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22/06/2022

Vietnam, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report

This report provides information of the food and agricultural laws and regulations currently in force in Vietnam. Updates have been made to the Executive Summary, Section I – Food Laws, Section II – Labeling Requirements, Section III – Packaging and Container Regulations, Section IV – Food Additives Regulation, Section VI – Other Requirements, Regulations and Registration Measures, and Section VIII – Trademark Law, Brand Names, and Intellectual Property Rights.

24/06/2022

Australia Retail Foods 2022

Health, wellness, and the environment continue to be key purchasing factors for Australian consumers. Portion sizes are increasingly important as consumers want quality over quantity, and they expect packaging to be informative and environmentally responsible. The value of Australian consumer oriented and fish, and seafood imports totaled US$13.6 billion in 2021. The U.S. accounted for US$1.3 billion or 10 percent of Australia’s total food related imports. Despite the effects of COVID-19, Australia’s economy has been recovering relatively quickly, and GDP growth had already returned to pre-COVID levels. The market remains an excellent opportunity for U.S. exporters.

24/06/2022

New Zealand Retail Foods 2022

U.S. food and agricultural products have continued to prove popular in the New Zealand market, and in 2021 the value of these products was a record US$ 625 million, US$ 425 million of which were consumer-oriented products. The New Zealand grocery and food retail sector has seen resiliency during COVID-19 and continued strong demand. New Zealand imports from the United States include packaged food, pet food, grapes, pork, cheese, animal feed, beer, and wine. FAS/Wellington expects demand to remain strong for consumer food products both manufactured in-country and imported.

22/06/2022

Panama Retail Foods 2022

This report provides information to U.S. exporters of agricultural and related products on how to do business with the retail food sector in Panama. Despite the many global challenges, the retail industry is facing, including supply issues, increasing prices, consumer behavior is shaping the shopping experience. Panamanian retailers are fighting inflation and price increase by maintaining a focus on all operating costs, scaling automation across the organization to utilize their assets better and find new sources of business improvement.

21/06/2022

Hong Kong Retail Foods 2022

Despite a small population of 7.4 million people, Hong Kong is the seventh-largest export market for U.S. consumer-ready agricultural products. Hong Kong has always been an attractive market for innovative U.S. food and beverage products as well as a gateway to the region. Despite the adverse impact of COVID-19, in 2021, Hong Kong’s retail food sales dropped only 5 percent to $12 billion. The Hong Kong government has launched multiple stimulus measures to help residents and businesses cope with the challenges of the pandemic. As the pandemic situation improves, Hong Kong’s economy is expected to pick up in the latter half of 2022.

13/06/2022

Hong Kong FAIRS Annual Country Report

The following changes have been made to the 2022 FAIRS report: 1) Section II – Labeling. Effective December 1, 2023, food containing hydrogenated oils must be labeled. 2) Section III – Packaging. Glass and plastic bottles will be subject to additional levies. 3) Section VI – Other Requirements, Regulations, and Registration Measures. Hong Kong is introducing plant registration requirements for meat and products and is engaging trading partners individually to start this process. As of this report, the Hong Kong government has not yet approached the Agricultural Trade Office for discussion. In addition, Hong Kong is preparing to amend the existing regulation to provide explicit legislative basis to prohibit the use of Cannabidiol (CBD) in foods.

10/06/2022

FTA Competition in Vietnam

The United States is the largest bilateral agricultural trading partner without a free trade agreement with Vietnam. This report summarizes the tariff and non-tariff competition that U.S. agricultural products face in Vietnam, as the result of the numerous bilateral and regional free trade agreements that Vietnam has signed with other trading partners. Post analysis of available trade data and discussions with industry sources indicate that since 2018, U.S. market share has significantly decreased for beef, pork, apples, grapes (and other fruit), frozen potatoes, wine, lobster, seafood, and other processed and consumer-ready products. The loss of market share for these and other high-value products is expected to continue as FTA rates are phased in further.

03/06/2022

US Food and Agricultural Exports to Romania Reach a New Record

In 2021, according to Romania’s National Institute of Statistics (NIS), Romania imported $182 million of U.S. food and agricultural products, up 2.7 percent compared to 2020. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s bulk, intermediate, and consumer-oriented (BICO), U.S. suppliers shipped $84 million of U.S. food and agricultural products to Romania in 2021. The latter export data tracks U.S. food and agricultural trade shipped directly to Romania, but there is considerable U.S. agricultural exports reaching Romania through Western European ports of entry, which is not captured by BICO. FAS Bucharest encourages USDA cooperators and other U.S. food and agricultural exporters and stakeholders to review different data sources when considering resource allocation and market development strategies for Romania to understand the true volumes and values of U.S. products consumed in Romania.

