OTTAWA, Ontario – New access to another international market has been gained for Canadian cattle, sheep and goat producers. The Government of Canada has secured live-ruminant market access to the Philippines, announced Canada’s Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast.

Each year, the Philippines imports $9 million (US$8.9 million) worth of cattle and approximately $300,000 (US$296,496) worth of sheep and goats. In 2010, the Philippines imported more than $235 million (US$232 million) worth of Canadian agricultural and agri-food products.

Last week, South Korea announced that Canadian beef less than 30 months of age can re-enter its market.