China halts canola shipments from major Canadian supplier

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Canola Shipments China James Alexander Michie

Canola shipments to China by Richardson International are being cut after the Winnipeg agricultural handle had its licence revoked by the Chinese. (Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg)

Trade tensions increase between China and Canada. In fact, they have increased much more because the license of Richardson International, which is a major Canadian exporter, was revoked its registration to send canola.

That’s right, the important Canadian canola exporter has his registration revoked to send canola seeds to China. Sinduda this has been the last outbreak in a diplomatic and commercial dispute between the two countries.

Accordingly, a Chinese customs document dated March 1 says that the country has canceled the registration of Richardson International, an agricultural manager based in Winnipeg. This means that the company is prohibited from exporting canola seeds to the country.

Outbreak directly related to diplomatic relations?

It is necessary to mention that in the past, China has tried to limit the amount of “dockage” it allows in Canadian canola, referring to material such as weeds, stems, and other seeds, to help fight the spread of a fungal disease known as the Black Death.

It is possible that this new outbreak is not directly related to these claims, but is linked to a diplomatic dispute that extends between the two countries.

And we must not forget that the news comes against the background of growing tensions between Canada and China, which flared up last year, when Canadian officials arrested Meng Wanzhou, vice president of Chinese technology firm Huawei, at the request of the United States tax authorities while boarding a flight in Vancouver.

That being the case, Vice President Jean-Marc Ruest expressed to CBC News, “Richardson has been directly attacked,” and likewise added, “We believe that this is part of a larger problem between Canada and China, and we hope that resolve expeditiously”.

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Source: Pete Evans | CBC News

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