CPTPP for Agri-Food Exporters
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a new free trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. The CPTPP entered into force for Canada on December 30, 2018, providing new opportunities for Canadian exporters of agriculture and agri-food products. The agreement will form a trading bloc between 11 countries that represent 13.5% of global GDP and almost 500 million consumers.
Canada is one of the first six countries to bring the agreement into force, which will ensure we retain first-mover advantage in many thriving Asia-Pacific markets. So far, 7 CPTPP signatories have ratified the Agreement: Mexico, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and Vietnam. For the remaining signatories (Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia and Peru), the CPTPP will enter into force for each country 60 days after they have ratified the Agreement.
What the CPTPP will mean for our industry
The CPTPP will give Canadian agriculture and agri-food products preferential market access to all CPTPP countries. As the CPTPP is implemented, tariffs will be eliminated or reduced on a wide range of Canadian exports for the agricultural sector, including: meat, grains, pulses, maple syrup, wines and spirits, seafood, and agri-food products.
On December 30, 2018, the initial six countries to ratify the agreement (Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Singapore) implemented their first round of tariff cuts. On January 1, 2019, Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and Singapore implemented a second round of tariff cuts (Japan's second tariff cut will take place on April 1, 2019). On January 14, 2019 the CPTPP entered into force between Canada and Vietnam. Canadian exporters will immediately benefit from Vietnam's first and second phase of tariff cuts.
Read the Global Affairs Canada overview of the CPTPP and Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector for more information.
Tools to help you get export-ready
Global Affairs Canada provides additional information, including the full text of the agreement, frequently asked questions, overview and background.
Find services to help you achieve your international business goals and export your Canadian agriculture and food products to global markets.
Reach in-market Trade Commissioner expertise that can bridge the gap between your products and CPTPP markets.
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