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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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04 Jan 2021 India State of Maharashtra Issues New Registration Requirements for Alcoholic Beverages On November 6, the State of Maharashtra issued new rules related to the license and label registration process for imported alcoholic beverages in the state.
04 Jan 2021 Spain Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report is an update of GAIN report SP2019-0049. It outlines the legislation applicable to the export of U.S. food products to Spain, particularly focusing on those rules that differ from EU legislation.
31 Dec 2020 Vietnam Soc Rep Vietnam Issues National Technical Regulations for Plant Quarantine Pests This report provides an unofficial translation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Circular 15/2020/TT-BNNPTNT dated December 25, 2020.
31 Dec 2020 Haiti FAIRS Export Certificate Report Annual This report describes the major export certificates required by the Government of Haiti for imports of food and agricultural products.
31 Dec 2020 Nigeria Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report highlights all major certificates and permits that the government of Nigeria (GON) require for exporting food and agricultural products from the United States to Nigeria.
31 Dec 2020 Nigeria Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report As global food and agricultural trade continues to integrate, Nigeria has formulated structures, strategies, laws, and food control systems including regulatory authorities to enhance public health, food safety and international trade.
31 Dec 2020 Tanzania Rep Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report The report updates the import requirements and regulations for food and agricultural products required by the Government of Tanzania (GoT).
31 Dec 2020 Haiti FAIRS Annual Country Report Annual This report is an overview of general legal and technical requirements imposed by Haiti for food and agricultural imports.
31 Dec 2020 Tanzania Rep Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report complements the FAIRS Country Report. The report specifically provides information on required certificates from the Government of Tanzania (GoT) for exporting food and agricultural products to Tanzania.
31 Dec 2020 Argentina Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report provides overall information on regulations and standards for importing U.S. food and beverage products to Argentina.
31 Dec 2020 China P rp Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report lists the major registration requirements and export certificates required for food and agricultural exports to the People’s Republic of China.
31 Dec 2020 China P rp Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report China released several significant food and agricultural import regulations and standards for public comment in 2020.
31 Dec 2020 Russia Russia to Restrict Exports of Some Grains and Oilseeds Through Mid-2021 As part of its package of measures to reduce food prices adopted in December 2020, the Russian government issued a number of decrees to restrict exports of some grains and oilseeds in the first half of 2021.
30 Dec 2020 Poland Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report Poland is a European Union (EU) Member State and applies all EU regulations pertaining to imports of food and feed products.
30 Dec 2020 Poland Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report Poland applies European Union (EU) regulatory requirements for all foods of animal- and plant-origin.
30 Dec 2020 Egypt A rp 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 Egypt.
30 Dec 2020 India Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report - 2020 The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak has severely affected the global economy and India is no exception.
30 Dec 2020 India Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report - 2020 In 2020, the Government of India published detailed guidance on specific measures for all types of food businesses to follow including food service, transport, and retail operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
30 Dec 2020 Egypt A rp Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report The National Food Safety Authority (NFSA) is continuing to expand its regulatory reach. The authority has taken full control on imports since November 15, 2019.
29 Dec 2020 Bahamas FAIRS Export Certificate Report Annual This report outlines The Bahamas’ certification requirements and includes an Export Certificate Matrix as well as examples of select Export Certificates.
29 Dec 2020 Austria Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report Austria, as a member of the European Union (EU), applies EU regulations to the imports of agricultural products.
29 Dec 2020 Italy Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report is intended to supplement the FAS U.S. Mission to the EU’s Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) report with Italy-specific information.
29 Dec 2020 Romania Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report Romania applies European Union (EU) regulations on imports of animal and non-animal products from the United States.
29 Dec 2020 Romania Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report As a European Union (EU) member since 2007, Romania observes the EU regulations and directives, which are applied directly or transposed through national-level implementing regulations.
28 Dec 2020 Tunisia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report The Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) report provides an overview of the food laws and regulatory environment in Tunisia as it relates to U.S. food and agricultural exports.
28 Dec 2020 Serbia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report provides guidance on the certificate requirements for agricultural and food products exported to Serbia.
