The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is pleased to hear the news that Mexico is dropping its last restriction on the import of Canadian beef.
With herd sizes growing back to pre-2003 levels, when the BSE crisis hit, that could mean the restoration of 250 million dollars in trade to Mexico.
John Masswohl with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association explains the limitations up until now.
“Mexico was one of the first countries to open to beef from cattle under 30 months but about a quarter of our trade was from beef from cattle over 30 months. That’s 13 years later we’ve been working on the over 30 months trade and they have now removed the restrictions to that finally.”
The announcement was made Tuesday by Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexico’s visiting president.
At the same time Trudeau announced Canada is dropping its visa requirement for Mexican visitors.
The visa requirement was imposed by the former Harper government in 2009 to stop thousands of ineligible Mexican citizens filing asylum claims. It was a controversial action that caught the Mexican government off guard and has been the major irritant between the countries for more nearly seven years.
The Opposition Conservatives say the visa should remain in place until the impact of its lifting can be properly assessed.