Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 02, 2008 16:58 ET

AAFC: Canada Continues to Lead in Tracking Organic Trade

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 2, 2008) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada today announced a substantial increase in the number of commodities to be included in a pilot project tracking trade data on imports for organic products.

The 20 new products bring the total to 61 and build on Canada's role as an international leader and the first country to track trade data imports on organic products.

Additional products and varieties will be integrated in the next two to three years to develop a full list of codes to track both import and export trade in all significant organic agricultural products, and to help the industry determine market potential.

The pilot project, funded by AAFC, began in 2007, and is a result of collaboration between Statistics Canada, the Canadian Border Services Agency, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canada's organic industry.

Statistics Canada classifies and publishes export and import statistics according to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, known as the Harmonized System. This is an international commodity classification developed under the auspices of the Customs Cooperation Council.

Clients will be able to track these commodities on line through the Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database (www.statcan.ca/trade/scripts/trade_search.cgi). Information on specific tariff listings is available from the Canada Border Services Agency at Customs Tariff 2008: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-commerce/tariff-tarif/2008/01-99/tblmod-1-eng.html

The 20 additional certified organic agricultural commodities and products that will be tracked by their Harmonized System Codes as of July 1, 2008, include:

- Packaged fresh salad cut mixes

- Not exceeding 1 kg each
- Exceeding 1 kg each

- Baby carrots

- In packages not exceeding 1 kg each
- In packages exceeding 1 kg each
- Peas (Pisum sativum)

- Spinach, packaged fresh cut

- Not exceeding 500 grams each
- Exceeding 500 grams each

- Cherries
- Strawberries
- Raspberries and Loganberries
- Cranberries

- Green tea (not fermented)
- In bags for individual servings
- In packages not exceeding 3 kg
- In packages exceeding 3 kg
- Black tea (fermented and partly fermented) not decaffeinated
- In bags for individual servings
- In packages exceeding 3 kg
- Herbal tea in bags, for individual servings
- Olive oil, virgin in container sizes of less than 18 kg
- Food preparations containing more than 10% on a dry weight basis of milk sold for infant use, retail sale
- Tomato sauces

For the complete listing of tracked organic products, please visit www.agr.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    CFIA Media Relations
    613-228-6682
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Margaux Stastny
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059