Feedback requested on proposed amendments to Canada’s General Preferential Tariff (GPT) ASAP
What is the GPT?
The General Preferential Tariff (GPT) was implemented in 1974 as Canada’s preferential tariff treatment for developing countries. Under the GPT, Canada currently offers duty-free or preferential market access to imports of most products from 175 designated beneficiaries.
What is its function?
Under the GPT, Canada currently offers duty-free or preferential market access to imports of most products from 175 designated beneficiaries.
Why is feedback required?
Guided by the objectives of the review outlined in Economic Action Plan 2012, as well as the original policy intent of the GPT to encourage imports from developing countries as a means to promote their economic growth and export earnings, the Government is seeking views on proposed changes to the various elements of the GPT.
Furthermore, the global economic landscape has changed considerably since 1974, including significant shifts in the income levels and trade competitiveness of certain developing countries. To respond to these changes in the global economic landscape and to ensure that this form of development assistance is aligned with Canada’s development policy objectives, Economic Action Plan 2012 announced that the Government was undertaking a comprehensive review of the GPT.
How can I obtain more information?
We encourage you to read the following posted information:
Submit views in writing by February 15, 2013.
General Preferential Tariff Consultations
Department of Finance
International Trade Policy Division
L’Esplanade Laurier, East Tower, 14th Floor
140 O’Connor Street
General inquiries can be directed to Tariff and Trade Policy, Department of Finance, Tariff-Tarif@fin.gc.ca