A report published by The University of Arizona about non-tariff barriers to trade has found that new requirements for quality inspections under the Tomato Suspension Agreement are delaying or restricting trade. The report also considers phytosanitary barriers that are being used without the accompanying standard SPS risk assessment.
Non-tariff barriers are hindering Mexico-US fresh produce trade
US trade commission finds that blueberry imports do not threaten domestic industry
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In an official deliberation, the US International Trade Commission has determined that fresh, chilled, or frozen blueberries are not being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as constitute a substantial cause of serious injury, or threat of serious injury, to the domestic industry. As a result, the investigation will end, and the Commission will not recommend a remedy to the President.
Organic Vegetable Production Conference
The Organic Vegetable Production Conference is a producer-initiated conference which is built around farmer-to-farmer skill sharing and attracts experienced growers from across the US (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and beyond). This conference has the technical details that other organic conferences sometimes lack. The event will be held online on February 22-27, 2021 and is part of the Growing Stronger: Collaborative Conference on Organic and Sustainable Farming.
US-UK equivalency agreement for organic products takes effect
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On January 1, 2021, a new US-UK equivalence agreement ensures that organic products certified to either USDA or UK standards may be labelled and sold as organic in both countries. The agreement provides continuity for US-UK exports covered by the US-EU equivalence agreement, following Brexit.
South Asia Rising: US Food and Beverage Virtual Trade Event
US food and beverage exporters can connect with new customers and explore exciting sales opportunities in the rapidly growing South Asia market during a virtual trade event hosted by the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Apply now to join us for South Asia Rising, which will take place February 2-4, 2021.
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US organic exports to Taiwan to soar by 50% by 2025
Taiwan now represents a major market for US fresh organics. The Asian country is currently the fifth largest export market for US organic products, worth over US$90 million in sales in 2019. Now, with the equivalence arrangement agreed between the two countries in May 2020 coming into force, US organic sales in Taiwan are projected to rise by nearly 50% between 2020 to 2025, according to the USDA/FAS. The agreement allows organic products certified in the United States or Taiwan to be sold as organic in either market.
Concerns over spike of Covid-19 cases in US produce sector
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Fresh produce regains ground in US retail sales
The share of sales of fresh produce in US shopping baskets is almost back to pre-Covid levels. Following the outbreak, there was a rush to stock up on frozen and canned products, which led to a drop in sales of fresh produce to 70% in March. However, according to data published in a report by 210 Analytics and PMA, in the week ending on May 24th, the share of fresh produce was back up to 82%, slightly less than the 2019 average of 84%.