28 Dec 2020 Serbia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report provides information on Serbian regulations and standards concerning food, agriculture, agricultural products and foreign trade.
28 Dec 2020 Jamaica Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report outlines the major export certificates required by the Government of Jamaica for imports of food and agricultural products.
28 Dec 2020 Jamaica Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This reports outlines the requirements in exporting food and agricultural products to Jamaica. There were no major changes to these requirements in 2020.
28 Dec 2020 Dominic Rep Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report summarizes the key technical and import requirements for food and agricultural products imposed by the Government of the Dominican Republic.
28 Dec 2020 Mexico Organic Exports to Mexico Must be Certified to Mexican Organic Standards by June 2021 Mexico published the “Measure Establishing Merchandise whose Importation is Subject to Regulation by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER).
27 Dec 2020 India Government of India Notifies Standards for Fortifying Processed Food Products On December 18, 2020, the Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published in its Gazette the Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) First Amendment Regulations, 2020.
23 Dec 2020 India FSSAI Publishes Regulations for Alcoholic Beverages On December 18, 2020, the Government of India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued new regulations and standards for alcoholic beverages.
23 Dec 2020 Germany Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report Germany is a Member State of the European Union (EU) and applies the certification requirements described in the EU Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) Certificate Report.
23 Dec 2020 Thailand Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report includes an update of Section II Labeling Requirements, 2.1 Standard Labeling, 2.2 Nutrition Labeling.
23 Dec 2020 Thailand Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report lists certificates required by Thai government agencies for U.S. products exported to Thailand.
23 Dec 2020 Germany Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report Germany is a member of the European Union (EU) and generally follows EU directives and regulations, including those relating to the importation of food products.
22 Dec 2020 Dominic Rep Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report describes the major export certificates required by the Government of the Dominican Republic (DR) for imports of food and agricultural products.
22 Dec 2020 Algeria Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report provides information on export certificates required by the Government of Algeria.
22 Dec 2020 India Government of India Announces Market Year 2020-21 Subsidy for Sugar Exports On December 16, 2020, the Government of India’s (GOI) Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a subsidy of $475.8 million to facilitate sugar exports.
22 Dec 2020 Myanmar FAIRS Annual Country Report Annual Burma is in the process of updating many of its laws and regulations that affect the importation of agricultural products.
22 Dec 2020 EU-28 Mancozeb Non-Renewal and MRL Review On December 14, 2020, the European Commission published Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/2087 concerning the non-renewal of the active substance, mancozeb, in the Official Journal.
21 Dec 2020 EU-28 European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Possible Revision of Feed Additives Legislation On December 14, 2020, the European Commission launched a public consultation on possible revisions to the European Union (EU) feed additives legislation.
21 Dec 2020 Mexico Mexico Announces Changes to its Organic Products Import Procedures Mexico has announced proposed changes to its organic import procedures under the “Agreement Establishing Goods whose Import and Export are Subject to Regulation by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development” (the draft measure).
21 Dec 2020 Thailand Revised Notification on Required Quality Standard for Imported Alcoholic Beverages On September 23, 2020, the Thai Excise Department published a revised notification on quality standard for imported alcoholic.
20 Dec 2020 India Final Standards for Infant Nutrition Foods Published in Indian Gazette The Government of India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) notified the Food Safety and Standards (Foods for Infant Nutrition) Regulations, 2020 in the Official Gazette of India.
18 Dec 2020 Russia Russia Extended Food Import Ban Through End 2021 On November 21, 2020, President Putin signed decree No. 730 extending Russia’s ban on the import of agricultural products from the countries that applied economic sanctions against Russia.
18 Dec 2020 China P rp China Draft Standard for MRLs of Pesticides in Food On November 23, 2020, the Crop Production Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) released for domestic comments the draft national food safety standard Maximum Residue Limits of 75 Pesticides (including 2,4-D-dimethylamine) in Foods.
17 Dec 2020 Austria Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report outlines specific requirements for food and agricultural product imports into Austria. As a member of the European Union, Austria follows EU directives and regulations.
17 Dec 2020 Japan USJTA TRQs Remain Underutilized in First Half of JFY 2020 The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA), which entered into force on January 1, 2020, improved market access for U.S. products through the creation of tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for food wheat.
17 Dec 2020 Egypt A rp Egypt National Food Safety Authority Issues Food Additive Regulation Egypt’s National Food Safety Agency Decision No. 4/2020 on authorized food additives replaces Ministry of Health Decree 204 (2015) on regulated food additives.
17 Dec 2020 Hungary Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report Hungary is a member of the European Union (EU) and follows EU directives and regulations, including those relating to the importation of food products.
16 Dec 2020 Hungary Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report Hungary, as a member of the European Union (EU), applies EU regulations to the imports of agricultural products.
15 Dec 2020 Netherland Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report is an addendum to the GAIN report number E42020-0069 EU Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) Report, dated October 14, 2020.
15 Dec 2020 Netherland Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report The Netherlands, as a Member State of the European Union (EU), conforms to all EU regulations and directives.
15 Dec 2020 India INDIA - FSSAI Proposes Amendments to the Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses Regulation On November 25, 2020, the Government of India notified its draft Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Amendment Regulations, 2020.
14 Dec 2020 India INDIA - The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India - FSSAI - Publishes Revised Manual on Mycotoxin Testing On December 4, 2020, the Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a revised manual on the methods of analysis for testing mycotoxins on food products.
11 Dec 2020 China P rp China Notified the Draft Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety On November 12, 2020, China notified a revised draft of the Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety to the WTO SPS Committee as G/SPS/N/CHN/1191.
11 Dec 2020 Guinea Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Report 2020 This report provides an overview of Guinea’s food safety regulations for food and agricultural products.
10 Dec 2020 Croatia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report provides information on the food and agricultural product import requirements for Croatia. Croatia, as a member of the European Union, follows EU directives and regulations.
10 Dec 2020 Croatia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report provides information on the export certificates required by the Government of Croatia. This is an annual report that was updated in October 2020.
10 Dec 2020 U S A U.S. Sugar Monthly Import and Re-Exports The December WASDE report shows FY 2021 WTO raw sugar tariff-rate quota (TRQ) shortfall projected at 99,208 short tons raw value (STRV), unchanged from last month.
10 Dec 2020 Greece FAIRS Export Certificate Report Greece, as a member of the European Union, follows EU directives and regulations.
09 Dec 2020 Egypt A rp Egypt Moves to Exempt Key Commodities from Freight Value Added Tax On November 18, 2020, the Egyptian Cabinet approved a draft bill that exempts importers of key commodities from paying value-added tax (VAT) on shipping costs.
09 Dec 2020 Myanmar Burma Reduces List of Products that Require Import Licenses In October 2020, the Ministry of Commerce published notification 68/2020, which reduced the number of tariff lines that require an import license.
09 Dec 2020 Mexico Mexico Proposes Ban on GE Corn and Glyphosate On December 9, a draft decree was released on Mexico’s National Commission for Regulatory Improvement (CONAMER) website that calls for a phase-out of use of both glyphosate and genetically modified (GE) corn for human consumption in Mexico.
09 Dec 2020 EU-28 EU Early Alert - Pesticide Review - December 2020 The European Union follows a complex, rolling system of review for use of active ingredients and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) in food.
01 Dec 2020 Japan Japanese Standards for Raw Oyster Imports Fresh oyster imports to Japan must comply with Japan’s (i) Specific Standard for Oysters for Raw Consumption and (ii) Handling of Toxic Shellfish Contaminated with Paralytic and Diarrheal Shellfish Poison.
30 Nov 2020 U S A USDA Dairy Import License Circular for 2020 This monthly report includes information on U.S. and global imports of dairy products, including maximum quantities that can be imported under tariff-rate quota licensing.
25 Nov 2020 India India Proposes New Amendments for Labeling Multi-Sourced Edible Vegetable Oils The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed new amendments in its Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labeling) Regulations, 2011.
23 Nov 2020 India Government of India Proposes Imported Foods Regulation Amendments The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed new amendments in its Food Safety and Standards (Import) Regulations, 2017.
