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Canada re-establishes live swine market in Chile

Relationship suspended due to PEDv

By Diego Flammini, Farms.com

Live swine producers in Canada have reason to rejoice as the country has re-established the live swine trade relations between Canada and Chile.

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"Our government's top priority is to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians,” said Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast. “Chile is a priority market under Canada's Global Markets Action Plan (GMAP) and recently our government announced the conclusion of the modernization of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. This market access win is another example of how our government's pro-trade plan is getting results for Canadian businesses, workers and their families."

Chile suspended their live swine imports in 2014 from any countries battling outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), including Canada.

In 2013, Canada exported about $350,000 of live swine to Chile and remained their top supplier of live swine until the temporary suspension.

"After the temporary suspension of the health certificate with Chile in 2014, CSEA is very pleased that CFIA has successfully negotiated a revised health certificate for live swine,” said Nancy Weicker, Executive Director Canadian Swine Exporters Association. “Canadian swine exporters will now have market access to supply Chile with our high-health quality swine genetics.”

The regained access to Chile could mean more opportunities for Canadian swine producers.

"Our government continues to work closely with industry to open, re-open and expand new markets for our quality Canadian products,” said Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz. “By increasing trade and ensuring producers can earn their living from the marketplace, we are creating more jobs, growth and prosperity for all Canadians."

Tell us your thoughts about Canada’s renewed live swine market access in Chile. Would this news encourage you to increase your pork production?


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