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Canada-Ukraine Trade Agreement to Benefit Pig Producers

16 July 2015, at 12:00am

CANADA - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has welcomed the announcement by the Government of Canada of the completion of a trade liberalization deal between Canada and Ukraine.

“This will provide important additional export opportunities for the Canadian pork industry”, said Rick Bergmann, CPC Chair.

“Given that we export well over two-thirds of our production, such new market possibilities help us to achieve the best overall return.”

“We look forward to the upcoming visit by Ukrainian government inspectors which should allow additional Canadian pork processing plants to become eligible to export to Ukraine”, added Mr Bergmann, who farms in Steinbach, Manitoba.

“The industry estimates that the duty-free access which this new agreement will provide for pork would be between 30 and 40 million dollars in value.”

Once the Agreement enters into force, Canada and Ukraine will immediately eliminate duties on 99.9 per cent and 86 per cent of respective current imports, thereby benefiting both Canadian and Ukrainian exporters and consumers.

When fully implemented, the Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement will provide duty-free access to Ukraine for an unlimited quantity of beef and veal, duty-free access for 20,000 tonnes of frozen pork, and duty-free access for an unlimited quantity of fresh chilled pork.

In 2014, Canada exported to Ukraine 2,031 tonnes of pork valued at $ 4.4 million.

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