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Canada seeks enter into Korean pork market

Staff writer |
The executive director of the Canadian Pork Council Martin Rice said the quicker Canada can achieve a free trade agreement with South Korea, the quicker the Canadian pork industry will be able to catch up to its major competitors.

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Trade negotiations between Canada and the Republic of Korea have been stalled since 2008 but the United States and Europe have negotiated free trade agreements under which duties on their pork, 25 percent on chilled product and 22.5 percent on frozen, will be phased out over ten years.

Mr. Rice said that, in connection with Korea's interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and needing the agreement of TPP members to be brought into the negotiations, Korea has recently openly indicated an interest in completing trade agreements with Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

If Canada-Korean could be accepted by Canadian and Korean.

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