China purchased 4.77 million tonnes of Canadian canola in 2018, which was 47 percent of total exports that year.
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China’s canola pinch

A surprising amount of the void left by China’s exit from the Canadian canola market could be filled by other importers, according to a Canola Council of Canada official. Brian Innes, vice-president of public affairs with the council, said certain target markets could pick up “millions” of tonnes of additional demand in the wake of […] Read more

The ruling, issued by the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), stated China did not apply the TRQ's on imports of wheat, rice and corn from the U.S. in a

WTO rules in favour of U.S. on tariff dispute with China

WINNIPEG – The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled largely in favour of the United States in a trade dispute regarding China’s application of tariff-rate quotas (TRQ’s) for wheat, corn and rice. The ruling, issued by the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), stated China did not apply the TRQ’s on imports of wheat, rice and […] Read more

Countries rethink China’s road to the world

The Belt & Road Initiative is intended to enhance trade with Europe, Africa and Asia, but loss of control is recent worry


China’s $2 trillion version of globalization is encountering some resistance. In 2013, the country embarked on its costly Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), which is essentially a project designed to revitalize the ancient Silk Road and enhance trade with Europe, Asia and Africa. Chinese state-owned enterprises have already invested in more than 1,676 BRI projects […] Read more


Depending on whom one has spoken with, there are differing views as to grain exports to China other than canola. | File photo

Views differ on exports to China other than canola

WINNIPEG – Depending on whom one has spoken with, there are differing views as to grain exports to China other than canola. The federal government stated there have been no export issues outside of canola. “The current actions taken by China are limited to canola seed, and we have not received any indication of broader […] Read more

Shipments of Canadian canola oil and canola meal are continuing to move to China, according to a senior canola industry official. | File photo

Canola oil shipments remain unaffected

Shipments of Canadian canola oil and canola meal are continuing to move to China, according to a senior canola industry official. Brian Innes, vice-president of public affairs at the Canola Council of Canada, said oil and meal sales to China have not been affected by a trade dispute that’s currently affecting canola seed exports. “Oil […] Read more


International Trade Minister Jim Carr told the House of Commons trade committee last week that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and officials are working to refute China’s claims of pests in shipments and seek other markets for canola.
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Ottawa urged to get political in canola tussle

Canada will continue to treat China’s restriction on Canadian canola imports as a scientific issue, even though testing shows no basis for the ban and a third Canadian company has been issued a notice of non-compliance. International Trade Minister Jim Carr told the House of Commons trade committee last week that the Canadian Food Inspection […] Read more

A former ambassador to China says Canada could send a message by slowing down inspections of imported goods. | File photo

Inspection delays proposed in trade dispute

A former ambassador to China says Canada could send a message by slowing down inspections of imported goods

A former Canadian ambassador to China says Canada needs to retaliate against the ban on canola exports, but it has to be a measured response. David Mulroney, who was ambassador from 2009-12, used a hockey analogy to describe the situation. “Goalies don’t let people skate through the crease,” he said. “China is skating through the […] Read more

Researchers say the ultimate goal of retaliatory tariffs is to inflict economic loss on influential interest groups. | Getty photo illustration

China’s history of wielding a trade barrier sword

Researchers say the ultimate goal of retaliatory tariffs is to inflict economic loss on influential interest groups

China hasn’t just manipulated its regulatory system to block Canadian agriculture imports. Its use of phytosanitary standards to hurt foreign suppliers has been used against small countries similar to Canada and also against the United States. “China refused bananas from the Philippines (in 2012) and blocked salmon from Norway in 2010,” wrote researchers Minghao Li, […] Read more


Gerry Ritz has spoken to an official with one of Canada's major canola crushers who told him they can't unload a tanker full of oil. | File photo

Embargo on Canadian canola oil may threaten grain movement

The Canola Council of Canada says canola oil and meal sales are still being executed in China, but a former federal agriculture minister says otherwise. Gerry Ritz has spoken to an official with one of Canada’s major crushers who told him they can’t unload a tanker full of oil. “A boatload of oil arrived at […] Read more

In an interview with The Western Producer March 29, International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr said Canada will press the scientific approach to Chinese officials to resolve the canola dispute, but opportunities have recently opened up in other parts of Asia with the enactment of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership with 10 Asian countries. | Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Feds look to replace lost canola sales to China

Canada is reaching out to other countries to determine if they will increase imports of Canadian canola amidst the Chinese embargo, says International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr. In an interview with The Western Producer March 29, Carr said Canada will press the scientific approach to Chinese officials to resolve the canola dispute, but opportunities […] Read more