Tag Archives: EXPORT

New Canadian Food Safety Law Takes Effect in One Week

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations will become effective one week from today, on January 15, 2019. As previously reported on this blog, Canada proposed these regulations in January 2017 to implement the Safe Foods for Canadians Act (SFCA), which was adopted on June 7, 2012. The final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations were published … Continue Reading

China, U.S. Tariffs to Have Long-Term Effect on Soybeans

The same day that China and the United States imposed new tariffs on each other’s products, including food items, the Soybean Association issued a statement warning about the long-term effects of the trade war. Noting that U.S. soybean producers have spent more than 40 years and millions of dollars building the China market for soy … Continue Reading

FDA Announces New Export Certification Program

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a new export certification program, along with the fees that will be assessed, for certain FDA-regulated food products. The fees will apply to products, such as produce, grains, processed foods, food additives, color additives, food contact substances, and infant formula. “We anticipate that this new export … Continue Reading

U.S. Files Trade Dispute Cases with WTO

The U.S filed five separate trade cases at the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging tariffs, many on agriculture products, imposed in response to tariffs announced by President Trump on aluminum and steel. The five countries are China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico, and Turkey. With respect to tariff imposed by China, we previously reported on … Continue Reading

Expanded FDA Electronic System Now Includes All Exports Lists

The U.S. Food and Drug Authority (FDA) announced the launch of an electronic portal, Export Listing Module (ELM), for receiving and processing requests from FDA- regulated establishments that want to be included on export lists for FDA-regulated food products. By way of background, some foreign authorities require FDA to provide publicly available lists of exporters … Continue Reading

Trade Dispute with China Worries Agriculture; USDA Vows Support

 The U.S. agricultural industry has voiced concerns about potential financial losses due to the ongoing trade dispute with China, notwithstanding U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s assurance last April that farmers will be protected. By way of background, on June 15, President Trump announced that the U.S. will impose a 25% tariff on $50 billion in … Continue Reading

More on Tariff Dispute with China: USDA Secretary Says Farmers Will be Protected

The U.S. will protect its farmers during rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association yesterday (see Reuters). This follows a statement from USDA last week stating that it was looking for ways to shield farmers from the conflict between China and the U.S. … Continue Reading

China Announces New Tariffs on U.S. Agricultural Products

China has increased tariffs by up to 25% on 128 U.S. products—including many food products—in response to the increased tariffs on steel and aluminum imports announced by President Trump last month. The new tariffs, effective April 2, include 25% on U.S. pork and 15% on certain wine products, fruits, and nuts. China issued a statement … Continue Reading

China to Lower Tariff on Certain Food and Other Items

China announced tariff cuts on 187 products—including baby powdered milk, avocados and mineral water—effective December 1, 2017. (See Financial Times (subscription required) and S. News.) The import tariffs will average 7.7%, down from the current 17.3%. In addition to foods, the reduced tariffs will impact selected health supplements, pharmaceuticals, clothing items, shoes and other consumer … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Senate Bill to Increase Ag Export Funding Praised by Farmers

Legislation that would increase funding for two U.S. Department of Agriculture export promotion programs was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week. Sponsored by Senators Angus King (I-ME), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Susan Collins (R-ME), the “Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act” (S. 1839) would increase funding for … Continue Reading

U.S. Pork Regains Entry to Argentina for First Time Since 1992

Argentina has blocked imports of American pork since 1992, citing animal health concerns. On August 17, 2017, the White House announced that the United States and Argentina have agreed to terms that will allow U.S. pork to enter the Argentine market for the first time since 1992.  The agreement follows an August 15, 2017 meeting … Continue Reading

USDA Broadens Netherlands’ Access to U.S. Market for Raw Veal

Meat, poultry, and egg products imported to the United States fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS administers requirements that seek to ensure these products are produced under standards equivalent to the U.S. inspection system.  For nearly 2 decades, Dutch veal was banned from the … Continue Reading

FDA Signs MOU with China Establishing Registration Process for U.S. Food Manufacturers Exporting Goods to China

As background, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) supervises and regulates the production of food-related products, such as food packaging materials, containers and food processing tools throughout China. AQSIQ also oversees the safety and quality of food imports and exports and collects and analyzes information on the safety of food imports … Continue Reading

Canada Proposes Implementing Regulations for Safe Foods Act

Canada has proposed regulations to implement the Safe Foods for Canadians Act (SFCA), which was adopted on June 7, 2012. A pre-publication copy of the proposed rules is available in the Canada Gazette – Part I, Vol. 151, No. 3 (January 21, 2017). The three key elements to the proposed Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations are … Continue Reading

Milk Matters

FDA launches electronic system to facilitate dairy exports. Companies that wish to export products to foreign countries must comply with U.S. laws and regulations, as well as the requirements of the export markets.  FDA provides certain resources that can be helpful to companies seeking to gain access to export markets, e.g., export certificates, lists of exporting … Continue Reading

Import(er) Alert: E-Filing Proposed Rule

FDA proposes e-filing requirements to facilitate product imports. FDA and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) work together to facilitate the admission of imported products into the U.S.  The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is a commercial trade processing system operated by CBP that helps automate and expedite the processing of imports and exports. Earlier … Continue Reading

Looser Livestock Export Rules

USDA loosens livestock export rules. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has regulatory authority over both the import and export of livestock products.  In the import context, APHIS works to ensure that products entering the U.S. meet the Agency’s entry requirements to exclude pests and diseases.  … Continue Reading

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