November 23, 2017

Grain Growers of Canada encourage government to move forward with trade talks with China

Opportune time to build on the accomplishments of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada trade mission

November 23, 2017 (OTTAWA) – Grain Growers of Canada (GGC), the national voice of Canada’s grain farmers, congratulates Minister Lawrence MacAulay and the government of Canada on the successes of their recent trade mission to China. The agreements achieved will bring measureable benefits to grain farmers as Canada moves to increased trade with the world’s second largest economy.

Of particular interest to grain farmers are:

  • The signing of a letter of cooperation between the Barley Council of Canada and China’s Wahmix, which is expected to grow barley exports;
  • The 2017-18 Cooperative Arrangement between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and China’s counterparts, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) which will help stabilize trade of agricultural products including canola;
  • Renewal of the MOU on Biotechnology between CIFA and China’s Ministry of Agriculture; and
  • The first-ever Canola Dialogue held in Beijing aimed at increasing understanding of the issues that impact canola trade.

“The importance of barrier-free trade with China cannot be understated,” said Jeff Nielsen, GGC President. “We are encouraged by the positive messages coming out of both Global Affairs Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and look forward to working together to leverage this ever-growing market and meet the Federal Budget goals of $75 billion in agri-food exports by 2025.”

China is currently the second largest national two-way trading partner for Canada, after the United States, with agri-food exports totalling $6.2 billion in 2015. Resolution of trade issues; including improved regulatory alignment and a reduction in practices that stand in the way of true and open access are necessary to ensure continued export growth for Canadian grains and oilseeds.

“GGC and its members strongly encourage the federal government to move forward aggressively with free trade talks with China,” continued Mr. Nielsen. “The current uncertainty surrounding other trade negotiations such as TPP as well as recent tariff escalation in markets such as India are a real impediment to trade. This is why it is crucial to establish a solid agreement with trading partners such as China.”

The Grain Growers of Canada provides a strong national voice for over 50,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 13 national, provincial and regional 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
Grain Growers of Canada
(o): 613-233-9954 ext. 202
(c): 613-222-2726
(e): lehman@ggc-pgc.ca

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