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Colombian Market Opens Doors to Canadian Beef

18 September 2009

CANADA - Colombia is to take down trade barriers with Canada, allowing importation of Canadian beef from animals of all ages.

The Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Minister Day said: “Our government has raised the beef importation issue repeatedly with Colombia, this announcement demonstrates that our efforts have paid off. Colombia’s decision will open doors to Canadian beef exports. This is great news for Canadian beef producers.”

Colombia will be the first market in South America to reopen to Canadian beef since 2003.

Like Minister Day, the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, has also been seeking access to the Colombian market for Canadian beef through meetings with their ministerial counterparts and through other forums.

“Producers know that this government is standing up for them on the world stage so that they can sell more beef in more markets,” said Minister Ritz. “I was in Colombia last May to promote our safe, high-quality products, and it is good to see that the mission contributed to a successful outcome for Canadian beef producers.”

Exports will resume once valid certificates are agreed to with the Colombian government. In addition, the Government of Canada will continue to work with Colombia to ensure resumption in trade in cattle.

Canada and Colombia recently signed a free trade agreement (FTA). Once implemented, the FTA will provide duty-free access for a wide range of Canadian goods and services as well as greater market access for Canadian exporters of products such as wheat, pulses, barley, paper products and heavy equipment. It will also provide greater stability and protection for Canadian businesses involved in oil and gas, mining, manufacturing and financial services. In addition, it will stimulate the growth of commercial relationships between the two countries and help level the playing field for Canadian businesses, whose competitors may be benefiting from preferential access to the Colombian market.

In 2008, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Colombia totalled more than C$1.3 billion.

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