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, was provisionally applied on September 21st 2017.
It helps create jobs, strengthen economic relations and bridge the gap between Canadian agri-food companies and the EU's 510 million consumers. CETA brings real benefits to Canadians.
CETA is one of Canada's most ambitious trade initiatives, offering 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 benefitted from day one of CETA's provisional application, September 21st 2017.
Eliminates most tariffs
With CETA, 94% of the EU's agricultural and 96% of its fish and seafood import tariffs are duty-free.
EU tariffs were previously 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
Gives you a competitive advantage
Canadian agri-food companies have a major advantage over competitors still facing EU tariffs.
CETA also helps expand or create new markets for our products in the EU.
Note: To benefit from CETA, products exported to the EU must meet all regulatory and rule 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 and seafood trade with the EU – By the numbers
Top export opportunities in the EU
- Bakery Products
- Canola seed
- Forage products
- Frozen cod
- Frozen scallops
- Health and wellness and organic products
- Maple Products
- Mustard Seeds
- Pet food
Discover more information, strengths, opportunities and considerations for Canadian agri-food.
Read our Outline of opportunities in the European Union (EU).
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:
Find reports, fact sheets, videos and more to help you take advantage of CETA and other EU opportunities.
Take part in our Canada Pavilion and promote your products at key international trade shows.
Reach in-market Trade Commissioner expertise that can bridge the gap between your products and EU markets.
Leverage a suite of free tools and use Canada's positive image to differentiate your products in the EU market.
Find funding for small and medium-sized enterprises to help implement international export plans.
Export questions? Expert advice.
Need further information? Want answers to CETA and EU-related questions? Your agri-food business can get in touch with us via the Market Access Secretariat Single Window at email@example.com.
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