Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will create jobs, strengthen economic relations and boost Canada's trade with the world’s second-largest market. CETA is a progressive free trade agreement which covers virtually all sectors and aspects of Canada-EU trade in order to eliminate or reduce barriers and will help Canadian exporters access EU agri-food markets. For example, prior to CETA’s entry into force, only 25 percent of EU tariff lines on Canadian goods were duty-free. Upon CETA’s entry into force, the EU will remove tariffs on 98 percent of its tariff lines. Once CETA is fully implemented, the EU will have eliminated tariffs on 99 percent of its tariff lines. CETA received Royal Assent on May 16, 2017 and will be provisionally applied on September 21, 2017.

Current activities

  • The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) continues to monitor CETA and its potential impacts on Canada’s horticultural sector.

Previous activities

  • In April 2017, CHC presented on the implementation of CETA to the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Testimony focused on harmonization of non-tariff trade barriers and unionized labour provisions.

On December 10, 2013, CHC presented on CETA at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. Testimony focused on market potential, harmonization of non-tariff barriers, and ensuring food safety and traceability. Read the full text of the presentation.

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