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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.

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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

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

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.

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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

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

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.

Ireland Mexico

UK announces plans to start trade talks with Japan, publishes approach to negotiations

The UK government has announced it will shortly begin negotiations – via video conferencing - on a Free Trade Agreement with Japan, the third largest economy in the world after the US and China. The UK sees the agri-food industry benefitting from the deal through reduced tariffs and reduced administrative hurdles, documents pertaining to the talks and published this week show.

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