Agri-food trade issues

Access information about agri-food trade issues of interest to the Canadian agriculture and food sector.

Canada is pursuing an active trade agenda to advance, promote and defend its commercial agricultural interests through various international agriculture negotiations and trade disputes.

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Brexit – Summary information for Canadian companies
Canadian companies doing business in or with the United Kingdom (UK) may be impacted by the UK’s planned departure from the European Union (EU).

Market access for the grains and oilseeds sector
The Government of Canada is working with the industry to resolve the trade disruption of canola seed exports to China.

Agriculture trade issues at the World Trade Organization
Learn about agreements and multilateral negotiations within the World Trade Organization (WTO) of particular significance to the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.

Technical trade issues in agriculture
While the strengthening of international trade rules has had a positive effect on traditional barriers to trade such as tariffs and tariff rate quotas, technical trade barriers have been steadily emerging in the international marketplace. They are important, growing complex issues faced by Canadian companies exporting agriculture and food products abroad.

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Free trade agreements

Free trade agreements between Canada and trading partners are creating opportunities for the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector, providing a competitive advantage for Canadian exporters in countries that we have trade agreements with. For agriculture and agri-food trade issues, chapters of the trade agreement that may be of particular interest would be the National Treatment and Market Access (NTMA), Rules of Origin and Origin Procedures (ROO), Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), and the tariff schedules of each party.

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