Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes the federal government’s extension of the repayment deadline for regular and emergency loans, plus related interest benefits under the Advance Payment Program (APP) to September 30, 2010. This extension relieves some of the ongoing economic hardship facing Canadian livestock producers.
Before the market closures due to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), Hong Kong was Canada’s tenth largest export market in 2002. That year alone, Hong Kong imported 625 tonnes of Canadian beef - worth $2.9 million.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) applauds the federal government for securing an agreement, in-principle, for the sale of Canadian beef to Hong Kong. Based on a staged compliance process, by year- end, it significantly expands Canadian beef producers’ access to the Hong Kong market for commercially-viable exports of beef.
Calgary, AB - The United States Department of Agriculture issued the final rule for mandatory Country-of-Origin (COOL) labelling today. The CCA is hopeful that changes allowing greater flexibility in the COOL final rule reduce some market uncertainty. However the CCA remains opposed to the mandatory initiative, seeing it as a barrier to trade.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) applauds the federal government for their aggressive leadership approach to improve export-market access opportunities. The Government of Canada announced today that it will implement several key industry recommendations developed by CCA and its seven industry partners.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) fully supports the announcement today that the Government of Canada is requesting consultations with the United States, pursuant to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement, concerning the U.S.’ implementation of mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations for meat products.
This discussion document presents recommendations on how Canada’s technical market access capabilities can be enhanced to support continued growth in the volume and values of agricultural exports. The rationale for pursuing greater capabilities in this area include the fact that negotiations related to agricultural market access are often impacted by the unique and essential contribution of food products to the security and stability of any nation. Further, as agricultural tariffs are reduced there is a tendency in some markets to utilize technical barriers as a means of limiting imports.
Calgary, AB – Re-opening foreign markets to Canada’s export-dependent livestock industry could take a major step forward if the federal government adopts the roadmap for agricultural market access developed by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and seven industry partners. The strategy focuses on enhancing Canada’s market access negotiating capabilities to restore and secure economically-meaningful access to foreign markets lost to BSE.