CCA supports start of Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) applauds Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement that the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement will come into effect next Monday, August 15.

The implementation of this agreement is the final step necessary to enable Canada’s beef sector to access the growing Colombian beef market.

In early 2010, Colombia lifted its BSE-related technical barriers to Canadian beef and breeding cattle, however the 80 per-cent import duty remained as a formidable trade barrier.

The Canada-Colombia FTA will immediately provide duty-free access for up to 5,250 tonnes per year of Canadian beef and offals. The remaining tariff will be eliminated over a 12-year period.