In a world starch market of approximately 75 million tonnes, the EU produces 11 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, these 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 ofstarch 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,  including the EU bilateral FTA negotiations with various third countries and/or regions.

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

2020-09-21T12:04:28+00:00October 19, 2015

  Press release                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        19 October 2015 EU farmers and maize [...]

An industrial renaissance for the EU Starch Industry

2020-09-21T12:04:28+00:00October 8, 2014

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.

AAF position on EU-US TTIP

2020-09-21T12:04:29+00:00October 9, 2013

The EU starch industry asks for exclusion of various starch products and co-products in the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) negotiations with the US. [...]

AAF position on EU-Thailand FTA

2020-09-21T12:04:29+00:00September 9, 2013

Thailand is the world’s biggest exporter of starch, the world’s largest producer of native tapioca starch produced manioc starch and the third world producer of the manioc roots, which produce tapioca.[...]

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