China lifts ban on Canadian beef and pork exports

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China lifts import ban on Canadian pork and beef

A Chinese ban on the import of Canadian pork and beef products estimated to have cost farmers nearly $100 million to date is being lifted, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday."Good news for Canadian farmers today: Canadian pork and beef exports to China will resume", Trudeau said on Twitter.Good news for Canadian farmers...

Good news for Canadian farmers today: Canadian pork and beef exports to China will resume.

Trudeau thanked Canada's Ambassador to China, Dominic Barton, and the Canadian meat industry for their work.

"The second point is that Canadian pork will end up having a preference over US product in China due to the duties placed on USA pork, at least for Chinese importers that have not been granted duty exemptions".

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China had blocked beef and pork shipments from Canada in June, alleging contamination and bogus documents - claims disputed by Ottawa - amid an escalating diplomatic row.

China had asked Canada in June to investigate false veterinary health certificates attached to a batch of pork, while the official Xinhua news agency said customs officials in the eastern city of Nanjing had found ractopamine in pork shipments.

In September, the Canadian Meat Council said the suspension had cost Canadian farmers cost nearly 100 million dollars.

"Our long-standing trade relationship with China is very important to both sides and this represents an important step for both countries", he added.

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On Tuesday, they heralded the resumption of trade as good news. Cong Peiwu officially took over as China's ambassador in Ottawa on November 1, and Dominic Barton, a former business consultant, recently took over as Canada's new envoy in Beijing.

The dispute erupted as diplomatic tensions between Canada and China were ramping up following the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver last December on a USA warrant.

In the days that followed, China detained two Canadians - Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor - on espionage allegations.

Experts predict her extradition process could to take years. Barton has since met with both. Last month, China also signaled it could lift a ban on USA poultry exports.

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