Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast have announced that the Government of Canada has reached a new agreement on an export certificate with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The agreement reopens a market that has been closed since a case of BSE was discovered in Canada in 2003.
A government release said Canadian exporters of live cattle will benefit from access to the UAE market, estimated at a value of $40 million.
"We are pleased to have regained access to the UAE market," said Rick McRonald, executive director of the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association said in the release. "This is good news for exporters who have been waiting to pursue this opportunity."
The UAE is part of a regional trading block called the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The GCC is a priority market under Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy.