Another banner year for Canadian exports

February 15, 2017

Canadian farmers have taken full advantage of a number of trade opportunities in 2016, resulting in a record year for Canadian agri-food with seafood exports, with sales reaching $62.5 billion in 2016. This marks an increase of 41% over the past 5 years!

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has been working with partners around the world to grow and establish relationships that keep our economy and agricultural industries thriving. Some of last year's achievements include:

  • China: Expanding access for frozen, bone-in beef from cattle younger than 30 months, and also for continuing trade in canola;
  • Georgia: Gaining new access for live breeding sheep and goats, as well as ovine/caprine/porcine/bovine genetic materials;
  • India: Gaining new access for pork products;
  • Japan: Gaining new access for British Columbia greenhouse peppers;
  • Mexico: Gaining full market access for beef and beef products, as well as restored access for fresh poultry meat, including chicken, turkey and duck meat;
  • Taiwan: Gaining restored access for beef;
  • Thailand: Gaining new access for Alberta seed potatoes;
  • Turkey: Gaining new access for cattle;
  • U.S.: Finalizing the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council annual work plans for meat inspection and certification, animal and plant health, as well as food safety.
  • Ukraine: Signing a free trade agreement (FTA).

Looking ahead, Canada will be working closely with the new U.S. administration to ensure strong trade relations. We will launch exploratory talks with China on an FTA, and fulfil the commitment made by the Prime Minister and the Argentine President last November by completing the final steps needed to allow access for Canadian pork and live swine.

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