Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

August 11, 2009 14:41 ET

New Market Access for Canadian Beef and Pork in Panama

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 11, 2009) - Canadian beef exports will have access to Panama for the first time since 2003. Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and Federal Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz, today confirmed that Panama has approved Canada's meat inspection system and lifted the ban on Canadian beef imposed in 2003 because of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

"The Government of Canada continues to fight for farmers by opening and re-opening markets abroad," said Minister Ritz. "I'm pleased to see that Panama recognizes that Canada produces safe, high quality beef and pork products and I encourage all countries in Latin America to open their doors."

"This is an important development in relations between our two countries," said Minister Day. "The opening of this market for Canadian beef creates opportunities that will make a difference to the bottom line for Canadian producers. It also shows this Government is committed to fighting for full access and fair treatment worldwide for Canadian business."

Approving Canada's meat inspection system and granting of access to Canada is important because it gives our exporters the ability to ship beef and pork from all federally-registered Canadian meat establishments.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper met today in Panama City with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli.

Canada and Panama concluded negotiations on a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement covering goods, services and investment, among other areas. Parallel accords on labour cooperation and the environment were also negotiated.

Contact Information

  • The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059
    or
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Minister of International Trade
    and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-992-6186
    or
    Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
    Trade Media Relations Office
    613-996-2000
    www.internationaltrade.gc.ca