Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is extremely pleased with the joint announcement by the Government of Canada and the European Union of an agreement in principle for a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
CCA President Martin Unrau said the CETA announced today is a game-changer for Canada’s beef industry. The CETA provides new duty-free access for 64,950 tonnes of Canadian beef valued at nearly $600 million, with the lion’s share of the quota reserved for Canada alone.
"The removal of longstanding barriers in this agreement, such as high tariffs, finally enables Canadian beef producers to benefit from the high value that the European beef market represents," Unrau said. "We are confident that the remaining technical barriers with the EU will be resolved, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Government of Canada in this regard."
The CCA has been working on the CETA from the outset of negotiations in 2009, engaging with the Canadian negotiating team and conducting advocacy with key EU and Member State officials and industry representatives. CCA representatives attended numerous negotiating rounds in Brussels and Ottawa and met regularly with the Canadian negotiators of CETA to ensure they clearly understood the needs of Canada’s beef sector.