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Canada's beef export to China has increased with four additional Canadian beef processing plants receiving approval from the Chinese authorities to export beef

beef  stu spivackThe Chinese market for Canadian UTM deboned beef is estimated at about US$20mn annually. (Image source: stu_spivack/Flickr)

The newly-approved establishments will increase the Canadian export capacity for beef in a market estimated by the industry to be worth approximately US$20mn annually.

Canadian agriculture minister Gerry Ritz said, “This important step sets the stage to further trade opportunities in China for our beef producers.

“Our government’s priority remains the economy, and by expanding markets in dynamic countries like China, we are helping Canadian producers increase their bottom line, which leads to more jobs, prosperity, and economic growth.”

Canadian international trade minister Ed Fast said, “This announcement is another example of how our government’s commitment to opening new markets is helping increase Canadian exports and delivering real results.

“We look forward to continuing to grow our trade relationship with China to ensure it is balanced and produces clear wins for Canadian workers and businesses.”

Les Viandes Laroche Inc, Asbestos, Quebec, Ryding Regency Meat Packers Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, St. Helen's Meat Packers Limited, Toronto, Ontario, and Canadian Premium Meats Inc, Lacombe, Alberta are the establishments that will now export produce to China,

According to Canada Beef Inc., the Chinese market for Canadian UTM deboned beef has been estimated at about US$20mn annually, and once full market access was achieved the Chinese market for Canadian beef and cattle was expected to be worth US$110mn.

China has been Canada’s third-largest trading partner, with a two-way trade of over US$64.5bn n 2011, including US$3.4bn n agriculture and agri-food products.