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last release: April 2019

Policy Developments

Logistics/Infrastructure/Trade Junctures 

  • Three ports in the Entre Rios Province in Argentina have reopened after eight years of closure, which is expected to boost rice exports from the Province.
  • Extreme floods in the Midwestern US significantly obstructed barge freight as multiple locks had to close along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

Across the board

  • On 13 March, the Ministry of Agriculture and Agribusiness in Argentina launched Agrodatos, a transparency tool to enhance information management in the agriculture sector. The system assists agriculture suppliers with data management and systematisation of registry.
  • On 8 March, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Farming in Brazil launched a new crop registration system, the "National Register of Cultivars", which is intended to facilitate the analysis of applications for cultivar registration and to allow systematization of information.
  • On 5 March, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in India notified a Transport and Marketing Assistance Scheme applicable for certain agriculture products, including maize products from 1 March 2019 to 21 March 2020. The scheme assists exporters through direct bank transfers in reimbursement of freight costs and promotes the marketing of agricultural produce worldwide.
  • On 6 March, Japan notified the WTO of a proposal to revoke the designation of ten existing food additives via G/SPS/N/JPN/621. The deadline for public comments on the draft proposal is 27 August 2019.