Exporting to Europe

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NovemberAlberta food companies pursuing opportunities in the Netherlands and SIAL Paris (Dusan Rnjak, AF) - AF organized one of its largest trade missions into the European Union (EU) as interest in the European market continues to grow among Alberta food companies.

OctoberMission Report: Eurasia Livestock and Machinery Mission to Turkey and Ukraine (Aarij Bashir, AF) - Alberta’s program in Turkey was mainly focused on livestock and included two promotional seminars for Canadian livestock genetics in Izmir and Denizli. Read more.
SeptemberPromoting Alberta agriculture to the world (Government of Alberta) - On Sept. 21, 2017, 94 per cent of agriculture tariff lines became duty-free for Canadian goods, with an additional one per cent to be phased out over seven years. Read about Minister Carlier's mission to the European Union.
JuneAlberta Companies Participate in Mission to Salon de Gourmets (Paola Zaragoza, AF) - Initial feedback from participating companies has been very positive. Companies noted the large number of companies and countries represented and the diverse products showcased at Salón de Gourmets and commented that the experience provided some excellent ideas for new flavours and packaging. Further remarks noted the numerous meetings with distributors and buyers and the opportunity for furthering business relationships. Read more.
Market Information
February 2018Competitive trade analysis – beef in the EU (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) - "Beef and beef product demand is increasing in the EU which is by far the largest beef market in the world ($18.6B) at more than double the size of the US which is second at $7.5B". Read more.
November 2017Strategic market assessment of the European Union (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) - While the EU is an important market for commodity exports, it is one of the few markets in the world where Canada can grow exports of value-added products, given its wealth and relatively stable economy.
April 2018Germany - Retail Foods 2018 (United States Department of Agriculture) - "Germany is by far the biggest market for food and beverages in the European Union. The food retail sector is saturated, highly consolidated, and competitive." Read more.
2017Snapshot of Opportunities in Italy's Lentil Sector (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada ) - With the implementation of CETA, pulses can be exported tariff free. This presents an opportunity to grow exports as pulses have a traditional place in the Italian diet.
July 2018Dutch Food Retail Report (USDA) - "Consumers are increasingly looking for sustainable or organic products and more ready-to-eat meals and convenience products." Read more.
May 2018Spain Retail Foods 2018 (USDA) - Success in introducing products in the Spanish market normally requires local representation and personal contact. A local representative can provide up-to-date market intelligence, guidance on business practices and trade related laws, sales contact with existing and potential buyers, and market development expertise.
United Kingdom
June 2018Retail Foods 2018 (USDA) - The sector is saturated, highly consolidated and competitive. The top five retail groups together account for 70 percent of the market. Independent stores continue to face strong competition from modern grocery retailers.
2017Snapshot of Opportunities in the United Kingdom's Grain Sector 2017 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) - In 2016, Alberta exported nearly C$35 million of wheat to the UK. Read about this opportunity for grain products.
March 2017Health and Wellness Series - Healthy Biscuits, Snacks and Snack Bar Trends in the United Kingdom (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) - Healthy snacks, snack bars and biscuits are essential features of the British diet. In 2015, the United Kingdom represented the largest market in terms of retail sales for all three of these sectors.
Export Information
2018European Commission Trade Helpdesk - for EU tariffs, requirements, preferential arrangements, quotos and statistics.
October 2017CETA - Tariff Elimination Schedule and Rules of Origin (Peter Kuperis, AF) - This document provides information on the tariffs and rules of origin that apply to exports of Canadian agrifood products under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Please note that this document is for information purposes only, and should not be considered legal advice.
2017Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) for Agri-Food Exporters (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) - Visit this page for information on CETA and exporting to the European Union.

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