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Wood exports to increase with Mexico deal

Trade to increase with recognition of Canada's heat treated lumber certification program.


OTTAWA — Mexico has agreed to recognize Canada’s heat-treated lumber certification program.

Lumber producers accredited under the program overseen by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will now able to export wood such as spruce, pine and fir to Mexico without a phytosanitary certificate.

The movement of lumber and wood products can be a pathway for the spread of plant pests. In Canada, lumber is heat-treated to reduce this risk and to meet the import requirements of foreign countries.

The Canadian Heat-Treated Wood Products Certification Program is also recognized by the US, the EU, Australia and Korea.

The forestry, logging, pulp and paper industries contributed almost $20 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2013, and $19.1 billion to Canada’s balance of trade.

The sector employs 186,500 Canadians.

Lumber exports to Mexico were valued at almost $6 million in 2013.

Canada and Mexico are each other’s third largest trading partner. The value of Canada and Mexico’s total bilateral merchandise trade was $32 billion in 2013.

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