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| Oilseed, Soybean (Local) | Production Set to Decline Amid Adverse Weather | Oilseeds and Products | Brasilia | Brazil | 2/21/2019
Post maintains the 2018/19 marketing year (MY) forecast of just over 36 million hectares (ha) of area planted, but the soybean production forecast is reduced to 115.5 million metric tons (mmt).  Dry and hot temperatures affected vast portions of key soybean growing regions, and as a result soybean yields are expected to drop across Brazil in 2018/19.  Post cut the export forecast to 70 mmt for 2018/19 MY, which is a 16 percent reduction on the current season’s projected blockbuster exports of 84...
Oilseeds and Products Update_Brasilia_Brazil_2-15-2019



| Corn, Rice, Milled, Sorghum, Wheat | Corn Production Lower than Expected, Rice Higher | Grain and Feed | Mexico City | Mexico | 2/21/2019
The MY 2018/19 corn production estimate has been revised downward due to lower harvested area, while rice production is expected to be higher than previously estimated due to greater harvested area.  There was no change to wheat estimates.
Grain and Feed Update_Mexico City_Mexico_2-19-2019



| MY2018-19 China Corn Crop Quality Fair | Grain and Feed | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 2/21/2019
Overall MY2018/19 corn quality in North East China is rated as better-than-average due to higher-than-average test weights, lower moisture content, and relatively low levels of aflatoxin. FAS-Beijing will discuss the grain and feed supply and demand implication in an upcoming Grain and Feed Update GAIN report.
MY2018-19 China Corn Crop Quality Fair_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_2-19-2019



| Japan to Increase Butter and Decrease NFDM Imports in 2019 | Agricultural Situation, Dairy and Products, Trade Policy Monitoring | Tokyo | Japan | 2/21/2019
On January 30, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced its intent to import 20,000 metric tons (MT) of butter and 20,000 MT of non-fat dry milk (NFDM) in Japanese fiscal year 2019.  This reflects a 7,000 MT increase in planned butter imports from the previous year as food processors ramp up demand for imports, but a 7,000 MT decrease in NFDM imports on weaker than expected demand and higher ending stocks.
Japan to Increase Butter and Decrease NFDM Imports in 2019_Tokyo_Japan_2-20-2019



| Rice, Milled | Weekly Rice Price Update - January 2 | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 2/21/2019
Quotations are not available this week due to the New Year’s holiday.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_2-20-2019



| Rice, Milled, Corn, Wheat | January 2019 | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 2/21/2019
The MY2018/19 rice and corn production forecast remains unchanged as the acreage that has shifted from off-season rice to corn cultivation is far below the government’s target.  MY2018/19 wheat imports are revised down due to reduced feed wheat imports. 
Grain and Feed Update_Bangkok_Thailand_2-20-2019



| Citrus Annual 2018 | Citrus | Rome | Italy | 2/21/2019
Italy’s marketing year (MY) 2018/19 orange production is forecast to drop by 7.5 percent from the previous campaign due to summer rains and major flooding that occurred in Sicily in October and November.  Italy’s MY 2018/19 tangerine production is forecast to grow by 14.8 percent from MY 2017/18 due to favorable weather in Calabria, the main producing region.  Italy’s MY 2018/19 lemon production is forecast to decrease by 8 percent compared to the previous campaign due to spring hailstorms.  Ov...
Citrus Annual 2018_Rome_Italy_1-8-2019



| Rice Tariffication Law Enacted | Grain and Feed | Manila | Philippines | 2/21/2019
On February 14, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act (RA) No 11203 which replaces rice import Quantitative Restrictions with tariffs.  Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRRs) will be issued within 45 days, and are expected to clarify specific roles of the various agencies involved in the implementation of RA 11203.  Increased rice imports are expected mainly from Association of Southeast Asian Nations-member countries as a result of RA No. 11203.
Rice Tariffication Law Enacted_Manila_Philippines_2-20-2019



| Notifies WTO for Guanidinoacetic Acid Designation as a Feed Additive | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Tokyo | Japan | 2/21/2019
On February 13, 2019, Japan notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of a new designation for Guanidinoacetic acid as a feed additive via G/SPS/N/JPN/619.  There is no comment period established for this notification.  However, interested U.S. parties are welcomed to share their comments and/or concerns with USDA’s enquiry point (us.spsenquirypoint@fas.usda.gov).    Keyword: JA9018, Guanidinoacetic acid
Notifies WTO for Guanidinoacetic Acid Designation as a Feed Additive_Tokyo_Japan_2-20-2019



