Trade Page ContentCanola is a trade powerhouse, exporting 90% of production with export sales of seed, oil and meal reaching $10.1 billion in 2016. These exports keep farms successful and help ensure strong rural communities, employment and value added activities.With so much production going to export markets, keeping these markets open is critical. Open markets and clear trade rules make reliable markets. Trade agreements that provide stable, transparent and predictable access are needed as well as ongoing efforts to fix market access issues. CCGA’s policy development efforts in trade currently focus on the following:ChinaCanada and China are currently exploring the potential of a free trade agreement. Public consultations are ongoing until June 2, 2017 to hear from Canadians on how to proceed regarding a potential agreement. China creates exciting new possibilities for expanding canola exports in China's rapidly growing market. An FTA could provide the opportunity to eliminate tariffs on canol and its products and to create clear, transparent rules of trade. For more on this announcement, read our press release.Canadian-European Trade Agreement (CETA) CETA opens new market opportunities for canola farmers. Once implemented, CETA will expand European market opportunities for value-added canola products, primarily oil for biofuels. The EU is a world leader in biodiesel production, of which canola is an important feedstock. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)The TPP is serious business for canola farmers. It is integral to the long-term viability of the Canadian canola sector. By eliminating tariffs on canola to Japan and Vietnam, exports could grow by $780 million per year. The elimination of non-tariff barriers will also create a more predictable export environment for farmers. Market Access Non-tariff barriers threaten our exports. Eliminating non-tariff barriers is a priority for canola’s continued success. These barriers result in lost profit and prevent growers from accessing new, innovative technologies. Low Level Presence. CCGA works to ensure unimpeded market access for biotechnology products, including the promotion of science-based synchronized approvals and the implementation of workable Low-Level Presence (LLP) solutions. Maximum Residue Limits. Each country sets a maximum allowable level for pesticide residues. Not all countries set these limits at the same time or same level, posing a trade risk for canola. CCGA is working with Canadian and international partners to find solutions. Keep It Clean! As a trade powerhouse, canola farmers must align their practices at home with the requirements of customer markets to remain competitive. Canola Council of Canada’s Keep It Clean program outlines simple steps to ensure our markets remain open and your canola is ready for export.Click here for a brochure with tips to get your 2017 canola crop ready for export.CAFTA CCGA is an active member of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) – a coalition of national and regional organizations that advocate for a more open and fair international trading environment for agriculture and agri-food.