Canadian govt hails new trade opportunities with Europe



CETA canada EU organicA Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union came into effect on a provisional basis last week, opening up new possibilities for the produce trade on both sides of the Atlantic.

In a release on Friday, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) highlighted the country’s exporters would now enjoy unprecedented duty-free access to the world’s largest import market for agricultural products.

The Canadian industry estimates CETA will boost agriculture and agri-food exports by up to CAD$1.5 billion (US$1.23 billion) annually.

“This historic agreement provides new opportunities for Canadian producers, processors and exporters,” said Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay.

“CETA will boost Canada’s agricultural trade with the world’s second-largest market, creating jobs, deepening economic relations and improving market access for Canada’s top-quality agricultural and seafood products including berries, cereals, pulses and live lobster.”

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