Trade Page ContentCanola is a trade powerhouse, exporting 90% of production with export sales of seed, oil and meal reaching $11 billion in 2018. These exports keep farms successful and help ensure strong rural communities, employment and domestic value-added activities.With so much production going to export markets, it's critical to keep existing markets open while growing new ones. Trade agreements that provide stable, transparent and predictable access are needed, as well as ongoing efforts to fix market access issues.CCGA’s policy team is currently focused on the following: China Beginning in March 2019, China suspended export permits of two Canadian grain handlers and halted purchases of Canadian canola seed. Finding a path forward is a top priority for CCGA, and we are actively working with the Canola Council of Canada on a science-based resolution and a resumption of trade as soon as possible. CCGA is leveraging relevant platforms to raise farmers' concerns and to continually emphasize the importance of a resolution.China is a key market, and holds exciting opportunities for canola farmers. We are confident in the quality of our canola and look forward to further strengthening our trade relationship.For more information visit: Canola & China – What Growers Should Know China Trade Update Bringing the Farmer Voice Forward on ChinaCanada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was instrumental to the growth of the canola sector. CUSMA maintains duty-free access for canola seed, oil and meal and further aligns regulatory processes among CUSMA partners, bolstering farmer competitiveness at home and in global markets and furthering the success of our integrated agriculture market. More generally, it restores predictability and certainty to an important canola market. See our February 2020 submission to the Committee on International Trade. Comprehensive and Progessive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) The CPTPP is serious business for canola farmers. Its implementation in 2018 was 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. CCGA is now focused on its implementation, as well as promotion of its benefits.See our press release: Royal Assent to CPTPP Bill Celebrated by Canola Farmers (October 2018).Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union CETA has the potential to open new opportunities for canola farmers, primarily into the biodiesel and feed markets. To fully capitalize on CETA, timely and predictable EU regulatory approval processes for crop inputs and biotech seed traits are required. 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. Biotechnology: CCGA works to ensure unimpeded market access for products produced using biotechnology, including the promotion of science-based regulatory frameworks, 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 bilaterally and multilaterally at Codex Alimentarius. Keep It Clean! To keep markets open, our practices at home must meet the regulatory requirements of our customer markets. Without the required approvals, shipments containing even the smallest level of unacceptable residues or de-registered varieties can be rejected. The Keep It Clean program outlines steps to ensure our markets remain open and your canola is ready for export. Visit www.keepingitclean.ca for information on which pesticides and de-registered varieties to avoid. Partner Organizations 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. CCGA is also a member of the International Agri-Food Trade Network (IAFN) – an international coalition of farmer and industry associations involved in agri-food at a global level. CCGA works with IAFN on issues related to Codex enhancements (Coalition for an Enhanced Codex), FAO and the Committee of Food Security, and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.