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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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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+00:00July 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+00:00February 1st, 2016|

New PFP Competitiveness study

PRESS RELEASE More than 1 million EU farmers depend on the EU primary food processing sector, new study concludes   Brussels, 29 October 2015 A new study published today by LEI Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and funded by the EU Primary Food Processors Association (PFP), quantifies the contribution of the EU vegetable oils and [...]

2015-11-12T16:10:25+00:00November 12th, 2015|

EU farmers and maize processors join forces as the 11th round of TTIP negotiations starts

  Press release                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        19 October 2015 EU farmers and maize processors join forces as the 11th round of TTIP negotiations starts As the 11th Round of EU-US TTIP negotiations starts in Miami, EU farmers represented by COPA-COGECA, EU maize growers represented by CEPM, and EU ethanol and starch producers, represented by ePURE and Starch Europe [...]

2016-09-13T15:52:33+00:00October 19th, 2015|

Updated position on the EU-US TTIP

Updated position on the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Parnership Updated – 26 February 2015 Due to the structural differences with the US, the EU starch industry cannot compete on a fair level-playing field. Over the last 20 years different supportive policies between the two regions have created a deep structural gap between the EU [...]

2016-09-13T15:53:46+00:00February 27th, 2015|

An industrial renaissance for the EU Starch Industry

In its Communication ‘For a European Industrial Renaissance’ (COM (2014) 14 Final) of 22 January 2014, the European Commission sets the ambitious objective of increasing the GDP contribution of EU industry from its current level of 15.1% to 20% by 2020. This paper outlines how the EU starch industry can contribute to this objective and how EU decision makers can help maximise that contribution.

2015-10-27T10:45:08+00:00October 8th, 2014|
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