The federal government---in an unusual move---released an official statement on pulse exports to India.
It does not contain any new information, but puts on paper the frustration being felt at the government level following this month's trade mission to India.
There has been no progress in easing a 50 per cent tariff on Canadian peas, which was announced without advance notice or renewing a fumigation exemption on pulses that expired at the end of September.
The statement says other trade partners have received extensions until December 31st, indicating that India is applying discriminatory treatment to Canada.
India accounted for 27.5 percent of Canada's global pulse exports last year.
You can see the full statement below:
Statement by the Government of Canada on Pulse Exports to India
November 29, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, issued the following statement today on the export of Canadian pulses to India:
“The Government of Canada is deeply concerned and disappointed with the recent regulatory and tariff decisions made by the Government of India affecting Canadian pulse trade.
“We have been steadfast in our efforts to find a mutually acceptable way forward with the Government of India to provide stable, sustainable access for Canadian pulse exports to India.
“In addition to efforts by Government of Canada senior officials to seek a long-term solution, we have also been actively engaged with our counterparts directly, most recently during the Government of Canada’s mission to India by Ministers Champagne, Bains, and Garneau. Despite these efforts, progress has stalled and a solution to this important issue remains elusive.
“The most recent derogation for the fumigation of pulses expired on September 30, 2017 and, for the first time since 2004, a renewal of the extension has not been granted by the Government of India to Canada. Other trade partners have received extended derogations to December 31, 2017, indicating that India is applying discriminatory treatment to Canada.
“To this, on November 8, 2017, India announced a 50% tariff on dry pea imports from all countries, a decision that was made without advance notice.
“The Government of Canada stands ready to work constructively with the Government of India, in close consultation with the Canadian pulse industry, to resolve this issue and obtain a commercially viable solution, helping to ensure India’s long term food security.
“Canada is a safe and reliable global supplier of pulses, which account for a large share of Canada’s exports to India. In 2016, Canada’s exports of pulses, including dry peas, to India were worth over $1.1 billion and accounted for 27.5 percent of Canada's global pulse exports.”