Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

December 14, 2006 17:21 ET

Canada First to Track Organic Trade

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 14, 2006) - Beginning in 2007, Canada will be the first country to track trade data on organic products. The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, made that statement during the launch of a related four-year pilot project.

"Canada's New Government recognizes the importance of the organic industry," said Minister Strahl. "It's a growing sector of the global economy and Canada is well-positioned to be a world leader in organic agricultural production."

There is an initial list of 41 organic agricultural commodities that will be coded. Additional products and varieties will be integrated over the subsequent years of the pilot project. The aim is 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.

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.

According to industry figures, Canadian exports of organic foods are conservatively estimated at more than $250 million annually.

The launch of this Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada funded pilot project is a result of collaboration between Statistics Canada, the Canadian Border Services Agency, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canada's organic industry.

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 2007 (www.cbsa.gc.ca/general/publications/tariff2007/01-99/table-e.html).



The Initial list of agricultural commodities and varieties that will
be tracked by their Harmonized System Codes

Milk Beverages
Yogurt, within access commitment
Yogurt, over access commitment
Potatoes, except seed
Tomatoes, cherry
Tomatoes
Tomatoes, Roma
Onions or shallots, green
Other onions
Cauliflowers
Brussels sprouts
Broccoli
Cabbage
Chinese cabbage
Head lettuce
Other lettuce
Carrots
Beets
Radishes
Cucumbers
Asparagus
Eggplant
Celery
Peppers of the genus Capsicum or Pimenta
Sweet corn on the cob
Bananas
Pineapples
Oranges
Grapefruit
Lemons
Limes
Watermelons
Papayas
Apples, Golden Delicious
Apples, Red Delicious
Apples, Granny Smith
Apples, Gala
Pears
Peaches
Blueberries

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972 or 1-866-345-7972
    or
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059
    or
    CFIA Media Relations
    613-228-6682