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Canada to export cherries to China

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Staff writer ▼ | June 20, 2014
Canada reached an agreement with China to allow unimpeded access to the Asian country’s market for fresh British Columbia-grown cherries.
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CherriesCanada reached an agreement with China to allow unimpeded access to the Asian country’s market for fresh British Columbia-grown cherries.


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada said a phytosanitary deal was signed for a trial period, which was expected to lead to permanent access valued by industry at CAD$20 million ($18.5 million).

The Ministry added that China agreed to expedite work to allow for the sale of fresh Canadian blueberries in China, with such a new access valued at up to CAD$65 million ($60 million) annually.

The deal was signed by Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and China’s Vice Minister of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), Wei Chuanzhong. In addition, the pair also signed an access agreement for timothy hay to China, as well as a modernized live swine protocol.


 

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