Canadian pork producers pleased to see a modernized North American trade agreement

Press Release
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October 1, 2018, OTTAWA - Canadian pork producers are pleased to learn that Canada, the United States and Mexico have agreed on a renewed trade agreement after difficult negotiations. This news comes as Canadian pork producers are grappling with very low prices made worse by the uncertainty in global pork markets.

The trade relationship between Canada and its American and Mexican neighbours is an important one. An integrated North American market is not only economically advantageous; it serves to encourage producers to work together to address issues of common concern such as animal health.

“A new trilateral trade agreement is great news for Canadian pork producers. Lots of hard work has been put into reaching this important milestone and we congratulate all those involved in reaching the agreement known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), especially Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister Chrystia Freeland and her team, as well as Minister MacAulay” said Rick Bergmann, Canadian Pork Council’s Chair. “We look forward to a stabilized pork market that will allow pork producers in Canada, the United States and Mexico to support one another in producing high quality pork and contributing to growing the economy in their respective countries,” he adds.

The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has been engaged in trade discussions all through the renegotiation process as this agreement is of utmost importance to the industry. The Council is pleased to learn that the new agreement will not include new tariffs and that it contains dispute mechanisms.

The CPC looks forward to reviewing the details of the new agreement and understanding how it will be implemented.

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 advances, promotes and protects the excellence of Canadian pork production.


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

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