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MNP's TAKE: The Canadian Cattlemen's Association scored a big win with Mexico lifting a more than decade-long ban on some cattle imports. And after Donald Trump suggesting NAFTA be unilaterally ‘renegotiated', the timing of this lift could not be any better. After the BSE scare in 2003, exports to Mexico fell considerably and the cattle industry has been working hard ever since to restore faith in our international exports and ending global trade restrictions. Lets hope China and Taiwan will soon follow suit. We're pleased to see the efforts of Canadian cattle producers being recognized for their industry practices in raising beef, traceability and going above and beyond. This lift will mean a big boost to Canadian exports and has been long time coming. We are proud to support Canadian farmers and their products and celebrate this win alongside producers.To learn more about how you can get more from your operation, contact Bruce Tait, Senior Vice President, Agriculture at 1.800.661.8097 or [email protected].ca
BY IAN BICKIS FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS
CALGARY - Mexico's lifting of a more than decade-long ban on some cattle imports will mean a big boost to Canadian exports, said the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.
"When we get our production levels back up to where they used to be, we can be doing $250 million a year or more into the Mexican market, no problem," said John Masswohl, director of government and international relations at the association.
Mexico imposed a ban on Canadian beef imports in 2003 over fears of mad cow disease, and while some restrictions were lifted within a year, a ban on cattle over 30 months old is still in place.
In the two years before the ban, Canada exported around $270 million to $290 million of beef to Mexico, with cattle over 30 months of age making up close to a quarter of the total.
Meanwhile, Canadian beef exports to Mexico averaged $136 million annually between 2011 and 2015.
Masswohl said Tuesday's announcement that the Mexican government would lift the ban on Oct. 1 will mean Canada's exports to the country can rebound.
He said it also ends one of the few remaining global trade restrictions related to mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
"It's satisfying that something that you've worked on for years and years to finally be achieved," said Masswohl. "We've been trying to get rid of all the BSE trade restrictions in all the markets, and it's getting down to be a pretty short list of what's left now."
He said Taiwan and China are the remaining holdouts, though China does allow some younger boneless beef imports.
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