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| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 9/21/2018
Rice export prices increased approximately 1 percent due to the strengthening Thai baht and new demand for white rice under the government-to-government agreement with China.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_9-18-2018



| Growing U.S. Export Opportunities in Lanzhou’s HRI and Retail Sector | Promotion Opportunities, Market Development Reports | Beijing ATO | China - Peoples Republic of | 9/21/2018
Lanzhou is a rising second-tier city in Northwest China that is now increasingly able to provide U.S. food and agricultural exporters opportunities in the retail and hotel, restaurant and institutional (HRI) sectors. Retail sales of consumer goods increased 7.6 percent to reach $21 billion in 2017. Due to the fierce competition in major east coastal cities, national retailers are expected to turn their attention west to second-tier cities, such as Lanzhou. The HRI sector is also growing, led by ...
Growing U.S. Export Opportunities in Lanzhou’s HRI and Retail Sector_Beijing ATO_China - Peoples Republic of_9-18-2018



| Corn | Corn | Grain and Feed | Guatemala City | Guatemala | 9/20/2018
According to new data and a recent crop assessment tour, Guatemala’s corn production is steadily dropping.  This is mainly due to depressed prices, increased production costs, contraband and increased competition for land from other more profitable crops.  In addition, Guatemala has experienced drier growing conditions in the past few years that have negatively affected corn yields.  The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAGA) has officially declared a drought for much of the corn growing a...
Grain and Feed Annual_Guatemala City_Guatemala_9-14-2018



| Rice and Sorghum Production Revised Downward as Lower Sorghum Imports Expected | Grain and Feed | Mexico City | Mexico | 9/20/2018
Rice and sorghum production has been revised downward, as poor pricing has driven down planting.  However, wheat production is slightly higher due to higher planted area.  The sorghum import estimate has been revised downward significantly, due to the feed and livestock sector’s preference for yellow corn at current prices.
Grain and Feed Update_Mexico City_Mexico_9-17-2018



| 2018 European Market continues to Present Opportunities for U.S. exporters | Tree Nuts | Madrid | EU-28 | 9/20/2018
The European Union-28 (EU-28) is the largest export market for U.S. tree nuts.  In 2017, tree nut shipments from the United States to the EU-28 reached $2.7 billion.  Sales of U.S. almonds (both in-shell and shelled) totaled $1.5 billion, followed by pistachios with $446 million and walnuts with almost $344 million.  The growing popularity of healthier snacking and eating habits amongst European consumers is expected to continue fueling consumption and sales of U.S. tree nuts.
Tree Nuts Annual_Madrid_EU-28_9-12-2018



| Select | Walnuts Annual Report | Tree Nuts | Kiev | Ukraine | 9/20/2018
Post forecasts Ukraine’s walnut production over 132,000 metric tons (MT) in marketing year (MY) 2018/2019.  This is a twenty-two percent increase over the official production estimate in MY 2017/2018. This significant increase in production is due to better weather conditions in 2018, compared to 2017, as well as expected further expansion of production area in 2018.  Industrial walnut production is gaining ground in Ukraine, driven by state support. For MY 2018/2019, exports are forecast at ove...
Tree Nuts Annual_Kiev_Ukraine_9-17-2018



| Almonds, Shelled Basis, Walnuts, Inshell Basis | 2018 | Tree Nuts | New Delhi | India | 9/20/2018
In marketing year (MY) 2018/19, Post expects a 9 percent decrease in almond imports, at 95,000 MT, due to a May 23, 2018 increase of the Basic Custom Duty on shelled almonds, significant rupee depreciation, and Indian trade’s concerns about the global trade outlook.  For similar reasons, Post projects walnut imports to decrease to 19,000 MT.  Indian domestic walnut production is expected to rise in MY 2018/19 to 34,000 MT.  Despite increased production, Indian demand growth will continue to out...
Tree Nuts Annual_New Delhi_India_9-17-2018



| Grain and Feed Update 2018 | Grain and Feed | Cairo | Egypt | 9/19/2018
FAS Cairo forecasts Egypt’s wheat production in marketing year (MY) 2018/19 (July-June) at 8.45 million metric tons (MMT).  Wheat imports are forecast in MY 2018/19 at 12.5 million metric tons.  Corn imports in MY 2018/19 (October-September) are forecast at 9.5 MMT, up one percent from Post’s MY 2017/18 estimate.  FAS Cairo forecasts that Egypt’s milled rice production, as well as planted area in MY 2018/19 (October-September) will drop to 2.8 MMT and 462,000 hectares respectively.  FAS Cairo fo...
Grain and Feed Update_Cairo_Egypt_9-9-2018



