Ghana seeks to improve Temperature Control Cargo industry for perishable products

GHANA – Ghana has formed a multisectoral-committee to monitor and ensure improvements in Ghana’s Temperature Control Cargo industry in response to challenges faced by exporters and other stakeholders in the country. Members of the committee are drawn from the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA), the Global Cold Chain Alliance, Ministry of Food and Agriculture and representation from some import and export…

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South Africa launches e-certification for fruits, vegetables exports

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has launched a system for online certificates developed in partnership with the government of the Netherlands, a game-changer for local and foreign inspectors who have to process fruit and vegetable exports. South Africa now counts among the first nations in the world with an electronic certification system for the import and export of  agricultural products.…

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Brussels to implement mandatory cold treatment for South African oranges

BELGIUM – Brussels has purposed to implement the cold treatment regulation for South African oranges before the start of the southern hemisphere export season, which is in just a few weeks. Brussels’ firmness on cold treatment and its immediate application are evident in the letter that the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, sent to reply to the…

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European Union bans Cameroon from exporting agricultural products to EU

CAMEROON – The European Union (EU) has banned Cameroon from exporting certain agricultural products to the EU due to their questionable quality and the loopholes in the Cameroonian sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) control system. In a letter dated 18 April 2022, addressed to the heads of the phytosanitary police stations at the ports of Douala and Kribi, Yaoundé International Airport…

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Rwanda, DR Congo bank on standardization agreement to eliminate non-tariff barriers

RWANDA/CONGO – Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) are banking on their standardization and conformity assessment agreement to eliminate non-tariff barriers and increase trade. Officials from Rwanda Standard Board (RSB) and DR Congo’s L’office Congolais de Contrôle (OCC) met in Kigali to review the progress on the implementation and discuss ways to further facilitate trade in both…

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Kakuzi gets nod from Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service to export fresh avocados to China

KENYA – Kenyan fresh food producer and exporter Kakuzi Plc, has invested more than Kshs 200 million (US$1.75m) in the last one year to guarantee quality production and environmental management practices that align with both local and globally recognized standards. The company’s sustained co-operation and commitments to maintain the highest possible production and environmental management standards has enabled it to…

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Global food certification market to reach US$ 6.90 billion by 2027

GLOBAL – Emergen Research, a market research and consulting company, has revealed that the global food certification market is projected to reach value of USD 6.90 billion by 2027. The market intelligence study Food Certification weighs upon its global standing in the forecast period from 2021 to 2027.  For this report, Emergen Research has segmented the global food certification market…

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China grants Kenyan avocado exporters access to domestic market dotted with strict requirements

KENYA – Kenyan avocado exporters will now have opportunity to sell their fresh produce to the populous Far East nation, China, which had initially in 2019 only allowed in the fruit in its frozen form. The opening comes after a successful completion of the rigorous Pest Risk Analysis carried out by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and the National…

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Saudi Arabia lifts age restrictions on Irish beef imports

SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has lifted its current restriction on the 30 months age limit for Irish cattle slaughtered for export into the Kingdom. The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue met with the leadership of the SFDA in Riyadh where agreement in principle was reached. Further technical engagement will…

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Taiwan’s opposition party against lifting of ban on irradiated Japanese food imports

TAIWAN – Taiwan’s main opposition party, KMT, has called on local officials to ban some radiation treated Japanese food imports after the island’s government lifted restrictions imposed in response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The country has for the past 10 years banned imports from Japanese territories affected by the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. In a video conference…

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