The Harper Government has re-established market access to Chile for live swine, a market that industry estimates was worth approximately $350,000 in 2013.
Canada had been Chile’s main supplier of live swine for over 10 years, prior to 2014 when Chile temporarily suspended imports of live swine and porcine blood products from countries with reported outbreaks of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), including Canada.
Chile is an important trading partner for Canada and the announcement is also an example of our commitment to increasing opportunities for Canadian exporters in Latin America, pursuant to Canada’s Strategy for Engagement in the Americas and Global Markets Action Plan.
Chile is a priority market under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan with two way merchandise trade reaching $2.86 billion in 2014.Canadian merchandise exports to Chile in 2014 reached $1.14 billion, an increase of 42% over 2013.
“Our government continues to work closely with industry to open, re-open and expand new markets for our quality Canadian products,” Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food 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,” says Ritz.