The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with the resumption of Canadian beef tallow exports to China. CCA President Travis Toews accompanied Prime Minister Stephen Harper on this week’s official trade mission to China, where Harper and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao cleared the way for Canadian tallow exports. China was the top export market for Canadian industrial tallow in 2002, which is used in soaps, cosmetics, waxes, biodiesel, and lubricants. Canada exported $31 million of tallow to China in 2002. During our nine year absence, China’s global imports of tallow have grown to more than $400 million annually. The Canadian industry expects its renewed exports of tallow to outpace its previous performance and for the Chinese market for Canadian beef and tallow to exceed $110 million once full market access is achieved.
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