Canada gains market access for British Columbia greenhouse peppers to Japan
Exports of B.C. greenhouse peppers to the Japanese market could reach \\$20 million annually, according to the B.C. Greenhouse Growers’ Association. Japan is a key destination for Canadian agricultural products, and this new market access will allow B.C. greenhouse growers to take advantage of the many opportunities.
- Japan is Canada’s third-largest agricultural export market. In 2015, Canadian exports of agriculture, agri-food, and fish and seafood products to Japan totalled \\$3.8 billion, with key exports including canola (\\$1.0 billion), pork (\\$821 million), wheat (\\$406 million), and soybeans (\\$324 million).
- In 2015, Canadian exports of fresh peppers (Capsicum annuum) to the world were valued at \\$330 million, while B.C. exports of fresh peppers to the world totalled \\$90 million in 2015.
- Japanese imports of fresh peppers from all countries were valued at \\$169 million in 2015.
"The Government of Canada continues to work to create new opportunities for Canadian farmers and agri-food exporters in key markets all over the world. I am pleased that producers can start exporting B.C. greenhouse peppers to Japan, because this will maximize the export returns of Canadian farmers and help to grow the country’s middle class."- Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"Japan is an important market for Canadian businesses, and I was very pleased to advocate for our exporters during a working visit to Japan in May. When our producers and exporters succeed abroad Canadians and our middle class benefit here at home. New access for Canadian peppers is a reflection of our government’s strong support for British Columbian farmers, and I look forward to building on this success and furthering our trading relationship with Japan."- Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade