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Food Manufacturing Gets Tariff Break: $48M in Cuts to Boost Industry

As President Trump’s new administration has been openly sharing its intention on piling on new tariffs in order to protect American jobs and discourage importation, the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau up in Ottawa has quietly put in place action to counter the protectionist maneuvers of its southern neighbors. Ottawa will be moving forward with eliminating $48M in tariffs related to the food manufacturing industry. Trudeau’s move, to ...

Major Canadian Trade Developments in 2016

Although it seems like 2017 is just around the corner, it’s important to keep in mind that there are a few months still left in 2016 and that so much can happen, in so little time. There are major trade developments that have and will influence Canadian businesses that import or export goods and services. Many of these are the results on discussions and negotiations that have been going on for years and may well be in the implementation and rat...

World Class Food Safety for all Canadians

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring Canadians can trust what's on their plates thanks to a world-class food safety net enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Thanks to the Safe Food for Canadian Act, tabled in 2012 by the Harper Government and adopted by the Senate later in October of the same year and royally sanctioned the following month – the modern requirements lay out the rules for imported and exported food...

Accelerating Canadian Seafood Sales to China

Hailed as an 'industry-first', an agreement between the largest online seafood trading platform in the world, Gfresh and the China Certification and Inspection Group Canada, was signed during the last edition of the BC Seafood Expo in early June. Thanks to the signed agreement, suppliers on Gfresh will have access to a Canada-based pre-inspection of their products heading to China. The inspection service is provided by a third party, which has...

Agri-Food Manufacturers: Have Your Say on Tariff Elimination

As part of its action plan to support the Canadian agri-food manufacturing industry, the new Trudeau Government's first budget included clear intentions to eliminate duties on imports of certain food manufacturing ingredients, excluding supply managed products. Budget 2016 aims to make agri-food manufacturers more competitive on both the international market and domestically. For importers of food manufacturing ingredients, this represents an imp...