CPC reiterates the importance of trade in front of the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on International Trade

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February 1, 2018 OTTAWA – At today’s House of Commons’ Standing Committee on International Trade meeting, Canadian Pork Council (CPC) Second Vice-Chair René Roy outlined how trade plays a vital role in the industry’s prosperity and how it impacts the Canadian economy.

“Over 70% of Canadian pork is exported and pork producers are steadfast supporters of initiatives that contribute to opening and expanding market access” explains CPC Second Vice-Chair René Roy. “We can’t insist enough on the importance of the timely ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Transpacific Partnership in addition to moving forward with the Pacific Alliance negotiation and the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement.”

The purpose of the CPC’s appearance in front of the committee was to share the perspectives of Canada’s pork producers on a potential trade agreement between Canada and the Pacific Alliance (Peru, Columbia, Chile, Mexico).

The potential agreement between Canada and the Pacific Alliance provides an opportunity to improve market access in three areas:

  1. Decreased tariffs;
  2. Increased quota levels and a streamlined quota allocation process;
  3. Recognition of the Canadian swine heard as trichina-free, permitting exports of chilled pork.

A copy of Mr Roy’s full presentation in front of the Standing Committee is available by clicking here.

The Canadian Pork Council is the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations representing 7,000 farms, the organization plays a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.


Media Contact:

Gary Stordy - Director, Government and Corporate Affairs
Canadian Pork Council
613 236-9239 ext. 277

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