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Trade Agreements

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: F2F Strategy, CAP transition and COVID-19 support

While EU policymakers made some important decisions on their future agri-food policies last week, US farmers got more clarity on the emergency aid that they will soon receive from the government.

EU United States

Spot the difference: the UK opts for continuity with post-Brexit agri-food tariff schedule

After decades of castigating the EU and its Common Agricultural Policy for being protectionist and closed off to global competition, the UK government has finally taken its opportunity to set its own agricultural tariffs to take effect in January 2021, when the current post-Brexit transition period expires.

United Kingdom EU

WTO moves forward with expedited process for picking new leader

Nominations for a new World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General will open June 8 as the trade body moves forward with an expedited process of selecting a new leader to replace current WTO chief Roberto Azevêdo who is stepping down one year early on August 31.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Philippines agrees to open its’ market to Spanish beef

Spanish beef exporters secured another important opening in Asia this week as the Philippines agreed to lift restrictions after three years of negotiations.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Agriculture gets protection under UK’s “Global Tariff” scheme for January 2021

The UK Government has today unveiled a post-Brexit trade regime called the “UK Global Tariff” (UKGT) which foresees 60% of trade coming into the UK being tariff-free on WTO terms or through existing preferential access from January 2021. However, the government stressed that it would maintain tariffs on agricultural products such as lamb, beef, and poultry to protect domestic producers.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Irish pork gets access to Mexican market

Ireland has been given the green light to start shipping pigmeat to Mexico, a country that traditionally relies on the US to supply the bulk of its pork import requirements.

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Trade Disputes

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: F2F Strategy, CAP transition and COVID-19 support

While EU policymakers made some important decisions on their future agri-food policies last week, US farmers got more clarity on the emergency aid that they will soon receive from the government.

EU United States

Spot the difference: the UK opts for continuity with post-Brexit agri-food tariff schedule

After decades of castigating the EU and its Common Agricultural Policy for being protectionist and closed off to global competition, the UK government has finally taken its opportunity to set its own agricultural tariffs to take effect in January 2021, when the current post-Brexit transition period expires.

United Kingdom EU

Chile’s chicken exports to the EU suspended - report

Exports of Chilean chicken to the EU have reportedly been halted after shortcomings were identified by European inspectors.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

WTO moves forward with expedited process for picking new leader

Nominations for a new World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General will open June 8 as the trade body moves forward with an expedited process of selecting a new leader to replace current WTO chief Roberto Azevêdo who is stepping down one year early on August 31.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

US patent office guidance bolsters common food term protection, say cheese and meat groups

US cheese and meat producers hailed a new policy from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that they say will help protect common food terms such as parmesan and bologna, a sticking point for US companies in trade negotiations with EU.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Spanish farmers want end of Russian veto of EU food exports in light of COVID losses

The market fallout from COVID-19 in Spain's farming sector has led to renewed voices for a speedy resolution of the trade dispute with Russia in order to facilitate fruit exports to that market.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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Geographical Indications

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US patent office guidance bolsters common food term protection, say cheese and meat groups

US cheese and meat producers hailed a new policy from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that they say will help protect common food terms such as parmesan and bologna, a sticking point for US companies in trade negotiations with EU.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

No spike in fraud in the agri-food chain because of COVID, says Italian inspectorate

ICQRF, the quality and anti-fraud inspectorate body of Italy’s agriculture ministry MIPAAF, has not discovered abnormal spikes in product fraud following 21,172 anti-fraud inspections of the country’s agri-food chain during the COVID-19 lockdown.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

US food giant removes references to Italian speciality cheese, says group

Following a protracted dispute, the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium announced that US soup manufacturer, Campbell’s, has communicated its acceptance of the consortium’s request for the removal of all references to the “King of Cheeses” [Parmigiano Reggiano] from its products.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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