From a news release
Canada has secured expanded market access for Canadian beef and beef products to Mexico.
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Affairs, said the move is consistent with recommendations from the World Organization for Animal Health and will allow for open trade in beef and beef products throughout North America.
The announcement comes as Minister MacAulay wraps-up his first official visit to Mexico where he met with Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada to build on the two countries’ long standing partnership in agricultural trade. They discussed areas of opportunity to increase the competitiveness of their agricultural sectors. Minister MacAulay also provided opening remarks at the Canada Beef Inc. Gala Dinner where he promoted the Canada Beef brand by emphasizing Canada’s safe, high-quality and sustainably produced beef.
- Canadian industry has projected that the value of this expanded access for beef to Mexico will result in incremental sales valued at $10 million annually and that total annual sales of beef to Mexico could eventually exceed $200 million.
- Fresh, boneless beef is Canada’s third-highest grossing export to Mexico.
- Canada and Mexico have a strong and complementary trading relationship with approximately $3.5 billion in annual bilateral trade in agriculture and food products.