New Zealanders are flocking to the US to buy products from Canada
New Zealand has added to the list of countries looking to boost its exports to the United States, with the US Agriculture Department announcing it is sending a shipment of chad and camping supplies to Canada.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Brownlee said the shipment would be used to buy farm supplies.
“We want to continue to encourage exports to Canada as well as the United Kingdom and Australia,” he said.
But Mr Brownlee’s comments have raised questions about whether the US is helping to boost exports to Australia or China.
The US Commerce Department has said it is considering bringing in Canadian grain and hay from the US as part of its supply chain.
In March, the US announced it would boost exports of corn and soybeans, with Canada expected to follow suit.
Australia is also a major supplier of beef, pork and eggs to the world.
However, Mr Brownley said Australia would not be buying Canadian products from the United State.
There is also the question of the future of beef imports.
According to Agriculture Minister Peter Dunne, the beef sector is one of the largest export markets in the world, with beef exports accounting for more than half of all imports.
But he said in recent months there has been a shift in the supply chains of major beef producers, and that this had been caused by the introduction of import tariffs.
It is unclear whether the beef imports from the UK and US will be processed in the same way.
China has been expanding its own beef export market and has recently announced a deal to buy up to 10 per cent of US beef imports, which could help it boost its domestic production.
At the same time, there is a growing risk that Chinese imports of Canadian beef will fall off.
ABC/ReutersTopics:economics-and-finance,food-and/or-cooking,foreign-affairs,foodprocessing,chinas-republic-of,united-statesFirst posted May 11, 2020 16:48:33