Azerbaijan opens door to Canadian live exports

By Melodie Michel

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Azerbaijan has opened its door to Canadian live cattle exports, raising hope of increased trade relationships between the two countries.

Canadian livestock can enter Azerbaijan immediately, with the first shipment expected next month. Trade Minister Ed Fast said: “We are pleased with the science-based decision of the government of Azerbaijan to open its market to Canadian cattle. With one in five jobs generated by trade, our government understands that access to new markets means greater prosperity and financial security for hardworking Canadians and their families.

“That’s why we have consistently fought for fair and open access for our producers and exporters around the world. Opening new markets and creating new opportunities that benefit Canadian businesses and workers are at the core of our government’s broad and ambitious pro-trade plan.”

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz hailed the efforts made by the Canadian government to open up export markets. “Today’s announcement flows from our unwavering commitment to create new and diverse export opportunities for our hardworking farmers to help boost their bottom lines,”​ he said.

Food exports from Canada to Azerbaijan averaged C$2.1m from 2009 to 2011, led by pork sales of C$1.7m.

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