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Benefits for Newfoundland and Labrador of a Potential Canada-EU Trade Agreement

October 25, 2012 - St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador - Gerald Keddy (right), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and for the Atlantic Gateway, with Gerald Chidley, Chairman of the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council, at Signal Hill National Historic Site, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

During his meeting with Mr. Chidley and other key stakeholders from Newfoundland and Labrador’s fish and seafood sector, Parliamentary Secretary Keddy discussed the benefits that an ambitious Canada-EU trade agreement would bring to this sector.

Current EU tariffs on Canadian fish and seafood products average 11 percent, with peaks of 25 percent. These high tariff barriers would be eliminated under an ambitious Canada-EU trade agreement.

The EU is the world’s largest fish and seafood market, with a global import market averaging $25 billion annually during 2009-2011.

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