August 20, 2014
US DDGS and corn gluten meal exempted from Malaysia's import inspection
Malaysia agreed to permanently exempt imports of US distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten meal (CGM) from the new, more stringent sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) inspection regulations for agricultural commodities.
The decision makes permanent a temporary exemption, granted in May, for the period from July 31 to December 31, 2014.
"Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, is a growth market, so this is an important decision," said Adel Yusupov, US Grain Council regional director for Southeast Asia.
Earlier in the year, Malaysia announced new SPS inspection regulations on imports of a number of agricultural commodities. These potentially costly regulations applied to all countries of origin, including the United States. This one-size-fits-all approach threatened to disrupt trade and impose significant and needless costs on Malaysian buyers and consumers.
The temporary exemption announced in May provided time for additional discussion. Malaysian officials have now officially recognised that US DDGS
and CGM pose no significant threat to Malaysian agriculture and end-users.
"Without this decision, U.S. DDGS and CGM would have faced requirements for fumigation at the port of origin and strict phytosanitary certification, effective January 1, 2015," Yusupov said. "The exemption is a big win for trade, and for Malaysian consumers."
Source: US Grain Council