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Canada, Indonesia launch trade pact talks

First round of negotiations expected later this year

Canada has formally declared it will start negotiations this year on a trade pact with Indonesia, a move ag exporters hope will stabilize and strengthen their market access to the Asia-Pacific region. Canada’s Trade Minister Mary Ng and her Indonesian counterpart Muhammad Lutfi on Sunday declared the launch of negotiations on a comprehensive economic partnership […] Read more

File photo of snacks, produce and assorted street food loaded on a motorbike in Bali, Indonesia. (Lina Moiseienko/iStock/Getty Images)

Canada consulting at home toward Indonesia trade deal

Possibility of broader Southeast Asian pact also looms

Continuing to seek out free trade deals in the Asia-Pacific region, Canada has launched public consultations on the merits of a potential bilateral pact with Indonesia. “Deepening trade ties with Indonesia would benefit Canadian businesses of all sizes and lead to economic growth and prosperity for years to come,” International Trade Minister Mary Ng said […] Read more






Vanilla farmer Jao Nasaina holds a spear and a handmade gun as he patrols at his plantation, to guard the crop against thieves, in Ambavala, near Andapa in the Sava region of Madagascar on July 14, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Clarel Faniry Rasoanaivo)

Spice maker seeks path to make vanilla milkshakes cheaper

Chicago/Antananarivo, Madagascar | Reuters — A kilo of vanilla beans costs more than a kilo of silver. Cultivated painstakingly over years from an orchid plant, vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, after saffron. In less than five years, the wholesale price has risen nearly 500 per cent, partly because of growing […] Read more



World Crop Briefs: Australia reaches trade deal with Indonesia

Australia has agreed to a trade agreement that could see it export as much as 500,000 tonnes of feed grains into Indonesia tariff free in the first year. The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) includes provisions for a five per cent increase in allowable tariff-free feed grains into Indonesia each year. The agreement is […] Read more


ICE weekly outlook: Canola enjoying broad-based support

CNS Canada –– ICE Futures Canada canola contracts are benefiting from developments down south. The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday imposed antidumping duties on biodiesel imported from Argentina and Indonesia. The department claimed the fuel was being sold at prices below market value in the U.S. The move was enough to lift soyoil in the […] Read more