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Canada Secures Access to the Philippines

by 5m Editor
11 August 2010, at 11:01am

CANADA - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced that Canadian exporters of rendered animal products have gained important access to Philippine markets that were previously closed to them. Canadian exports to the Philippines can begin immediately.

“Since coming to office, our Government has worked tirelessly to break down trade barriers around the world,” said Minister Ritz. “Our efforts are showing substantial results as Canadian farmers continue to gain access to new international markets to sell their top quality products”.

Following a concerted effort by government and industry, the Philippine government has agreed to open its market to Canadian rendered animal by-products including blood meal, poultry meal and fats.

The Canada Beef Export Federation estimates that the Philippine market for Canadian exporters of rendered products could reach $20 million.

“This announcement is great news for Canadian farmers who have gained expanded access to an important market of over 90 million people."

Last year, existing Canadian agri-food exports to the Philippines totalled $250 million.

The Government of Canada remains committed to creating trade opportunities and expanding international markets for Canadian farmers.