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Canada, Mexico and the U.S. reach agreement on breeding stock

Effective March 28, 2008, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association announces that protocols are now in place for the harmonized trade of breeding stock from Canada and the US to Mexico.


March 28, 2008
By Canadian Cattlemen's Association

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March 28, 2008

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) is pleased that, effective today, protocols are in place to harmonize North American trade in bovine breeding stock consistent with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)’s standards.


Canada, Mexico and the United States reached a trilateral agreement that would allow for the export of Canadian and U.S. breeding cattle to Mexico consistent with international standards. This agreement allows for the trade of breeding cattle born after January 1, 1999.


"We appreciate the work the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, everyone at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) did to reach this agreement," states Brad Wildeman, president of the CCA. "All parties acted quickly to help resolve this matter and we have confidence in our leadership. This agreement should serve as a model for dealing with North American trade issues. It is also an important step in resolving any issues related to the shipment of Canadian cattle through the U.S. to Mexico because it allows U.S. access to Mexico that is consistent with the agreement reached between Canada and Mexico on February 23, 2008."


Canadian exporters will need to obtain a health certificate from the CFIA and import permits from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Mexico’s Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación (SAGARPA). Shipments will be inspected by U.S. and Mexican officials.