Archive: Opportunities for EU exporters after EU-Canada trade deal

Published 21 October 14

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The EU Commission has announced further details of an EU-Canada trade deal which will provide EU exporters greater access to the Canadian market. The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will allow an extra 16,000 tonnes of EU cheese to enter the Canadian market, which will be phased over six years. Currently, the EU exports around 14,500 tonnes of cheese to Canada each year.

In 2013, the EU accounted for 57% of Canada’s total cheese imports, the majority of which originated from Italy and France. The agreement incorporates EU protected cheese names but is therefore likely to require some manufacturers to re-label products, for example from ‘feta’ to ‘feta-type’ cheese.