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Our issues on trade

In a world starch market of approximately 72 million tonnes, the EU produces 10 million tonnes. The USA and China are the world’s largest starch producers, followed by the EU and Thailand. Brazil is also growing in importance as a starch producer.

For many starch products, the third countries are in a position to produce starch at more competitive prices than the EU. This is partly the result of lower raw material and production costs and partly as a result of less stringent, for example, environmental legislation. As such, in order to maintain the competitiveness of the EU starch industry, a number of starch products imported from many third countries are subject to an EU import duty.

For other starch products and co-products, for example potato starch and wheat gluten, the EU is the world’s biggest and/or highest quality producer and its products are widely exported throughout the world. For these products Starch Europe seeks to ensure that fair market access is assured.

Starch Europe therefore takes a keen interest in the EU’s trade policy agenda, notably the negotiations on a possible future WTO trade deal, and EU bilateral FTA negotiations with various third countries and/or regions.

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Starch Europe regrets Chinese decision on EU potato starch duties

Statement on the decision of the Chinese Minister of Commerce to extend the countervailing duties on exports of EU potato starch to China 15 September 2017 Starch Europe is disappointed by the decision that fails to be supported by hard facts and figures and sound justification. On 15 September 2017, the Chinese Minister of Commerce [...]

2018-01-04T14:05:33+00:00 September 15th, 2017|

Starch Europe statement on EU-Japan political agreement

Starch Europe welcomes the political agreement on EU-Japan Economic Partnership 20 July 2017   On 6 July, the EU and Japan signed a political agreement on an Economic Partnership after 4 years of negotiations. Starch Europe welcomes the agreement and looks forward to  improved access to the Japanese market for EU starch products. Reacting to the [...]

2017-12-27T13:18:08+00:00 July 20th, 2017|

Starch Europe Statement on Brexit

Starch Europe calls for the "least disruptive outcome" of Brexit negotiations 8 June 2017 Market and products of the EU starch industry Food and feed sectors Industrial applications Plant-based chemistry Annex-I products: native starches, sweeteners, wheat gluten, fibers and proteins for feed Non-Annex I products: modified starches, fermentation products, hydrogenation products and polyols, others EU [...]

2017-12-27T13:18:09+00:00 June 9th, 2017|

Starch Europe position on EU-Mercosur FTA

Concerns about the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement 28 October 2016 Market and products Food and feed sectors Industrial applications Plant-based chemistry Annex-I products: native starches, sweeteners, wheat gluten, fibers and proteins for feed Non-Annex I products: modified starches, fermentation products, hydrogenation products and polyols, others  EU Market figures (2014) 23 million tonnes of agricultural raw [...]

2017-12-27T13:18:09+00:00 October 28th, 2016|

PFP Press release: EP Rountable

PRESS RELEASE Brussels, 21 June 2016   Towards a better functioning food supply chain: “The EU needs a strong and competitive primary food sector”   PFP Primary Food Processors at their European Parliament Roundtable yesterday reminded decision makers and key food chain stakeholders of the importance of a competitive primary food sector. The event was [...]

2016-07-06T12:52:35+00:00 July 6th, 2016|

Starch Europe statement on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement

Starch Europe welcomes the fact that the Commission has taken into account the sensitivities of EU starch producers in its negotiations with Vietnam. We particularly welcome the fact that the quota for all sensitive starch products, except native tapioca starch, has been kept to 2,000 tonnes. We are concerned however about the 30,000 tonnes duty [...]

2017-05-04T13:14:56+00:00 February 1st, 2016|
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