| Notifies WTO of Revised Standards and Specifications for Phytase | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Tokyo | Japan | 2/21/2019
On February 13, 2019, Japan notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of draft amendments to the standards and specifications for Phytase as a feed additive via G/SPS/N/JPN/618.  There is no comment period established for this notification.  However, interested U.S. parties are welcomed to share their comments and/or concerns with USDA’s enquiry point (us.spsenquirypoint@fas.usda.gov).   Keyword: JA9017, Phytase
Notifies WTO of Revised Standards and Specifications for Phytase_Tokyo_Japan_2-20-2019



| China Auctions Record Volumes Corn in MY2018-19 | Grain and Feed | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 2/21/2019
From January 2018 to late October 2018, China auctioned more than 100 million tons of corn from its state-owned inventories, or about 43 million tons more than over the same period in 2017, and up more than 75 percent year-on-year. As marketing year (MY) 2018/19 progressed, the turnover rate of auction sales as a share of total volumes on offer at state-administered auctions also rose, indicating widespread market expectations that domestic corn prices would rise.  Although China’s national and ...
China Auctions Record Volumes Corn in MY2018-19_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_2-19-2019



| Ethiopia in the Market to Buy 200000 Metric Tons of Sugar | Sugar | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 2/21/2019
The Ethiopian Sugar Corporation (ESC) recently announced an international competitive tender to purchase 200,000 metric tons of white cane sugar.  Bids are due on February 26, 2019. Delivery of shipments is expected for April, May, June, and July at Port of Djibouti.  ESC has vowed to halt sugar imports after July 2019 in anticipation of increased local productions from recently inaugurated sugar factories.
Ethiopia in the Market to Buy 200000 Metric Tons of Sugar_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_2-21-2019



| Select | South Africa’s commercial corn crop projected to drop by 23 percent | Grain and Feed | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 2/21/2019
Report Highlights: Due to unfavorable weather conditions, Post estimates a 14 percent drop in commercial corn area planted for the 2018/19 MY in South Africa.  As a result, commercial corn production is expected to drop by 23 percent to around 10.0 million tons.  While over 3.0 million tons of carry-over stocks remain from strong crops the past two seasons,  South Africa will have to import an estimated 500,000 tons of corn in the 2018/19 MY to satisfy the local demand and continue export...
Grain and Feed Update_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_2-14-2019



| China Lowers Wheat Minimum Support Prices Again | Grain and Feed | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 2/21/2019
On November 16, 2018,  China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced that it will lower its 2019 Minimum Support Price (MSP) for procurement purchases of domestic wheat under its temporary reserve program for the second consecutive year. In 2019, wheat (3rd class) MSP price will be at $325 per ton (RMB 2,240), down $8.70 (RMB 60) from 2018.The lower MSP will have a limited impact on marketing year (MY) MY2019/20 (July-June) planting intentions, because Chinese farmers compl...
China Lowers Wheat Minimum Support Prices Again_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_2-19-2019



| Corn, Wheat, Rice, Milled, Sorghum | Domestic Corn Prices Recover, Policy Reform Shifts to Rice and Wheat | Grain and Feed | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 2/21/2019
Corn futures and spot prices have steadily risen reflecting overall tightness for feed-quality corn supplies, despite official reports of greater supplies, and weaker demand associated with the spread of African Swine Fever. The bulk of available commercial and government inventories of corn are intended for industrial processing. In February 2019, prices of grain and feed products are entirely dependent on market access developments. China has recently started implementing several policy progra...
Grain and Feed Update_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_2-13-2019



| Exporter Guide for Turkey, December 2018 | Exporter Guide | Ankara | Turkey | 2/20/2019
The Republic of Turkey has a young population of 81 million people fueling consumption. The country is in a Customs Union with the EU and is the 17th largest economy in the world. An annual average of 3.5 percent GDP growth is forecasted by Economist Intelligence Unit between 2018 and 2023. In 2017 there was a 14 percent increase in total imports of consumer-oriented agricultural products compared to the previous year.  Total imports of consumer-oriented agricultural goods has increased 9 percen...
Exporter Guide_Ankara_Turkey_2-12-2019



| Trade Agreement Keeps Showing Success | Exporter Guide | Bogota | Colombia | 2/20/2019
In 2017, total Colombian food and agricultural imports were valued at $5.5 billion.  The United States exported $2.5 billion in agricultural products, about 45 percent of Colombia’s total agricultural import market share.  Colombia is the leading destination for U.S. agricultural exports in South America, followed by Peru and Chile.  Colombia’s total imports of consumer-oriented products increased 3 percent in 2017, led by U.S. exports, up 8.7 percent to $572 million. There are no major changes ...
Exporter Guide_Bogota_Colombia_12-14-2018



| 2018 Exporter Guide | Exporter Guide | Osaka ATO | Japan | 2/20/2019
Japan is the fourth largest export market for U.S. exporters of food and agricultural products.   The total Japanese food and drink market was valued at over $769 billion in 2017.  The United States exported $11.9 billion of agricultural products to Japan in that year.  There are tremendous opportunities for U.S. exporters willing and able to follow the strict Japanese product regulations and keep up with the latest trends in this market. 
Exporter Guide_Osaka ATO_Japan_12-27-2018



