(Ottawa, ON) – After four months of temporary suspension imposed on Canadian pork and beef, China has reopened its doors to Canadian meat products.
“We would like to express our appreciation to the Government of Canada for all of their efforts both in Ottawa and in Beijing as they worked to find a resolution to this issue. In particular, we greatly appreciated the leadership of the Prime Minister, Ministers Bibeau, Carr, Freeland and Ambassador Barton” said Chris White, President of the Canadian Meat Council (CMC).
China is a key trading partner for Canada and our Canadian meat products had made significant gains in China over recent years due to the ongoing marketing efforts of our member companies and market promotion associations. China was the second-largest market for Canadian pork and the fifth largest for beef.
“Our long-standing trade relationship with China is very important to both sides and this represents an important step for both countries” added White. “This is great news, especially on the eve of an industry-led mission to China that CMC has organized to meet with Chinese officials at all key ports where product lands to ensure a smooth operation moving forward.”
About the Canadian Meat Council:
For nearly a century, the CMC has represented Canada’s federally licenced meat packers, meat processors and suppliers of equipment, services and goods to the meat industry. CMC provides evidence-based advocacy on behalf of its members and works to secure and improve Canada’s global meat competitiveness and, promote a balanced diet, which includes high-quality and nutritious Canadian meat. The Canadian red meat industry represents over 20 Billion dollars to the Canadian economy and supports 288,000 jobs across Canada.