Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that China has announced it will initiate a process aimed at restoration of full access for Canadian beef. Once this trade is fully restored, it will represent additional annual exports of $110 million for Canadian cattle producers. Under the first stage of the agreement, China will resume imports of tallow and boneless beef from cattle under-thirty-months (UTM) of age. Further official discussions aimed at achieving full access for Canadian beef will continue in the near future.
The agreement marks the first time China has resumed imports of beef from a country that has had a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and is attributable to the confidence in Canada’s strong regulatory controls and the efforts of the Canadian cattle and beef industry to ensure the safety of its beef.