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Letters: Cold War with China costs Prairie farmers

According to a recently released report from the Canola Council of Canada, worsened relations with China since the December 2018 arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou have cost Prairie farmers $1 billion or more. During the period March 6, 2019 to July 31, 2020 the losses to Canadian canola growers are estimated at from $681

CETA working as intended, federal government says

Meanwhile exporters continue to express concerns over its implementation

Canada’s international trade minister said the country’s free trade deal with the European Union is working as intended. Mary Ng, Canada’s minister of small business, export promotion and international trade, made the comments in a joint statement with the European Commission. European officials met virtually with Ng on March 25 to discuss progress of implementing the Comprehensive


The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says there are some gains into how Canada’s U.K. quota is administered, but pointed to a growing beef trade deficit.

Feds consult on future of U.K. trade

The U.K. continuity deal, a planned bilateral trade agreement and the U.K.’s entry into CPTPP are all on the agenda

The federal government wants to know what Canadians think of the United Kingdom joining its Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). At the same time, it is also seeking opinions on entering a possible bilateral deal with the former European Union country. Canada’s trade with the U.K. is currently governed by the Canada-U.K. Trade Continuity Agreement

Steve Verheul, Canada's chief trade negotiator, says a trade ‘implementation’ position might be unworkable.

CAFTA calls for implementation officer

Canada’s chief trade negotiator says the position would create duplication and overlap

Canadian Agri-Food Trade Exporters (CAFTA) is calling for a trade implementation position within Global Affairs, but the country’s chief negotiator is already spilling cold water on the idea. In its list of priorities and policies for 2021, CAFTA says the creation of such a position is needed in Global Affairs Canada to monitor and facilitate engagement with

Bunge’s agent overturns Brazil injunction blocking access to key port

Bunge’s agent overturns Brazil injunction blocking access to key port

Reuters – Brazil’s Litoral Soluções, an unlisted port agent representing U.S. grain trader Bunge, won the reversal of an injunction blocking its right to ship grains from a key southern Brazilian port’s public terminal. The ruling, by Judge João Carlos Franco, overturned his own earlier decision suspending the contract. A final court decision is still



The flags of countries who are members of the AEC (ASEAN economic community).

ASEAN trade pact looms as Canada explores bilateral deals

The smaller deals are seen as building blocks for a larger regional agreement

Canada continues to pursue a multilateral free trade agreement with Southeast Asian nations, and those involved with negotiations say bilateral deals in the region could lead to larger pacts. The pursuit of a free trade deal with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a block of 10 member states, began three years ago but

The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on Oct. 28, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Denis Balibouse)

Agriculture groups share thoughts on WTO reform

Organizations say the WTO remains the best path forward for the country

Meetings held by Canada’s International Trade Committee garnered responses from farm organizations expressing broad support for efforts to continue reforming the World Trade Organization (WTO). The country’s chief negotiator, Steve Verheul, told committee members in early March that even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, “… the multilateral trading system was facing an increasingly challenging environment,


Letters: Promote peace not war

I am responding to a recent article in the March 11 issue: “More Canadian defence spending, more exports to U.S.” David MacNaughton, Canada’s former ambassador to the United States, addressing the Canadian Crops Convention, suggests that if Canada spent more on defence it would pay dividends in trade with the U.S. Surely Mr. MacNaughton must

“We’d like to hopefully close this chapter off and get rid of all the remaining restrictions related to BSE and put that behind us once and for all.” – Dennis Laycraft, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

Cattle industry sharpens gaze on Asia with steps toward BSE risk downgrade

A jump to BSE-negligible status would dovetail with the beef sector’s plan to grow market share in Asia, where some of the last restrictions against Canadian beef still remain

The Canadian beef sector’s trade goals for Asia may be about to hit a new stride, given new hopes for a downgrade to Canada’s international BSE risk status. In mid-March, the federal government announced that Canada’s application to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which would move Canada’s status down to BSE negligible, had