GAIN reports of June 21, 2021. USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

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GAIN reports of June 21, 2021. USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

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India: Bulk Food Labeling Requirements Remain in Effect

FAS New Delhi, following months of arduous deliberations, secured confirmation from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Import Division, that labeling requirements for bulk consignments of primary food products including food grains, dry fruits (i.e., tree nuts such as almonds and walnuts), pulses, fruits, whole spices, and the like, remain subject to and will continue to follow the FSSAI published labeling guidelines for 2012 and 2016.

This measure remains in effect until the new FSSAI Food Safety and Standards (Labeling and Display) Regulations (2020) take effect on November 17, 2021. In calendar year 2020, U.S. exports of tree nuts to India reached a record $914 million and, by volume, surpassed 245,126 metric tons (MT). Consignments of U.S. almonds, harmonized tariff system (HS) code 0802.11.0000 (fresh/dry/not shelled), alone, totaled $784 million by value and 210,896 MT by volume.

Japan: USJTA Treatment for Fats and Oils 2021

The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA) has been in effect for 17 months, however the timing of Japan’s fiscal year meant that the agreement entered “Year 3” of implementation on April 1, 2021. This report is one in a series of product briefs highlighting the tariff benefits for specific commodities and products from Year 3 (2021) to Year 5 (2023) of the agreement. Additional information is available at www.usdajapan.org/usjta/.

Japan: Most USJTA TRQs Underfilled in 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, wheat products, malt, processed cheese, whey, glucose and fructose, potato starch, corn starch, and inulin. However, with exception of food wheat, fill rates for these TRQs were low in Japanese Fiscal Year (JFY) 2020. This report provides data on TRQ allocation and fill rates, together with out-of-quota imports observed during the last fiscal year.

Mexico: New Draft Standard for Retail Product Placement

This report intends to inform U.S. processed foods and non-alcoholic beverage companies about a draft proposal for a new Mexican Official Standard (or NOM in Spanish) that — based on a preliminary announcement — would mandate product placement in stores and supermarkets depending on the number of warning signs and cautionary legends on the product, and place additional restrictions on in-store promotions of products that have warning signs and cautionary legends. The proposed standard project remains in draft status and is not expected to be available for public comment until January 2022. This report also contains information about amendments to Mexico’s General Health Law regarding the advertisement of products based on NOM-051 Front of Pack Labeling regulations (NOM-051 FOPL).

Saudi Arabia: Poultry Imports Drastically Reduced

Over the past two months, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) added several new measures that will have serious repercussions on the Saudi import poultry market. On May 5, SFDA suspended 11 Brazilian poultry plants from exporting to Saudi Arabia, which accounts for 60 percent of Brazil’s poultry exports to the Saudi market. Meanwhile, in early June, SFDA suspended poultry imports from France and Ukraine, and all three countries were suspended by SFDA for different reasons. Currently, it remains unclear how Saudi Arabia will meet poultry consumption since it relies heavily on imports. Unfortunately, the United States will not be able to export to Saudi Arabia as long as the country maintains its strict ban against stunning during the poultry slaughtering process.

South Korea: Retail Foods

The United States is the leading supplier of imported consumer-oriented agricultural products to the Korean retail industry, shipping a record $5.4 billion in 2020. The outlook for U.S. products in the Korean retail industry is excellent for a wide range of products, including beef, pork, processed meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts, dairy products, juices and soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, condiments and sauces, processed organic foods, coffee, bakery products, snacks and confectioneries.

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Sri Lanka: FAIRS Country Report Annual

Several laws govern food imports into Sri Lanka. Food Act No. 26 of 1980, Animal Feed Act No. 15 of 1986, Plant Protection Act No. 35 of 1999, and Import and Export Control Act No. 1 of 1969 are the main laws that govern these imports. The responsibility of import regulation is in the hands of several state institutions, making the process complicated and time-consuming.

The regulations are comprehensive and restrict trade. While some regulations have been in place for decades, new regulations are in the pipeline. In seeking to meet the commitments of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Sri Lanka is streamlining the processes of regulatory authorities. To streamline import and export trading processes, Sri Lanka has initiated two online platforms: The Sri Lanka Trade Information Portal and the National Single Window.

Sri Lanka: FAIRS Export Certificate Report Annual

This FAIRS report lists the export certificates required for food and agricultural products shipped to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka). An export certificate matrix is included in this report. The requirements listed herein are specific for consignments coming directly from the United States of America to Sri Lanka or transshipped in sealed containers with invoices stating that Sri Lanka is the final destination.

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