| Annual 2018 | Exporter Guide | Singapore | Singapore | 2/20/2019
Singapore’s highly import dependent, multi-billion dollar food industry is driven by robust consumer spending, high disposable incomes and intense urbanization.   The country’s trade and regulatory policies are decidedly focused on ensuring consistent foreign supply of high quality food and agricultural products. Singapore’s total agricultural product imports in 2017 reached $9.7 billion USD, roughly ten percent of which was sourced from the United States.
Exporter Guide_Singapore_Singapore_1-30-2019



| Jordan Though Beset by Economic Hardship Does Still Offer U.S. Exporters Opportunities | Exporter Guide | Amman | Jordan | 2/20/2019
U.S. consumer-ready food product exports to Jordan benefit from a free trade agreement, but face competition from suppliers enjoying greater proximity.  Jordan imported $1.4 billion in consumer-oriented products in calendar year (CY) 2017 (January-December) mainly from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.  U.S. food and agricultural product exports to Jordan in CY 2018 (January-October) at $167 million, are down $83 million or 33 percent compared to 2017.  Jordan...
Exporter Guide_Amman_Jordan_1-31-2019



| Tourism to create opportunity for U.S. products | Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional | Nairobi | Kenya | 2/20/2019
Kenya’s hotel, restaurants, and institutional (HRI) sector is growing rapidly and attracting local and international brands. The trend will likely continue due to continued growth of the middle class, a recovering and expanding tourism sector, rapid urbanization, and a strong Kenyan economy.   
Tourism to create opportunity for U.S. products_Nairobi_Kenya_12-18-2018



| Veterinary-Sanitary Control at the Border | Livestock and Products, Poultry and Products, Dairy and Products, Fishery Products, Honey, FAIRS Subject Report, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, SP2 - Prevent or Resolve Barriers to Trade that Hinder U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports | Tunis | Tunisia | 2/19/2019
This report contains an unofficial translation of Tunisian Decree No. 2002-668 on organizing the intervention of veterinarians and officials in charge of veterinary-sanitary control for imports and exports.  Tunisian imports of animals and animal products (including fishery products) are valued at $175 million annually, of which $1-3 million is currently sourced from the United States.  The United States has established health certificates to better facilitate trade of U.S. livestock and poultry...
Veterinary-Sanitary Control at the Border_Tunis_Tunisia_2-14-2019



| Animal Numbers, Cattle, Meat, Beef and Veal, Animal Numbers, Swine, Meat, Swine | Mexican Livestock Sector Continues to Expand | Livestock and Products | Mexico City | Mexico | 2/19/2019
Mexico’s livestock industry is set to continue its growth in 2019 with increasing production and efforts to seek out new export markets.  Rising consumption of pork is driving expansion of Mexico’s pork sector, with the domestic industry investing in expansion and vertical integration efforts to meet rising demand.  While higher levels of imports help fill the gap between production and demand, Mexico is increasing its pork exports by seeking out new international markets.  However, the elimina...
Livestock and Products Semi-annual_Mexico City_Mexico_2-15-2019



| Citrus, Other, Fresh | Citrus Production Expected to Increase | Citrus | Mexico City | Mexico | 2/19/2019
Citrus production in Mexico is expected to increase for MY 2018/19 on optimal weather conditions and improved yields.  Fresh orange and lime production is forecast to continue to grow for MY 2018/19.  Growers in the northern states of Mexico have indicated that due to the decrease in orange production in Florida, fresh fruit exports to the United States for processing purposes have increased. Fresh concentrated orange juice production for MY 2018/19 is forecast to increase on expected ample sup...
Citrus Annual_Mexico City_Mexico_2-15-2019



| Mexico Announces Maximum Sugar Export Quota to the United States | Sugar | Mexico | Mexico | 2/19/2019
The Secretariat of Economy (SE) published in the Diario Oficial (Federal Register) on January 16, 2019, an announcement containing the maximum quota allotment of sugar to be exported to the United States for the 2018/19 sugar cycle.  The amount is 811,513.082 metric tons raw value of sugar.  
Mexico Announces Maximum Sugar Export Quota to the United States_Mexico_Mexico_2-15-2019



| Cotton and Products Update February 2019 | Cotton and Products | New Delhi | India | 2/19/2019
FAS Mumbai estimates marketing year (MY) 2018/19 production at 27.3 million 480-lb bales. The pace of cotton arrivals continues to lag behind last year. India prices are starting to fall, making it relatively cheaper in the international market. Mill consumption prospects remain positive with adequate support from various government agencies.
Cotton and Products Update February 2019_New Delhi_India_2-19-2019



