China widens ban on Canadian canola imports to second firm, Viterra

BEIJING/OTTAWA (Reuters) – China expanded its ban on Canadian canola seed imports on Tuesday to include shipments from Viterra Inc, the latest development in a wider trade dispute between the two countries. Viterra is the second canola exporter to have its registration canceled, after Beijing halted shipments from top exporter Richardson International earlier this month. An industry group said last week that Chinese importers have stopped buying any oilseed from Canada, though Chinese imports of Canadian canola oil and meal have not been impacted. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Tuesday that his government was trying to resolve the issue and considering sending a high-level delegation to China to address the country’s safety concerns. “We are taking this very seriously,” he said in Winnipeg, Manitoba, noting that Canada’s relationship with China has been fraught in recent months. “We have seen a certain amount of challenges in our relationship with China over diplomatic issues,” he said. Canada and China have been locked in a trade and political dispute since the chief financial officer of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd was arrested in Vancouver late last year on a U.S. extradition request. The ban on Viterra and its… continue reading

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