CCA Statement on Canadian Beef Exports to China

Posted June 26, 2019

June, 26, 2019
Calgary, AB

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has learned that effective yesterday no new Canadian meat export certificates for China will be issued due to the discovery of a falsified Canadian pork export certificate. We understand the suspension will be temporary and that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and other appropriate law enforcement agencies are currently investigating. We believe that shipments that are already in transit to China will be allowed to pass through customs.

It is unclear why beef products have been included in this suspension. The Canadian government is seeking clarification from Chinese officials.

In terms of immediate impact, shipments of Canadian beef to China represented 2.6 per cent of Canada’s total beef exports last year. In 2018, Canadian beef exports to Mainland China were up 19 per cent in volume and 15 per cent in value at 10,300 tonnes valued at $97 million. In the first quarter of 2019, exports to Mainland China were up 445 per cent in volume and 428 per cent in value at 5,300 tonnes valued at $48 million.

The CCA encourages the Governments of Canada and China to work together to investigate and amend the situation so that trade can be resumed in a timely manner. The temporary loss of beef access to the Chinese market is unfortunate and may have financial impacts for both the live animal and processing sectors. Canada’s diverse market access within the Asian region through the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement provides opportunity to shift this demand to other countries.

“It is unfortunate that this disruption of trade has occurred. We are fully confident in our meat production systems in Canada and the safe-guards we have in place”, says Bob Lowe, Vice President of the CCA “We will work closely with the Government of Canada to identify a solution to the suspension from China, while at the same time we will continue to work on expanding other export markets.”

The CCA will work closely with the Government of Canada to resume stable trade as quickly as possible.

David Moss
General Manager
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association