The federal government has reached a new agreement for exporting live cattle to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — a market valued at $40 million in sales annually, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced.
“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,” Ritz said in a release.
“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.
The GCC represents the fifth-largest export destination for Canadian agri-food products. Canadian agri-food exports to the GCC surpassed $835 million in 2010.