… The Canadian beef sector’s trade goals for Asia may be about to hit a new stride, given new hopes for a downgrade to Canada’s international BSE risk status…
Cattle industry sharpens gaze on Asia with steps toward BSE risk downgrade
A jump to BSE-negligible status would dovetail with the beef sector’s plan to grow market share in Asia, where some of the last restrictions against Canadian beef still remain
By Alexis Stockford, Manitoba Co-operator (Canada)
April 5, 2021
The Canadian beef sector’s trade goals for Asia may be about to hit a new stride, given new hopes for a downgrade to Canada’s international BSE risk status.
In mid-March, the federal government announced that Canada’s application to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which would move Canada’s status down to BSE negligible, had passed scientific review, and would be voted on by the OIE’s assembly of delegates in late May.
The new status would help secure new access to currently restricted markets, the federal government argued in a March 12 release.
Why it matters: Canada may be about to shake off the last trade shadows of BSE.
Canada’s beef sector has earmarked Asia as a top region for possible market growth.
“Right now, China has become the world’s largest importer of beef,” Dennis Laycraft, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) executive vice-president, said, although he noted that trade with China still has challenges unrelated to restrictions around BSE.
The CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) has, likewise, raised optimism for Canadian beef in regions like Japan or Vietnam. The 10-country trade agreement promised greatly reduced or eliminated tariffs on fresh, chilled and frozen beef, as well as offal, for those two regions.
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