Expand globally with Canada’s free trade agreements
Your company can benefit from preferential access to 1.5 billion potential customers around the world through free trade agreements (FTAs). With 99.5% of the world’s population outside our borders, it is time for you to capitalize on unprecedented market opportunities and Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) can help you.
Canada’s FTAs make an impact
- 15 ratified free trade agreements in force in 49 countries
- 38 foreign investment promotion & protection agreements
- More than $1.2 trillion in two way merchandise trade (2019)
- More than $288 billion in two way services trade (2019)
- More than $168 billion in two way investment flows (2019)
FTA benefits for Canadian businesses
- Streamline your business - FTAs cut red tape to export products and services abroad.
- Compete abroad - Eliminating or reducing trade barriers allows your business to operate on the same level as local companies. You get preferential market access over competitors from countries without an FTA.
- Access global value chains - FTAs increase the productivity of companies allowing them to competitively source inputs from global value chains.
- Gain an economic advantage - FTAs reduce tariffs imposed on Canadian exports.
Learn more about the benefits of Canada’s free trade agreements to grow your business.
We can help you make the most of FTAs
- Trade commissioners in Canada and around the world provide expert advice to help you benefit from preferential access to these markets.
- The TCS helps Canadian businesses grow by connecting them with international opportunities, funding, and support programs. Contact a trade commissioner in more than 160 cities worldwide and across Canada.
- Register a trade barrier and let us help you. We work with several partner government departments that examine each challenge and use their network to identify possible solutions.
Here’s how you can use FTAs to your advantage
Step 1 - Determine the correct tariff classification
Step 2 - Determine tariff preference
Step 3 - Confirm if your product meets the rules of origin
Step 4 - Claim preferential access to a market
Step 5 - Export your products
Advance rulings are one of the most effective trade facilitation tools in Canada’s FTAs. They help expedite customs clearance and provide more certainty about how a customs administration will treat your product at the border.
Advance rulings for origin under an FTA must be requested from the customs administration of the importing country. You must provide the importing country with a binding ruling on your products, including:
- tariff classification
- imposed taxes
- originating status
- preferential treatment
- customs evaluation method
Advance rulings can help you determine the cost of selling your goods in a market before you ship anything. They can take 120 to 150 calendar days to receive.
More FTA resources
- Make the most of our FTAs with practical guides and instructional videos.
- Search tariff information by country to find information about the tariffs that non-FTA partner countries apply to exports from Canada and other countries.
- Learn about export and import controlsof controlled products. This page includes:
- notices to importers and exporters
- export and import control systems
- printable forms
- Consult the Canada Tariff Finder to quickly and easily find tariff information for products in your target markets.
Canada’s most requested FTAs
- Canada European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
- Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
- Canada United States Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)
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