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September 26, 2014

Business leaders welcome new era in Canada-EU trade

CETA coalition news release 24Sep2014 ENG & FRENCHOTTAWA, September 26, 2014 – Canada’s business leaders welcome the conclusion of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso signed a declaration marking the end of negotiations today in Ottawa. Canada has achieved a high-quality agreement that will give Canadian companies and exporters of all sizes access to the world’s largest economy. The agreement will boost economic growth and create jobs in virtually every sector of the Canadian economy.

On the occasion of the signing of the declaration, Canada’s leading business associations — representing firms from all sectors and regions of the country — announced the launch of the Coalition for Canada-EU Trade. The coalition represents organizations and individuals who support trade and investment liberalization between Canada and the European Union and are committed to ensuring that the agreement achieves its full potential.

Together with the North American Free Trade Agreement, CETA will ensure that Canadians enjoy preferential access to the world’s two largest economies. In addition, Canadian consumers will benefit from enhanced access to European products and services and increased competition among suppliers.

The coalition urges Canada and the EU to proceed as quickly as possible to implement the agreement.

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For more information:

Sarah Reid
Communications Officer, Canadian Council of Chief Executives


Le 22 septembre 2014


Sa mise en œuvre donnera un coup de fouet à l’agriculture canadienne

L’ACCA SE RÉJOUIT DE LA SIGNATURE DE  L’ACCORD DE LIBRE ÉCHANGE DU CANADA ET DE LA CORÉEOTTAWA (Ontario) Le 22 septembre 2014 – L’Alliance canadienne du commerce agroalimentaire (ACCA) se réjouit de la signature de l’Accord de libre-échange (ALE) entre le Canada et la Corée qui a été annoncé plus tôt aujourd’hui.

« Nous félicitons le gouvernement du Canada pour son leadership en vue d’officialiser l’Accord de libre‑échange Canada-Corée » affirme la présidente de l’ACCA, Mme Lisa Skierka. « Les répercussions positives de cet accord se feront sentir dans toute la chaîne de valeur de l’agriculture canadienne, des éleveurs et des exploitants de ranch aux transformateurs et aux exportateurs. »

L’ACCA pressait le gouvernement fédéral de conclure un ALE avec la Corée du Sud depuis déjà plusieurs années. L’absence d’accord dans cette région du monde a engendré des pertes de marché substantielles pour tous les produits agroalimentaires canadiens, notamment le bœuf, le porc, le canola et les céréales. En fait, en 2012, les exportations céréalières du Canada vers la Corée s’élevaient à 479 millions $ par année. À l’heure actuelle, elles représentent moins de 100 millions $.

Avec la mise en œuvre de l’ALE, on prévoit l’abolition des tarifs historiquement élevés auxquels sont assujetties les exportations agroalimentaires canadiennes. La suppression de ces tarifs est une étape cruciale pour rétablir le commerce avec la Corée.

« La prochaine étape sera de mettre cet accord en œuvre dès que possible » ajoute Mme Skierka. « Nous sommes heureux de l’annonce faite aujourd’hui et nous enjoignons les gouvernements du Canada et de la Corée à le mettre en vigueur dès 2015.

« Les produits agroalimentaires doivent jouir de règles du jeu équitables pour accéder au marché coréen. La mise en œuvre de cet accord nous permettra expressément d’y parvenir ».

Les membres de l’ACCA s’entendent pour dire que l’ALE avec la Corée est crucial pour la croissance et la prospérité du Canada. Les industries agricoles et agroalimentaires du Canada comptent sur les exportations pour survivre, notamment les secteurs du canola (90 %) et du porc (70 %) qui exportent la majeure partie de leur production annuelle vers des marchés étrangers.


Pour obtenir davantage d’information, prière de communiquer avec la personne suivante :

Claire Citeau
Directrice exécutive
Alliance canadienne du commerce agroalimentaire (ACCA)

September 22, 2014


Implementation will provide an economic boost for Canadian agriculture

OTTAWA, (ON) September 22, 2014 – Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) welcomes the signing of the Canada–Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that was announced earlier today.

News Release- CAFTA WELCOMES SIGNING OF  CANADA­KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT - September 22, 2014“We commend the Government of Canada’s leadership in formalizing the Canada–Korea Free Trade Agreement,” said CAFTA President Lisa Skierka. “The positive impact of this agreement will be felt throughout the Canadian agriculture value chain, from farmers and ranchers to processors and exporters.”

