fleischwirtschaft.com - OTTAWA - For the first time since 2003, an Asian market has opened its doors to Canadian live breeding cattle, sheep and goats. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast made the announcement that trade with the Vietnamese market will resume immediately.
The move comes as Vietnam's Department of Animal Health has formally approved the Canadian export health certificates for live cattle, goats and sheep. Vietnam banned imports of Canadian live cattle, along with beef and beef products following Canada's announcement of its first case of mad cow disease in May 2003. Full access for Canadian beef exports to Vietnam was secured in July 2010.
The estimated value of what Vietnam's imports of live ruminants from Canada will be worth is close to 50 Mio Can$.
In June 2007, Canada formally requested access for all beef and cattle based on Canada's BSE controlled risk status as determined by the World Organization for Animal Health. Vietnam consistently indicated that it would take a phased approach.
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada