China lifts Canadian beef and pork trade suspension

China lifts Canadian beef and pork trade suspension

China lifts Canadian beef and pork trade suspension

A Chinese ban on the import of Canadian pork and beef products estimated to have cost farmers nearly $100 million to date is being lifted, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday."Good news for Canadian farmers today: Canadian pork and beef exports to China will resume", Trudeau said on Twitter.Good news for Canadian farmers...

The ban on June 25 came on the heels of successive restrictions placed on individual Canadian meat exports as tensions escalated over the spring and early summer between Canada and China over the detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in December 2018.

The Canadian Meat Council said in a press release that China is a key trading partner for Canada, with significant gains in recent years due to marketing efforts.

The Chinese government has removed a months-long ban on Canadian pork and beef products that hit farmers hard when it arrived in the midst of a broader diplomatic feud between the two countries.

Both White and Trudeau extended particular thanks to Canada's new ambassador to China, Dominic Barton.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) later confirmed the shipment's export certificate was inauthentic.

China is Canada's third-largest export destination, and the damage from the ban has been severe.

On Tuesday, they heralded the resumption of trade as good news.

Bilateral tensions heightened after police in Vancouver arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies Co, in December 2018 on a US arrest warrant.

In the days that followed, China detained two Canadians - Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor - on espionage allegations.

China had expressed concern about possible counterfeit paperwork with imports but there was some speculation that the arrest of a senior Chinese business person in Vancouver may also have played a part.

That dispute that has made its way to the World Trade Organization.

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