BiodieselJun-18Biofuel policyProposed the blending mandates for renewable fuels in 2019 and 2020, entailing i) increases in ‘cellulosic biofuel’ and ‘advanced biofuel’ volumes in 2019; ii) unchanged levels of ‘conventional’ biofuels in 2019; and iii) a moderate increase for ‘biomass-based diesel’ targets in 2020.Trans-fatty acidJun-18Health policyDecided, with regard to the nationwide ban on food products containing partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), to extend the compliance date for certain specified applications of PHOs to 1 June 2019. Also allowed all food products containing PHOs produced prior to 18 June 2018 to be distributed until 1 January 2020. GlyphosateJul-18Pesticide regulationFederal courts are considering cases linking the use of glyphosate, a herbicide widely employed for soybeans and other crops, to human health issues.Crops, livestock productsAug-18Agricultural policyAnnounced details of public assistance to be provided to farmers impacted by China’s introduction of retaliatory tariffs, including direct payments, Government procurement of affected commodities for distribution to public nutrition programmes, and trade promotion programmes to assist in developing new export markets.United States/Mexico/CanadaOilcropsSep-18Trade agreementAgreed to replace North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), under which trade facilitation measures for oilcrops would remain in place.Viet NamSoybeans, wheatSep-18Import policySent non-compliance notifications to the United States regarding wheat and soybean consignments contaminated with seeds of perennial weed cirsium arvense.ZimbabweSoybeansJul-18Sector development measuresRaised the price of soybeans delivered to the state-run Grain Marketing Board in a bid to stimulate domestic soybean production.
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Major policy developments46FOOD OUTLOOKNOVEMBER 2018MEAT: MAJOR POLICY DEVELOPMENTS MID-JUNE TO MID-OCTOBER 2018*COUNTRYDATEPRODUCTPOLICY CATEGORY/INSTRUMENTDESCRIPTIONArgentina Sep-18Bovine meat Export taxImposed an export tax on meat products (four pesos per USD for raw/primary products and three pesos per USD for value-added products), and reduced the original export tax rebate from 3.5 percent to 1.0 percent for chilled beef, and from 4.0 percent to 1.25 percent for frozen beef.CanadaJul-18Bovine meatTariff rateAnnounced a list of goods, including beef, targeted for retaliation over tariffs imposed by the United States on steel and aluminium imports from Canada.China (Mainland)Jun-18Poultry meat Anti-dumping measureImposed a temporary anti-dumping measure on poultry meat imports from Brazil, which requires Chinese importers of Brazilian poultry meat to pay deposits ranging from 18.8 percent to 38.4 percent of the value of the shipments from 9 June 2018.
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