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The import regulations imposed by the countries time to time to ensure Food Safety and Quality assurance includes non Tariff barriers for the various food products.

 
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25 Mar 2021 Japan Japan To Begin Enforcement of Organic Regulations for Turkey Products From July 25, 2021, Japan’s organic standards for livestock products will encompass turkey products.
23 Mar 2021 China P rp Industry Group Issues Voluntary Standard for PlantBased Meat Alternative Products On December 25, 2020, the Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) issued the voluntary group standard Plant-Based Meat Products (T/CIFST 001-2020).
17 Mar 2021 India INDIA - FSSAI Notifies Authorized Officers for New Food Import Entry Points On February 26, 2021, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published its Authorized Officers’ list for food import entry points.
16 Mar 2021 Japan Tariffs on US Beef Rise as USJTA Safeguard Triggers On March 17, Japan Customs announced that Japan’s imports of U.S. beef surpassed the annual trigger safeguard volume established under the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA).
12 Mar 2021 Malaysia Malaysia Notified New Requirements for the Importation of Grains and Grain Products On January 25, 2021, Malaysia notified new requirements for the importation of grains and grain products to the WTO.
11 Mar 2021 Mexico Mexico Front of Pack second phase implementation This report intends to inform U.S. processed foods and non-alcoholic beverage companies interested in the Mexican market about the additional stipulations in the NOM-051 Front of Pack Labeling regulation that will go into effect on April 1, 2021.
09 Mar 2021 China P rp China Notified Draft National Standard for Wheat On February 8, 202 China notified a draft revised National Standard for Wheat to the World Trade Organization as G/TBT/N/CHN/1538.
09 Mar 2021 Taiwan Taiwan Announces New Chocolate Labeling Regulations On March 2, 2021, Taiwan announced the final version of new regulations for labeling chocolate products, set to take effect on January 1, 2022.
06 Mar 2021 Bangladesh pr Bangladesh issues Use of Food Additives Act 2017 On March 15, 2017 the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority released the Use of Food Additives Act. As of March 7, 2021, Bangladesh has not notified the regulation to the WTO SPS Committee.
06 Mar 2021 Bangladesh pr Bangladesh issues Packaged Food Labelling Act 2017 On May 9, 2017 the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority released the Packaged Food Labeling Act. As of March 7, 2021, Bangladesh has not notified the regulation to the WTO SPS Committee.
06 Mar 2021 Bangladesh pr Bangladesh issues Regulation on Food Safety 2017 On June 7 2017, the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority released the following Regulation on Food Safety (Chemical contamination, toxin, and harmful residue), 2017.
04 Mar 2021 Vietnam Soc Rep Vietnam Issues National Standard for Chilled Beef and Buffalo Meat This report provides an unofficial translation of Vietnam’s National Standard for Chilled Meat - Part 2: Beef and Buffalo Meat (TCVN 12429-2:2020) issued under the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology’s Decision No. 3272/QD-BKHCN dated November 26, 2020.
02 Mar 2021 Russia Draft Amendments to EAEU Food Safety Regulations Notified to WTO Russia and Kyrgyzstan notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of draft amendments to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Technical Regulation on food safety establishing maximum residue limits for veterinary drugs in food products of animal origin via G/TBT/N/RUS/109, G/SPS/N/RUS/210 and G/SPS/N/KGZ/19.
02 Mar 2021 India India - The FSSAI Issues Compliance Clarifications for its Genetically Modified-Free Certificate Order for Imported Food Products On February 24, 2021, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a clarification of acceptable certifying authority options for compliance with its Genetically Modified (GM)-Free certificate for imported food products.
25 Feb 2021 Mexico Mexico Grants Companies Additional Month to Correct Commercial Information for Violations to NOM051 and Others The Mexican Tax Administration Service (SAT) announced on February 5, 2021 that Mexican authorities will grant a 30-day period to rectify and/or correct commercial information regarding NOM051 and other labeling NOMs.
23 Feb 2021 Canada New Canadian Organic Standards 2020 On December 11, 2020, Canada published the first update of the Canadian Organic Standards since 2015, updating a range of livestock measures and permitted substances lists among other changes.
22 Feb 2021 India New Budget Estimates for the Sugar Industry and a Revised Ethanol Import Duty On February 1, 2021, the Government of India’s (GOI) Ministry of Finance presented the annual budget for Indian Fiscal Year (FY) 2021/22 (April-March) and announced budget estimates of $595.2 million (INR 43.37 billion) for the domestic sugar industry and raised the import duty on denatured ethanol to five percent from its current applicable duty of 2.5 percent.
22 Feb 2021 Morocco Beef Rules of Origin Self-Attestation On January 28, 2021, Morocco’s Administration des Douanes et Impots Indirects (Moroccan Customs) requested additional documentation for U.S. exports of beef and beef products.
19 Feb 2021 Panama Republic Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report The U.S-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) entered into force on October 31, 2012.
19 Feb 2021 Panama Republic Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report Consumers continue to perceive U.S. food products as high quality, wholesome and reliable, which has resulted in a continuous growth in demand.
17 Feb 2021 India India - Clarifications on the FSSAI Genetically Modified-Free Certificate Order for Imported Food Products On February 8, 2021, the Government of India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) clarified that the implementation of the requirement for a Genetically Modified-Free Certificate for imported food products will apply to all consignments.
