Trade Page ContentCanola is a trade powerhouse, exporting 90% of production with export sales of seed, oil and meal reaching $11.4 billion in 2017. 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: United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was instrumental to the growth of the canola sector. CCGA supports its successor - USMCA. Maintaining duty-free access for canola seed, oil and meal and further aligning regulatory processes among USMCA partners would bolster farmer competitiveness at home and in global markets and further the success of our integrated agriculture market. See our press release: New Trilateral Agreement Continues Long-Standing History of Building a Strong North American Trade Network (October 2018).Comprehensive and Progessive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) The CPTPP is serious business for canola farmers. Its implementation on December 30, 2018, 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. See our press release: Royal Assent to CPTPP Bill Celebrated by Canola Farmers (October 2018). China China is a key market, where the future holds exciting new possibilities for expanding canola exports. Canada and China are currently exploring the potential of a free trade agreement (FTA). An FTA could provide the opportunity to eliminate tariffs on canola and its products as well as address non-tariff barriers impeding our sector's growth, such as biotech and crop protection product approvals. See our press release: Canola Growers Welcome Results of Canada-China Dialogue (November 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.