China’s canola demand may rise

Expect an extra one million tonnes of canola demand from China in 2017-18, say two exporters. Two large soybean crush facilities are being converted into canola processing plants and a third could follow suit. Late last year, the Chinese government granted approval for a switch plant located along the Yangtze River in Nantong, China, to […] Read more


Pakistan’s fumigation rule threatens pulse trade

The country gave no advanced notice and hasn’t identified what pest poses a concern that requires fumigation

Just when Canada’s pulse industry got temporary relief on a trade impediment with India, a new one has cropped up with Pakistan. The new director general at Pakistan’s equivalent of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is de-manding grain shipments be fumigated at origin rather than at arrival as was done in the past. The CFIA […] Read more


Canadian pork sector eager to form trade deal with Japan

Canada exported $3.8 billion worth of pork last year, and with limited scope for domestic market growth, producers are putting emphasis on increasing that export amount. Frank Novak, chair of Alberta Pork, said the Canadian pork industry has reduced its reliance on the U.S. market, but trade deals with other countries will be vital to […] Read more



Chinese willing to pay more for imported pork

China’s import prices have been rising since last year and have even driven up international pork prices. Analysts expect this to continue this year, but Cesar Urias, market access and government programs management director for Canada Pork International, takes a more nuanced approach. Urias said those forecasts may have been reasonable last year, when pork […] Read more


Canola meal exporters welcome back China

Canadian canola meal shipments to China have exploded. Crushers shipped 656,660 tonnes of the product worth $218 million to China in 2016, up from nothing the previous year. It sounds like a new market for the product, but really it is just a market that has resurfaced after a three-year hiatus. “The main reason why […] Read more



Pulse export crisis looms

A policy shift in India is jeopardizing a $1 billion export market for Canadian pulses. India’s plant quarantine directorate has announced it will not extend an exemption to its methyl bromide fumigation policy. The policy calls for all shipments of agricultural commodities to be fumigated at the country of export. The problem is that it […] Read more


What a difference a year makes

Canada’s wheat exports have been sluggish this year because of a poor quality crop and stiff competition from other regions, say analysts. Exporters shipped 6.6 million tonnes through week 25 of the 2016-17 campaign compared to 8.1 million tonnes a year earlier. The opposite scenario is unfolding south of the border where U.S. wheat exports […] Read more


Meal needs dedicated capacity

Canola crushers hope to see custom meal export facilities built on the West Coast because piggybacking on the regular grain-handling system isn’t adequate for long-term growth. With crushers and analysts expecting Canada to continually boost canola meal exports in coming years, the product needs to be treated right. “The lack of dedicated capacity to (handling) […] Read more



Inadequate capacity hurts canola meal sales

BRANDON — Export deals and money are falling through the Canadian canola industry’s hands because of inadequate canola meal handling capacity on the West Coast, says Thomas Mielke of Oil World magazine. It’s something farmers shouldn’t put up with. “You should scream,” Thomas Mielke told a crowd at Manitoba Ag Days Jan. 17. “There is demand […] Read more


Clock ticks on India’s fumigation exemption

Pulse crop exporters are getting antsy about the looming expiration of an exemption to an Indian phytosanitary policy. India has a blanket requirement that all pulse imports must be fumigated to ensure there is no presence of certain quarantine pests. The policy states that fumigation has to occur at origin. However, India has provided a […] Read more