CCA welcomes signing of CETA, urges resolution of barriers to beef trade

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland for successfully navigating an uncharted and complicated path through European Union (EU) politics and signing the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in Brussels today.

The Canadian beef cattle sector has been a long-time champion of the CETA and is pleased with the prospective elimination of EU import tariffs on nearly 65,000 tonnes of Canadian beef. With this new access, the EU has the potential to become a $600 million annual market for Canadian beef, up from current levels of approximately $6 to $10 million per year.

CCA Director and Foreign Trade Vice-Chair Doug Sawyer travelled to Brussels earlier this week to highlight the immense potential of the CETA for the Canadian beef sector and to emphasize the need to resolve the outstanding technical barriers.

“It was clear that the EU recognizes the value of the CETA and put their shoulders to the wheel to secure that recognition by all their member states,” Sawyer said. “Beef access to the EU is a core expected benefit from Canada and we will expect a further effort to be put into removing the remaining technical barriers.”

CCA President Dan Darling has discussed the CETA with Minister Freeland on numerous occasions in recent months and is confident that the Minister fully appreciates the desire of the Canadian beef industry to gain real meaningful access to the EU. “With signature of the Agreement now behind us, we will continue to work in close partnership with the Government to get the remaining issues across the finish line,” Darling said.

For further information, contact:

Gina Teel
Communications Manager
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
403-875-3616 | teelg@cattle.ca
www.cattle.ca