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Imports, China Among Topics of Upcoming USDA Rules

Monday, December 05, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

A performance standard for authorizing fruit and vegetable imports, poultry from China, and genetically modified organisms are among the topics of proposed and final regulations set forth in the Department of Agriculture’s most recent semiannual regulatory agenda. This online resource lists the following regulations affecting international trade in agricultural products that could be issued within the next year as well as rulemaking proceedings that have been in process for some time and are not as likely to see further progress in the near term. The expected timeframes for issuance of the rules are indicated in parentheses.

Upcoming Regulations

- a proposed rule on the importation of genetically engineered organisms (December; previously September)

- a final rule establishing a performance standard for authorizing the importation and interstate movement of fruits and vegetables (January; previously August)

- a proposed rule to list China as eligible to export to the U.S. poultry products from birds slaughtered in China (April 2017; first time published)

- a final rule to add Honduras to the list of countries eligible to export poultry products to the U.S. (April 2017; proposed rule published in April 2016)

- a final rule to add Poland to the list of countries eligible to export poultry products to the U.S. (April 2017; proposed rule published in April 2016)

- a final rule to amend the bovine spongiform encephalopathy and scrapie regulations regarding the importation of live sheep, goats, and wild ruminants and their embryos, semen, products, and byproducts (June 2017; proposed rule published in July 2016)

Regulations in Process

- a final rule updating the regulations that set forth forfeiture procedures with regard to plants or plant products seized under the authority of the Endangered Species Act or the Lacey Act

Completed Rulemakings

- a final rule providing for an electronic export application and certification system for meat, poultry, and egg products

- a final rule adding Namibia to the list of countries eligible to export meat products to the U.S.

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