Exports from the Region of Murcia to Canada have grown by 8 percent so far this year; however, the regional government believes that this figure could still "substantially increase." To this end, the European Union authorities in Canada overseeing the compliance with the Economic and Commercial Agreement (CETA) should streamline the necessary transactions for the entry of those fruits and vegetables which are demanded by that country.
To be precise, Murcia's exports to the United States between January and August this year were worth 31.88 million Euro, compared to 29.48 million in the same period of 2017.
Up until August, 205 Murcian companies have exported to Canada, while in all of 2017, 274 companies made shipments worth 43.42 million Euro.
The main products exported were sugar and confectionery products (8.56 million), canned fruit and vegetables (8.27 million), wines with a designation of origin (7.45 million) and fresh and frozen fruits (5.77 million).
To further improve these figures, the regional government has held meetings with the Chamber of Commerce of the European Union and the Delegation of the European Union in Canada, in which organizations like Proexport, Apoexpa, Ailimpo and Fecoam have also participated.
These meetings were used to showcase the traceability and the highly demanding phytosanitary conditions that Murcia's products meet, which prevents delays in the export and reduces the chance of the products being retained by customs.
The Councillor of Employment, Universities, Business and Environment, Javier Celdrán, stressed that Canada is a market that demands the horticultural products of the region because "they are very competitive, given their excellence and the elimination of tariffs of the CETA agreement."
"What we are striving for, together with the agrarian organizations, is to avoid customs barriers upon arrival, partly a consequence of ignorance about the phytosanitary guarantees of all our products," he said.
This mission to Canada has also been used to check the potential for expansion in that country in other sectors.