March 8, 2018

Grain farmers applaud signing of CPTPP

Quick ratification crucial to ensure Canada takes full advantage of tariff reductions

OTTAWA (March 8, 2018) – Canada’s grain farmers are pleased to welcome today’s signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement (CPTPP) in Santiago, Chile. Representing some of our most lucrative and fastest growing markets for grains, pulses, and oilseeds, participation in this new trade agreement is an important step in meeting the Government’s ambitious target of $75 billion in agri-food exports by 2025.

“Signing CPTPP, as well as the investments in Asian trade in Budget 2018, show the Government understands the importance of Asian markets to Canadian agriculture,” said Grain Growers of Canada President, Jeff Nielsen. “We look forward to working with Ministers Champagne and MacAulay to ensure that we get the agreement ratified as soon as possible.”

The CPTPP will come into force 60 days after six of 11 signatories have ratified the agreement. Being part of the first wave will ensure that Canada can take full advantage of the initial round of tariff cuts.

“Grain farmers seek a level playing field and rules-based terms when engaging with trading partners,” continued Mr. Nielsen. “The tariff reductions and trade rules that have been negotiated in this historic trade agreement will bring growth and real benefits to the Canadian economy as a whole.”

Grain Growers of Canada provides a strong national voice for over 50,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 13 provincial, regional and national grower groups. Our mission and mandate are to pursue a policy environment that maximizes global competitiveness and to influence federal policy on behalf of independent Canadian grain farmers and their associations.

Media Contact:
Lindsey Ehman
Manager, Communications & Stakeholder Relations
(o): 613-233-9954 ext. 202
(c): 613-222-2726

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