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Beef Producers Encouraged With Expanding Interest In CPTPP

Canadian beef producers are encouraged with the latest interest in trade expansion through the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

There is growing interest from various markets to join the CPTPP, with official applications by the United Kingdom, Taiwan and China, and further interest by South Korea.

In a news release, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) says it has been a consistent advocate for the further expansion of the CPTPP, subject to review of specific country barriers and potential for beef trade.

“We expect the Asian region to hold the largest potential for growth in beef demand over the next 25 years and securing further access to key Asian markets is a priority for us,” said CCA President Bob Lowe. “We are encouraged to see other countries’ interest in joining CPTPP, as long as they meet the ambitious nature of the trade agreement, which should open and expand exports for Canadian beef farmers and ranchers.”

CCA says since CPTPP came into effect on December 30, 2018, Canadian beef exports have increased 37 per cent in volume and 35 per cent in value (2020 vs. 2018). From January to August 2021, exports continued to rise to CPTPP countries and are up 60 per cent in volume and 66 per cent in value.

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