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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Joint Statement: EU and British starch industry associations voice joint call on BREXIT

Further to this week’s Informal Salzburg Summit, UK and EU27 starch producers reiterate their call for minimum trade disruption. Joint Statement below:     EU and British starch industry associations voice joint call on BREXIT: Starch Europe and BSIA call for a BREXIT deal that secures the least disruptive impact on trade and on the [...]

2018-09-20T15:34:11+00:00September 20th, 2018|

Statement on the treatment of starch products in the EU-Japan FTA

Statement on the treatment of starch products in the EU-Japan FTA 23 January 2018   Further to Starch Europe statement issued on 20 July 2017 on the political agreement concluded between EU and Japan on a Free Trade Agreement, the full text of the agreement was published on 8 December 2017 and Starch Europe has now [...]

2018-01-23T11:37:07+00:00January 23rd, 2018|

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+00:00September 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+00:00July 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+00:00June 9th, 2017|
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