Statement from Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food on Canola Trade With China


March 29, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, today issued the following statement in response to China’s standard for foreign material in canola shipments:

“Following discussions between the Governments of Canada and China, China has indicated that they will allow Canadian canola exports to continue under the current commercial conditions until September 1, 2016. Export conditions to China remain unchanged as Canadian and Chinese officials continue to work on a permanent, science-based solution.”

“I had a very constructive conversation with the Chinese Ambassador recently and I thank him for collaborating on this issue, especially as both countries consider greater economic ties.”

“Canola trade is of significant economic importance to both countries and is a key aspect of Canada’s bilateral relationship with China. We will continue to work with China and the Canadian canola industry to resolve this issue.”


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

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