23 Nov 2020 India India Government Extends Timeline to Use Pre-printed Packaging Materials Stock On October 28, 2020, the Government of India’s (GOI) Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution’s Department of Legal Metrology.
23 Nov 2020 India Government of India Notifies Draft Amendments for Specialty Foods Regulations On November 6, 2020, the Government of India notified its Draft Food Safety and Standards (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Use, Food for Special Medical Purpose, Functional Foods and Novel Foods) Amendment Regulations, 2020.
23 Nov 2020 India India Notifies Draft Amendments for New and Modified Standards on Various Food Products On November 9, 2020, the Government of India (GOI) notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO) a draft regulation for new and revised standards for raw edible oil, multi-source edible vegetable oil.
20 Nov 2020 Egypt A rp Egypt Imposes a Risk-Based Food Import Control System On July 26, 2020, Egypt’s National Food Safety Authority (NFSA) released Decision No. 7/2020 Principles and Objectives of Risk-Based Food Import Control System.
19 Nov 2020 Morocco Morocco Raises Chocolate Tariffs- US Remains at Zero Duty Morocco approved a new tariff rate for imported chocolate and food preparations containing cocoa.
19 Nov 2020 South Africa South Africa Repeals the Contentious Regulations Relating to Health Messages on Container Labels of Alcoholic Beverages In October 2020, South Africa published a notice repealing the regulations relating to health messages on container labels of alcoholic beverages (No. 1143).
18 Nov 2020 Japan Guidance on Shipping Individual Small-Sized Samples to Japanese Buyers The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a reduction in large trade shows where buyers generally sample and research new food and beverage products.
16 Nov 2020 South Africa South Africa Proposes New Expropriation Law The South African Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure published and presented the Expropriation Bill to Parliament in October 2020.
16 Nov 2020 EU-28 How the EU Technical Regulation Information System Works This report explains the role and procedures of the EU’s Technical Regulation Information System (TRIS).
16 Nov 2020 South Africa Understanding the Living Standards Measure Segmentation in South Africa The report highlights the Living Standards Measure (LSM) marketing tool used in South Africa.
13 Nov 2020 Japan Japan 237th Food Safety Group Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) announced revisions to Japan’s maximum residue levels for Ethaboxam, Tioxazafen, Fenbuconazole
12 Nov 2020 Egypt A rp Egypt Imposes Value Added Tax on Freight of Agricultural Commodities On July 16, 2020, the Egyptian Tax Authority signed a protocol with the Customs Authority and Alexandria Chamber of Shipping to set a mechanism to apply value-added tax (VAT) on the freight of agricultural commodities effective August 1, 2020.
12 Nov 2020 Tunisia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report The report provides information on export certificates required by the Government of Tunisia.
12 Nov 2020 Senegal Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report provides information on export certificates and other certification/accreditation required for imported food and agriculture products, including live animals.
12 Nov 2020 Senegal Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report is an annual update of Senegal’s food and feed regulations and governmental regulatory bodies and enforcement mechanisms.
12 Nov 2020 Israel Israeli Consumers Disregard Front of Pack Labeling in COVID-19 Context Israeli Consumers Disregard Front of Pack Labeling in COVID-19 Context
10 Nov 2020 U S A U.S. Sugar Monthly Import and Re-Exports The November WASDE report shows FY 2021 WTO raw sugar tariff-rate quota (TRQ) shortfall projected at 99,208 short tons raw value (STRV).
09 Nov 2020 India INDIA - FSSAI Allows Specialty Food Imports to India for an Additional Six Months On October 28, 2020, the Government of India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a fourth consecutive timeline extension on specialty food imports for special medical and therapeutic purposes.
06 Nov 2020 Turkey Turkey Announces Tariff Reductions on Lentils and Eliminates Tariffs on Sunflower seed Turkey announced additional tariff reductions on lentils and eliminated tariffs on sunflower seed. According to a Presidential Decree published in the Official Gazette on November 5, 2020.
