February 21, 2012
Peru follows Colombia and reopens market access to Canadian cattle industry
Following the successful conclusion of negotiations on a health certificate for the export of Canadian live cattle to Peru, the Andean nation re-opened its doors to Canadian cattle imports this week.
The announcement follows in the tracks of another Canadian trade partner in the region, Colombia, which reopened its market to allow the importation of Canadian cattle in April 2010. Colombia was the first country in South America to reopen its market to Canadian cattle since 2003, when cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy where discovered in Canada.
Peru and Colombia each have ongoing free trade agreements with Canada which likely influenced their favourable decision in resuming beef trade.
Peru becomes the seventh market in Latin America and the Caribbean to re-open to Canadian cattle, following Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Barbados, Bermuda, and Trinidad and Tobago.