| Animal Numbers, Cattle, Meat, Beef and Veal, Animal Numbers, Swine, Meat, Swine | Multiple Trade Deals Open the Gates to Exports and Competition | Livestock and Products | Mexico City | Mexico | 9/19/2018
More than halfway through 2018, production in the Mexican livestock sector is expected to continue to grow, supported by government programs and low-priced feed.  Domestic industry and President-elect Lopez Obrador prioritize self-sufficiency in the sector and strive to build domestic production capacity.  Simultaneously, multiple trade deals expand export opportunities and increase competition from imports as new players enter the Mexican market.
Livestock and Products Annual_Mexico City_Mexico_9-14-2018



| Government Reshuffles Cabinet and Introduces New Export Taxes | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy, Trade Policy Monitoring | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 9/19/2018
The Argentine government announced a plan to halve the number of Ministries which will bring the Ministry of Agroindustry under the Ministry of Production as a sub-secretariat. Furthermore, the Government will begin imposing variable export taxes on all products and suspend the gradual reduction of the export tax for soybeans amidst a difficult fiscal situation.  
Government Reshuffles Cabinet and Introduces New Export Taxes_Buenos Aires_Argentina_9-11-2018



| Oilseeds and Products Update | Oilseeds and Products, Grain and Feed | Vienna | EU-28 | 9/19/2018
Drought and high temperatures negatively affected oilseeds yields in many regions of the EU.  Particularly rapeseed production suffered from the unfavorable weather conditions.  The three major oilseeds soybean, rapeseed, and sunflower are forecast to result in an almost ten percent declined total production in MY 2018/19 compared to the previous year. Rapeseed production in the European Union for MY 2018/19 is forecast to be the lowest crop since MY 2008/09. The decline in rapeseed production a...
Oilseeds and Products Update_Vienna_EU-28_9-12-2018



| Almonds, Shelled Basis, Filberts, Inshell Basis, Macadamia, Inshell Basis, Pecans, Inshell Basis, Pistachios, Inshell Basis, Walnuts, Inshell Basis, Select | U.S. Tree Nut Imports Likely To Decrease in 2019 | Tree Nuts | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 9/19/2018
Post forecasts China’s in-shell walnut production to decrease by 15 percent to 850,000 MT in MY 2018/19 as a heavy snowstorm in April will likely reduce production in northern producing provinces.  Shelled almond production is forecast at 43,000 MT, unchanged from the previous year. China will likely import less U.S. almonds, pistachios, and walnuts due to the additional tariffs placed on U.S. tree nuts, but try to fill the gap by increasing purchases of alternative nuts (such as macadamia nuts...
Tree Nuts Annual_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_9-13-2018



| Eurasian Economic Commission Announces 2019 TRQs | Trade Policy Monitoring, Dairy and Products, Livestock and Products, Poultry and Products, SP1 - Expand International Marketing Opportunities | Moscow | Russian Federation | 9/19/2018
On August 30, 2018, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) published Decision No. 141 of August 28, 2018, establishing tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) and respective volumes for imports of meat, poultry, and whey into the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).  Unchanged from 2018, Russia’s TRQ volumes appear consistent with its WTO commitments.  Belarus and Kazakhstan TRQ volumes also remained unchanged, and as in previous years, Armenia will have no TRQs in 2019.  As for Kyrgyzstan, it will increase access...
Eurasian Economic Commission Announces 2019 TRQs_Moscow_Russian Federation_9-14-2018



| Amendments to Phytosanitary Legislation | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Kiev | Ukraine | 9/19/2018
Recent amendments to Ukraine’s Plant Quarantine Law authorize the use of private phytosanitary laboratories to conduct commodity sampling and analysis for the purposes of export only.  This increased access to laboratory services in likely to decrease transaction costs of grain exporters due to increased competition in the laboratory services field.
Amendments to Phytosanitary Legislation_Kiev_Ukraine_9-14-2018



