CCA welcomes legislation to implement new free trade agreements

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes the introduction of legislation in Parliament to implement the Canada–Panama and Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). The legislation was tabled today by International Trade Minister Ed Fast.

“These may be small markets relative to our traditional beef exports, but they are markets where U.S. beef exporters already benefit from existing free trade agreements. The new FTAs with Panama and Jordan will enable Canadian beef to regain parity of access,” said CCA President Travis Toews.

Upon implementation, the Canada-Panama agreement will provide an immediate duty free quota for up to 200 tonnes of high quality graded beef, followed by unlimited access after five years. Duties for lower graded and ungraded beef and offals will be eliminated over longer periods, ranging from five to 17 years. It is expected that access to companies that supply provisions to cruise ships in Panamanian ports will be one of the significant benefits of this agreement. The agreement with Jordan will provide immediate unlimited duty free access for all Canadian beef.

The CCA acknowledges the efforts of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz and Government of Canada officials in achieving these trade agreements and looks forward to the rapid adoption of the bills that see these agreements come into effect.