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Harper Government Creates More Export Opportunities for Canadian Wheat Producers

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 5, 2015) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast today announced that Canadian wheat producers can now benefit from greater export opportunities in Colombia, Canada's 7th largest market for wheat.

Continuous Canadian engagement has led Colombia to ease phytosanitary import requirements for Canadian wheat, effectively putting Canada on a level playing field with other exporting countries in this important export market. Canadian wheat producers and exporters can now expand their sales into this market, benefiting Colombian consumers who will have greater access to Canada's safe, high-quality wheat. The changes will provide enhanced access for Western wheat and new access for Eastern wheat.

Colombia is a dynamic emerging market and free trade agreement (FTA) partner for Canada with high economic growth potential. It is one of eight priority markets in Latin America and the Caribbean under the Government of Canada's Global Markets Action Plan.

Quick facts



-- Colombia is an important market for Canadian wheat. In 2014, thanks in
part to marketing freedom; Canada's exports to Colombia were valued at
$348 million, a significant increase from $133 million in 2010 prior to
implementation of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).



Quotes

"Our Government is creating new economic opportunities for Canadian grain producers by opening and expanding our access to markets around the world. By increasing trade and ensuring producers can earn their living from the marketplace, we are creating more jobs, growth and prosperity for all Canadians."

- Gerry Ritz, Agriculture Minister

"This government's ambitious pro-jobs, pro-export plan is opening new markets for world-class Canadian wheat products. Together with our Free Trade Agreement with Colombia, today's announcement will help Canadian producers and exporters tap into the Colombian market, creating jobs and economic prosperity at home."

- Ed Fast, Trade Minister

"Colombia is a growing market in a region of growing potential for Canadian wheat. Colombia is an important market and the resolution of concerns with Canadian exports to Colombia is important to increasing exports to the entire region. We have resolved this issue because of cooperation between industry and multiple government departments."

- Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada

Additional links

- Global Markets Action Plan: Colombia - Canada's Priority Market

- Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Jeff English
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
613-773-1059


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