Trade Page ContentCanola is a trade powerhouse, exporting 90% of production with export sales of seed, oil and meal reaching $9 billion in 2015. 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: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. The TPP was signed by 12 countries, including Canada, in January 2016, starting the clock on a two-year ratification period. Get Involved: The Government of Canada is currently consulting with Canadians to determine TPP’s impact on Canada. Talk to your local MP about the benefits of the agreement to your farm and community. Canadian-European Trade Agreement (CETA) CETA opens new market opportunities for canola farmers. Once implemented, CETA would 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. 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 industry 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.Delivering your 2016 crop. The Keep It Clean programs outlines what varieties are not permitted to grow, what crop inputs don’t have the required customer permissions and what steps you can take to ensure correct spraying rates are followed. In 2016, the member companies of the Western Grains Elevator Association and the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association have individually advised that they will not accept delivery of canola grown and harvested in 2016 that has been treated with quinclorac. Growers are encouraged to speak with their local elevator or processor for additional detail.Here's a brochure featuring five simple tips to get your canola 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.