Access ‘paramount’ for Canadian pork

Canada now exports 70% of the pork it produces domestically

An aggressive strategy to smash down import taxes on Canadian pork and reduce trading barriers in high-growth markets is of high importance for the nation’s hog sector.

Chasing new markets or expanding access in ones already carved open is key to the country satisfying rising global demand for pigmeat, particularly in Asia, the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has claimed.

“Pork producers understand that market access is of paramount importance to the sustainability of the country and the hog industry,” said CPC chair Rick Bergmann in a press statement.

“The development of international market opportunities like Japan and China creates Canadian jobs across the country, attracts investment and contributes to growing the economy.”

Bergmann’s comments come as new statistics on Canadian pork exports revealed volume exports to China increased by 144% in 2016. Canada exported 12,500 40-foot shipping containers filled with 312,000 tonnes (t) of Canadian pork to China last year. With sales of CA$580 million, this represented a year-on-year rise of 157%.

The US and Japan are also key markets for Canadian pork exports, with the latter worth CA$1.07bn in 2016.

Canada now exports 70% of the pork it produces domestically and, in 2016, it was reported that six-month pork exports had declined overall. Fortunately, China softened the blow of an export dip and the CPC wants new trade deals to “increase market access or prevent deterioration”.

Bergmann added producers, meat processors and traders have a clear interest in Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s government “aggressively pursuing further progress toward reducing agri-food trade barriers and trade-distorting subsidies and achieving additional market access”.

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