OTTAWA, Nov. 29, 2017 /CNW/ - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Global Affairs Canada
The Government of Canada is helping producers and processors bring their high-quality products to more and more countries around the globe. These export opportunities move Canada closer to its goal of reaching $75 billion in annual agri-food exports by 2025, while creating well-paying jobs for Canadians.
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, announced today that the Government of Canada has successfully restored market access for Canadian pork exports to Argentina, effective immediately.
This restored access will provide significant new opportunities to Canadian pork exporters in the important and emerging Argentinian market, with industry estimating an export value of up to $16 million annually.
Today's announcement builds on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's successful visit to Argentina last year, when both leaders acknowledged the progress made to date and the necessary remaining steps to allow trade of Canadian pork to Argentina to resume.
"Today's announcement is a great example of how the Government of Canada is constantly working to give our producers and processors access to export markets to enhance their competitiveness. This market access will deepen Canada's trade partnership with Argentina, boost global exports, and strengthen the middle class."
- Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"Our government is working hard to open markets and create new trade opportunities for Canadian businesses and workers. Canadian pork access to the Argentinian market is an important step in our valued and growing relationship and evidence that engagement produces results. I encourage our Canadian pork industry to take advantage of the opportunities this leading South American market offers."
- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade
"CPI is very pleased with this announcement. The Argentinian market represents a solid opportunity to further develop and diversify Canadian pork exports in South America."
- Neil Ketilson, Chair of the Board of Directors, Canada Pork International
- In 2016, Canadian agriculture, agri-food and seafood exports to Argentina reached $12.6 million.
- Top exports of Canadian agricultural products to Argentina include durum wheat ($3M), alfalfa ($2.4M) and dairy bovine semen ($2.4M).
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- Fact Sheet - Strengthening ties between Canada and Argentina and creating new opportunities for trade and investment
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SOURCE Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Halifax
For further information: Guy Gallant, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, 613-773-1059; Media Relations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 613-773-7972, 1-866-345-7972; Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of International Trade, 343-203-7332; Media Relations Office, Global Affairs Canada, 343-203-7700, [email protected]