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Permanent market access for Canadian cherries in the Chinese market

In 2007, Canada submitted a formal request seeking market access to the Chinese market for fresh cherries from British Columbia (B.C.). In June 2013, China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency initialled a Phytosanitary Arrangement for trial shipments. Canada and China both consider the two-year cherry pilot to have been very successful and have reached agreement on the final Phytosanitary Arrangement for B.C. cherries, which reflects the successful completion of the 2013 and 2014 trial periods.