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New EU MRL rules to impact trade

The new EU maximum residue limit (MRL) rules are likely to open trade disputes and wider monitoring, delegates at the Agchem Forum heard earlier this month. Matt Lantz, director of chemicals services at the international shipping advisory agency, Bryant Christie, was among speakers highlighting the issue. “MRLs are a regulatory issue and are not supposed to be a trade barrier,” he said. “Unintentionally, as standards are unable to be met, this could become a non-tariff barrier.” However, the EU move should bring long-term benefits from simplification, as the different national MRLs will be replaced by a single EU-wide MRL for each pesticide/crop combination, he adds.

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