19.03.2012 Market Access News

Canola access to China on the cards

Investigation into recent media reports has found claims that Canadian canola exporters are able to apply for import permits to additional ports, including those in canola producing provinces, are false.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry investigation found no evidence to back up reports that Canadian access had been extended to ports previously unavailable.

Currently, Australian canola has no access arrangement with China as the transitional permit for access to China’s restricted ports, negotiated in 2009, has lapsed.

Following the recent publicity, interest from Australian exporters in revisiting the Chinese market with Canola has increased.

Those exporters genuinely interested in the Chinese canola market are urged to contact the Grains Industry Market Access Forum (GIMAF) and the Australian Oil Seeds Federation, before negotions to reopen access to Chinese ports begin.