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| 2016 Agricultural Biotechnology Report for Panama | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Panama City | Panama | 1/18/2017
Panama has made progress in Animal Biotechnology with the development of GE salmon, and has conducted field trials for GE mosquitoes to fight Dengue virus and GE Cochliomyia hominivorax flies to fight Screwworm disease. On Agricultural Biotechnology, Panama has approved the import of genetically modified (GM) corn seeds for local production. However, Biotechnology development in Panama is not one of the Government of Panama priorities, which has not established implementing regulations for the l...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Panama City_Panama_12-30-2016



| 2016 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Caracas | Venezuela | 1/18/2017
Continued interest expressed by farmers and agricultural scientists to improve agricultural output via biotechnology has not resulted in a legal framework for either testing or commercializing biotech seeds and other products.  On December 28 the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (GBRV) published a new Seed Law banning the use and research of modern biotechnology in agriculture.
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Caracas_Venezuela_11-17-2016



| Spain's Citrus Report | Citrus | Madrid | Spain | 1/18/2017
Spain is the leading citrus producer in the EU-28, and is forecast to produce 7.11 million MT of total citrus production, meaning a growth of 20 percent increase compared to previous year. All citrus productions are expected to experience important growths due to favorable weather conditions.  Spanish citrus consumption is expected to remain stable. Spain has reoriented their citrus exports to new markets in Asia to compensate for the loss of the Russian market.
Spain's Citrus Report _Madrid_Spain_12-15-2016



| Fish and Seafood Market in Latvia. | Fishery Products | Warsaw | Latvia | 1/18/2017
For 2015 the total Latvian fish catch was 32 percent lower than in 2014 and amounted to 83,000 MT.  In 2015 a higher catch in the Baltic Sea did not offset reduced catch in long-distance fisheries.  Half of the Latvian fish processing industry processes fish harvested in the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Riga and the remaining half processes fish originating from the long-distance ocean catch and imports.  Latvia has 100 fish processing plants producing for the domestic and export markets.  In 2015 ave...
Fish and Seafood Market in Latvia. _Warsaw_Latvia_1-11-2017



| FAIRS Country Report - 2016 | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Ottawa | Canada | 1/18/2017
The Safe Food for Canadians Act implementing regulations, which simplify and consolidate the authorities under previous acts regulating food, are expected to be published in Gazette Part I in early 2017,  at which time a public comment period will begin.  Food and Drug Regulations - Nutrition Labelling, Other Labelling Provisions and Food Colours were published in Canada Gazette, Part II on December 14, 2016.  On June 13, 2015, Health Canada proposed changes to the nutrition labelling regulation...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Ottawa_Canada_12-16-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | San Salvador | El Salvador | 1/18/2017
Sections Updated:  Section I. List of all Export Certificates Required by Government and  Section II.  Purpose of Specific Export Certificate (s), Section V. Other Certification/Accreditation Requirements.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_San Salvador_El Salvador_12-19-2016



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Hanoi | Vietnam | 1/18/2017
This report provides an update of the food laws and regulations currently in force in Vietnam.  The sections updated include: Section V-Labeling requirements; Section VI.2-Importation of live aquatic animals for consumption; Section VIII.1- Food safety inspection regulated by the Ministry of Health (MOH); and Section VIII.3.2-Quarantine and food safety inspection of goods of animal origin.  Minor updates are made to Section II-Food additives; Section VII.2.3- Genetic Engineered (GE) plants used ...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Hanoi_Vietnam_12-19-2016



| U.S. Eggs Break Into the Korean Egg Market | Poultry and Products | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 1/18/2017
In the final stages of a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak that has resulted in the culling of over 30 million birds, South Korea has opened its market for the first time for shell eggs from the United States.  The first U.S. exports of shell eggs arrived in Korea on January 12, 2017.  USDA continues to work with the Korean government to open the market for U.S. liquid egg products, liquid egg white, salted eggs and pidan.  The following is a description of the Korean egg market,...
U.S. Eggs Break Into the Korean Egg Market_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_1-13-2017



| This is Northeast China | Market Development Reports | Shenyang | China - Peoples Republic of | 1/18/2017
Home to winter sports, ski resorts, and ancient Manchurian towns, Dongbei or Northeastern China is home to 110 million people.  With a down-home friendliness resonant of the U.S. Midwest, Dongbei’s denizens are the largest buyer of U.S. soybeans and are China’s largest consumers of beef and lamb.  Dongbei companies, processors and distributors are looking for U.S. products.  Dongbei importers are seeking consumer-ready products such as red wine, sports beverages, and chocolate.  Processors and ...
This is Northeast China_Shenyang_China - Peoples Republic of_12-30-2016



