European officials met virtually with Ng on March 25 to discuss progress of the implementing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). | Screencap via Twitter/@CanadaTrade

Agri-food exporters urge progress on CETA

Canada’s international trade minister said the country’s free trade deal with the European Union is working as intended. Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, made the comments in a joint-statement with the European Commission. European officials met virtually with Ng on March 25 to discuss progress of the implementing […] Read more

During a Sept. 25 virtual appearance at Politico's Agriculture and Food Summit, Bibeau said she would like Canada to benefit from CETA

Industry, government play role in fixing CETA: Bibeau

Federal Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau says industry and government have a shared responsibility to fix a trade deal that has not resulted in strong results for Canadian producers. Expected to reach $1.5 billion in new agri-food exports, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union has fallen short of those targets […] Read more

Exporters say a combination of unreasonable EU regulations, obstruction by EU officials and rogue behaviour by EU member states such as Italy have stopped expected gains for Canadian farmers. 
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Farmers fume over CETA failings

Agricultural exporters are fuming over the failings of the Canada-European Union trade deal, which has achieved virtually little for Canadian farmers. Yet EU ag exporters have seen their food sales to Canada soar, unaffected by the vexatious measures Canadian exporters believe the EU imposes to prevent reciprocal access. The situation has a wide swath of […] Read more


On the EU Delegation to Canada’s website are stories and videos such as “Spotlight on CETA success stories – Vancouver.” | Screencap via eeas.europa.eu

Federal government stays positive about EU trade

Canada’s government leaders are maintaining a cautiously optimistic tone in describing the Canada-European Union trade deal, despite frustrations from vexed Canadian exporters. But while remaining positive and constructive in tone, federal cabinet ministers have repeatedly encouraged European leaders and officials to fix the chronic problems that have stymied Canadian hopes for improved agricultural trade. “CETA […] Read more

In a Sept. 21 letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, five former premiers wrote the deal has

Canada not benefitting from CETA: Bibeau

Canada’s Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau admits the country is not benefiting from the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union. Expected to reach $1.5 billion in new agri-food exports, the deal has fallen short of those targets since being implemented in 2017. In a Sept. 21 letter to Prime Minister Justin […] Read more


Since CETA was implemented in September 2017, Canadian agri-food exports to Europe have stagnated. Meanwhile, Europe is selling more beef, pork and other foods to Canada. | Screencap via international.gc.ca

Agri-food exporters frustrated with CETA

SubtitleCanada has $3.5 billion deficit in food trade with Europe

This summer, French politicians spent many hours defending the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. The French National Assembly ratified the trade deal in late July and politicians, at least those in the governing party, spoke in favour of the deal and the economic value to France. But some of […] Read more

Italy plans to impose country-of-origin-labelling on packaged pasta in early 2018. A Canadian analyst says this type of trade barrier is often worse than tariffs.  |  File photo

Canada-EU free trade deal now in force

When the Canadian government was selling the free trade deal with the European Union to the public, it repeatedly mentioned one of the benefits being the elimination of duties on wheat and durum. It said the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) would wipe out tariffs of up to $122 per tonne on wheat and […] Read more

Canada's dairy farmers say they have no comment on reports of a spat brewing over cheese allocations under the incoming trade agreement with the European Union. | File photo

Unease growing in EU over CETA cheese clause

Canada’s dairy farmers say they have no comment on reports of a spat brewing over cheese allocations under the incoming trade agreement with the European Union. Most measures under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement are expected to take effect July 1. The agreement will allow an additional 16,000 tonnes of high-quality cheese and 1,700 […] Read more


Nick Connors, current chair of the board of directors of the Long Clawson Dairy, is among the co-operative’s members who take advantage of England’s lengthy pasture season. Others operate high-production confinement systems.  |  Supplied photo

Cheese makers anxious over import quotas

DRESDEN, Ont, — Small and mid-sized Canadian cheese makers may be able to cash in on the expected increase in European Union cheese imports. The group was unhappy with the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU, which opened the door to about 17 million kilograms of additional, tariff-free cheese from Europe, […] Read more

The Canadian Meat Council is studying import rules that it says will hinder beef and pork trade with the European Union.  |  File photo

Canadian export officials miffed over CETA import regulations

Canada’s free trade accord with the European Union has failed to remove many of the barriers to shipping red meat to Europe. “We do not have what we would call commercially viable access to the European market,” said Ron Davidson, head of international trade for the Canadian Meat Council. “There were a lot of barriers […] Read more