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last release: July 2018

Policy Developments

  • On 11 June, the Ministry of Finance in China, through Communication No. 4/2018, lowered applied tariff rates on Argentinian bulgur wheat from 30 percent to 10 percent and on some cereal-based products from 25 percent to 10 percent. The new tariffs take effect 1 July 2018. 
  • On 15 June, the Ministries of Agriculture in Japan and the Republic of Korea temporarily banned sales of Canadian wheat after a genetically-modified trait was found in wheat coming from Alberta Province. On 26 June, the Republic of Korea lifted this temporary suspension on sales of Canadian wheat, as it had not discovered any unapproved genetically modified strains during tests on imports from Canada. 
  • On 7 June, Mexico notified the WTO of phytosanitary requirements for buckwheat imports from the Russian Federation. The requirement mandates a phytosanitary certification from the Russian Federation containing information on shipments to be free of pests including Circium arvense, Fagopyrum tataricum, Galeopsis speciose and Sonchus arvensis. In addition, it requires necessary treatment either at the point of origin or at the point of entry, which would further go through a risk assessment in Mexico for verification. The requirements are subject to change upon detection of quarantine pests. The final date for receiving comments on the measure is 6 August 2018 (G/SPS/N/MEX/350).
  • On 5 June, Viet Nam resumed wheat imports from Ukraine and introduced strict biosecurity control over grain imported from Ukraine. In 2015, Viet Nam temporarily stopped buying wheat from Ukraine over contamination with grain weevils.