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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

June 12, 2015 16:41 ET

Canada Regains Market Access for Live Swine to Chile

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 12, 2015) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Harper Government has re-established market access to Chile for live swine, a market that industry estimates was worth approximately $350,000 in 2013. Canada had been Chile's main supplier of live swine for over 10 years, prior to 2014 when Chile temporarily suspended imports of live swine and porcine blood products from countries with reported outbreaks of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), including Canada.

Chile is an important trading partner for Canada and today's announcement is also an example of our commitment to increasing opportunities for Canadian exporters in Latin America, pursuant to Canada's Strategy for Engagement in the Americas and Global Markets Action Plan.

Quick facts

  • Chile is a priority market under Canada's Global Markets Action Plan with two way merchandise trade reaching $2.86 billion in 2014.
  • Canadian merchandise exports to Chile in 2014 reached $1.14 billion, an increase of 42 percent over 2013.

Quotes

"Our government continues to work closely with industry to open, re-open and expand new markets for our quality Canadian products," said Minister Ritz. "By increasing trade and ensuring producers can earn their living from the marketplace, we are creating more jobs, growth and prosperity for all Canadians".

- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

"Our government's top priority is to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians. Chile is a priority market under Canada's Global Markets Action Plan (GMAP) and recently our government announced the conclusion of the modernization of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. This market access win is another example of how our government's pro-trade plan is getting results for Canadian businesses, workers and their families."

- Minister of International Trade Ed Fast

"After the temporary suspension of the health certificate with Chile in 2014, CSEA is very pleased that CFIA has successfully negotiated a revised health certificate for live swine.
Canadian swine exporters will now have market access to supply Chile with our high-health quality swine genetics. Chile has been a steady market for Canadians over the past few years, with an estimated value of exports of live swine of close to $1M".

- Nancy Weicker, Executive Director, Canadian Swine Exporters Association.

- Canada's Strategic Goals for Engagement in the Americas

- Backgrounder - Modernizing the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement

- Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement

- Fact Sheet: Chile - Canada's Priority Market

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Contact Information

  • Jeff English
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-773-7972
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