Minister Fast Tours U.K.’s Largest Seafood Market

Left photo (left to right): Members of Parliament Larry Maguire (Brandon-Souris), Devinder Shory (Calgary Northeast) and Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell), with Minister Fast

Right photo (left to right): Member of Parliament Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell) and Minister Fast

September 4, 2014 - London, United Kingdom - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, tours the Billingsgate Fish Market.  

Billingsgate is the United Kingdom’s largest inland fish market. An average of 25,000 tonnes of fish and fish products are sold by its merchants each year, 40 percent of which is imported. The annual turnover of the market is estimated to be more than $364 million.

The European Union is the world’s largest importer of fish and seafood. Canadian fish and seafood exports to the U.K. increased from $110.5 million in 2012 to $112.5 million in 2013, an increase of 1.8 percent. Canada and the U.K. stand to benefit from the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). When the agreement comes into force, 96 percent of EU tariff lines for fish and seafood products will be duty-free.

Minister Fast is leading a four-day trade mission to the U.K. from September 2 to 5, 2014. The mission includes representatives of Canadian companies from the seafoods sector:

  • Clearwater Seafoods LP
  • Direct Gourmet Seafood
  • Icy Waters Arctic Charr
  • Louisbourg Seasons Limited
  • Ocean Choice International
  • Raspberry Point Oysters
  • True North Salmon
  • Westmorland Fisheries Ltd

It also includes more than 35 trade delegates in the information and communication technologies, life sciences and agri-food sectors, which are all priority sectors under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan.

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Shannon Gutoskie
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

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