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Vienna | Austria | 1/17/2017
This report outlines specific requirements for food and agricultural products imports into Austria. Austria as a member of the European Union follows the EU directives and regulations. It is recommended that this report be read in conjunction with the EU Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Vienna_Austria_1-12-2017



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Monterrey ATO | Mexico | 1/17/2017
At the time this report was written Mexico ranked as the 3rd most important market for U.S. agricultural exports behind Canada and China. In 2015 U.S. exports of agricultural products to Mexico reached US $18.5 billion. This document provides the reader with an overview of major Mexican laws and regulations that norm local agricultural and food products, and that serve as framework for applicable import regulations for agricultural and food products imported into Mexico. This report updates Mexi...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Monterrey ATO_Mexico_1-13-2017



| Oranges, Fresh | More Limes and Grapefruit, but Slightly Less Oranges Expected | Citrus | Mexico City | Mexico | 1/17/2017
Fresh orange production for marketing year (MY) 2016/17 is expected to decrease compared to (MY) 2015/16, while fresh lemon/lime and grapefruit production expand slightly. Exports of limes and orange juice are expected to be good for MY 2016/17. 
Citrus Annual_Mexico City_Mexico_1-10-2017



| FSSAI - Draft Notification on Standards for Milk and Dairy Products | Dairy and Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 1/17/2017
The Government of India published official gazette notification for Draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2016 and Draft Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Amendment Regulations, 2016 for comment.  Although not notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the notification mentions the deadline for suggestions and comments is January 19, 2017.
FSSAI - Draft Notification on Standards for Milk and Dairy Products_New Delhi_India_1-12-2017



| EU Market Protection Suppresses Agricultural Imports and Limits Grow | Trade Policy Monitoring | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 1/17/2017
Over the past decade the U.S.–EU agricultural trade deficit has gradually increased from $7 billion in 2005 to $12 billion in 2015. This report identifies EU domestic market protection mechanisms that skew agricultural imports by heavily discouraging imports of processed agricultural products with the goal of keeping added value in the EU. Tariff escalation and import duty relief for inward processing mechanisms were introduced with the CAP in the early ‘60s and have maintained through all CAP ...
EU Market Protection Suppresses Agricultural Imports and Limits Grow_Brussels USEU_EU-28_1-11-2017



| GOI Notifies SOP for Traceability of Imported Bovine Germplasm | Livestock and Products, Policy and Program Announcements, Trade Policy Incident Report | New Delhi | India | 1/17/2017
The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF) notified the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for traceability of imported bovine germplasm including semen, embryos and bulls. Although not notified to the World Trade Organization, the notification was published on the DAHDF website.
GOI Notifies SOP for Traceability of Imported Bovine Germplasm _New Delhi_India_1-12-2017



| Growing Tourism Fueling Demand for US Food Products | Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional | Panama City | Panama | 1/16/2017
Panama continues to be an attractive market for U.S. food products, especially for the food service sector.  GDP in 2016 is expected to reach a healthy 5 percent and the country’s major logistical facilities, such as the Panama Canal and ports on both oceans, make it an important hub in the Americas.  Major hotels, fine restaurants and international corporations have a home in Panama as does a huge expat community all of which fuels demand for imported U.S. food, beverages, and agricultural prod...
Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional_Panama City_Panama_1-11-2017



| Growing Demand for US Ingredients | Food Processing Ingredients | San Jose | Costa Rica | 1/16/2017
Costa Rican food processors and consumers trust and value food products that include U.S. raw materials and ingredients.  Demand for quality ingredients has been steadily increasing since implementation of the Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement.  Bakery ingredients, jellies, dried fruits, snacks, beverages, concentrates and essences among other ingredients for the food processing industry are just some of the items with great growth potential in this market.
Food Processing Ingredients_San Jose_Costa Rica_12-29-2016