02/06/2022

France, Food Processing Ingredients

The French food processing sector encompasses approximately 15,500 companies ranging from small family-owned businesses to some of the world’s largest multinationals. Widely regarded for global leadership in innovative technology, quality and marketing, French food processing companies provide employment to more than 433,000 people, generating $53 billion in export sales. In 2021, the French food processing industry faced significant challenges with COVID related supply disruptions. While market demand has remained strong, rising energy and commodity prices, together with the ongoing Russia – Ukraine crisis, cast a shadow on the short-term outlook

01/06/2022

Promoting US Alcohol from New Delhi to the Gateway of South India

As the world’s largest whiskey consumer and a rising consumer of wine, India provides numerous opportunities for U.S. alcoholic beverage exports. To capture greater market share and generate enthusiasm and demand for U.S. alcohol, the Foreign Agricultural Service in New Delhi conducted U.S. alcoholic beverage promotions in New Delhi and Chennai, on March 10 and April 8, 2022, respectively. Through these events, premium, new-to-market U.S. craft spirits and California wines were demonstrated to leading importers, distributors, and hotel and restaurant stakeholders. These activities have attracted renewed interest in U.S. wines and spirits, with new U.S. product sales expected later this year.

19/05/2022

South Africa Agricultural Economic Fact Sheet

The South African Agricultural Economic Fact Sheet has been updated to include calendar year 2021. Bilateral agricultural trad between the United States and South Africa reached record levels of US$860 million in 2021. Major agricultural products traded between the two countries include, poultry meat, animal feed, dairy products, tree nuts, planting seeds, fresh fruit, especially citrus, and wine.

19/05/2022

Hong Kong Love for Wine Prevails Against Pandemic

The Hong Kong wine market has stayed resilient since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The local foodservice business has suffered the most as the operation of restaurants and bars were often curbed to contain the virus. However, wine retail sales injected energy to a sluggish market and enabled the continuation of wine consumption in Hong Kong. During this time, marketers navigated COVID-19 restrictions by reformatting and reimaging promotional events that expanded sales opportunities. Millennials are eagerly fueling the market with interest in wine appreciation and compelling-story-telling brands. As Hong Kong has bounced quickly from previous waves, the foodservice industry and wine traders remain cautiously optimistic about regaining market opportunities in the later part of 2022.

19/04/2022

Philippines FAIRS Annual Country Report Annual

This report outlines Philippine government requirements for the importation of food and agricultural products. The report aims to assist U.S. exporters by providing information on labeling, packaging, permitted ingredients, and other relevant information. It also provides points of contact for key Philippine government authorities, U.S. government agencies, and trade associations. The sections on biotechnology, plant products, processed products, fishery, and trans fatty acids were updated.

07/04/2022

Colombia Food Processing Ingredients

Colombia is a net importer of many agricultural products and cannot produce the raw materials and ingredients to meet the growing demand of the food and beverage processing industry. Driven by Colombia’s economic performance in 2021 (i.e., 10.6 percent GDP growth), the food and beverage industry grew 7.7 percent in the same period. Consumer habit and preference changes due to COVID-19 altered the landscape for the retail, food industry, and food service sectors, opening opportunities for healthier and sustainable food products.

31/03/2022

Japan Food Processing Ingredients

This report highlights Japan’s food processing industry, notable trends, and a new market snapshot of western Japan processors. The industry benefited from a slightly higher exchange rate in relation to the dollar in 2021, compared to 2020, allowing the industry to experience marginal growth by value, totaling $216.4 billion. Despite production decreases in many categories, the top manufactured products in Japan were in the health, canned, and bottled food categories.

23/03/2022

Costa Rica Food Processing Ingredients

Though relatively small, the Costa Rican food processing sector relies on U.S. exporters to maintain critical supply chains. Proximity, reliability, and familiarity help make the United States the preferred supplier for a wide range of food processing ingredients, including wheat, corn, and animal proteins. U.S. agricultural and related products exports to Costa Rica climbed to a record high of nearly $1 billion in 2021, despite global logistics challenges and associated increased shipping costs.

17/03/2022

Morocco FAIRS Annual Country Report Annual

This report outlines Moroccan government requirements for the importation of food and agricultural products for human and animal consumption. The report aims to assist U.S. exporters by providing an assessment of laws and requirements for food and agricultural products imposed on imports. It also provides points of contact for key Moroccan government authorities.

