The European Union

SIAL Canada is proud to announce that the EU is the Region of Honour for our 2017 edition in Toronto. Now that the CETA agreements will come into force in 2017, Canada’s most significant free-trade initiative since NAFTA and the broadest trade agreement that Canada has ever undertaken, tremendous possibilities are arising for the food & beverages industry. The EU being the biggest player on the global trading scene, it is our country’s 2nd largest and most influential partner after the US. Moreover CETA represents a whole new world of opportunity for all Canadian companies from coast to coast. Making the EU our Region of Honour is also about opening up the Canadian market to all industry players—especially local and international exhibitors. Through this historic trade agreement, SIAL Canada will support, educate and create new groundbreaking opportunities for our food business professionals.

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A word from

Phil Hogan

Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

Market figures: Top 5 reasons why the EU is the best business partner

A high-value food market

With a consumer base of more than 500 million people and annual economic activity of $18 trillion, the European Union (EU) is one of Canada’s most significant trading partners, second only to the U.S.

A growing market

Total agri-food trade between Canada and the EU amounted to more than 5.6 billion Euro in 2015 and our trade relationship within agri-food has grown by 6% annually in the last 10 years. In 2015 alone, EU agri-food exports to Canada grew by more than 9%.

Outstanding opportunities for food & beverages

The European market is diverse, expanding, and full of opportunities for Canadian businesses. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will open new agriculture and agri-food markets to Canadian exporters and importers by a far-reaching elimination of customs duties and other relevant trade barriers.

A tailor-made program

The EU and Canada works closely to facilitate agri-food trade between us. As an example, the EU and Canada have an agreement on an equivalency in organic products which means that products certified as organic in one market are also recognised as organic in the other market reducing certification costs and increasing business opportunities in two of the most important organic markets in the world.

Unique partnerships

With 28 countries in one single market the EU provides plenty of room for expansion of agri-food business opportunities.

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