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Changes to least developed countries tariff rules on certain apparel

July 13, 2017

Following-up on the March announcement in its 2017 budget the Government of Canada published changes to the rules of origin under Canada's tariff regime for least developed countries (LDCs) in order for more apparel products imported from the world's poorest countries to qualify for duty-free treatment when imported into Canada.

The General Preferential Tariff (GPT) and Least Developed Country Tariff (LDCT) Rules of Origin Regulations are being amended to allow LDCs to use manufacturing inputs sourced and processed in an expanded list of countries in the production of T-shirts and pants that qualify for duty-free importation into Canada.

These changes will ensure that origin rules more accurately reflect the sourcing patterns and manufacturing capabilities of certain LDCs for these products. In particular, it is expected that the amendments will help support economic development, jobs and investment in Haiti, the only LDC in the Americas region.

Based on recent trade patterns, this will result in annual tariff revenues foregone estimated at $3.4 million.

The new rules were published in the Canada Gazette: General Preferential Tariff and Least Developed Country Tariff Rules of Origin Regulations - Regulations Amending

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