Canada’s international trade minister says the rules governing shipments of Canadian canola to China will remain in place until both countries can reach a new agreement on acceptable import standards.
Chrystia Freeland, who is part of the delegation travelling with the prime minister in Shanghai, said today that the Liberal government is committed to reaching a new canola regime with China as soon as possible. In the meantime, however, she says the current rules will stand.
Before Justin Trudeau’s visit to the Communist nation, China had planned to enforce tighter regulations on the amount of foreign materials such as weeds, other crops and detritus permitted in canola exports from Canada.
But today’s deadline for the change was lifted earlier this week after Trudeau met in Beijing with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Freeland who was raised on a canola farm in northern Alberta says the news came as a relief for canola farmers, who can be assured that their shipments won’t be refused at Chinese ports.
“Canadian exporters and Canadian farmers now know that they are able to load up their canola and ship it to China,” Freeland said.
(The Canadian Press)