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D11-4-27 (Revised) – Canada–Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (CCRFTA): Costa Rica Free Zone Regime

This memorandum contains the regulations and information for determining whether Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (CCRFTA) originating goods imported from Costa Rica and accounted for, on or before August 7, 2019 have received the benefits of the Costa Rica Free Zone Regime, and whether such goods are entitled to the Costa Rica preferential tariff treatment.

This memorandum has been updated to reflect the Regulations Repealing the CCRFTA Non-entitlement to Preference Regulations effective as of August 8, 2019.

Although repealed, the CCRFTA Non-entitlement to Preference Regulations remain applicable to all corresponding goods imported from Costa Rica and accounted for, on or before August 7, 2019.  These regulations are in Appendix C.

Please note that entitlement to the benefit of the General Preferential Tariff (GPT) was withdrawn January 1, 2015 in respect of all goods that originate in Costa Rica.

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COVID-19 is a global challenge. Keeping our supply chains moving is important for maintaining the health and wellbeing of citizens and businesses. While the Canada - U.S. border is now closed to non-essential traffic, it is still open for trade and commerce. We are committed to doing our part for global supply chains.

We are protecting the health and safety of our employees. They are working from home, except for critical functions that require certain equipment or managing paper/courier flow. In those cases we are following social distancing guidelines.

We are open and available to assist you, and key players in your supply chains. Our dedicated staff are available 24/7 and our brokerage and logistics experts are available to help you make adjustments to your supply chain, if necessary.

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Peter Willson
Chairman & CEO
Willson International

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