June 27, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Honourable
Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, announced today that the Government of Canada has opened new market access for Canadian breeding cattle to Turkey. The Canadian cattle industry estimates that gaining this access, which opens immediately, will be worth $4.5 million per year, offering the potential of being a top export market for Canadian breeding cattle.
Improved access in this sector will create more opportunities for Canadian cattle producers and will
position Canada as a long-term, reliable partner in meeting Turkey’s import requirements.
Canada and Turkey have a strong and complementary trading relationship with bilateral
merchandise trade at $2.4 billion in 2015.
Top Canadian agri-food exports to Turkey include lentils, soybeans, durum and non-durum
wheat and chickpeas.
Turkey’s agri-food imports grew by a compound annual growth rate of 5.2% between 2012 and
“The Government of Canada continues to work to create new trade opportunities for Canadian
farmers and agri-food exporters in key markets all over the world. We are pleased to supply worldclass
cattle to Turkey, maximizing export returns for the benefit of Canadian cattle producers.”
Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, P.C., M.P., Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“Turkey represents an important market for Canadian exporters, and I am very pleased that our
government has successfully secured market access to Canadian cattle in Turkey. When our
producers and exporters succeed abroad, Canadians and our middle class benefit here at home.”
Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Trade
“The Canadian Livestock Genetics Association and the Canadian Beef Breeds Council are very
pleased to have this new market opportunity for Canadian Livestock Exporters. Canadian dairy and beef genetics continue to be valued around the world and we would like to extend our appreciation to the Government of Canada for working with CLGA and CBBC to open this key market.”
Michael Hall, Executive Director, Canadian Livestock Genetics Association
Michael Latimer, Executive Director, Canadian Beef Breeds Council
Fact Sheet – Turkey
Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Turkey
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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