Canadian Beef Producers Gain Market Access to Kazakhstan

Ottawa, Ontario, July 26, 2012 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced that, effective immediately, Canadian beef producers will benefit from new access to Kazakhstan. The Government of Canada has secured market access for boneless beef from animals over 30 months of age, in addition to the recently negotiated access for all beef from animals under 30 months. This new market access is estimated by the Canadian beef industry to be worth up to $1 million annually for eligible exporters.

"We've enhanced our trading relationship with Kazakhstan by supplying world-class beef to a market of strategic importance, giving producers the opportunity to compete for sales in this country," said Minister Ritz. "This government is working closely with industry to open new markets, increase prosperity for our producers, and build a stronger economy. Today's announcement demonstrates our continued efforts to establish relationships and maximize trade opportunities in this region for the benefit of Canadian producers."

"We are pleased with the science-based decision of the Government of Kazakhstan to reopen its market to Canadian beef," said International Trade Minister Ed Fast. "With one in five jobs generated by trade, our government understands that access to new markets means greater prosperity and financial security for hard-working Canadians and their families. Opening new markets and creating new opportunities that benefit Canadian businesses and workers are at the core of our government's broad and ambitious pro-trade plan."

The Government has successfully secured the same beef access as with Russia, expanding opportunities for Canadian beef exports and further strengthening the trade relationship between Canada and Kazakhstan. Canada is currently negotiating new import requirements with the regional Customs Union, which notably includes Russia and Kazakhstan, and it will continue to work hard to ensure that trade remains uninterrupted until a long-term agreement can be concluded.

Kazakhstan imported almost $14 million worth of Canadian agricultural and agri-food products in 2011.

For more information, media may contact:

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-773-7972
1-866-345-7972

Meagan Murdoch
Director of Communications
The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
613-773-1059

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