CETA – A Competitive Advantage for the Canadian Agri-Food Industry

What is CETA?

CETA, or the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, will be provisionally applied on September 21st 2017.

It will create jobs, strengthen economic relations and bridge the gap between Canadian agri-food companies and the EU's 510 million consumers. CETA will bring real benefits to Canadians.

CETA is one of Canada's most ambitious trade initiatives and will offer significant benefits to exporters. It is a progressive free trade agreement that covers virtually all sectors and aspects of Canada-EU trade in order to eliminate or reduce barriers.

How does CETA support Canadian agri-food companies?

Our agri-food industry will benefit on day one of CETA's provisional application, September 21st 2017.

Eliminates most tariffs Gives you a competitive advantage

With CETA, 94% of the EU's agricultural and 96% of its fish and seafood import tariffs will be immediately duty-free.

EU tariffs have been as high as:

  • 89 Euros/tonne for oats
  • 20% for shrimp
  • 17.6% for sweetened dried cranberries
  • 8% for maple syrup
  • 7.7% for certain processed pulses

Canadian agri-food companies stand to have a major advantage over competitors still facing EU tariffs.

CETA will also help expand or create new markets for our products in the EU.

Note: To benefit from CETA, your products exported to the EU must meet all regulatory and rules of origin requirements. We can help you identify European regulatory requirements.

What opportunities does the EU hold for the Canadian agri-food industry?

Canada's agri-food trade with the EU – By the numbers

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$3.56 Billion (2016)
in Canadian agri-food exports.

export growth since 2012.

Canada's 4-th largest
agri-food export market.

1 trade agreement covering 28 markets and over 510 million consumers.

Top export opportunities in the EU

  • Bakery products
  • Cod
  • Flaxseed
  • Kidney and white pea beans
  • Lobster
  • Mustard seed
  • Pet food
  • Scallops
  • Berries
  • Durum wheat
  • Gingerbread
  • Lentils
  • Maple and maple products
  • Oats
  • Salmon
  • Shrimps and prawns

Discover more information, strengths, opportunities and considerations for Canadian agri-food.

Read our European agri-food market intelligence

Want to export to the EU?

The Agri-Food Trade Service has your needs in mind and is designed to help you achieve your international business goals.

Here's how we can help:

Doing Business in Europe
Find reports, fact sheets, videos and more to help you take advantage of CETA and other EU opportunities.

Agriculture and Food Trade Commissioner Service
Reach in-market Trade Commissioner expertise that can bridge the gap between your products and EU markets.

AgriMarketing Program
Find funding support for small and medium sized agri-food companies interested in exporting.

Trade Show Service
Take part in our Canada Pavilion and promote your products at key international trade shows.

Canada Brand
Leverage a suite of free tools and use Canada's positive image to differentiate your products in the EU market.

Trade Contacts
Reach relevant contacts and resources that can help you export your products to the EU.

Export questions? Expert answers

Need further information? Want answers to your exporting and CETA-related questions? Your agri-food company can get in touch with us via the Market Access Secretariat Single Window: MAS-SAM@AGR.GC.CA

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