Nicaragua has approved imports of beef and pork from Canada, that nation’s agriculture and trade ministers said Wednesday.
Effective immediately, Canadian producers can export beef to Nicaragua, with full access now restored after the closure of this
market in 2003 due to Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, known as mad cow disease, said a release from the Canadian government. And, for the first time ever, market access conditions have now been established for Canadian pork, it said.
“We applaud the Government of Nicaragua’s science-based decision to reopen its market to Canadian beef and pork,” said Ed Fast. “Opening new markets and creating new opportunities that benefit Canadian businesses and workers are at the core of our government’s broad and ambitious pro-trade plan.” He is minister of international trade and minister for the Asia-Pacific
Access to the Nicaraguan market flows from the Canadian government’s trade expansion goals in Central America and is the result of its ongoing efforts to create new opportunities and science-based trade for Canadian producers, as well as growing prosperity in the Americas, said the government release.
In 2011, Nicaragua beef imports were $1.6 million and pork was more than $17 million, a significant market now open to
our high-quality Canadian beef and pork products, said the Canadian government.