• Canada
  • Japan
  • India
  • WTO
  • USA
  • South Korea
  • Vietnam
  • European Union
  • Singapore
  • New Zealand
  • Brunei
  • Peru
  • Malaysia
  • Chile
  • Australia

International Industry Trade Negotiations

MIAC originally was established to help manage and coordinate domestic and commercial industry issues that pertained to the Canadian Wheat Board, the monopoly organization from whom all MIAC members were obliged to purchase their grain.  With the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, international trade issues began to dominate.  MIAC is currently involved in a number of trade negotiations that include the participation of countries in various trading blocks around the world.

Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

Formally announced by the federal government in its March 2012 Budget, this agreement has been in development for some time. Japan is Canada’s second largest malt export market, importing 150,000 tonnes of Canadian malt each year – fully 40 percent of Japan’s total malt import market. MIAC is working for the elimination of all Japanese tariff and non-tariff import barriers. For example, the current over-quota import tariff for malt into Japan is presently $250 per metric tonne.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

For more than a decade, MIAC has been involved in monitoring and providing advice to Canada’s trade negotiators in developing world agreement on new trade rules that significantly reduce all tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade. Freer trade rules will allow competition to occur on an even playing field. Canada is particularly interested in working on such agreements with China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and a number of South and Central American countries.

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Canada has been invited to participate in this geographical trade zone initiative, which was created to negotiate free trade agreements among members that presently include:

  • United States of America (USA)
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam
  • Brunei

Canada-South Korea Free Trade Agreement

Though the US and EU have recently announced Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Korea, negotiations for a similar agreement with Canada have been stalled for nearly four years. Canada exports approximately 25,000 tonnes of malt to South Korea each year, but with the current tariff access disadvantage, Canada stands to lose its footing in this important market. MIAC supports efforts to bring the Canada-Korean FTA negotiations back on track.

India

Canada has entered Free Trade Agreements with India which MIAC continues to monitor for progress.

Canada-European Union Trade Agreement (CETA)

MIAC’s role is to monitor and ensure the reciprocal elimination of all tariff and non-tariff barriers.