Canada Gains New Access to the Turkish Market for Canadian Cattle

News Release

June 27, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, announced today that the Government of Canada has opened new market access for Canadian breeding cattle to Turkey. The Canadian cattle industry estimates that gaining this access, which opens immediately, will be worth $4.5 million per year, offering the potential of being a top export market for Canadian breeding cattle.

Improved access in this sector will create more opportunities for Canadian cattle producers and will position Canada as a long-term, reliable partner in meeting Turkey's import requirements.

Quick facts

  • Canada and Turkey have a strong and complementary trading relationship with bilateral merchandise trade at $2.4 billion in 2015.
  • Top Canadian agri-food exports to Turkey include lentils, soybeans, durum and non-durum wheat and chickpeas.
  • Turkey's agri-food imports grew by a compound annual growth rate of 5.2% between 2012 and 2015.


"The Government of Canada continues to work to create new trade opportunities for Canadian farmers and agri-food exporters in key markets all over the world. We are pleased to supply world-class cattle to Turkey, maximizing export returns for the benefit of Canadian cattle producers."

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

"Turkey represents an important market for Canadian exporters, and I am very pleased that our government has successfully secured market access to Canadian cattle in Turkey. 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

"The Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) and the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) are very pleased to have this new market opportunity for Canadian Livestock Exporters. Canadian dairy and beef genetics continue to be valued around the world and we would like to extend our appreciation to the Government of Canada for working with CLGA and CBBC to open this key market."

Michael Hall, Executive Director, Canadian Livestock Genetics Association
Michael Latimer, Executive Director, Canadian Beef Breeds Council

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