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Canada implements WTO accord eliminating duty on certain tech products

July 13, 2016

The Government of Canada announced the implementation of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA) which eliminates tariffs on 201 tech and information-related products.

The expanded ITA builds on the original 1996 ITA and eliminates participants' tariffs on additional information and communications technology and related products that Canada exports.

On July 1, 2016, Canada permanently locked in its duty-free status on the majority of products covered under the expanded ITA. The remaining tariffs will be eliminated over three years.

The ITA covers many products, including audiovisual products and parts, advanced semiconductors, flight simulators, telecommunication products, software, media-storage devices, medical devices, navigational equipment, radar apparatus, touch-screen devices and medical equipment.

The products are estimated by the WTO to account for approximately $1.3 trillion in global annual trade. Canada is one of 53 WTO members, including China, the European Union, South Korea, Japan, and the United States, participating in the expanded ITA.

Link: Order Amending the Schedule to the Customs Tariff (Information Technology Agreement Expansion, 2016)

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