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CETA Trade Agreement with Canada

October 5 2017


Importers of goods from the European Union

Required Action

Ensure your suppliers are providing you with the completed Origin Declaration (declaration by the exporter stating the goods originate from the EU)  for goods qualifying under CETA.


Your goods may be duty free as long as the supplier provides the signed and dated Origin Declaration. The signed and dated declaration can be provided on an invoice or any other commercial document that describes the originating product in sufficient detail to enable its identification, such as product descriptions, PO, Order and Invoice numbers.


The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) came into force on September 21, 2017, eliminating most of the customs duties on goods imported into Canada from the European Union or the member states either immediately, or via a tariff phase out through stages.

The European Union countries consist of 28 countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

Next Steps

To ensure all your imports from the EU have the most beneficial rate of duty applied by acquiring the signed and dated Origin Declaration for your shipments from the exporter in the EU country as well as any necessary permits required for imports of textile and apparel products.

Key Dates

September 21 2017

Further Reading

Government of Canada



Canada Border Services Agency


Canada Gazette


A & A Contact

Contact one of our Compliance Specialists if you have any questions:

Tamra Johnson

Wayne Smith

Margaret Klatt

We are happy to help!

NOTE: All details pertaining to CARM R2 processes are based on the current information available at the time of writing. As this is subject to change, it’s recommended you periodically check in with the CBSA or your customs broker.