Malaysian trade officials announced recently the country will not permanently exempt imports of U.S. dried distillers grains with solubles and corn gluten meal from its new regulations for agricultural commodities, according to an article by the Council (http://bit.ly/…).
Malaysia recently instituted more stringent sanitary, phytosanitary and inspection regulations that applied to all countries of origin, including the U.S. The regulations would have forced U.S. shipments of DDGS and CGM to be fumigated at the port of origin in order to meet strict phytosanitary certification.
After the new regulations threatened to disrupt trade and possibly impose unnecessary costs on Malaysian buyers and consumers, Malaysia gave the U.S. a permanent exemption in May for July 31 through Dec. 31, 2014.
Adel Yusupov, the Council's regional director for Southeast Asia, said that while Malaysia has experienced some problems with imports from some countries, U.S. DDGS and CGM have proved to be of high quality. That high quality has evidently convinced Malaysian officials that U.S. DDGS and CGM are safe and pose no threat to Malaysian agriculture.
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