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Parliamentary Secretary Keddy Promotes Canada-EU Trade to New Brunswick Workers and Businesses

Left photo: (Foreground, left to right) Luc Ouellet, Vice President, New Brunswick Woodland Operations, Acadian Timber, Parliamentary Secretary Keddy and Kevin Topolniski, Chief Forester, Acadian Timber

Right photo: (Left to right) Parliamentary Secretary Keddy, Luc Ouellet and Jonathan Levesque, Vice-President, Marketing and Development, Groupe Savoie

October 24, 2012 - Fredericton, New Brunswick - Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and for the Atlantic Gateway, meets with key stakeholders and workers from the New Brunswick lumber industry to discuss the benefits that an ambitious Canada-EU trade agreement will bring to the wood and wood products sector.

Current EU tariffs on Canadian wood and wood products average 2.2 percent, with peaks of 10 percent. These tariff barriers would be eliminated under an ambitious Canada-EU trade agreement. The wood and wood product sector employs more than 4,000 New Brunswickers.

Between 2009 and 2011, New Brunswick exported an annual average of $15.7-million worth of wood and wood products to the EU.

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