Winnipeg, Man. – A free trade agreement between Canada and Panama will remove import duties on Canadian pulse shipments and special crops, further opening the door in this market for Canadian peas, lentils, beans, canary seed, sunflower and buckwheat.
According to Canada Pulse and the Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA), the agreement will give Canadian farmers and exporters improved access to the growing market.
The agreement will also benefit consumers and businesses in Panama, says Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada and the CSCA. “Panama will gain competitive access from its largest suppliers of pulse products and the elimination of import duties will reduce food costs of these staple food products for people in Panama.”
Last year Canada exported 7,441 tonnes of pulses and special crops to Panama. Canada is the world’s largest exporter of pulse crops.