When the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership takes effect in the coming months, tariffs on frozen wild blueberries exported from Canada into member countries, including Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia, will be eliminated.
“Tariffs on Canadian frozen wild blueberries range from 5% in Malaysia and 9% in Japan to 30% in Vietnam,” says Bill Casey, MP for Cumberland-Colchester, who has advocated on behalf of wild blueberry producers for concessions. “No tariffs will mean better market access for wild blueberries grown here in Cumberland and Colchester Counties.”
Hopefully, he adds, this will help increase the price growers receive for their berries, although it may not be in time for the 2018 season.
China, which is not a member of the CPTPP, remains a market with significant potential for Canadian growers. Casey credits the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia and Oxford Frozen Foods for keeping up the pressure to reduce Chinese tariffs on frozen wild blueberries, and says he will continue to advocate with Canadian trade and diplomatic officials.
For more information, contact Bill Casey’s office at 613-992-3366.