| Exporting Food Supplements to the European Union | FAIRS Subject Report, Product Brief | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 1/16/2017
Marketing food supplements in the European Union (EU) is a complex issue.  Food Supplements Directive 2002/46 only contains EU-harmonized rules on labeling and authorized vitamins and minerals.  Key aspects in the marketing of food supplements such as minimum and maximum levels for vitamins and minerals and the use of botanical ingredients are subject to the Member States’ national rules.  Food supplements containing animal origin ingredients must comply with the EU’s veterinary inspection and ...
Exporting Food Supplements to the European Union_Brussels USEU_EU-28_1-11-2017



| Draft Notification on Food Fortification Published in Indian Gazette | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative, Grain and Feed, Oilseeds and Products, Dairy and Products | New Delhi | India | 1/16/2017
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published in India’s official gazette a draft Regulation on food fortification. 
Draft Notification on Food Fortification Published in Indian Gazette_New Delhi_India_1-11-2017



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Nairobi | Kenya | 1/16/2017
This report compliments the FAIRS Country Report, and provides information on certificates that are required by the Government of Kenya (GOK) to export food and agricultural products into Kenya. GOK has put in place the Kenya TradeNet System, an online single window for exporters and importers to electronically submit and receive approvals from all the regulatory agencies that are involved in international trade, and is linked to the banking system for payments.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Nairobi_Kenya_12-16-2016



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Nairobi | Kenya | 1/16/2017
This report provides technical import requirements and regulations for food and agricultural products currently required by the Government of Kenya (GOK), and include information on applicable laws and guidelines, import procedures, and contact details of key regulatory and specialist agencies. GOK maintains an import ban on genetically modified (GM) food products.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Nairobi_Kenya_12-16-2016



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Sofia | Bulgaria | 1/16/2017
Bulgaria, a member of the European Union (EU) since 2007, follows all EU directives and regulations.  This report is an update of BU1603 and outlines the applicable legislation regarding the export of U.S. food products to Bulgaria, particularly those rules that differ from EU legislation. This report should be read in conjunction with the GAIN report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards for the EU available at United States Mission to the EU (USEU) website at http://www.usda-...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Sofia_Bulgaria_12-16-2016



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Bucharest | Romania | 1/16/2017
This report provides updated information on the agriculture and food legislation in Romania. In 2016 new rules in regards to meat and milk labelling, frozen foods, packaging waste management and food waste reduction were adopted. The report should be read in conjunction with the comprehensive FAS USEU European Food & Agricultural Import Regulations (FAIRS) Report.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Bucharest_Romania_12-15-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Sofia | Bulgaria | 1/16/2017
In 2016 Bulgaria followed EU agricultural and food import requirements.  Please see GAIN report E16060 for detailed description of EU import regulations and requirements.    No new or additional national import requirements have been introduced by Bulgaria.  Please, see BU1546 for import certification requirements.  In 2016 Bulgaria liberalized import procedures for U.S. almonds and peanuts.  New labeling requirements are currently under debate but are not introduced yet.   For more detailed i...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Sofia_Bulgaria_12-15-2016



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Belgrade | Serbia | 1/16/2017
This report provides information on Serbian regulations and standards concerning food, agriculture, agricultural products and foreign trade. It includes information on labeling, packaging, food additives and import procedures.  In 2016, Serbia adopted one new law, the Amendments to the Law on Livestock and approximately sixty one by-laws that include different rulebooks and ordinances.  This report contains update on the Serbian accession to the European Union (EU), especially in the area of ag...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Belgrade_Serbia_12-14-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Belgrade | Serbia | 1/16/2017
This report provides guidance on the certificate requirements for agricultural and food products imported into the Serbian market and includes the certificates that are standardized between the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and the relevant U.S. authorities (USDA/APHIS, USDA/FSIS, USDA/AMS, and FDA).  During 2016, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Serbian Veterinary Directorate standardized two health certificates: the certificate for...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Belgrade_Serbia_12-15-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 1/16/2017
U.S. egg products, including shell eggs, powdered and liquid egg products, are required to have a health certificate for export to Hong Kong since December 5, 2015.  No other changes since the last report.  This report lists the certificates required by the Hong Kong government (HKG) for U.S. exports to Hong Kong.  Certificate samples for various product categories are included in the appendix.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_12-12-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report 2016 | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Singapore | Singapore | 1/16/2017
The report provides information on export certificates that the Singapore government requires.  The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (www.ava.gov.sg ) is the national authority responsible for ensuring food safety and food regulations in the country.  While Singapore maintains a generally liberal and open trade system, it has strict regulations on the imports of meats, poultry and shellfish – for mainly food safety reasons.   For detailed information on Singapore’s regulatory infrastructure a...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Singapore_Singapore_12-15-2016



