For the first 11 months of 2018, Canada exported $4.7 million in pork and $15.5 million worth of beef to the European Union. In the same period, Europe shipped $157 million worth of pork and $18.8 million in beef to Canada.
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When trade loses its balance

Canada has a $155-million trade deficit with Europe in pork and beef. For the first 11 months of 2018, Canada exported $4.7 million in pork and $15.5 million worth of beef to the European Union. In the same period, Europe shipped $157 million worth of pork and $18.8 million in beef to Canada. Those numbers […] Read more

A six percent increase in Canadian flax acres is expected this year over the 980,000 acres planted last year.  |  File photo

Tension with China also worries flax

China buys a lot of Canadian flax, and an analyst says farmers can’t afford to lose market share to political issues

Canada’s concerns about sales to China go beyond canola, says market analyst Marlene Boersch. More than half of Canadian flax exports so far this year have gone to China, and Boersch said farmers can’t afford to lose market share to political issues. China can source most crops, including flax, from other suppliers. “It is possible […] Read more


Countries such as Canada are put in a bind when many of the nations with which they signed trade agreements don’t appear eager to play fair.  |  File photo

Canada needs to find like-minded nations on trade field

Canada is avoiding being a naive boy scout, resisting the temptation to play bully, and trying to find a way to be a canny survivor. For Canadian farmers, exporting has suddenly become vexatious. Figuring out how to move forward without being a sucker or a fool is one of the keys to future Canadian farm […] Read more

Premier Scott Moe told the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities Association convention last week that he questions if the federal government shares his concern over the “rising tide of protectionism.”  |  Robin Booker photo

Sask. premier challenges Ottawa on trade front

Scott Moe says the feds need to engage with China and resolve a dispute that has already affected canola exports

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe sent a strongly worded message to the federal government last week suggesting the Liberal government should focus more on resolving a looming market-access issue that could have a devastating impact on the Canadian canola industry. In a March 13 address to members of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), Moe […] Read more


There was no disagreement among committee members that the revocation of Richardson's export licence to sell canola into China is a matter of concern to all Canadians. | File photo

House trade committee plans canola hearing Thursday

The standing committee on international trade held a rare Sunday meeting yesterday to address the pressing issue of canola trade into China. There was no disagreement that the revocation of Richardson’s export licence to sell canola into China is a matter of concern to all Canadians. Committee members eventually voted in favour of a motion […] Read more

As of late March 11, only Richardson had reported losing its China import licence, but other grain companies and exporters had reported sales bogging down for a few months.
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Sector hopes to contain canola ban

MONTREAL — Farmers and the rest of the canola industry are watching anxiously to see if China extends an import ban beyond Richardson International. As of late March 11, only Richardson had reported losing its China import licence, but other grain companies and exporters had reported sales bogging down for a few months. Richardson vice-president […] Read more

Sonny Perdue, the U.S. agriculture secretary, believes the American government should drop tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico as soon as possible.
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U.S. ag secretary sides with Canada on steel tariff

Sonny Perdue says his government needs to lift its North American tariff on steel and aluminum as soon as possible


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Canada has a friend in Washington. Sonny Perdue, the U.S. agriculture secretary, believes the American government should drop tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico as soon as possible. “We recognize from our industry and our sector, it’s in all of our best interests to see that it happens,” said […] Read more


European ministers are setting down how and when to start trade negotiations with the United States, aware that U.S. President Donald Trump may impose punitive tariffs on EU car imports if the bloc waits too long. | Getty Images

EU debates how and when to start trade talks with U.S.

BUCHAREST, Romania (Reuters) — European ministers are setting down how and when to start trade negotiations with the United States, aware that U.S. President Donald Trump may impose punitive tariffs on EU car imports if the bloc waits too long. The European Commission has asked the EU’s 28 countries to approve two negotiating mandates so […] Read more

China has proposed buying additional U.S. services and goods, including soybeans and energy products, people familiar with the talks have said. | File photo

How U.S.-China talks differ from any other trade deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The trade deal that U.S. negotiators are seeking with China may have more in common with a sanctions-monitoring regime than a traditional trade pact. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is pushing China to agree to regular reviews of its compliance as a condition of any trade deal between the world’s […] Read more