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On February 19, 2024, India's Ministry of Finance (MoF)/Department of Revenue issued Notification No. 10/2024-Customs in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Subsection (i) (official gazette), lowering import duties levied on frozen turkey (meat) and edible offal, cranberries, and blueberries.
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India: India Authorizes Unrestricted Imports of Yellow Peas

On December 7, 2023, India's Ministry of Finance issued Custom Notification No. 64/2023, exempting imports of yellow peas (harmonized tariff system [HS] code 0713.1010) from customs duties and the Agriculture Infrastructure and Development CESS (AIDC) effective December 8, 2023, through March 31, 2024.
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Japan: USJTA Treatment for Fruit Preparations 2023

The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA) entered Year 5 of the agreement implementation on April 1, 2023. This report is one in a series of product briefs highlighting the tariff benefits for specific commodities and products from Year 5 (2023) to Year 7 (2025) of the Agreement.
On September 5, 2023, and just in time for the G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Summit, India’s Ministry of Finance issued Notification No. 53/2023 (Customs), officially notifying the lifting of retaliatory tariffs imposed in 2019 on U.S.-origin almonds, apples, chickpeas, lentils, and walnuts effective September 6, 2023.
On May 8, 2023, the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) published Notification No. 5/2023, Amendment in Import Policy Conditions of Apples under the Indian Trade Classification (ITC) Harmonized System of Nomenclature (HS) Code 0808.1000 of Chapter-08 of the ITC (HS), 2022, Schedule-I (Import Policy).
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Japan: USJTA enters Year 5 of Agreement

The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement (USJTA) will enter Year 5 of agreement implementation on April 1, 2023, eliminating tariffs on multiple products with staging categories where tariffs were reduced in four annual increments beginning on April 1 of Year 2 (April 1, 2020).
India notified its draft Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into India) (Second Amendment) Order (2022), to the Sanitary-Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and is inviting comments.
Since March 1, 2021, the Indian government’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has required a mandatory Non-Genetically Modified (GM) and GM-Free status certificate status for the 24 listed crops in its order.
Effective March 1, 2021, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) requires a certificate for Non-Genetically Modified (GM) and GM-Free status for all apples, all origins being imported into the country.
On June 2, 2020, India’s Ministry of Finance notified a decrease in the basic import duty on lentils (0713 40 00) for all origins, except the United States, from 30 to 10 percent until August 31...
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) approved the geographical indication (GI) application for the Yamagata La France pear on April 15, 2020.
Government of Sri Lanka has notified revision of a Special Commodity Levy on imported fruits under 4 Harmonized System (HS) headings; the notification is effective for 2 months, beginning April 17