December 28, 2017
Canadian pork access to China gains further headway
"The pilot project is an important step for Canadian producers", said the Canadian Pork Council (CPC), a federation of nine provincial pork industry associations representing 7,000 farms and which is the national voice for hog producers in Canada.
Both countries have also agreed to continue exploratory talks toward a comprehensive trade agreement, the CPC added.
CPC said Canada has an expertise in exporting chilled pork, particularly to Japan. Last year Canada exported 132,094 tonnes of chilled pork to Japan valued at C$755 million (US$597.6 million), a 5% volume increase over the previous year.
Canadian pork producers want to replicate this success in China, which is Canada's second-biggest volume export market for pork after the US and second-largest national two-way trade partner.
Canada considers access to China's vast market opportunity as essential for the industry to grow and contribute to Canada's target of C$75 billion (US$59.36 billion) in exports by 2025. Over 70% of Canadian pork is exported. --Rick Alberto