Canadian Fish and Seafood are a Hit in China

Photo (left to right): Alice Tam of Clearwater Seafoods Limited’s China operations; Rick Savone, Consul General of Canada, Shanghai; Jack Sheng, President of Shanghai Invent Logistic & Techology Co. Ltd.; Minister of State Wong; He Afang, owner of Junlai Seafood Restaurant, Senator Victor Oh.


April 8, 2013, Shanghai, China - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), on behalf of the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, visits a seafood event at Junlai Seafood Restaurant in Shanghai, China, to highlight the world-class fish and seafood Canada exports to China. In the last ten years, the value of fresh-lobster exports from Canada to China rose from $1 million to $35 million. China overtook the European Union as Canada’s second-largest seafood market in 2012, a year when $4.2-billion worth of Canadian seafood products landed on tables in more than 100 countries, with frozen crab the most valuable export.

Minister Fast and Minister of State Wong are leading a five-day trade mission to advance the interests of Canadian businesses in China and Japan, which in turn will create jobs and increased prosperity in Canada. They are accompanied by representatives of 18 Canadian companies, mainly small and medium-sized, from Canada’s information and communications technologies (ICT) and medical imaging sectors.

The trade mission, which is being organized by Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service, is one of several strategically focused, sector-specific missions that Minister Fast has led since taking on the international trade portfolio.

Located in more than 150 cities worldwide and in regional offices across Canada, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, part of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, is Canada’s most extensive network of international business professionals. The Trade Commissioner Service helps companies that are looking to export, invest abroad, attract investment or develop innovation and research and development partnerships.

For more information, please consult Deepening Trade with Asia.

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