March 29, 2016
The governments of Canada and China agreed this week to continue discussions on a permanent science-based solution to Chinese concerns about blackleg.
Exports of Canadian canola seed to China became subject to import restrictions related to the detection, in the fall of 2009, of the blackleg fungal pathogen.
Because of China's concerns, Canadian canola can only be exported to certain authorized crushing facilities, in areas where Chinese rapeseed is not grown, and only as long as Chinese authorities renew their temporary agreement.
The Canadian government announced this week that, following discussions between the two countries, China has indicated that it will allow Canadian canola exports to continue under the current commercial conditions until September 1, 2016.
Export conditions to China will remain unchanged as Canadian and Chinese officials continue to work on a permanent, science-based solution.