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·         China agrees to accept more Canadian meat

·         CMC Welcomes Expanded Meat Access To China

·         Canada's Livestock Sector Benefits From PM's Visit To China


·         The Sprout: No Canada-China trade deal anytime soon

·         Canada's Trudeau says will keep exploring trade deal with China



China agrees to accept more Canadian meat


By Lethbridge Bureau, The Western Producer (Canada)

December 4, 2017


More beef and pork can be sold into China following an agreement announced today by the federal government, but details are yet to be revealed.


According to the Canadian Meat Council, Canadian bone-in beef, fresh chilled beef and pork products could see expanded access in a deal that could increase exports by up to $100 million for pork and $125 million for beef.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in China to discuss trade issues, and Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was also on a mission to China recently with the same goals...





CMC Welcomes Expanded Meat Access To China


Source: The Canadian Meat Council (CMC)

via - December 4, 2017


OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) was pleased to learn of the imminent expansion of Canadian meat market access to China. While in China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the expansion of trade with China for the beef and pork sectors.


The agreement reached today, between Chinese and Canadian officials, will allow Canadian meat producers to export bone-in beef and fresh chilled beef and pork products.


“As a direct result of this agreement, we could see increased industry exports up to $100 million for pork and up to $125 million for beef respectively over the next five years” said CMC President, Chris White.


White recently concluded a trip to China to meet with industry stakeholder as part of a business delegation led by Agriculture Minister MacAulay. “I’ve seen first-hand how valuable the economic opportunities will be for our members” White added.


According to a recent study by the Conference Board of Canada commissioned by the CMC, “Canadian red meat product exports to China that occurred between 2010-16, valued at $500 million, support about 5,800 Canadian jobs and $160 million in government revenues on an ongoing basis.” It has been found that “for each $100 million increase in exports, 1,161 jobs are created across Canada.”


This new market access is the result of the hard work of many organizations and stakeholders. The CMC particularly recognizes the leadership of Minister of Agriculture, Lawrence MacAulay as well as work and dedication of Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) officials who successfully negotiated on the industry’s behalf.


The CMC looks forward to expanded trade opportunities with China for the meat sector. The Council also looks forward to working alongside our government including Minister Champagne, Minister of International Trade, to continue the important work towards the negotiation of a Canada-China Free-Trade Agreement.


The Canadian Meat Council represents Canada's federally registered meat packers and processors as well as the industry's numerous suppliers of equipment, technology and services. For more than 96 years the mission of the Council has been to advocate on behalf of the needs of its members to secure and improve Canada's global meat competitiveness.


Source: The Canadian Meat Council (CMC)


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Canada's Livestock Sector Benefits From PM's Visit To China


by Cory Knutt, Pembina Valley Online (Canada)

04 December 2017


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in China this week building on the work achieved during Agriculture Minister Lawrence Macaulay’s recent trade mission to the country.


There was some good news for Canada's beef industry as Trudeau and China's premier announced an agreement to expand access for Canadian beef into China.


China will allow the importation of Canadian fresh chilled beef in a pilot project, and establish the documentation to enable bone-in beef trade.


“I am happy to say that their demand for beef is also growing and Canadian ranchers are glad to have more opportunity to supply them, thanks to the expanded access announced today by Prime Minister Trudeau,” said Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Vice President David Haywood-Farmer. “If we can someday reach a free trade agreement, our objective would be to eliminate the Chinese tariffs on Canadian beef as well.”


Previously Canadian beef exports had been limited to frozen boneless beef, with bone-in access approved in principle last year, subject to establishing the documentation requirements.


The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) and Canada Beef estimate that the new access announced could be worth $125 million in additional beef exports to China over the next five years.


There was also a positive development on the pork side, as both countries agreed to start a pilot project for the export of Canadian chilled pork to China.


Canada has a particular expertise in exporting chilled pork, especially to Japan...





The Sprout: No Canada-China trade deal anytime soon


By Kelsey Johnson, iPolitics (Canada)

Dec 4, 2017 2:37pm


Good afternoon and welcome to the Sprout, where your host hopes everyone is having a fantastic National Cookie Day. Fun fact: the first cookie is believed to have been baked in the 7th Century A.D.


Here’s today’s agriculture news.


The Lead


Canada and China are not launching free trade talks, despite “fruitful” discussions on both sides. As The Toronto Star reports, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced Monday evening that the two countries would continue their “exploratory” talks on a trade deal. In his own press conference Monday evening, Trudeau said there wasn’t “one issue” that held back an agreement to launch talks. “We both are very much in agreement that we need to get this right and move forward at the proper pace,” he said.


In other China related news: the Chinese government is expected to approve three new canola patents that were developed in Canada – a move this country’s canola sector hopes will create a $400 million trade boost. As Global reports, the technology was approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency five years ago. Beijing also has granted access to bone-in beef and fresh chilled beef and pork products. “As a direct result of this agreement, we could see increased industry exports up to $100 million for pork and up to $125 million for beef respectively over the next five years,” Canadian Meat Council President Chris White said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a young British Columbian woman whose parents have been detained in China over wine sales is urging the prime minister to help secure their release. CTV News has that story. And former cabinet minister Stockwell Day asks: who’s afraid of free trade with China?


Around Town


Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul will appear in front of the House of Commons trade committee at 3:30 p.m. EST this afternoon.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in China on a trade mission and state visit. He will be in Asia until Wednesday.


Ontario has announced this year’s Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. This year’s recipients include Andrew Campbell of Fresh Air Media – likely a familiar name to Sprout readers. (Congratulations Andrew!). The full list of recipients by region can be found here, here, here and here.


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Canada's Trudeau says will keep exploring trade deal with China


Michael Martina / Reuters

December 4, 2017 / 6:16 AM


BEIJING (Reuters) - Canada will continue to explore a free trade agreement with China, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday, as it weighs its options after the United States threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


Speaking after a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Trudeau said if “done properly”, such an agreement would benefit both countries and strengthen the middle class.


“It’s an opportunity that makes sense for Canadian businesses,” he said at the start of a five-day trip to China. “Canada is and always has been a trading nation. But the landscape of trade is shifting and we need to adjust to it.”


Li said China remained open to exploring a free trade deal with Canada as part of joint efforts to safeguard world trade liberalization and advance globalization.


“We have an open attitude toward the process of negotiations, and an open attitude towards their contents,” Li said.


Canada is considering whether to launch talks on a free trade deal with China, which wants a trade pact similar to the ones it has with Australia and New Zealand.


But Trudeau, aware of domestic unease at the idea, is moving slowly. Although polls consistently show Canadians are split over the merits of a trade deal, Canada needs to diversify exports to offset the possible damage done if the United States pulls out of NAFTA...