The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association welcomes federal approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Cattlemen’s Chair Rick Toney said the trade deal opens a big door for livestock producers.
“At present, our tariff going into Japan is 38.5%, and even with that tariff we are among the top four exporters to Japan,” Toney said. “People like our province.”
Toney said the 38.5% tariff on Canadian beef into Japan will drop significantly and put Canada on the same level as other exporters in the Pacific Rim.
“It opens the door for a higher market for us so that Canada can export more to it,” Toney said. “It takes us down to the same level as Australia and other countries that are in the top four.”
Toney is hoping the trade deal will lead to higher cattle prices and more jobs in Canada.