Canada’s pork producers are extremely concerned that they not fall behind the United States and other competitors in terms of access to regional trade agreements and export markets. As a result, opening new markets is critically important to the Canadian pork industry. 

Canada’s pork producers are eager to sign new trade agreements and fully support their governments efforts in achieving the objective. Almost two-thirds of Canada’s pork production is exported.

The United States pork industry, however, is strongly opposing Canada’s participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks saying that subsidy programs for Canadian pork producers have put U.S. producers at “a serious competitive disadvantage.”

Canada’s federal budget released last week by the Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty outlines two commitments that will strengthen that nation’s pork industry. The budget emphasizes:  

  • intensifying Canada’s pursuit of new and deeper trading relationships, particularly with large, dynamic and fast-growing economies.
  • implementing plans on perimeter security and economic competitiveness and regulatory cooperation, which will facilitate trade and investment flows with the United States. 

“The Canadian swine industry is very supportive of expanding trade and cooperation activities that would help to improve the trading climate and competiveness of Canadian pork” said Jean-Guy Vincent, Canadian Pork Council (CPC) chairman. The CPC serves as the national voice for hog producers in Canada.

“We are very supportive of the Canadian government’s trade agenda and look forward to the successful completion of trade agreements with the European Union, Japan and South Korea in the near future,” Vincent said.

The CPC has been engaged in the Canada-United States Regulation Cooperation Council (RCC) since its formation last year. The RCC highlights the importance of regulatory cooperation in areas such as: the implementation of electronic export certificates for meat and live animals crossing the U.S./Canada border; the harmonization of the approval process for veterinary drugs, and; the mutual recognition of zoning systems and veterinary equivalency.  

Canadian pork exports in 2011 exceeded $3.2 billion, according to CPC.  Live swine exports contributed another $400 million to Canada’s merchandise trade account.  

 The CPC serves as the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations, our organization’s purpose is to play a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.