05 Nov 2020 Chile Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report lists and describes certificates and other documents that must accompany food and agricultural imports to Chile as required by Chilean regulations.
05 Nov 2020 Japan Policies and Procedures for Genome Edited Food and Agricultural Products The Government of Japan has completed and published guidelines for handling food and agricultural products derived from genome editing technology.
03 Nov 2020 Thailand Thai FDA Announced Ban of Paraquat and Chlorpyrifos on Imported Food Products Grain and Feed, Avocado, Canned Deciduous Fruit, Dried Fruit, Fresh Deciduous Fruit, Fresh Fruit, Kiwifruit, Raisins, Stone Fruit, Strawberries, FAIRS Export Certificate Report.
28 Oct 2020 Mexico Mexico Releases Clarifications to NOM-051 Labeling Requirements FAIRS Export Certificate Report, FAIRS Annual Country Report, FAIRS Subject Report, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards.
28 Oct 2020 Brazil Brazil Introduces Additional Import Requirements for Apples and Pears On October 7, 2020, Brazil adopted additional requirements for the import of fresh fruits and materials of plant origin intended for propagation or reproduction into Brazil.
27 Oct 2020 Colombia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report outlines Colombia’s requirements for import permits and export certificates for multiple food products for human and animal consumption.
27 Oct 2020 Japan Japan Grants Market Access for All Varieties of US In-Shell Walnuts From September 16, 2020, Japan allows imports of all varieties of U.S. in-shell walnuts to Japan.
27 Oct 2020 Australia Australia Releases Draft Risk Analysis for PNW Apples The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has released the draft Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis (BIRA) for fresh apple fruit.
22 Oct 2020 U Arab Emts Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report covers food and agricultural import regulations and standards in the United Arab Emirates.
22 Oct 2020 India India - Amendments Relating to Inclusion of Processing Aids Published in the Indian Gazette The Government of India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) notified in the Official Gazette of India.
22 Oct 2020 Venezuela Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report is an annual update of the agricultural product import standards and enforcement mechanisms in Venezuela for U.S. exporters of agricultural commodities, foods, and beverages.
21 Oct 2020 Brazil Brazil Approves New Regulations for Food Labeling The National Agency of Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA) published new regulations on nutrition labeling of packaged food products.
21 Oct 2020 Turkey Turkey Eliminates Tariffs on Wheat - Barley - Corn through December Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy, National Plan, Policy and Program Announcements, Agriculture in the News, Agricultural Situation, Policy and Program Announcements, Grain and Feed.
19 Oct 2020 Japan Overview of Aflatoxin-related Import Regulations in Japan This report summarizes the legal basis for Japan’s aflatoxin regulations for imported agricultural products.
16 Oct 2020 Peru Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report identifies Peru’s import requirements for (foreign) export certificates.
16 Oct 2020 Colombia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report is an annual update of the food import standards and enforcement mechanisms in Colombia. It includes a new section on Trade Facilitation.
16 Oct 2020 Peru Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report outlines Peru’s regulatory requirements for food and agricultural product imports and updates and replaces the 2019 report.
14 Oct 2020 EU-28 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report provides an overview of EU food and feed legislation currently in force for the EU. USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) staff reviewed and updated all sections of this annual report.
13 Oct 2020 EU-28 FAIRS Export Certificate Report Annual This guide provides an overview of health certificates needed for exporting plants, animals, foods and other animal origin products to the European Union.
13 Oct 2020 Ethiopia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report summarizes the list of major export certificates, documentations and other regulatory requirements to export food and agricultural products to Ethiopia.
09 Oct 2020 China P rp China Notifies Draft National Food Safety Standard - General Rules for Nutritional Labeling of Prepackaged Foods On September 14, 2020, China notified a draft revised National Food Safety Standard - General Rules for Nutritional Labeling of Prepackaged Foods (GB28050-xxxx) to the World Trade Organization as G/SPS/N/CHN/1165.
09 Oct 2020 Russia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report This report highlights export certification requirements for Russia.
09 Oct 2020 Russia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report This report is an overview of general legal and technical requirements imposed b