News Release Article from  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Canada Gains Market Access for Live Breeding Cattle and Swine to Georgia

February 2, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland announced today that the Government of Canada has secured export market access for live breeding cattle and live breeding swine to the country of Georgia. Canadian cattle and swine breeders can immediately begin exporting to this market. Georgian breeders also benefit by gaining access to Canada’s world-class animal genetics. Canadian industry estimates that the total gains from access to this new market could be worth up to $2.5 million annually.

Quick facts

  • In 2014, two-way trade between Canada and Georgia was $90.3 million, with Canadian exports to Georgia totaling $14.2 million and imports from Georgia totaling $76.1 million.
  • The value of Canadian agri-food and seafood exports to Georgia reached $7.4 million in 2014. Agri-food and seafood exports to Georgia include frozen pork, frozen Pacific salmon, lentils, frozen chicken cuts, and trees, shrubs and bushes.
  • Total Canadian global exports of animal genetics reached $166.3 million in 2014, representing an important export commodity for Canadian producers, while Georgia imported a total of $US 1.7 million in animal genetics.


"This access creates an opportunity for Canadian exporters of high-quality Canadian purebred cattle and swine to sell to the Georgian market. Our government continues to push for access to more markets around the world in order to ensure Canadian producers and agri-businesses are thriving, prosperous and successful for the long-term."

- Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, P.C., M.P., Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"Our government is pleased that the Georgian market has opened to Canadian cattle and swine breeders. Georgia is a promising market for our exporters, and this improved market access demonstrates our ongoing support for Canadian industry. I look forward to building on this success and our trade relations with Georgia."

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Trade

"The Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) welcomes this announcement which provides live cattle exporters with an excellent market for Canadian breeding cattle. CLGA appreciates the coordinated efforts of the Government of Canada and the exporting industry to open new markets around the world."

- Michael Hall, Executive Director of the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association

“A live breeding swine certificate activated for Georgia is good news for the Canadian swine industry as our exporters will now have market access to supply Georgia with our high-health, top quality swine genetics. Georgia is a new market for Canadian swine genetics and our solid reputation will allow us to further develop the swine industry globally.”

- Nancy Weicker, Executive Director of the Canadian Swine Exporters Association

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