Introduction to Foreign Trade

The CCA works to secure and maintain access for the Canadian beef industry that is as favourable or better than the access enjoyed by other beef exporting countries. The CCA also works to prevent exposure to unfair competition or dumping in the Canadian market, maintain access to vital imported production inputs and eliminate programs, measures and subsidies around the world that distort trade.

Work carried out under the foreign trade banner includes efforts to remove tariff barriers and non-scientifically justified technical barriers for Canadian cattle and beef. The CCA uses a science-based approach to trade and requests that all trading partners also adhere to the guidelines established by global authorities, including the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the United Nations' food standards body, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The CCA has a standing resolution to direct the Government of Canada to ensure that the basis for any further removal of BSE-related trade barriers be in conformity with the OIE standard (access for all live cattle and all beef from cattle of all ages).  For markets that are already partially open, the government should seek to achieve full access based on such OIE standard. The CCA supports partial market openings in circumstances where the U.S. has already obtained or will obtain a partial opening and Canada has an opportunity to regain parity with the U.S. in that market, or the government of an importing country agrees to a commercially meaningful partial opening as a step towards full OIE compliance.