CETA Comes Into Force

September 21, 2017


As of today -September 21st, over 98 per cent of Canadian goods will be able to enter the EU without tariffs, compared with only 25 per cent a day earlier, which the federal government says will improve export opportunities for a range of Canadian producers, processors and manufacturers.

Two important point about CETA:

  1. There is no requirement to include the HS classification on the origin declaration. The CBSA will conduct the origin verification using the same procedures as it does when conducting verification under its other FTAs, such as the EFTA. The origin verification process under the EFTA is similar to that of the CETA, (EFTA Article 24 of Annex C of the EFTA), whereby the country of export will verify the originating status of a good on behalf of, and upon request of the country of import.
  2. In the case of origin verification (i.e. post-importation), Canada and the EU have agreed to assist each other, through the customs authorities to perform origin verification on each other’s behalf.  In other words, CETA requires the CBSA to conduct origin verification of Canadian exporters on behalf of and upon the request of an EU Member State’s customs authority.  Reciprocally, the EU Member State’s customs authority will conduct origin verification of EU exporters, upon request by the CBSA.

CETA Regulations Published In Canada Gazette:

Department of Finance, (Customs Tariff)

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (Export and Import Permits Act)