Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Poultry trade woes aired for Senate

Leaders of Canada’s four national agencies for supply management of poultry laid out their concerns over the trade deal among Canada, Mexico and the United States for the Senate Agriculture Committee.

They said increased imports limit the continued expansion of Canadian production and said they don’t want any future trade deals to allow even more imports.

The chicken agency said it wants stricter border enforcement to guard against fraud – i.e. broiler chicken products that should face a tariff posing as products that face little or no tariff.

The hatching egg agency said it needs a way to spread imports fairly across the nation.

Together the agencies asked for an investment tax credit program and for subsidies for market development.