- Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0000: Bolivia: Bolivia Enters Ethanol Era - Recently Updated
On March 8, 2018, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced the country would begin ethanol production. The ethanol mandate will require that gasoline be blended with at least 10 percent ethanol beginning in 2018, then rise to 25 percent in 2025. Bolivia will produce ethanol from sugar cane and sorghum. Both government and private sector are supportive of the program that will have a positive impact on the Bolivian economy. The government sees ethanol production as an opportunity to substitute gasoline imports.
- Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0000: Philippines: Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional - Recently Updated
Increased spending and growing dining habits of the emerging middle class in the Philippines have contributed to the growth of the HRI sector by 6.7 percent from 2015 with sales of US$12 billion. This growth in the foodservice industry provides greater opportunities for exports of U.S. food and beverage products to the Philippines.
- Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0000: Philippines: Food Processing Ingredients - Recently Updated
The Philippines’ rapidly expanding processed food and beverage industry presents robust opportunities for U.S. exporters of agricultural raw materials and high-value ingredients. The industry’s gross value added output amounted to $28.9 billion in 2016. Roughly 90 percent of the industry’s output is consumed domestically. As quality and efficiency continue to improve, the Philippines will be in a position to exploit export opportunities in the region due to its strategic location and membership in various free trade agreements, such as the Association of Southeast Asia Nations Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) and the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA).
- Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0000: EU-28: Commission Launches Consultation on U.S. Steel Tariff Hike - Recently Updated
EU Trade Commissioner Malmstrom has asserted that the EU should be excluded from additional tariffs on U.S. imports of steel and aluminum scheduled to be applied from March 23, 2018. However, if the EU were not to be exempt, the European Commission has prepared wide ranging retaliatory measures that include agriculture. On Friday, March 16, 2018, the European Commission’s DG Trade launched a public consultation on the announced U.S. tariff increases on imports of steel and aluminum and possible EU retaliatory measures. The deadline for input is 12:00 am (Universal Time Coordinated + 01:00) Brussels, Monday, March 26, 2018.
- Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0000: Thailand: Rice Price - Weekly - Recently Updated
Rice export prices increased by 2 percent due to the strengthening Thai baht, which offset declines in farm-gate rice prices.