Trade Minister Mary Ng’s visit opens doors for Canadian pulse exports to India

New Delhi/Ottawa, March 12 (UNI) Following talks by Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng in New Delhi, the Indian government has agreed to indefinitely waive fumigation penalties on the import of Canadian pulses into the country, a factor that had hampered his trade for several years. Mary Ng said in a tweet: “Following our successful pre-trip advocacy, I am pleased to share that India will indefinitely waive fumigation penalties on Canadian Pulse shipments, until a systems approach is achieved. agreed. “This is a big win for our pulse industry.” Pulse Canada released a statement welcoming the announcement of the relaxation of fumigation penalties. Mary Ng met with Trade Minister Piyush Goyal in Delhi on Friday, after which the two sides announced the resumption of negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, which had stalled since 2017. Ng’s visit is the first high-level Canadian government visit to India. since Prime Minister Trudeau’s much-criticized trip in 2018. In addition to reviving FTA talks, the two ministers agreed to pursue a “preliminary progress” deal that would include commitments on sanitary and phytosanitary measures. The two countries also agreed to “undertake intensified work with respect to recognition of Canada’s systems approach to pest risk management in pulses,” according to a joint statement. As part of this work, India has committed to lifting the pre-arrival fumigation requirement for Canadian pulse shipments until a permanent solution is found, a move that builds on the Indian government’s recent promise to exempt Canadian pulses from the fumigation requirement until 2024. “Canada welcomed India’s intention to allow the import of pulses without penalty in case of fumigation the arrival by methyl bromide (MBr) until the finalization of a systems approach for Canadian pulses”, indicates the joint press release. Since 2004, the fumigation requirement has been a recurring phytosanitary barrier and a source of uncertainty for sales in Canada’s largest pulse export market. is ineffective in cold Canadian temperatures and considered a pollutant. Without the exemption, non-fumigated shipments are subject to a penalty or fee upon arrival, according to a report. “We are encouraged to see that the priorities of the Canadian pulse industry feature prominently in the trade negotiations, particularly the emphasis on advancing Canada’s systems approach and the inclusion of sanitary and additional phytosanitary products in a preliminary progress agreement,” Corey Loessin, president of Pulse Canada, said in a statement. “It will be important to build on the positive momentum of India’s recent announcement of allowing pulse imports indefinitely without penalty in the event of fumigation on arrival with methyl bromide by finalizing a permanent solution based on a recognition of Canada’s systemic approach,” he added. . Loessin said it was positive to hear both sides express strong support for the rules-based international order and supply chain resilience in critical sectors. Regarding agricultural imports from India, Canada has agreed to work on market access for Indian crops such as sweet corn, baby corn and bananas. The Canadian side also agreed to expedite consideration of a request to facilitate imports of organic food from India. Negotiations between India and Canada on CEPA were launched in 2010. UNI RN