Fast Sees Benefits of Asia-Pacific Gateway in Hong Kong

Photo: Minister of State Wong (left); Minister Fast (right).


April 13, 2013 - Hong Kong - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, welcomes the arrival of world-class Canadian beef products from Alberta and high-quality chicken products from British Columbia during a visit to the new Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport. These exports were shipped to Hong Kong by air cargo via Vancouver International Airport. Hong Kong was Canada’s seventh-largest export market for meat products in 2012.

Hong Kong is also Canada’s 11th-largest export market globally for merchandise, and plays a key role in shipping Canadian products to other Asian markets.

Canada’s Asia-Pacific gateway is helping increase Canada’s exports to new markets throughout fast-growing Asia. In fact, Canada’s west-coast ports are more than two days closer to Asian markets than other North American ports. This has positioned Canada as the “gateway of choice” between Asia and North America.

Minister Fast is on a two-week visit to Asia that includes stops in the cities of Tokyo, Yokohama, Hong Kong, Beijing, Harbin and Tianjin before he attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting in Indonesia.

For more information, please consult Deepening Trade with Asia.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
613-992-7332

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-996-2000
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