Canada and China signed a few memorandums of understanding at the ministerial level to push ahead trade and investment in agriculture, Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz said in Shanghai on Friday [20 June 2014] following his visits in Beijing and Guangzhou “The MOUs set the foundation for future cooperation, and point out what rules and regulations need to be changed to facilitate trade,” Ritz said…Full Article: Chinanews.com June 2014

Expecting to grow provincial agrifood exports by $100 million throughout the next few years, [Canada’s] Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick and the provincial delegation have agreed to send B.C. blueberries and cherries to China. The agreement came out of a trade mission to China earlier this month. Letnick led the trade agreements and was joined by other representatives from the provincial blueberry, cherry and specialty meat industries…Full Article: InfoTel News June 2014

Key Points

  • As of 2014, China is British Columbia’s second largest agricultural export market (~US$219 million out of ~US$2.53 billion)
  • British Columbian cherry and blueberry growers hope to export ~US$19 million and ~US$60 million annually once the agreement is fully implemented

ChinaAg Comment

  • The United States is a major supplier of blueberries to China. From 2006 to 2010, the bulk of these imports were frozen blueberries, with fresh, canned, and dried blueberries taking up only a minority share. However, in 2011 and 2012, the share of frozen blueberry imports (by volume) dropped to 41% and 22%, while fresh blueberries accounted for 35% and 58% of blueberry imports during those years, respectively. Dried blueberries were the third most popular type, with their import share hovering around 21% in 2011 and 2012. The vast majority of U.S. blueberries entered China via Hong Kong.

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