China cancels two Canadian canola companies’ export qualifications to China

China cancels two Canadian canola companies' export qualifications to China

The General Administration of Customs of China announced this month that it has canceled the export of two rapeseed companies from Canada to China, on the grounds that dangerous pests have been detected in rapeseed imported from Canada.

Comprehensive media reported on March 27th, Beijing time, on March 26th, Viterra Inc., headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, was disqualified from China for exporting rapeseed to China. Officials from China Customs said that rapeseed imported from Vitra had been found to contain harmful organisms in two ports in Dalian and Nanning. In order to prevent the entry of harmful organisms, the General Administration of Customs of China has revoked the registration of Vitra and related companies in Canada and will continue to strengthen inspections.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs subsequently stated that the Chinese government made the above decision based on the fact that Chinese customs repeatedly detected dangerous pests in rapeseed imported from Canada. According to international practice, China Customs made a decision to suspend imports.

Earlier, the General Administration of Customs of China announced on the 1st of this month that it would cancel the qualification of another Canadian company, Richardson International, to export rapeseed to China.

Regarding China’s expansion of export restrictions on Canadian canola, some Canadian growers and local media believe that China’s cessation of imports will affect the billions of dollars in rapeseed trade between Canada and China each year.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his concern for this situation and will send a high-level delegation to China for relevant consultations to resolve the dispute over the import and export licensing of rapeseed with China.

It is understood that China is the world’s largest importer of rapeseed, Canada is the world’s largest exporter of rapeseed, about 40% of its products are exported to China, and the total value of Canada’s rapeseed exports to China in 2018 is as high as 2.7 billion Canadian dollars. A total of 13.5 billion RMB).

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