The Ukraine has approved beef and pork exports from any Canadian federally registered establishment that meets certification requirements, Canadian officials announced on January 11. Following a successful inspection in September 2015 by Ukrainian authorities, 15 additional Canadian pork and beef establishments are now eligible to export, bringing the current total to 27.
According to Canada’s Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland, Canada is committed to strengthening commercial ties with Ukraine and securing improved market access for Canadian exporters. To this end, in July 2015, Canada and Ukraine successfully concluded negotiations toward the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA). Canada and Ukraine are currently undertaking the legal review of the negotiated text, and once signed, the Parties can undertake their respective domestic implementation processes. Once fully implemented, the agreement will result in the elimination of all non-agricultural tariffs and the vast majority of Ukraine's agricultural tariffs, including on Canadian beef, certain pork, pulses, grains, fish and seafood, canola oil, processed foods, and animal feed.
"The Government of Canada is working to create new trade opportunities for Canadian farmers and agri-food exporters in key markets all over the world. We are pleased to supply world-class beef and pork to Ukraine, maximizing export returns for the benefit of Canadian producers," said MacAulay.
Joe Reda, president of the Canadian Meat Council, stated: "I am very pleased that export approval has been received for all 15 Canadian meat packing and processing establishments that were visited by the Ukrainian audit team in September, 2015. The industry appreciates and values highly the continuing efforts of the Canadian government to obtain export approval for the additional companies that are interested in the Ukrainian market."