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Manila | Philippines | 1/16/2017
This report outlines Philippine government requirements for the importation of food and agricultural products. The report aims to assist U.S. exporters by providing information on labeling, packaging, permitted ingredients and other relevant information.  It also provides points of contact for key Philippine government authorities, U.S. government agencies and trade associations.  Section I on the Food Safety Act and Section VII on Genetically Modified Organisms have been updated.  
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Manila_Philippines_12-8-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Manila | Philippines | 1/16/2017
This report outlines Philippine government requirements for the importation of food and agricultural products. The report aims to assist U.S. exporters by providing information on labeling, packaging, permitted ingredients and other relevant information.  It also provides points of contact for key Philippine government authorities, U.S. government agencies and trade associations. 
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Manila_Philippines_12-8-2016



| Revised Draft Implementing Rules of the 2015 Food Safety Law | Policy and Program Announcements, Policy and Program Announcements | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 1/13/2017
On October 19, 2016, China’s State Council Legal Affairs Office (SCLAO) published a revised version of the Draft Implementing Rules of the Food Safety Law for review.  The domestic comment deadline ended on November 19, 2016. This report provides an unofficial translation of the revised Draft Implementing Rules.
Revised Draft Implementing Rules of the 2015 Food Safety Law_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_1-13-2017



| Retail Food Sector Annual 2016 | Retail Foods | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 1/13/2017
2015 retail food sector sales in Hong Kong reached $11.9 billion, representing growth of 3.9% from 2014.  The U.S. maintained its ranking as the largest supplier of consumer-oriented retail foods to Hong Kong in 2015, with exports valued over $3.3 billion. Hong Kong continues to be a major sourcing hub and transshipment center to other Asian Pacific markets expanding the potential reach for U.S. agricultural exports to retail food sectors in Asia. 
Retail Foods_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_1-6-2017



| New Ministers of Agriculture and Environment appointed in Romania | Agriculture in the News | Bucharest | Romania | 1/13/2017
Parliamentary elections were held in Romania in December 2016. The winning coalition nominated the new Prime Minister and a new cabinet. On January 4, 2017, the new Romanian Government was sworn in. Petre Daea, a former Minister of Agriculture, will manage the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development while Daniel Constantin, another former Minister of Agriculture, will manage the Ministry of Environment.
New Ministers of Agriculture and Environment appointed in Romania _Bucharest_Romania_1-10-2017



| 2016 Exporter Guide to China | Exporter Guide | Beijing ATO | China - Peoples Republic of | 1/13/2017
This report is meant to provide practical tips to U.S. agricultural, forest and fishery companies on how to conduct business in China.  The report includes local business practices and a general review of consumer preferences, food standards and regulations, and import and inspection procedures.  The report also provides best prospects, with a focus on high-value, consumer-oriented goods.
Exporter Guide_Beijing ATO_China - Peoples Republic of_12-30-2016



| Sweden offers export opportunities for selected U.S. products | Beverages, Exporter Guide, Retail Foods, Snack Foods, Special Certification - Organic/Kosher/Halal, Tree Nuts, Wine | The Hague | Sweden | 1/13/2017
The exporter guide provides practical tips for U.S. exporters on how to conduct business in Sweden.  Although a small market, Sweden offers export opportunities for U.S. exporters of specialty foods, wine, craft beer, almonds and organic products.
Sweden offers export opportunities for selected U.S. products_The Hague_Sweden_1-10-2017



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 1/13/2017
Export prices were steady as traders are awaiting the sale of government stocks. 
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_1-10-2017



| Fish and Seafood Market in Estonia. | Fishery Products | Warsaw | Estonia | 1/13/2017
In 2015 the total fish catch in Estonia was 72,896 MT, which included the Baltic Sea, long-distance and inland fisheries.  The majority of Estonian supplies of fish originate from the Baltic Sea catch.  In Estonia there are 83 fish processing plants producing for the domestic and export markets.  Estonia imports mainly raw fish used by the local industry for further processing. 
Fish and Seafood Market in Estonia. _Warsaw_Estonia_1-10-2017



