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Market Successfully Restored for Canadian Beef Exports to Taiwan


July 8, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, today announced that Taiwan has lifted its temporary ban on Canadian beef, effective July 8, 2016. Taiwan temporarily suspended imports of Canadian beef in response to the February 2015 detection of an isolated case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canada.

In 2014, prior to the suspension of trade, Taiwan was Canada’s seventh-largest export market for beef with exports valued at $12 million annually. Restoring access to this market will help increase exports of Canada’s safe, high-quality beef.

Quick Facts

Canada-Taiwan total merchandise bilateral trade reached $4 billion in 2015, making Taiwan Canada’s 12th largest trading partner.

In 2015, Canadian exports to Taiwan were valued at nearly $1 billion with agricultural and seafood exports worth over $256 million.

In 2015, Canada exported beef to nearly 60 markets, for a total value of $2 billion.

35 per cent of Canadian beef production is exported.


"The Government of Canada welcomes the news of another restored market. This is an excellent opportunity for the Canadian cattle industry to export its high-quality Canadian beef to the global marketplace. The government continues to push for access to more markets around the world in order to ensure Canadian producers and agri-businesses are thriving and successful for the long term."

-Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, P.C., M.P., Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"I am very pleased that our government has successfully secured market access for Canadian beef in Taiwan. This positive development will provide consumers with access to Canada’s high-quality, safe, premium beef. Taiwan is Canada’s 12th largest trading partner and an important market for our agriculture exporters. When our producers and exporters succeed abroad, Canadians and our middle class benefit here at home."

-Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Trade

"Our national marketing organization is grateful for the continued effort that the Canadian Government has put towards global market access. Achieving this access will further enable the work Canada Beef is doing to increase the brand, value and the resulting loyalty for Canadian beef not only in Taiwan, but leveraging this into Southeast Asia,"

-Rob Meijer, President of Canada Beef


Guy Gallant
Director of Communications
The Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

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