Zika Labelling for China

NAEGA has been working closely with the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Services (FAS) and following developments out of China’s General Administration on Quality, Supervision and Inspection (AQSIQ) regarding new Zika-related mosquito disinsection requirements for U.S exports. Following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) determination that the United States is a Zika infected country, Chinese authorities are now requiring mosquito disinsection of all U.S. origin shipments. Disinsection requires that the vessel or container, not the goods, be sprayed or fumigated for mosquitos. Disinsection will not be required for chilled shipments or shipments of bulk food or feed. Exporters will be required to provide a proof of disinsection based on this template provided by AQSIQ. Disinsection does not need to be provided by a governmental body or a government approved body. Disinsection is required for all vessels and containers departing U.S. ports on or after August 5. Local CIQ officials will be conducting selective examination procedures at import. No separate Zika-related inspection process will occur.

NAEGA will continue to work with FAS and monitor developments and compliance with these procedures. For more information, please read the following documents provided by FAS regarding their discussons with AQSIQ.

Please contact Gary or Ryan if you have any questions or concerns.

IGTC Newsletter

The newest edition of the IGTC Newsletter is now available! This week’s newsletter includes coverage of two new policy documents approved this week by the IGTC Management Council, information on an IGTC survey on electronic trade documentation and an opportunity to provide comments on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety’s draft ministerial declaration ahead of its meetings in Cancun.  A copy of the newsletter can be found on the IGTC intranet at or by clicking here.

Washington State GE Wheat Plant Finding

We continue to monitor developments related to the detection of a few genetically engineered wheat plants in a field in Washington State. Japan, which removed Western White Winter Wheat from its August 4 tender, was reported to have enabled on August 22 testing for MON 71700 and 71800 in the U.S. prior to shipment as well as in Japan upon shipment arrival.

IGC MCC Meeting – September 8-10

Katy Lee, Acting Secretariat of the International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC) will travel to London, United Kingdom on September 8-10 to participate in the International Grains Council’s (IGC) Market Conditions Committee meeting. The IGC’s MCC is responsible for keeping market conditions and short termed prospects for grains and oilseeds under review between IGC sessions, and the meeting will feature presentations from member governments on their grain situation and policies. As a representative of the IGTC Katy leads representation and engagement with the IGC following its official recognition of the IGTC in December 2015.

A copy of the Notice to Post for this mission is available here. Please contact Gary or Ryan if you would like to provide contributions to Katy’s participation in this meeting.

EU Environmental Footprint Pilot

At the end of July, the European Commission launched its public consultations on Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) for feed, food and drink products. The PEFCR is a pilot project to develop an approach to calculate the environmental footprint of different products with the goal of measuring environmental performance of products for future policy making.  The PEFCR is an effort to measure and communicate the EU’s environmental goals under its Building the Single Market for Green Products Initiative.

 The EC has developed draft PEFCRs for each product under consultation from product secretariats formed by representatives of trade associations, companies and supply chain experts. The draft PEFCRs developed by the secretariats are now available for public consultation and comment. The comment period will be open until the first quarter of 2017.

More information on contributing to comments on the draft PEFCRs can be found here. If you are interested in contributing comments to the draft PEFCRs please contact Gary or Ryan.

EC 2030 Climate Targets Proposed

The European Commission (EC) has proposed new 2030 member state climate targets that would set emission reduction standards for previously excluded sectors, including buildings, transport and agriculture. Under the new proposal these sectors would need to cut their emissions to 30 percent below the 2005 baseline by the year 2030. The proposal, which has to be agreed by the Council and the European Parliament before it becomes law, revises the so called Effort Sharing Decision, establishing binding annual greenhouse gas emission targets for Member States for the period 2021-2030. Under the proposal each member state contributes towards the 2030 target via a binding, national reduction goal, calculated on the basis of their GDP per capita.

More information on the proposal and the EU’s climate measures, please click here.