While there is much turmoil and unknowns internationally, Canada has been fortunate to see positive results on Foreign Trade.
The chairs announced that Fawn Jackson is no longer with CCA. Daniela Lombardo and Dennis Laycraft cover trade while John Masswohl continues to work on a part-time basis on CCA trade files.
The US is still our largest trading partner making up 70% of all imports and exports. We continue to work with our US counterparts to ensure this significant trade relationship is equitable and free of trade barriers. CCA has made a submission to the US Food Inspection Agency that addresses items such as: eliminating border re-inspection of meat, expanding “Trusted Trader” programs to avoid border delays, and harmonization of food safety technology and grading and establishing a common program for document submissions. As always, Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (mCOOL) is a continued discussion and an area that CCA is paying close attention to.
Many trade agreements that have seen constant movement through 2022 include, but are not limited to:
We were happy to hear Canada Beef’s presentation that outlined many international market gains. There had been initial concerns with lost market access to China; however, it was noted that the lost trade was made up by significant increases in many other countries. Some trade increases of note are:
We are excited to see demand for Canadian Beef is still strong in Global markets. CCA’s work is invaluable to our success in current trade but also ongoing and future trade agreements. The Young Cattlemen’s Council is thankful to the CCA for the opportunity to participate with this interesting committee.