| Compliance Timeline Extended for Labeling of Milk and Milk Products | Dairy and Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 2/19/2019
On December 27, 2018, the Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a notification to extend the compliance date on labeling requirements for ‘frozen desserts or confections with added vegetable oil/fat or vegetable protein, or both,’ until July 1, 2019. 
Compliance Timeline Extended for Labeling of Milk and Milk Products_New Delhi_India_2-19-2019



| Compliance Timeline Extended on Standards for Fortified Foods | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 2/19/2019
On December 27, 2018, the Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued guidelines to extend the compliance date on standards for fortified foods.  In its earlier August 2, 2018 notification, FSSAI provided a transition period of five months to food business operators to comply with the regulations, ending January 1, 2019.   However, the current notification extends the compliance date until July 1, 2019.
Compliance Timeline Extended on Standards for Fortified Foods_New Delhi_India_2-19-2019



| Compliance Timeline Extended on Tolerance Limits for Contaminants | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, FAIRS Subject Report | New Delhi | India | 2/19/2019
On December 31, 2018, the Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) extended the compliance due date on residue levels for various food contaminants.  In its earlier July 20, 2018 notification, FSSAI provided a transition period of five months to food business operators to comply with the regulations, which ended January 1, 2019.   However, the current notification extends the compliance deadline to April 1, 2019.
Compliance Timeline Extended on Tolerance Limits for Contaminants _New Delhi_India_2-19-2019



| Rice, Milled | Weekly Rice Price Update - February 19 | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 2/19/2019
Rice export prices declined 1 percent as reduced domestic prices offset the stronger Thai baht.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_2-19-2019



| Hong Kong Lifts Ban on California Romaine Lettuce | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, SP2 - Prevent or Resolve Barriers to Trade that Hinder U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports , Vegetables | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 2/19/2019
Effective February 19, 2019, Hong Kong has lifted its ban on the import and sale of romaine lettuce harvested in California. Hong Kong implemented the ban on November 27, 2018 as a result of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s advisement.
Hong Kong Lifts Ban on California Romaine Lettuce_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_2-19-2019



| Germany: Food Processing Ingredients 2019 | Food Processing Ingredients | Berlin | Germany | 2/19/2019
The German food industry represents the third-largest processing industry in Germany.  In 2017, Germany produced an estimated USD 203 billion of processed food and drinks.  When meeting European Union (EU) standards, the following products have good sales potential on the German market: nuts, fish and seafood products, highly processed ingredients, dried fruits, sweet potatoes, bakery products, organic products, and pulses.
Food Processing Ingredients_Berlin_Germany_2-15-2019



| Regional SaborUSA Apple Month | Market Promotion/Competition, Export Accomplishments - Marketing, Trade Events and Shows | Bogota | Colombia | 2/19/2019
Under the SaborUSA umbrella, seven FAS posts coordinated efforts to promote American apples during the month of November 2018 throughout Spanish speaking Latin America.  FAS conducted this novel, coordinated promotional campaign in partnership with the local representatives from the U.S. Apple Export Council, and the Washington Apple Commission.  Posts leveraged SaborUSA’s resources (social media, television, and website) to encourage Latin American consumers to buy American apples.  FAS posts ...
Regional SaborUSA Apple Month_Bogota_Colombia_2-8-2019



| Beer Market Report | Product Brief | Seoul ATO | Korea - Republic of | 2/19/2019
The imported beer market in South Korea continues robust growth due to strong consumer demand for diversified flavors and higher quality.  Korea’s beer imports totaled $310 million in 2018, up 18 percent from the previous year.  Imports from the United States amounted to $35 million during the period, up an impressive 99 percent.  While American beer faces elevated competition in Korea against export-oriented competitors, increased demand for premium quality craft beer among the opinion-leading ...
Beer Market Report_Seoul ATO_Korea - Republic of_2-15-2019



| System of Traceability for Cattle and Beef | Livestock and Products | Rabat | Tunisia | 2/19/2019
This report contains an unofficial translation of Tunisia's order on the system of traceability for cattle and beef in Tunisia.  Tunisia's total imports of cattle and beef range from $5-30 million/year.  The United States has market access to export Tunisia live cattle but not beef.
System of Traceability for Cattle and Beef_Rabat_Tunisia_2-14-2019



| Regulated Animal Diseases and their General Countermeasures | Livestock and Products, Potatoes and Potato Products, Honey | Tunis | Tunisia | 2/19/2019
This report contains an unofficial translation of Tunisia's order fixing the list of regulated animal diseases and general measures to applicable to counter them. Tunisia's annual imports of animals and animal products total $175 million, with $1-3 million currently sourced from the United States. 
Regulated Animal Diseases and their General Countermeasures_Tunis_Tunisia_2-14-2019