Crop Subsidies In Foreign Countries

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General Information for Argentina

  • Export Quota System for Corn and Wheat:
    • Corn and wheat are subject to the export quota system known as the Registry of Export (ROE).
    • This policy artificially lowers prices by limiting exports and announcing export quotas without a given pattern.
    • These policies reduce corn and wheat production in favor for soybean production.
  • Export Licenses (ROEs):
    • The USESCI issues and regulates export licenses (ROEs) in the grain and beef sectors.
    • Exporters have 45 days from the date of the export license request to notify the Argentine Customs Office of the destination of the shipment.
    • If within 5 days after the license is approved, the exporter pays the export tax and the destination notification period is extended 365 days.
    • The government has provided ROEs for 8.0 million tons.
    • This system is expected to end in December 2015.
    • Elimination:
      • In 2015, the incoming government opened exports and eliminated ROEs.
      • All export licenses schemes first developed in 2006 would be eliminated.
      • This is most significant for corn, wheat beef, and dairy products.
  • Export Rebate Modifications:
    • Decree 1341/2016 raised and/or introduces export rebates for various agricultural products, including beef, horticultural products, organic products, plant oils, and various grain flours/meals.
    • The purpose of this measure is to promote diversified agro-industrial development by promoting greater value-added production chains and exports.
    • Its estimated cost is over US $160 million.
    • This decree helps meets one of the Macri Administration's main campaign promises to encourage innovation in the sector and bolster regional rural economies.
    • This decree also aims to support a burgeoning sector of the agro-export complex - organic and geographically-specific production.
    • On top of the product-specific export rebate, exporters will be able to offer an additional 0.5% rebate for those products outlined by geographical origin or alternative production methods (organic, etc).
  • Export Taxes:
    • In 2015, the incoming government reduced and eliminated export taxes.
    • There will be a gradual reduction of export taxes for soybeans and its byproducts by 5% every year and elimination of export taxes for all other agricultural products.

  • Historically, the agricultural sector in Argentina has received little direct government support.
  • Policies in the export-oriented agricultural sector were shaped by an unstable macroeconomic environment, trade restrictions on agricultural inputs and outputs, and government policies favoring industrial development and cheap supply of food to urban consumers.
  • In 1990, Argentina enacted economic reforms that began to stabilize the economy and created an environment more favorable to agricultural investment, production, and exports.
  • However, the government still collects export taxes on grains, cottons, and other agricultural products, depend on their level of processing.

Import Tariffs:
  • Argentina increases import tariffs - no commodities in database are affected.

Policy Changes:
  • As of April 2014, there is no production on processing subsidies for grains in Argentina.
  • On December 10, 2015, policy changes were made including the reduction of the export tax on soybeans and its byproducts by 5% and eliminating export taxes on all other agricultural commodities.
  • On December 17, 2015, policy changes were made that included the removal of foreign exchange restrictions and devaluation of the Argentine peso by about 45% (over 50% to date). This boosted competitiveness of agricultural exporters and was a positive signal to producers who waited for such an adjustment to being liquidating their inventories.
  • In 2015, the incoming government, under President-elect Maurcio Macri, proposed a series of agricultural policy changes that could have significant impact of domestically and in international markets. The policy changes were implemented immediately.
    • The opening of exports and elimination of export licenses (ROEs): All export licenses schemes first developed in 2006 would be eliminated - most significant for corn, wheat, beef, and dairy products.
    • Transparency in domestic market: Elimination of reference prices and maximum prices.
    • Reduction and elimination of export taxes: Gradual reduction of export taxes for soybeans and its byproducts by 5% every year. Elimination of export taxes for all other agricultural products.
    • Streamline all local taxes: Government intends to streamline all taxes, including revisions to the value-added tax.

Production and Processing Subsidies:
  • There are no production or processing subsidies for grains in Argentina.

Wheat and Corn:
  • Wheat and Corn Mills Subsidies:
    • Wheat and corn mills are given a monthly subsidy for the volume of wheat sold in the domestic market (subject to a maximum volume per mill established by the Group of Coordination and Evaluation of Subsidies for Internal Commerce (USESCI), formerly the National Office of Agricultural Trade Control (ONCCA)).
    • The subsidy is the value per metric ton based on the difference between the theoretical FAS price (TFP) published by the Ministry of Agriculture (or price supposedly paid by the millers to corn and wheat farmers) and the "supply price" published by the Secretariat of Domestic Trade.
    • Small- and medium-sized farmers (up to 800 MT of wheat and up to 1,240 MT of corn production levels) are rebated the difference between the FOB official price and the TFP published daily by the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Wheat and Corn Policies:
    • Policies for wheat and corn are primarily aimed at maintaining sufficient domestic supplies at reduced prices through:
      • Domestic subsidies
      • Export taxes
      • Controls on export licenses
    • There is also a subsidy program in place for small and medium producers that allow for a rebate of export taxes paid.

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  • Average Countervailing Duty 2013:
    • In 2013, the EU implemented an average countervailing duty of 24.6% for 5 years on biodiesel imports from Argentina due to alleged dumping, which caused imports of Argentine biodiesel to drop to almost nil.
    • No changes in EU policy are expected for 2014 and 2015.
  • Ethanol Production:
    • Currently (as of July 2017), the growing ethanol industry is based on sugarcane and more recently grains.
  • Exports:
    • Export Rebate:
      • As of July 2017, bioethanol exports from non-Mercosur countries have a 4.05% rebate.
    • Export Tax:
      • In June and July 2017, the Government of Argentina set the export tax on biodiesel at zero percent (it dropped from 0.13% set in May 2017).
  • Imports:
    • As of July 2017, bioethanol imports from non-Mercosur countries pay 20%.
  • Mandates:
    • Since the beginning of 2007, Argentina has had in place a Biofuels Law which mandates gasoline to be mixed with bioethanol and diesel with biodiesel in 2010. The original mandates were 5% each, but after several modification, gasoline is currently (as of July 21, 2016) at 12% and diesel at 10%.
    • The Argentinean Government raised the biodiesel mix under the local mandate from 8% to 10% in 2014 to partially offset smaller exports due to market restrictions imposed by the EU. The government will increase the biodiesel mix from 8% to 9% in January 2014 and from 9% to 10% in February 2014. This measure is expected to remain in place for the next 5 years.
  • Promotion of the Biodiesel Industry:
    • The Argentine Government has recently launched a series of measures to promote the local biodiesel industry which was operating at a very low capacity (as of July 2014). These measures are:
      • An increase in the office mandate price
      • A temporary reduction of local taxes on biodiesel for energy use
      • A temporary reduction of local taxes, to a lesser extent, transport use
  • Soybeans:
    • As of 2014, soybean oil is used to mainly in the biodiesel industry, of which about two-thirds of production is exported and the rest is used domestically to meet the national policy of 10% biodiesel mix mandate (although it is not currently being met).