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FSMA update

This last quarter of 2016 saw work on the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) continuing to move forward. Recent developments include the publishing of Voluntary Qualified Importer Program final guidance and various draft guidance documents. PMA has also published a FSMA training calendar, available to members who need mandatory FSMA training on the various implementing regulations.

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Compliance

Import requirements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule to establish requirements for the electronic filing of entries of FDA-regulated products offered for import into the United States. The deadline for compliance is Dec. 29, 2016.

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Urge your representative/senators to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement under consideration by the United States will reduce tariffs and open markets for U.S. food and agricultural exports, including fresh fruits and vegetables and flowers. PMA members in the U.S. are encouraged to write to their representative and senators to urge support for a vote on TPP.

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China: Exporting to

Exporting Fresh Fruit and Vegetables to China

China is an important importer and exporter of fresh fruit and vegetables. Advances in production, post-harvest handling, processing, logistical technologies, and increased levels of international investment as well as steady economic growth are contributing to China's dynamic fruit and vegetable market. This growth is making China an important location for exporters around the world.

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The Basis of Small Black Farmers’ Success in Africa

South Africa has a unique and dynamic fresh produce retailing industry, defined by an intense level of competition and an extraordinarily diversified customer base. Consumer demands range from theAfrica basic needs of the rural and urban poor to the sophisticated choices by the rich and wealthy, mostly in the cities. Even though food retailing is dominated by the major supermarket chains, which control the larger part of produce supplies, they are also diversified according to its segmented consumers.

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A Macro Look at African Logistics

World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index rating reflects: • perceptions of a country's logistics based on efficiency of the customs clearance process, • quality of trade- and transport-related infrastructure, • ease of arranging competitively priced shipments, • quality of logistics services, • ability to track and trace consignments, and • frequency with which shipments reach the consignee within the scheduled time. African nations are at the bottom of this list.

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Competing With the Chilean Export Market

The fruit sector encompasses over 9,000 growers and exporters and ships to more than 70 markets. Technological improvements enable new varieties, earlier crops, and improved quality and shelf life for exports. Ninety-four percent of Chilean exports go to markets with trade agreements.

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Fruit and vegetable production in Chile

In recent years, Chile emerged as one of the most important stakeholders in the food industry worldwide. Chile is the largest exporter of blueberries, grapes, plums, and prunes.

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Understanding the Chilean Supply Chain Players

Chile is the largest fruit exporter in the Southern Hemisphere, accounting for 59 percent of fruit exports from that region. This article is a snapshot of the export supply chain players in Chile so those interested in sourcing from Chile or providing services to the Chilean export supply chain better understand the relevant players.

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Report finds TPP trade deal good for ag

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would benefit trade in fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts, according to a U.S. report recently released by the U.S. International Trade Commission. According to the report, sanitary and phytosanitary restrictions that currently hamper trade could be offset by new market access in Japan, Vietnam, and Malaysia. The United States, which exports almost half of its fresh produce and nuts, would stand to benefit from TPP, with immediate to near-term duty-free market access for produce.

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