CCA welcomes import levy

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz and Canada Beef Inc. on today’s announcement of an import levy on cattle of $1 per head. The move enables the levy to be applied equally to purchasers of domestic and imported cattle as well as imported beef, putting Canada on equal ground with the U.S. for the first time since 1985.

The import levy is worth an estimated $600,000 to $800,000 annually, depending on market conditions, and funds will support Canada Beef Inc. marketing initiatives and research projects under the direction of the Beef Cattle Research Council.

“This is great news for the beef industry,” said CCA President Martin Unrau. “Marketing and research support and drive competitiveness in Canada’s beef cattle industry.”

The CCA has worked toward this outcome on behalf of industry since 1999, when it began the groundwork to implement a national check-off and an import levy to level the playing field with the U.S., which placed an import levy on Canadian cattle in1985.