An official delegation of agricultural and food associations from Canada visited China last week and brought more Canadian products to Chinese tables. Led by Andrea Lyon, deputy minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the delegation visited Chongqing, Shanghai and Beijing last week, holding promotion events and signing deals with local Chinese partners. The delegation included 61 representatives from 35 Canadian companies and industry associations, and five provincial governments…Full Article: June 2015

Key Points

  • On 24 June 2015, AAFC signed an agreement with the Chinese e-commerce site in Beijing. As a result, will launch a page dedicated to selling Canadian agri-food and fish and seafood products within the next year.
  • Contracts were signed between Canada’s Prairie Orchard Farm Foods Technology Inc and China’s Beijing General Station of Animal Husbandry and Beijing Hongguang Duck Farm. The deal was inked in the wake of successful Omega3 egg feed trials and Omega3 eggs commercialization in mainland China.
  • Canada’s SINOVA Foods International and Hong Kong’s Shing Kee Godown Services Ltd (logistics) agreed to establish a Canada Agricultural Trade Center in China.
  • The Barley Council of Canada and China Agriculture University’s College of Animal Science and Technology signed an agreement to study the benefits of Canadian barley for use as feed in China’s dairy and livestock sector.
  • In 2014, agricultural goods accounted for approximately 25% of trade between Canada and China. During that year, China imported 4.3 million MTs of canola seed and 500,000 MTs of canola oil from Canada.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From February to May 2015, China temporarily banned Canadian beef over BSE concerns.
  • In 2014, Chinese subsidize prices of canola were above CNY 5,100 (~US$828.75) per MT, which was 40% higher than foreign imports (including shipping and taxes). As a result, Chinese import so of canola increased.
  • In 2014, China imported approximately US$40 million worth of Canadian beef.
  • In May 2013, a press article noted that Chinese canola importers were looking to increase imports owing to lower foreign prices vis-à-vis domestically subsidized canola.
  • In April 2013, Canada, the world’s largest canola producer, was granted increased access to crushing plants in China. As a result, Canada could export canola to 11 Chinese crushing facilities (capacity of 5.5 million metric tons).
  • In 2003, China banned beef from Canada due to concerns over mad cow disease (BSE). The ban was eventually lifted in 2010.

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