Full Market Access for Canadian Beef Exports to Chile

May 30, 2013

For Immediate Release

May 30th, 2013

Full Market Access for Canadian Beef Exports to Chile

Ottawa, ON – The Federal Government recently announced that Canadian beef producers will now benefit from full market access to Chile for beef exports.

The announcement was made during a state visit to Canada by Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile. In 2003, Chile ceased imports of Canadian beef due to the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) disease. Canada has since then strengthened BSE measures to protect human and animal health. Discussions took place between both countries as well as visits from Chilean authorities to review and approve the Canadian beef inspection system. As a result of these discussions and reviews, market access to Chile for Canadian beef producers has been renewed.

“I am very pleased to hear that beef producers in Bruce and Grey counties, and indeed all Canadian beef producers will be able to benefit from the renewed market access for Canadian beef in Chile,” said Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. “Canada is a producer of world-class beef and this announcement will only help to further the success of Canada’s beef industry.”

Effective immediately, Canadian exporters will have unrestricted access to Chile’s beef market. The Canadian industry estimates that this renewed access is worth up to $5 million annually with potential growth of up to $10 million in 3 years.