16 Feb 2021 Canada Canada Clarifies Timelines for Anticipated Labeling Changes Canadian nutrition labeling changes published in 2016 will officially enter into force on December 14, 2021.
11 Feb 2021 Russia Russia Introduces New Agricultural Export Restrictions Recent measures intended to dampen domestic food price increases by inhibiting grain exports were adjusted by Decree #33 signed on January 23, 2021.
10 Feb 2021 China P rp Cold Chain Control Measures Expand Across South China Effective January 27, 2021, Guangzhou became the latest city to implement requirements for imported frozen food to pass through and test negative for COVID at a ‘centralized supervision warehouse’ within the city before being sold into the local market.
09 Feb 2021 Jordan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This FAIRS report lists the export certificates required for food and agricultural products shipped to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
09 Feb 2021 Guatemala CAFTA-DR Tariff Line Classification Issue On December 18, 2020 the Guatemalan Ministry of Economy officially adopted the 6th Amendment of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding Systems (HS) for international trade, via Ministerial Decree 934-2020.
08 Feb 2021 Mexico Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report The report provides current information on export certificates issued by U.S. government agencies in conformity with Mexican import standards and regulations.
07 Feb 2021 Malaysia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report provides information on the regulations and procedures for the importation of food and agricultural products from the United States to Malaysia.
07 Feb 2021 Malaysia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report provides information on the export certification requirements of the Government of Malaysia.
04 Feb 2021 Mexico Mexico Front of Pack Requirements for Endorsed Products by Organizations and Associations This report intends to inform U.S. processed foods and non-alcoholic beverage companies interested in the Mexican market about updates to the new Front of Pack labeling modifications that was originally implemented on October 1, 2020 as the first phase of its three-phase implementation schedule.
03 Feb 2021 Japan Japan Lowers Planned Butter and NFDM Imports for 2021 On January 29, the Japanese government announced that it would reduce planned imports of butter to 6,400 metric tons (MT) in Japanese fiscal year (JFY) 2021 from 14,000 MT the previous year while maintaining nonfat dry milk imports at 750 MT.
03 Feb 2021 India FSSAI Discloses Final Timeline on Specialty Foods Imports for Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Hypoallergenic Conditions The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a directive notifying its final timeline to allow the import of specialty food products for Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) and Hypoallergenic conditions.
02 Feb 2021 Jordan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report outlines Jordan’s regulatory requirements for food and agricultural product imports. Jordan occasionally bans imports of specific products due to sanitary-phytosanitary (SPS) concerns.
02 Feb 2021 Hong Kong Microbial Food Ingredients Encounter No Regulatory Barriers in Hong Kong Hong Kong’s first vegan lab-grown ice cream launched recently amid the growing awareness of plantbased meats by Hong Kong consumers inspired by global trends and the availability of Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat, and Omnipork in the local market.
02 Feb 2021 Indonesia MOA Issues Regulation on Genetically Engineered Crops - Paving Way for Commercial Cultivation The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has released Regulation No. 50/2020, which for the first time provides post-monitoring guidelines for the commercial cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops in Indonesia.
01 Feb 2021 Singapore Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report discusses food and agricultural export product certificates currently required by the Singapore Government.
01 Feb 2021 Israel Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report The report lists and describes certificates that should accompany food and agricultural products to Israel.
01 Feb 2021 Singapore Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report provides information on the regulations and procedures for the importation of food and agricultural products from the United States to Singapore.
01 Feb 2021 Saudi Arab Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report The major export certificates required by Saudi Arabia’s regulatory and import control agencies are included in this Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) Export Certificate Report.
01 Feb 2021 Saudi Arab Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) continues to stringently implement and approve food regulations and standards on imported food and agricultural products.
01 Feb 2021 Russia Russia Mulls Replacing its Beef TRQs with Tariff as of 2022 In November 2020 the GOR sub-commission on customs tariff regulation and non-tariff regulation and protective measures in external trade approved a proposal to replace its tariff rate quotas on imported beef with the flat rate import tariff of 27.5 percent.
28 Jan 2021 New Zealand New Zealand and China Sign FTA Upgrade On January 26, 2021, New Zealand and China signed an Upgrade to the 2008 Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
28 Jan 2021 EU-28 European Commission Authorizes 8 GE Crops for Import On January 22, 2021, the European Commission (EC) approved five genetically engineered (GE) crops (three corn and two soybeans) and renewed the authorization for three corn crops used for food and feed.
28 Jan 2021 Mexico Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This document provides an overview of major Mexican laws and regulations of agricultural and food products and their import regulations.
27 Jan 2021 Indonesia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report supplements information provided in the 2020 Indonesia FAIRS Country Report and updates the 2019 Indonesian FAIRS Export Certificate Report.
27 Jan 2021 Honduras Honduras Sets Rough Rice Shortage Import Quota for 2021 Honduras Set a 118,800 MT Rough Rice Shortage Import Quota for 2021 after local production was severely hit by Hurricanes Eta and Iota.
27 Jan 2021 Indonesia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report provides updated technical information for requirements and regulations on food and agriculture products as are currently required by the Government of Indonesia (GOI).
27 Jan 2021 Iceland Iceland Launches its First Comprehensive Food Policy In December 2020, the Government of Iceland presented its first comprehensive Food Policy.
26 Jan 2021 Bangladesh pr Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report The FAIRS Annual Country Report maintains the baseline information for Bangladesh as it relates to all food for human and animal consumption.
26 Jan 2021 U S A USDA Dairy Import License Circular for 2020