There are not any indications China will be lifting restrictions on Canadian canola imports as a direct response to the change of Huawei govt Meng Wanzhou for Canadians’ Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, in keeping with the president of the Canola Council of Canada.
The 2 Michaels returned to Canada on Friday following a deal negotiated by the USA Division of Justice that allowed the Chinese language telecom govt to return to China after almost three years in home arrest in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition request.
Following Meng’s arrest in December 2018, Canadian farmers and exporters discovered themselves caught within the geopolitical back-and-forth when China declared that canola shipments from Canada contained sure weed seeds, resulting in the export permits for Canada’s two largest canola exporters — Richardson and Viterra — being terminated. Since then the Canola Council of Canada and the Canadian authorities have labored via diplomatic channels and introduced the matter to the World Commerce Group, however there was no decision.
And it seems there will not be any fast adjustments as a result of Meng Wanzhou’s release.
“I am not aware of any direct impact of yesterday’s decision on the canola situation at this point,” Canola Council president Jim Everson, tells RealAgriculture within the interview under, recorded Saturday (Sept 25.)
“While there is no direct link right now, yesterday’s news really helps bring about a much more positive environment for a focus on resolving the canola issue,” he says.
Canada has been in search of decision to the canola problem via the WTO, going again to September of 2019.
“China is a really important market for Canadian canola and we have this issue. We are looking for an open, predictable rules based environment where all of the Canadian companies are treated equally,” notes Everson.
Hear the complete interview with Jim Everson, President of the Canola Council of Canada: