EU: Draft Delegated Regulation on Agri-food Consignments Requiring Notification of Arrival in the EU

The European Commission has published a draft Delegation Regulation that sets out cases where, and conditions under which, competent authorities may request that operators notify the arrival in the EU of consignments of certain categories of agri-food goods not subject to official controls at border control posts by virtue of EU law. The deadline for feedback on the draft is May 15, 2024.

 

South Korea: Specific Requirements for Food and Agricultural Imports

A USDA GAIN report published on May 3, 2024, outlines the specific requirements for food and agricultural product imports into South Korea. The report covers food laws, labeling requirements, packaging and containers regulations, food additive regulations, rules of pesticides and contaminants, and import procedures, among other topics.

 

Türkiye: Ban on Trade with Israel Due to Regional Conflict

On May 2, 2024, Türkiye announced that it was suspending all exports and imports to and from Israel, citing the worsening humanitarian tragedy in the Palestinian territories, as reported by Reuters.

 

Ukraine and Moldova: EU Approves Extension of Autonomous Trade Measures

On May 13, 2024, the European Council approved the suspension of import duties and quotas on Ukrainian and Moldovan exports into the EU for another year. The EU’s autonomous trade measures for Ukraine will apply from June 6, 2024 until June 5, 2025 and concern the continued suspension of all outstanding customs duties and quotas under Title IV of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (DCFTA). Autonomous trade measures for Moldova will apply from July 25, 2024 to July 24, 2025. They take the form of a temporary suspension of all outstanding customs duties and quotas under Title V of the Association Agreement.

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USA: USDA Trade Mission to India Seeks to Develop Opportunities for US Agribusinesses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducted an agribusiness trade mission to New Delhi, India, from April 22-25. The US Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Alexis M. Taylor, was accompanied by a diverse delegation of 47 businesses and organizations —including representatives of the US almond, hazelnut, pecan, pistachio and walnut industries— as well as 11 state departments of agriculture seeking to develop and expand business opportunities with importers in India.

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USA: California Walnut Commission Awarded US$7 Million in USDA Funding for Export Promotion

The California Walnut Commission has been awarded US$7 million in funding as part of the Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP), a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, to expand distribution and sales of California Walnuts in international markets.

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