USDA releases latest global agricultural information network reports

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the following report from its global agriculture information network:

China: China Announces a Two-year Transitional Period on a Proposed Certificate Requirement for Imported Foods

On September 25, 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization of an Addendum to the “Measures for the Administration of Certificates Attached to Foods Exported to China” (notified as TBT 1209 and commonly referenced as Measure #327). The Addendum grants a two-year transitional period on the implementation of the measures from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2019. This report contains a link to the text of the Addendum. In the unlikely event that U.S. exporters are requested to provide the proposed certificate along with export consignments, kindly contact the Office of Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

China: Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Import and Export Food Safety

On September 13, 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization of the “Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Import and Export Food Safety (draft)” as SPS 1056. The draft revises China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) Decree 144 and contains six chapters and 57 articles. These articles apply to the inspection, quarantine and safety supervision and the management of foods intended for import and export. Please note that some of the listed articles in the draft reflect measures already implemented and others currently under consideration by AQSIQ. The deadline for submitting comments to the World Trade Organization is November 11, 2017.

China: Regulations on the Implementation of the Food Safety Law

On August 14, 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of the “Regulations on the Implementation of the Food Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China (Revised Draft)” as SPS 1055. The revised draft regulations are in support of the implementation of China’s 2015 Food Safety Law. As of this report, the draft implementing regulations do not have a determined date of enforcement. However, it is important to note that some of the listed articles in the revised draft may reflect measures already implemented by different regulatory agencies. The period for submitting comments to the WTO ends onOctober 13, 2017.

Colombia: Biofuels Annual

Colombia’s biofuel production decreased in 2016 as a result of difficult weather conditions that affected its main feedstocks (sugarcane and palm oil). Moreover, unclear biofuels policies on increasing blend mandates have resulted in little incentive to increase production despite new biofuels facilities coming online. In late 2016, the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) lifted all restrictions on fuel ethanol imports by May, 2017, as long as the biofuel complies with quality and carbon footprint standards that will allow Colombia to achieve its climate change commitments. Those standards are not yet set, however depending on how they are written; they could become a trade barrier for U.S. corn-based ethanol. In the first part of 2017, Colombia’s imports of U.S. ethanol (nearly all for fuel use) reached a record 30.8 million liters, well above the previous full-year record of 18.6 million liters in 2016.

India: Amendments in Provisions for Non-Alcoholic Carbonated Beverages

A notification to amend the provisions of declaring quantity of added sugar in non-alcoholic carbonated beverages was published in the Official Gazette of India.

India: India Notifies Standards for Non-Carbonated Water Based Beverages

India notified its final regulation relating to standards for non-carbonated, non-alcoholic water based beverages such as flavored water, herbal water, etc., in the Official Gazette. The implementation of the Regulation however commenced earlier in July, 2017.

Mexico: Poultry and Products Annual

The poultry sectors (chicken, turkey and eggs) are pillars of animal protein production in Mexico. Production of broiler meat is expected to continue to increase as vertical integration spurs improvements in genetics and biosecurity. An increase in broiler meat consumption is being met by this production growth, while imports stagnate in 2017. The poultry sector is also the primary consumer of feed grains in Mexico, and feed comprises the largest percentage of production costs for both poultry meat and eggs.

 

 

Shekhar Ghosh is a communications consultant and and former journalist, who has edited and written for publications such as like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today and Outlook.

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