| 2018 Grain and Feed Semi Annual Report | Grain and Feed | Tokyo | Japan | 9/19/2018
Typhoons, heavy rains, and prolonged high temperatures in the summer of 2018 are expected to negatively affect both the yield and quality of rice and wheat produced in Japan.  Accordingly, FAS/Tokyo estimates marketing year (MY) 2018/19 Japanese wheat production to decrease 10 percent to 870,000 MT, with higher volumes of off-grade wheat than last year.  MY2018/19 rice production is expected to be lower than last year’s reduced crop (7.7 MMT) with an increased volume of undersized and damaged gr...
Grain and Feed Update_Tokyo_Japan_9-14-2018



| Japan 216th Food Safety Group | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Tokyo | Japan | 9/19/2018
On Thursday, September 13, 2018, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) announced revisions to Japan’s Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for the following agricultural chemicals and veterinary drugs: Simeconazole, Tebufenpyrad, Triflumizole, Pyriofenone, Fluazifop-butyl, Fluensulfone, Metaflumizone and Thymol.  Further, MHLW proposes to designate Glucan extracted from brewing yeast as an exempted substance that does not require a MRL.  Lastly, MHLW proposes to approve Argon, Isobutyla...
Japan 216th Food Safety Group_Tokyo_Japan_9-14-2018



| Oilseed, Soybean, Meal, Soybean, Oil, Soybean, Oilseed, Peanut, Meal, Peanut, Oil, Peanut, Oilseed, Sunflowerseed, Meal, Sunflowerseed, Oil, Sunflowerseed, Oil, Palm | August 2018 | Oilseeds and Products | New Delhi | India | 9/19/2018
The timely arrival of monsoon rains, coupled with stronger oilseed prices, has encouraged Indian farmers to cultivate more land, planting an estimated 14.6 million hectares of oilseeds, a 5.4 percent increase over last year.  India is expected to produce 6.0 million metric tons (MMT) of peanuts in marketing year (MY) 2018/19 (October-September) on 3.5 million hectares.  The estimated production is nearly 12 percent below last year due to an extended dry spell in Gujarat, particularly during peak...
Oilseeds and Products Update_New Delhi_India_8-29-2018



| Wheat, Corn, Rice, Milled | Philippine Grain and Feed Situation and Outlook | Grain and Feed | Manila | Philippines | 9/19/2018
Post concurs with the official USDA wheat estimates.  On the other hand, downward revisions made to Philippine corn and rice production in MY 17/18 were based on the latest government estimates.  High rice prices due to supply tightness, increasing fuel prices as well as market distribution inefficiencies will force the Philippine government to import more rice to stabilize prices and contain inflation.  As a result, rice imports in MY 18/19 were raised 300,000 tons to 1.5 million tons.
Grain and Feed Update_Manila_Philippines_9-14-2018



| Animal Identification and Traceability Requirements | Livestock and Products, FAIRS Subject Report, SP2 - Prevent or Resolve Barriers to Trade that Hinder U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports , Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Rabat | Morocco | 9/18/2018
This report is an unofficial translation of the Order 2021-15 on animal identification and traceability.  This measure is implemented by the Code of Procedures for the National System of Animal Identification and Traceability (SNIT) of cattle and camels, including imports.  Moroccan authorities issued a note in December 2017 extending the applicability to sheep and goats in January 2018.  Morocco currently imports $50 million of affected species, however the United States currently does not have...
Animal Identification and Traceability Requirements_Rabat_Morocco_9-13-2018



| BSE Countermeasures | FAIRS Subject Report, SP2 - Prevent or Resolve Barriers to Trade that Hinder U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports , Livestock and Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Rabat | Morocco | 9/18/2018
This report is the unofficial translation of Order 2015-01 on BSE countermeasures.  
BSE Countermeasures_Rabat_Morocco_9-13-2018



| BSE Import Prohibitions | Livestock and Products, SP2 - Prevent or Resolve Barriers to Trade that Hinder U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports , FAIRS Subject Report, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, WTO Notifications | Rabat | Morocco | 9/18/2018
This report is the unofficial translation of Order 2543-09 on BSE-related import prohibitions.  Total cattle imports are valued at $40 million.  The U.S. beef quota is valued at $80 million (6,404 MT of high quality beef and 2,343 MT of other beef).  However, the U.S. has not been able to negotiate a health certificate for live cattle or beef.  The draft Order was notified to the WTO, G/SPS/N/MAR/29.  
BSE Import Prohibitions _Rabat_Morocco_9-13-2018



