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CETA gives Canadian exports such as grains, oilseeds, beef, pork, fruits and vegetables market access in Europe.
 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA – As part of the Canadian government’s efforts to foster growth for farmers through new export opportunities and well-paying jobs, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay will lead a trade mission to Germany, Belgium and Italy from Oct. 7-17. 

With the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provisionally applied, MacAulay will be in Europe with Canadian industry leaders to build new market access into the E.U. for Canada’s key agricultural product exports, such as grains, oilseeds, beef, pork, fruits and vegetables, and processed products.

“CETA will expand our agri-food trade with Europe, by providing comprehensive duty-free access,” MacAulay said. “It will create a united market of 35 million Canadians and 500 million Europeans. This historic agreement will encourage investment, open markets, and help hard-working farm families be more competitive around the world.”

CETA is a comprehensive E.U.-Canada economic agreement to boost trade, strengthen economic relations and create jobs.  

As of Sept. 21, almost 94% of E.U. agricultural tariffs are duty-free under CETA, and almost 96% of E.U. tariffs for fish and seafood products are also duty-free. 

In Germany, MacAulay will participate in ANUGA, the world’s largest food and beverage trade show, where Canada’s agricultural sector will be showcasing Canadian goods and promoting CETA’s export opportunities. In Belgium, MacAulay will hold bilateral meetings with senior E.U. representatives, host meetings with key European industry stakeholders, and tour the Port of Antwerp, a gateway into the E.U. for Canadian agriculture products. In Italy, the Minister will attend the G7 Agriculture Ministers’ meetings and attend World Food Day events in Rome with Pope Francis.

The Minister will have the opportunity to engage with and support Canada’s agricultural industry at ANUGA, as well as during meetings with key European buyers and distributors in both Belgium and Italy.