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Islamabad | Pakistan | 1/13/2017
Pakistan requires a variety of export certifications for imported food and agricultural products. This report lists certificates required by Pakistani government agencies for U.S. products exported to Pakistan.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Islamabad_Pakistan_12-14-2016



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Islamabad | Pakistan | 1/13/2017
This report outlines regulatory requirements and import procedures for food and agricultural imports into Pakistan. Compared to the previous report released in 2015, section I and V111 has been modified.  All imports into Pakistan are governed by the Import Policy Order issued by the Ministry of Commerce. The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority is the national standardization body. Pakistan’s food imports are regulated by the federal government and food safety standards are regulat...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Islamabad_Pakistan_12-14-2016



| Mexico Announces Maximum Sugar Export Quota to the United States | Sugar | Mexico | Mexico | 1/12/2017
The Secretariat of Economy (SE) published in the Diario Oficial (Federal Register) on December 26, 2016, an announcement containing the maximum quota allotment of sugar to be exported to the United States for the 2016/17 sugar cycle.  The amount remains unchanged from the 21 October 2016 announcement at 870,688.94 metric tons raw value.  
Mexico Announces Maximum Sugar Export Quota to the United States _Mexico_Mexico_1-5-2017



| Enter a Descriptive Report Name | Exporter Guide | Amman | Jordan | 1/12/2017
This report provides updated information for U.S. exporters of food and agricultural products to Jordan.  The report highlights best prospects for consumer-oriented food products.     According to the Central Bank of Jordan, Jordan’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 2.4 percent in 2015, and slowing down to 1.9 percent in 2016.   Inflation was estimated at 2.8 percent in 2014 as well for 2015, decreasing to -0.9 in 2016.  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) states that Jordan's economy is st...
Exporter Guide_Amman_Jordan_12-22-2016



| Fish and Seafood Market in Lithuania. | Fishery Products | Warsaw | Lithuania | 1/12/2017
In 2015 the total fish catch in Lithuania was 83,705 MT, which included the long-distance, Baltic Sea, and inland fisheries. Almost the entire fish catch from long-distance ocean fisheries and 85 percent of the Baltic Sea catch was sold directly to foreign countries.  Lithuania is a net exporter of fish and seafood products in terms of value and net importer in terms of volume.  Lithuanian processors import 95 percent of their raw materials and export value added products. 
Fish and Seafood Market in Lithuania._Warsaw_Lithuania_1-9-2017



| Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Spreads in Poland | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Warsaw | Poland | 1/12/2017
As of January 4, 2017 there were 23 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Poland.   The majority of outbreak sites were located in Northwestern Poland close to the German border and in Southeastern Poland.  Regions affected by HPAI are located on the traditional wild bird migration paths.  The Polish Veterinary Service continues to notify the OIE and takes all necessary steps to avoid further spread of the disease. (See also GAIN Report Outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Inf...
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Spreads in Poland_Warsaw_Poland_1-5-2017



| Major Food and Beverage Trade Shows in Hong Kong 2017 | Promotion Opportunities | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 1/12/2017
Hong Kong, a major export destination for high value U.S. food and beverage products to the North and Southeast Asian regions, continues to show strong growth potential.  Participation in Hong Kong trade shows in 2017 provides a strong platform for U.S. suppliers and exporters to promote their food and beverage products to Hong Kong and regional buyers. 
Major Food and Beverage Trade Shows in Hong Kong 2017 _Hong Kong_Hong Kong_12-5-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | The Hague | Netherlands | 1/12/2017
The Netherlands, as a member of the European Union (EU), conforms to all EU regulations and directives.  However, rules for the certification of imports are complicated and in practice not always harmonized across EU Member States.  This report lists the recent developments related to the Dutch requirements for the certification of agricultural and food imports.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_The Hague_Netherlands_12-13-2016