23/02/2022

Slovakia Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional

This report gives an overview of the foodservice – hotel, restaurant, and institutional (HRI) sector in Slovakia and outlines current market trends, including best product prospects. As in other countries, Slovakia’s foodservice sector was one of the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, Slovak foodservice sales were valued at $ 1.68 billion (EUR 1.49 billion). Despite being down by 35 percent compared to 2019, foodservice sales have slowly recovered as Covid case counts decrease. Pandemic-related social restrictions led to a change in consumer behavior and an increase in sales through takeout and delivery channels. Limited-service restaurants and specialist tea and coffee shops were the least affected foodservice sub-sector reporting relatively successful sales numbers despite the pandemic.

14/02/2022

EU Common Agricultural Policy Reform

Just over one third of the European Union (EU) budget, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2023-2027 was formally adopted after extensive stakeholder dialogue and negotiation between the co-legislating EU institutions: the European Commission, the Council of Member States (MS) Agriculture Ministers (AGRIFISH), and the European Parliament. Major changes from the previous CAP include a new “delivery model” that de-centralizes funding and the requirement that EU Member States develop National Strategic Plans (NSPs) in line with Commission priorities, such as the EU Green Deal. Feedback on the NSPs is provided by the Commission and enables MS governments to itemize CAP funding to the needs of MS farming communities and rural areas.

02/02/2022

France FAIRS Annual Country Report

France, as a member of the European Union (EU), generally follows EU directives, regulations, and obligations. This report focuses on food laws in force in France that cover areas which are not EU harmonized. EU regulations are explained in the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) EU GAIN Report E42021-0072 authored by the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, Belgium

07/02/2022

Japan E-Commerce Market

This report features e-commerce trends in Japan and the potential for growth in the market. E-commerce in Japan is an approximately $4 trillion market and Japan is the fourth-largest e-commerce market in the world. Despite ongoing COVID-19 disruptions, 2020 available data highlights that the Business-to-Consumer (B-to-C) e-commerce marketplace experienced marginal increases totaling $180 billion. While e-commerce is growing, growth in the food and beverage sector is an area for continued development, representing an approximately $20 billion market in 2020. Rakuten, Amazon and Yahoo! Japan are the major players in the e-commerce marketplace.

29/12/2021

Singapore FAIRS Annual 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. Updates in this report include modifications to the Singapore Food Regulations (guidelines governing imported food).

26/01/2022

Hungary FAIRS Annual 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. This report provides an overview of food laws in force in Hungary that cover areas that are not yet harmonized.

12/01/2022

Korea FAIRS Annual Country Report

This report outlines specific requirements for food and agricultural product imports into the Republic of South Korea. Updates to the 2021 FAIRS Report are included in sections I, II, III, IV, V, VII, VIII, IX and Appendix II.

20/12/2021

Morocco FAIRS Annual Country Report

This report outlines Moroccan government requirements for the importation of food and agricultural products for human and animal consumption. The report aims to assist U.S. exporters by providing an assessment of laws and requirements for food and agricultural products imposed on imports. It also provides points of contact for key Moroccan government authorities.

27/12/2021

Serbia FAIRS Annual Country Report

This report provides information on Serbian regulations and standards concerning food, agriculture, agricultural products, and foreign trade. It includes information on labeling, packaging, food additives, and import procedures. In 2021, Serbia adopted the new Law on Regulation of the Agriculture Products Market and more than seventy by-laws that included different rules and ordinances. As with the rest of the world, Serbia has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as it has negatively impacted Serbia’s economy and society, including food and agriculture production. Serbia’s agriculture sector has weathered most of the effects of the pandemic because of its high stocks of agricultural goods, good climatic conditions this winter, good conditions for spring planting, excellent winter and spring crop yields, and the most developed food processing industry in the region.

21/01/2022

Nigeria FAIRS Export Certificate Report

This report highlights all major certificates and permits required by the Government of Nigeria (GON) for exporting food and agricultural products from the United States to Nigeria. It also complements The FAIRS – Annual Country Report for Nigeria (2021). Post recommends that prospective exporters read both reports for a better understanding of Nigeria’s food and agricultural standards and requirements for export certifications and permits.

06/01/2022

Germany FAIRS Annual 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. This report provides an overview of food laws in force in Germany that cover areas, which are not yet harmonized. Food laws currently in force in the EU are summarized in the USEU FAIRS report.

07/12/2021

Vietnam FAIRS Annual Country Report

This report provides information of the food and agricultural laws and regulations currently in force in Vietnam. Updates have been made to the Executive Summary, Section I – Food Laws, Section II – Labeling Requirements, Section IV – Food Additives Regulation, Section VI – Other Requirements, Regulations and Registration Measures, Section VII – Other Specific Standards, and Section X – Trade Facilitation. New sections added to the report include Section 3.2 – Packaging Sustainability Measures, and Section 7.3 – Plant-Based Meat and Dairy Alternatives.

