The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has hailed the agreement on the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) as “an important agreement that will allow greater access for the fresh produce industry in the Asia-Pacific region.”
In particular CPMA has welcomed the provisions found in the agreement’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary chapter, as well as the agreement’s provision for improved market access to crucial economies like Japan. This access will help Canada achieve its goal of $75 billion annually in agri-food exports by 2025, CPMA says.
“The fresh produce industry sees tremendous opportunity in increasing its trade with members of the new CPTPP”, said CPMA President Ron Lemaire. “We thank the Government of Canada for their hard work on this historic agreement and look forward to working with Ministers François-Philippe Champagne and Lawrence MacAulay on furthering our market access in other new and emerging economies around the world.”