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·         Trade Expected to be Among Top Pork Sector Issues in 2018

·         NAFTA, TPP, China — Canada’s trade woes set to carry into 2018



Trade Expected to be Among Top Pork Sector Issues in 2018


Florian Possberg - Saskatchewan Pork Development Board

Farmscape for January 2, 2018


The past Chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board expects matters related to trade to be one of the major issue in 2018 for Saskatchewan's pork sector.


In 2017 issues related to trade, including discussions surrounding to the North American Free Trade Agreement and the

Trans-Pacific Partnership emerged as key issues.


Retiring Director and Sask Pork past-Chair Florian Possberg notes Saskatchewan exports 70 to 80 percent of the pork it produces so trade is very important to the pork sector.


Clip-Florian Possberg-Saskatchewan Pork Development Board:


Being able to export is very significant for us.


If we weren't able to export our industry would have to shrink rather dramatically and, of course, we've had a very turbulent year in trade.


NAFTA is being revisited and the United States and Mexico are either one, two or three of our export destinations for Canadian pork so NAFTA is a big issue there.


Number one, two or three is also Japan and the TPP discussions going on.


We do have a preferred supplier status with Japan now.


However, if we're not successful in being part of a TPP, we're fearing that our ability to compete with places like the United States and Mexico and the EU will be severely hampered so those are very big question marks around the trade thing.





NAFTA, TPP, China — Canada’s trade woes set to carry into 2018

The threat of U.S. protectionism is coupled with an ongoing search for new markets, part of a trade landscape of troubles and opportunities for Canada


by Alex Ballingall, OurWindsor.Ca

Dec 27, 2017


OTTAWA—When Claire Citeau looks at Canada’s international trade situation, with NAFTA under threat amidst an ongoing search for new markets, she worries about another South Korea.


Canada struck a trade deal with the Asian country in 2015, but not before the European Union, Australia and the United States inked their own pacts to get rid of tariffs on a plethora of goods entering its $1.8-trillion economy.


The result, according to Citeau, who is executive director of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, was that Canada essentially missed the boat. Exports of Canadian agri-food exports to South Korea slumped from more than $1 billion to $530 million after the E.U. and U.S. deals were signed. By the time Canada cemented its own deal, other countries had already rushed in to sell beef, pork, grains and other goods to South Korea, Citeau said.


“Our competitors in that market basically ate our lunch,” Citeau told the Toronto Star, citing what happened as a cautionary tale for the federal government trying to open up new lanes of trade as trade with the U.S. remains under the shadow of President Donald Trump’s protectionism.


“Today, what matters is not only the free trade agreements that we negotiate, but it’s the timeliness of negotiation and implementation (of) the agreements that our competitors are also after,” Citeau said.


If that’s the lesson from the South Korean deal, then it’s fair to say that Canada’s Liberal government is under pressure to clinch new trade agreements — and soon. Our biggest trading partner, the U.S., is led by a president who has repeatedly threatened to bury the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At the same time, Ottawa’s search for new trading partners has led to a deal with the E.U., but reaped no results from exploratory talks to start negotiating an agreement with China or to finalize the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) that includes big markets such as Japan.


Citeau argued that, if the U.S. is turning inward, Canada could actually get a jump start on these new markets if it lands deals before other countries do — essentially the opposite of what happened with South Korea...