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Canada-EU CETA Update #2: What Do Canadian Negotiators Need to Know

My good friend Riyaz Dattu (and Peter Glossop) at Oslers is reporting that:

Canadian officials are anxious to receive input from Canadian business. Businesses should consider both their defensive trade strategies in adjusting to increased EU competition, as well as offensive trade strategies designed to penetrate EU markets. The questionnaire [posted by Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade a while ago] identified a number of areas that may be of particular concern to Canadian businesses, including:

  • technical barriers to trade when exporting or conducting business in the EU (e.g., standards, regulations, inspection, testing and certification procedures, and various health, safety, environmental or consumer protection measures)
  • non-tariff barriers (e.g., administrative and customs delays and procedures, documentation issues, taxation issues, intellectual property, etc.)
  • barriers in providing services to EU customers
  • issues in obtaining entry visas and/or work permits for employees.

The negotiators have not received many detailed submissions and are asking for Canadian businesses to speak up so that the negotiators can advocate on their behalf.

In addition to this list, it may be reasonable to expect that the following topics will become important in the negotiations:

  • wine and liquor geographic names
  • food safety
  • agriculture subsidies
  • shipbuilding subsidies
  • product safety
  • steel
  • automobiles
  • dairy
  • seal products
  • government procurement
  • intellectual property
  • financial services
  • telecommunications
  • competition policy
  • mobility of persons

This list is much longer.


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