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | London | United Kingdom | 1/12/2017
This report is intended to supplement the European Food & Agricultural Import Regulations (FAIRS) Report with UK-specific information.  The UK FAIRS provides contact information for the competent authorities that are responsible for the import of animal products, plant products, forestry products, fishery products and general food products into the United Kingdom.  In addition, this report has handy links to guidance on health certificates, licenses, import duty, food labeling, additives and pa...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_London_United Kingdom_12-12-2016



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Rome | Italy | 1/12/2017
This report is intended to supplement the FAS U.S. Mission to the EU’s Food & Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) report with Italy-specific information.  The Italy FAIRS provides contact information for the competent authorities that are responsible for the import of animal products, plant products, forestry products, fishery products and general food products into the Italian market. 
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Rome_Italy_12-12-2016



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 1/11/2017
Sections Updated: Section I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII and Appendix II.   The updates include the pre-registration of foreign food facilities and livestock establishments including egg and dairy plants, a mandatory review of certification body for certification marks of HACCP, ISO-22000, Kosher, Vegan, GMP and Halal, the new pregnancy warning statement for alcoholic beverages, a revised biotech labeling requirements, etc.  
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_12-30-2016



| FAIRS Export Certificate Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 1/11/2017
The Ministry of Food & Drug Safety (MFDS) implemented the Special Act on Safety Management of Imported Food (hereinafter referred to as the Special Act) on February 4, 2016.  According to the Special Act, MFDS no longer accepts a photo copy of health and sanitary certificates for livestock products.  Effective August 4, 2016, an original or duplicative copy of health and sanitary certificates shall be submitted to MFDS for import inspection.  Effective July 8, 2016, Korea lifted the import ban ...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_12-21-2016



| Project Establishes Study Requirements for Experimental GE Seeds Rel | Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals | Mexico | Mexico | 1/11/2017
On January 3, 2017, the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishery and Food (SAGARPA) published an Official Norm Project to establish characteristics and requirements for evaluation studies on the possible risks of experimental release of ¨genetically modified organisms¨ to the environment, biodiversity, and animal, plant and fisheries health.
Project Establishes Study Requirements for Experimental GE Seeds Rel_Mexico_Mexico_1-6-2017



| The Dominican Republic schedules imports of rice beans and milk | Trade Policy Monitoring | Santo Domingo | Dominican Republic | 1/11/2017
The Dominican Republic is scheduling the import of Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs) established under the CAFTA-DR for rice and powdered milk for Calendar Year 2017 (CY17).  The country is also scheduling all imports (including under the TRQ) of beans for this period.
The Dominican Republic schedules imports of rice beans and milk_Santo Domingo_Dominican Republic_1-5-2017



| Priorities of the Maltese EU Council Presidency | Policy and Program Announcements, Trade Policy Monitoring | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 1/11/2017
On January 1, 2017, Malta took over the rotating EU Presidency.  This report provides an overview of the Maltese Presidency's priorities for the next six months. 
Priorities of the Maltese EU Council Presidency_Brussels USEU_EU-28_1-6-2017



| Turkey Delays Implementation of New Labeling System PVMS | Policy and Program Announcements, Retail Foods | Ankara | Turkey | 1/11/2017
Turkey has again delayed the implementation of a Product Verification Monitoring System (PVMS) for another six months. The system which targets six food categories was scheduled to go into effect on December 31, 2016, but has been postponed until June 30, 2017. The categories include food supplements; honey; energy drinks; black tea; vegetable oil; infant   formulas, follow-on formulas and supplementary baby foods. It has been postponed four times before.  
Turkey Delays Implementation of New Labeling System PVMS _Ankara_Turkey_1-6-2017



| Declaration of Class Title of Edible Oil and Fats Gets Extension | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Exporter Guide, Oilseeds and Products | New Delhi | India | 1/11/2017
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) postponed the compliance date for the trans-fat declaration in food products February 27, 2017. 
Declaration of Class Title of Edible Oil and Fats Gets Extension_New Delhi_India_1-6-2017



| Exporter Guide 2016 | Exporter Guide | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 1/11/2017
Hong Kong is Asia’s culinary capital and 4th largest export market for U.S. consumer-oriented agricultural products. With a dynamic food culture, sophisticated buyers and a world-class logistical infrastructure, Hong Kong is a natural destination to promote high-quality, innovative U.S. food and beverage products. 
Exporter Guide_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_1-4-2017