Canada Pork also wants trade deal with Korea
The Canadian Pork Council (CPC-CCP) has urged its
government to speed up negotiations to achieve a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with
"The federal government must also take every opportunity to assist in
completing current WTO negotiations (also known as the Doha Round) and to
complete a free-trade deal with Korea which includes pork," CPC president Clare
Schlegel said in a press release.
the US reached an FTA with Korea, with major benefits for US pork producers.
This is why the CPC emphasises rapid action.
"Otherwise, we will find
ourselves at a serious disadvantage, compared to countries such as the United
States, which has the 'KORUS' agreement and many other recently completed deals
that, if left unmatched by Canada, will result in our pork and many other
products losing out to the US and other exporters in important foreign
Losing the current place
"Our examination of the
deal reached between the United States and Korea", adds Schlegel, "clearly shows
Canada would lose its current place as one of Korea's two most important
"The 50% increase in the Canadian dollar against the US
dollar since 2002 has hit the Canadian hog and pork industries extremely
hard. The lack of a FTA with Korea could force many more in our industry
Recently, Canada successfully
concluded FTA negotiations with Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
FTA negotiations with Peru, Columbia and the Dominican Republic were
"These trade agreements are crucial in opening up further
market access opportunities for Canada," Schlegel said. "The Canadian hog and
pork industry has a vital interest in improved export access and not falling
behind other countries that have been aggressively pursuing regional trade
agreements, such as the US and Chile."
"These new trade agreements
are definitely a step in the right direction," continued
â€¢ Canadian Pork Council - Conseil canadien du porc (CPC-CCP)
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