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Canada Gains Expanded Market Access For Beef And Pork To Ukraine

on January 25 | in Ag News | by | with No Comments

From a news release

Ukraine has approved beef and pork exports from any Canadian federally registered establishment that meets certification requirements.

The announcement was made Monday by Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland.

Following a successful inspection last September by Ukrainian authorities, 15 additional Canadian beef and pork establishments are now eligible to export, bringing the current total to 27.

In addition, Canada and Ukraine successfully concluded negotiations toward the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) last July.

Canada and Ukraine are currently undertaking the legal review of the negotiated text, and once signed, the Parties can undertake their respective domestic implementation processes.

Once fully implemented, the Agreement will result in the elimination of all non-agricultural tariffs and the vast majority of Ukraine’s agricultural tariffs, including on Canadian beef, certain pork, pulses, grains, fish and seafood, canola oil, processed foods, and animal feed.

Quick facts:

Industry estimates access to the Ukrainian market for Canadian beef and pork to be worth up to $50 million annually.

Canada exported $35.7 million worth of agriculture and agri-food, and seafood products to Ukraine in 2014.

Ukraine’s global imports of beef products in 2014 were $17.1 million and $193.6 million for pork products.

Total bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Ukraine averaged $293.3 million from 2012 to 2014, and is expected to expand by 19 percent as a result of the implementation of the CUFTA.

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