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Each day TFO Canada publishes a sample of trade news on the Canadian import market along with any new, updated or changed regulations and legislations regarding international trade; countries in which TFO Canada offers services and on the export sectors which it promotes.


Minister of International Trade launches web page to help Canadian businesses navigate trade barriers

Thursday, January 25, 2018 > 09:12:33


Global Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to helping Canadian businesses grow and to creating new opportunities for workers and businesses and well-paying middle-class jobs.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, today announced the launch of a new web page, called Register a trade barrier, for Canadian exporters dealing with trade barriers.

Through this new web page Canadian businesses can now register a trade barrier and then work with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and partner departments to address trade barriers affecting their exports or investments abroad.

Canadian businesses often face numerous challenges in doing business in new markets, including trade barriers, such as policies and regulations, that hinder trade in goods and services as well as investments. These might include excessive tariffs or labelling and local content requirements that are discriminatory or more burdensome than necessary.


“Our government is committed to ensuring that Canadian businesses are able to access new markets with confidence and with support from Canada’s export agencies. The new trade barriers web page is another tool to assist Canadian exporters in dealing with the often challenging obstacles to trade that they face in those new markets.”

- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade

Quick Facts

Free trade agreements are an effective way to eliminate tariffs. For example, with the start of the provisional application of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement on September 21, 2017, 98% of EU tariff lines became duty-free for goods.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service provides support for Canadian businesses encountering barriers to trade in new markets.

On January 23, 2018, Canada and the 10 other remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership successfully concluded discussions on a new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will provide exporters and investors from all regions of Canada with new preferential market access to important markets in Asia-Pacific.

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