Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

December 20, 2011 14:06 ET

Harper Government Announces New Market Access for Live Cattle to the United Arab Emirates

For the first time since 2003, Canadian producers can export live cattle to a market worth up to $40 million

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2011) - The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Agriculture Minister, and the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today announced that the Government of Canada has reached a new agreement on an export certificate with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Canadian exporters of live cattle will benefit from access to the UAE market. Industry estimates that the market could provide up to $40 million in sales.

"This announcement instantly provides new export opportunities for Canadian producers, and is a significant step toward regaining access to other key markets in the region," said Minister Ritz. "Our Government's top priority remains the economy, and this new market access is good news for our hard working farmers across the country."

"This is great news for Canadian cattle exporters, and yet another example of how our government's commitment to opening new markets for Canadian businesses and workers is getting results," said the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. "The UAE's announcement advances our bilateral commercial relations, and will help our overall efforts to build on our economic and trade ties with the Gulf Cooperation Council region as a whole."

"We are pleased to have regained access to the UAE market," said Rick McRonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association. "This is good news for exporters who have been waiting to pursue this opportunity."

The UAE is part of a regional trading block called the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The GCC is a priority market under Canada's Global Commerce Strategy.

Today's announcement is symbolic of Canada's efforts to regain access to the entire GCC, which represents the fifth largest export destination for Canadian agri-food products. Canadian agri-food exports to the GCC surpassed $835 million in 2010.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz