April 28, 2016
In its 2016 budget the Government of Canada announced its intention to launch public consultations on eliminating tariffs on food manufacturing ingredients other than supply-managed products.
The Government says it has reviewed Canada's tariff regime to identify opportunities to help improve the competitiveness of Canadian agri-food processors in domestic and foreign markets by reducing non-recoverable production costs.
The consultations were launched this week with a notice in the Canada Gazette. The Government is seeking the views of interested parties on the elimination of Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) rates of customs duty on certain agri-food processing inputs. The tariff items being considered for elimination of the rate of customs duty are listed in the notice, with their current MFN rates.
Interested parties wishing to comment on the proposed MFN tariff elimination should submit their views in writing by June 21, 2016.
Link: Notice in the Canada Gazette - Invitation to submit views on proposed Most-Favoured-Nation tariff elimination on certain agri-food processing inputs