The national corn producer associations of America, Brazil and Argentina last week discussed plans for a European mission to meet with country officials and feed industry leaders on market access and biotechnology issues.
The corn organizations, collectively called MAIZALL, have planned the mission for June.
"We face challenges in every region," said U.S. Grains Council Chairman and MAIZALL President Julius Schaaf, "but the EU biotechnology approval system does not follow its own regulatory and statutory timeline requirements perpetuating asynchronous approvals that continue to disrupt corn exports to the EU."
Schaff said the mission was timely, as the countries discuss the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Schaff underscored timely event approvals and the importance of the EU developing standards on low-level presence of unapproved events for improved trade.
The group has previously visited Korea and China to discuss trade and biotech approvals.
Outreach in Brazil
While meeting in Brazil to discuss the mission, MAIZALL also met with the newly appointed Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Neri Geller. Geller strongly supported the efforts of MAIZALL and noted that he will seek to strengthen the partnership between countries on these issues of common concern, particularly with respect to the current situation in China.
"We very much appreciate Minister Geller's strong support for MAIZALL and commitment to advance sound trade policy," Schaaf said.
MAIZALL also met with the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock to introduce the challenges that maize growers face with the introduction of new technologies in an environment of increasing export opportunities.