Canada and South Korea sign FTA

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, September 26, 2014
Photo: CAFTA

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and South Korean President Park Geun-hye signed the Canada-Korea free-trade agreement. It marks Canada's first ever trade deal in the Asia Pacific region.

The bilateral agreement is expected to remove tariffs on Canadian agri-food exports. The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) noted that the lack of an agreement in the region has meant a substantial shrinking market share for all Canadian agri-food products, including beef, pork, canola and grain.

CAFTA estimates that Canada exports 70% of its pork and 90% of its canola to foreign markets. News reports place existing trade between Canada and South Korea at $10 bn. That number is expected to grow by 32%.
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