Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) praises today’s announcement that Canadian beef will now have improved access to the European Union (EU) in the form of a 20,000 tonne duty free quota. This issue has been one of CCA’s top market access priorities and we congratulate Ministers Gerry Ritz and Peter Van Loan for keeping this issue at the forefront in order to achieve today’s result.
“This is an extremely important step for Canadian beef producers,” said the CCA President Travis Toews. “The European Union is a high income market willing to pay the higher cost of beef produced from cattle without growth promotants, but for years our access has been limited to a small quota at a 20 per cent duty. Finally we can start to scratch the potential of this market.”