14/01/2022

New EU Labeling Rules for Wines

On December 6, 2021, the European Union published new rules concerning wine, dealcoholized and partially dealcoholized wine, and aromatized wine. These new rules introduce a compulsory nutrition declaration and a compulsory list of ingredients for wine products sold on the EU market beginning on December 8, 2023. The EU also established the conditions under which wine products may be dealcoholized or partially dealcoholized.

12/01/2022

Brazil FAIRS Annual Country Report

The Brazilian government is currently reviewing and consolidating the overall set of regulations that establishes technical and administrative procedures to the country’s legal framework. Government bodies such as the National Agency of Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA) and the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA), which have a critical impact on imports of agricultural products, are diligently working to conclude this task, which must be completed by 2022. Although, the goal is to facilitate trade and turn it more transparent, U.S. exporters are highly recommended to work closely with Brazilian importers as requirements are being modified in a fast pace to avoid noncompliance and clearance issues.

13/01/2022

Bulgaria FAIRS Annual Country Report

Bulgaria acceded to the European Union (EU) in 2007 and follows EU directives and regulations pertaining to food safety, quality, and standards. This report outlines applicable legislation regarding U.S. food-product exports to Bulgaria, particularly those rules which differ from EU legislation. This report should be read in conjunction with the U.S. Mission to the EU’s (USEU) Office of Agricultural Affairs’ (OAA) EU FAIRS 2021 report . Additional updates and other relevant information can be found on the FAS Europe’s website.

10/01/2022

Kazakhstan FAIRS Annual Country Report

This report is an overview of the general legal and technical requirements for food and agricultural imports imposed by Kazakhstan. The following sections of this report have been updated from the 2020 FAIRS report: Section II’s “Digital Labeling Requirements,” Section V’s “Draft Maximum Residue Levels,” Section VI’s information on “Tariff Rate Quotas,” and Section VII’s “Halal Standards.”

07/01/2022

Czech Republic FAIRS Annual Country Report

This report provides information on the laws and regulations for food, import rules for food, and contact information in the Czech Republic. It is recommended to read the EU-28 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards, because the Czech Republic, a member of the European Union, follows the EU directives and regulations. The following sections include updates: I., II., III., IV., V., and VIII. since last report. Please note notification requirements for importers of certain foodstuffs of plant origin in Section VI.

06/01/2022

Argentina FAIRS Annual Country Report

This report provides overall information on regulations and standards for importing U.S. food and beverage products to Argentina. Post recommends U.S. suppliers interested in the Argentine market contact our office or local importers to discuss the rules and regulations applicable to import requirements for particular products.

04/01/2022

Austria FAIRS Annual 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. U.S. food and agricultural suppliers to Austria should verify with local importers and appropriate U.S. regulatory agencies for the most current local requirements prior to shipping. It is recommended that this report be read in conjunction with the EU Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Report.

05/01/2022

Israel FAIRS Annual Country Report

The second stage of the front of pack labeling regulation entered into force on January 1, 2021. Israel passes amendments to the Public Health Protection Act (Food) to ease and reduce the regulatory burden on food importation. Amongst the amendments is an additional importation track called the “European Track”. The amendment will come into force on January 1, 2023.

04/01/2022

India FSSAI Extends the Validity of No-objection Certificates for Imported Alcoholic Beverages

On November 9, 2021, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a directive clarifying that all imported consignments of alcoholic beverages bottled in origin and in bulk, containing more than ten percent alcohol with no expiry date will be issued a no-objection certificate (NOC) with a validity of 300 days. The NOC will be issued according to Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Import Regulations 2017 and may be revalidated based on visual inspection if the consignment is at the port beyond 300 days. On November 24, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs issued standing instructions to all customs officials based on the FSSAI directive.

29/12/2021

Vietnam Amends the Labeling Requirements for Imported Goods

This report provides a summary and unofficial translation of the Government of Vietnam’s (GVN) Decree 111/2021/ND-CP, dated December 9, 2021, Amending and Supplementing Decree 43/2017/ND-CP on Goods Labeling. This amendment covers all categories of food, beverages, and agricultural products circulated in Vietnam, both domestically produced and imported. Decree 111 will replace several parts of Decree 43 and take effect on February 15, 2021.

16/12/2021

Burma Additional list of Commodities Required Import license

Agricultural Trade Office Activities, Country/Regional FTA’s, Trade Policy Incident Report, Trade Policy Monitoring, WTO Notifications