Richardson canola exports curtailed by China

By The Canadian Press
March 5, 2019 - 3:10pm

OTTAWA --  One of Canada's largest canola exporters has lost its permit to ship its product to China.

Winnipeg-based Richardson International has confirmed that China has revoked its permit just days after Ottawa decided to proceed with an extradition hearing for a Huawei Technologies executive, Meng Wanzhou.

China has raised concerns about bacteria and pests in Canadian canola exports in the past but Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she does not believe there is any scientific basis for the permit cancellation.

She adds she's very concerned by the move and is working with the Chinese government. 
Meantime, the Canola Council of Canada says it's concerned about challenges exporters have faced shipping to China but there is no clear evidence they are related to the current diplomatic dispute.

Canada ships about 40 per cent of its canola exports to China, which amounts to roughly $2.5 Billion (C) annually. It's possible this could mean a problem for other exporters such as Viterra and Cargill Ltd.

China cites pest concerns as the reason for a ban on Canadian canola

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