CSTA Submits Feedback on the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement Consultation

October 18, 2018

The Canadian Seed Trade Association responded to the Government of Canada’s invitation to provide comments regarding a potential free trade agreement with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN is a regional bloc comprised of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. ASEAN represents a significant economic presence in Southeast Asia and a considerable market for Canadians.

Canada imports almost $6 million in seeds for sowing from ASEAN markets and exports $4.5 million. CSTA applauds the Government of Canada for continuing to explore trade diversification opportunities and supports entering trade talks with the ASEAN nations.

The full text of the submission can be found here.