CAFTA has been urging the federal government to conclude the FTA with South Korea for several years. The lack of an agreement in the region has meant a substantial shrinking market share for all Canadian agri-food products in the market, including beef, pork, canola, and grain. In fact, in 2012, Canadian grain exports to Korea were $479 million a year. Today, they are less than $100 million.

Upon implementation, this FTA is expected to remove the historically high tariffs on Canadian agri-food exports. The end of these high tariffs is an important step to rebuilding Canadian trade with Korea.

“The next step is for this agreement to be implemented as soon as possible,” added Skierka. “We welcome today’s announcement and call on the Canadian and Korean governments to bring it into force in early 2015.

“Canadian agri-food products need a level-playing field in order to access the Korean market. With this agreement in place, we will finally be able to do just that.”

CAFTA members agree that the FTA with Korea is important to Canada’s growth and prosperity. Canadian agricultural and agri-food industries rely on exports to survive, including canola (90 per cent) and and pork (70 per cent) who export the majority of their annual production to foreign markets.


For further information contact:

Claire Citeau
Executive Director
Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA)



Agricultural and Agri-Food Producers Call for an Ambitious Comprehensive Agreement through the TPP

TPP Joint Statement Sept 3 - FinalHanoi, Vietnam – SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 – At the round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations taking place September 1-10, in Hanoi, Vietnam, agri-food producer and processor groups from Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand are calling for negotiators to uphold a high level of ambition in the trade talks and to conclude a 21st century trade agreement that is of real value to the region.

The groups calling for an ambitious, comprehensive agreement through the TPP trade talks include the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, the Australian National Farmers’ Federation, the Federated Farmers of New Zealand, and the American Farm Bureau Federation. Together, they represent hundreds of thousands of farmers, producers, processors and exporters with millions of employees across the TPP region. These groups remain united in support of a successful conclusion of the negotiations.

Strong and diversified export markets across the TPP region will help ensure that farmers, producers and processors can continue to grow and be prosperous.

“Agriculture needs to be at the heart of a TPP agreement and will be one of the sectors that can deliver commercially meaningful trade gains from entry into force for our economies,” said Brent Finlay, president of the Australian National Farmers’ Federation. “It is critically important that as these trade talks progress in the next week, the views of the farm and agribusiness sectors are clear in the minds of negotiators.”

The TPP region represents 40 per cent of world trade and has substantial global economic significance, and is not just a burgeoning market but also an integral part of global value chains.

“The growth of our countries’ economies and the support of  jobs—which a successful TPP will help foster—are top priorities for the agriculture and agri-food sectors across the region,” said Lisa Skierka, president of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance. “The TPP has the potential to improve the competitiveness of our economies and enhance regional supply chains by permitting the production, processing and movement of products and ingredients among TPP countries where competitive advantages exist. Without a plurilateral agreement, the TPP could actually reduce the competitiveness of exporters if some TPP members provide greater market access to some countries than to others.”

Trade among TPP partners was more than $2 trillion in 2012. Eliminating tariff and non-tariff barriers among the member countries could help increase sales of agricultural products in the TPP market of 792 million consumers.

“New Zealand farmers have always strongly supported efforts to promote the benefits of free trade and particularly efforts to negotiate improved market access and reduce trade barriers for our exports.  We strongly encourage efforts to reduce tariffs and non-tariff barriers and the elimination of agricultural subsidies and other policies that distort markets,” said said Dr William Rolleston, president of Federated Farmers of New Zealand. “Barriers to exports, such as subsidies or tariffs, reduce the ability of countries to trade.”

Agriculture and agri-food trade is critical to the economies of TPP countries. TPP offers the promise of important new opportunities to export and diversify for agriculture and agri-food businesses in the region.

“The TPP will only fulfill its promise of improved and increased trade in the Pacific region when it eliminates tariff and non-tariff trade barriers,” said Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “U.S. agriculture has high expectations for the TPP. All countries involved must commit to a better agreement and freer trade worldwide.”

The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, the Australian National Farmers’ Federation, the Federated Farmers of New Zealand and the American Farm Bureau Federation remain committed to the need for meaningfull market access and elimination of tariffs and other barriers through TPP.


For further information, contact:

Claire Citeau
Executive Director
Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA)

Tony Mahar
General Manager Policy and Trade and Economics
National Farmers’ Federation  of Australia

Mark Ross
Genaral Manager Policy and Advocay
Federated Farmers of New Zealand


Will Rodger

Director Policy Communications

American Farm Bureau Federation