015



| Africa Launches Continental SPS Committee | National Plan, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Trade Policy Monitoring | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 3/31/2015
The African Union Commission (AUC) recently launched a continental SPS Committee to assist member states in their efforts to protect human, animal and plant health.  In particular, the Committee will help members address trade-related SPS barriers, the resolution of which is vital for the continent to reach its goal of tripling intra Africa agricultural trade by 2025.
Africa Launches Continental SPS Committee_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_3-26-2015



| Beef Jerky is Back in Tokyo! | Export Accomplishments - Marketing, Trade Events and Shows, Agricultural Trade Office Activities, Livestock and Products, Retail Foods, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Snack Foods | Tokyo | Japan | 3/31/2015
After an absence of more than eleven years, the first shipment of U.S. processed beef products arrived in Japan on March 4, 2015.  FAS/Japan facilitated entry of a shipment of beef jerky just in time for the largest food tradeshow in Asia. 
Beef Jerky is Back in Tokyo!_Tokyo_Japan_3-27-2015



| Animal Numbers, Cattle, Animal Numbers, Swine, Meat, Beef and Veal, Meat, Swine | 2015 | Livestock and Products | Canberra | Australia | 3/31/2015
In 2014, drought in major northern cattle regions significantly increased turnoff and reduced the size of the cattle herd. Total slaughter was almost ten million; production was 2.6 million tonnes and live cattle exports reached 1.3 million. Post estimates have been adjusted to reflect statistical revisions and new estimates. In 2015, seasonal conditions are a key factor. Continuation of improved rainfall should see herd rebuilding become a greater priority. Producers still face uncertainty over...
Livestock and Products Semi-annual_Canberra_Australia_3-19-2015



| Select | Grain and Feed Annual Report | Grain and Feed | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 3/31/2015
The wheat production estimate for MY14/15 is revised downward from the official USDA estimate by 600,000 metric tons to 3.8 million metric tons.  Wheat imports during this same period are unchanged at 900,000 metric tons.  For MY15/16, wheat production and imports are forecast to remain at nearly the same levels as the previous year.  The MY14/15 corn production estimate is held relatively steady at 6.6 million metric tons with production expected to reach 7.0 million metric tons in MY15/16.  As...
Grain and Feed Annual_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_3-24-2015



| Duma Members Propose New Rules for Food Retailers | Retail Foods, Agriculture in the News, Agriculture in the Economy, Agricultural Situation | Moscow ATO | Russian Federation | 3/30/2015
On January 21, 2015, Russian deputies submitted to the State Duma proposed amendments to the Law on Trade that would impact Russian retailers. The amendments include a reduction in the amount of allowable retro-bonuses, shortening the payment window to suppliers for goods, and imposing fines to retailers for violating regulations ranging from 2-5 million rubles ($33,000–$82,000).  Retailers have expressed concern that such proposed changes, along with the ruble depreciation, current food import...
Duma Members Propose New Rules for Food Retailers_Moscow ATO_Russian Federation_3-27-2015



| Quarantine Sets Protocol for Fresh Food of Plant Origin (Apple) | Avocado, Citrus, Dried Fruit, Fresh Fruit, Grain and Feed, Kiwifruit, Potatoes and Potato Products, Raisins, Stone Fruit, Strawberries, Trade Policy Monitoring, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Oilseeds and Products | Jakarta | Indonesia | 3/30/2015
The Indonesian Agricultural Quarantine Agency (IAQA) has confirmed the terms required for the continued shipments of fresh food of plant origin following the U.S. FDA recall of apples due to listeria.
Quarantine Sets Protocol for Fresh Food of Plant Origin (Apple) _Jakarta_Indonesia_3-27-2015



| Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update 4 | Agriculture in the News | Moscow | Russian Federation | 3/30/2015
Russian Government Updates Formulas for the Co-Financing of Economically Important Regional Agricultural Programs… The Government Amends Rules for the Quota Distribution System for Fish and Seafood… The State Duma Modifies the Regulation of the Alcohol and Beverage Sector… Russian Government Increases the Charter Capital of Rosagroleasing… Russia Lifts Restrictions on Some Moldovan Apple Exporters … Agricultural Producers and Retailers Must Come to Agreement… Officials in the Russian Far East Of...
Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update 4_Moscow_Russian Federation_3-25-2015



| How the European Union Works - A Guide to EU Decision-Making | Country Strategy Statement, Trade Policy Monitoring | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 3/30/2015
This report is a guide on how the EU works.  It explains the role of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council in EU decision-making, highlights the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty and explains in detail how the ordinary legislative procedure and comitology procedures work. 
How the European Union Works - A Guide to EU Decision-Making_Brussels USEU_EU-28_3-25-2015



| Corn, Rice, Milled, Wheat | U.S. Corn Trade Hits Historic Levels | Grain and Feed | Bogota | Colombia | 3/30/2015
U.S. corn exports to Colombia hit historic trade levels at 3.6 million metric tons (MT) in Marketing Year (MY) 2014 with a trade value of $861 million. U.S. corn dominated the Colombian market supplying 97 percent of imports, displacing export competitors from the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR). The 2.4 million MT quota for calendar year (CY) 2015 under the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) will likely fill before July 2015. Higher duties on MERCOSUR corn under the Price Band Sys...
Grain and Feed Annual_Bogota_Colombia_3-20-2015



| Select | 2015 | Cotton and Products | Madrid | Spain | 3/30/2015
Last planting season, in order to secure the maximum CAP payments for the period 2015-2020, farmers boosted planted area and production.  Area planted to cotton in MY 2014/15 in Spain is anticipated to decline and production to return to average levels.  The cotton processing industry reports an increase in production of fabrics throughout 2014, while yarn production declined.
Cotton and Products Annual_Madrid_Spain_3-25-2015