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


Canadian dairy farmers and processors say a federal innovation package announced last week is only one step toward helping the sector cope with the challenges of trade deals.
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Programs help dairy sector offset impact of CETA

Federal agriculture minister announced $350 million in programs to boost productivity and competitiveness

Canadian dairy farmers and processors say a federal innovation package announced last week is only one step toward helping the sector cope with the challenges of trade deals. The organizations representing the industry said $350 million is welcome, but it may take more than that to mitigate the effects of trade. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay […] Read more

Canadian meat plants use various treatments to remove bacteria that have yet to be approved.  |  File photo

More work needed on pork, beef access despite CETA deal

A free trade agreement with the European Union is far from being a done deal for Canadian beef and pork producers. Canadian food safety practices are yet to be approved and until that happens, there will be no exports under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Canadian meat plants use various treatments to […] Read more

Canada's agriculture and trade ministers today announced a $350 million investment in two programs designed to help the dairy industry through the implementation of the European trade agreement. | File photo

Ottawa to help dairy farmers adjust to CETA with $350 million

Canada’s agriculture and trade ministers today announced a $350 million investment in two programs designed to help the dairy industry through the implementation of the European trade agreement. Producers will be eligible for a share of $250 million, over five years, to help them update farm technology and equipment, such as robotic milkers, automated feeding […] Read more


EU, Canada sign free trade deal but battle not over

BRUSSELS, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The European Union and Canada signed a free trade agreement on Sunday that aims to generate jobs and growth though it must still clear some 40 national and regional parliaments in Europe in the coming years to enter fully into force. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed the treaty along […] Read more

Belgium breaks deadlock over CETA

BRUSSELS, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Belgium agreed to a deal with its regional parliaments on Thursday to approve a landmark EU-Canada free trade agreement, breaking a deadlock that has blocked the pact for weeks. Prime Minister Charles Michel said the heads of the regions had drawn up an addendum to the agreement that answered their […] Read more