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Canadian Competition Bureau Reaches Agreement with BASF


The Canadian Competition Bureau announced today that it has reached an agreement with BASF in connection with its proposed purchase of assets that Bayer AG (Bayer) must sell following its recent acquisition of the Monsanto Company.

The Commissioner of Competition concluded that BASF’s acquisition of the Bayer assets would likely have substantially lessened or prevented competition in the supply of canola seeds and traits in Canada due to BASF’s pre-existing position in that market.

“The canola industry contributes over $26 billion per year to the Canadian economy, making it one of our most essential agricultural assets,” says Matthew Boswell, Interim Commissioner of Competition. “Today’s agreement with BASF is necessary to protect competition and innovation in this important industry following Bayer’s recent acquisition of Monsanto.”

To address those concerns, BASF has agreed to sell its Clearfield Production System for Canola and supporting assets to a buyer acceptable to the Commissioner.

For more information, consult the Canadian Competition Bureau’s comprehensive position statement.