| Hygienic and Sanitary Conditions on Egg Processors | FAIRS Subject Report, Poultry and Products, SP2 - Prevent or Resolve Barriers to Trade that Hinder U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports , Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Rabat | Morocco | 9/18/2018
This report is an unofficial translation of Order 445-06 on the hygiene and sanitary conditions of egg processing centers.  The import market for egg products in Morocco is estimated at $1.5 million, increasing 50% per year.  Import duties on U.S. processed eggs will completely phase out in 2020, however the U.S. does not yet have a bilaterally agreed health certificate to facilitate trade. 
Hygienic and Sanitary Conditions on Egg Processors _Rabat_Morocco_9-13-2018



| Exporter Guide | Beverages, Dried Fruit, Exporter Guide, Fresh Fruit, Raisins, Retail Foods, Snack Foods, Special Certification - Organic/Kosher/Halal, Strawberries, Wine | The Hague | Iceland | 9/17/2018
This exporter guide provides practical tips for U.S. exporters on how to conduct business in Iceland.  Although a small market, Iceland has a booming tourist industry and depends heavily on imports.  Icelanders love products from the United States.  There are export opportunities for U.S. exporters of specialty foods, cider, wine, craft beer, sauces and condiments, products with special certification (organic), food preparations and fresh produce. 
Exporter Guide_The Hague_Iceland_9-10-2018



| Northeast China Is Now on the U.S. Flight Map | Coffee, Dairy and Products, Dried Fruit, Cotton and Products, Fresh Fruit, Grain and Feed, Poultry and Products, Stone Fruit, Strawberries, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Livestock and Products, Wood Products, Oilseeds and Products, Fishery Products, Raisins | Shenyang ATO | China - Peoples Republic of | 9/17/2018
For the first time in a decade, direct flights to the United States from Northeastern China will be possible.  Direct flights will reduce shipping times from several weeks to less than 14 hours, and will make possible for the first time U.S. direct exports of live seafood, fresh fruit, fresh cheese, geoduck clams, and premium meats to this region with 110 million consumers. 
Northeast China Is Now on the U.S. Flight Map_Shenyang ATO_China - Peoples Republic of_8-29-2018



| Chinese Demand for Imported Hides Beginning to Weaken | Livestock and Products | Guangzhou | China - Peoples Republic of | 9/17/2018
China is by far the largest importer of hides and skins in the world, supplying the massive leather-production industry.   However, imports over the past five years have been largely stagnant, and recently have even begun declining.  According to key local industry contacts, a combination of both internal and external factors has contributed to this reduced demand and has increased the cost of producing leather domestically.  Despite this decline, China remains a huge and important market for U....
Chinese Demand for Imported Hides Beginning to Weaken _Guangzhou_China - Peoples Republic of_9-13-2018



| Prognosfruit 2018 | Fresh Deciduous Fruit, SP1 - Expand International Marketing Opportunities | Berlin | Germany | 9/17/2018
On August 8 - 10, 2018, the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) presented the 2018 EU apple and pear crop forecast at the 42th Prognosfruit convention in Warsaw/Poland.  WAPA forecasts the 2018 EU fresh apples crop at 12.6 million metric tons (MT).  This is not only a 36 percent increase percent compared to the record low crop in 2017 but also the largest apple production in the EU ever.  Production of fresh pears is forecast at 2.3 million MT, versus 2.2 million MT in 2017.  This is an incr...
Prognosfruit 2018_Berlin_Germany_9-12-2018



| Indonesia Concludes Negotiations on FTA with Australia | Agricultural Situation | Jakarta | Indonesia | 9/17/2018
After more than seven years of intermittent talks, Indonesia has concluded negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement with Australia.  The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) provides preferential access for a number of Australian agricultural products.  Importantly, IA-CEPA also provides a framework for addressing non-tariff measures and allows for automatic issuance of import permits for Australian live cattle, frozen beef, sheep meat, feed grains, citrus pro...
Indonesia Concludes Negotiations on FTA with Australia_Jakarta_Indonesia_9-12-2018



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 9/17/2018
Rice export prices remain unchanged while the government finalizes the sale of 267,418 million metric tons of non-food quality rice stocks.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_9-11-2018