Canada is a trading nation and the sustained growth and prosperity of Canadian agriculture depends on Canada's ability to compete effectively in global trade. Canadian agri-food products are of the highest quality and compare advantageously to those produced around the world. In 2011, Canadian agriculture exports totaled $45.5 billion while agriculture imports totaled $34.1 billion. Canada is the fifth largest agri-food exporter1 and sixth largest importer2, and Canadian agriculture and agri-food stakeholders have long recognized the need for Canada to be actively engaged in international trade initiatives.
To achieve a more level international playing field and greater opportunities for Canadian agricultural producers and processors, Canada is pursuing an active multilateral, regional and bilateral trade negotiations agenda.
- World Trade Organization (WTO) Agriculture Negotiations
- Bilateral and Regional Negotiations and Initiatives
1. European Union, United States, Brazil, China and
Canada (based on 2011 figures): The four largest agri-food exporters
are in descending order.
2. European Union, United States, China, Japan, Russia, and Canada (based on 2011 figures): The six largest agri-food importers are in descending order.
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