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Opening of the application period for the new CPTPP tariff rate quotas

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act received Royal Assent on October 25th, 2018.  As per Canada’s commitments under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) the Minister of International Trade Diversification has established twenty new Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs) and determined how they will be allocated for the 2018/2019 and 2019 TRQ years. The list of TRQs and the applicable Notices to Importers may be found at the bottom of this message.

Given the significant increase in Canada’s tariff rate quotas commitments in recent years, the Government of Canada will undertake a broad-based stakeholder engagement exercise in 2019 to review the overall administration of Canada’s systems of TRQs. While TRQs will continue to be administered independently of one another, in accordance with Canada’s international obligations, the review exercise will ensure that TRQ allocation and administration continue to be conducted in an efficient and effective manner. This exercise will commence in spring 2019.

In the interim, the Notices set out the eligibility criteria to obtain an allocation under each respective TRQ. The Notices also provide information on the administration of TRQs in general and on the process for submitting an application for an allocation. Application forms and related appendices are attached to each Notice.

Applications for an allocation under the new CPTPP TRQs may be submitted to Global Affairs Canada by email to the applicable email address identified in each Notice. The deadline for submitting an application is December 12th, 2018.  Allocations will be issued on December 21, 2018.  Please note that any applications submitted for a TRQ administered on a calendar year for the 2019 TRQ year (Broiler Hatching Eggs and Chicks, Eggs, Chicken, Cheese of all types, Industrial Cheese, Mozzarella and Prepared Cheese, Concentrated Milk, Ice Cream and Mixes, Other Dairy, Powdered Buttermilk, Products of Natural Milk Constituents and Yogurt and Buttermilk) will also be a considered as an application for the 2018 TRQ year. Allocations for both TRQ years will be issued on December 21st, 2018.

On an exceptional basis, in order to meet the established application deadline of December 12th, 2018 for the new CTPPP tariff rate quota, Global Affairs Canada has decided applicants are not required to submit an affidavit and accountant’s letter.  Please note the exception applies solely to applications for CPTPP related TRQs for the 2018/2019 and 2019 TRQs year with an application deadline of December 12th, 2018.

In accordance with CPTPP, certain TRQs will be administered on different TRQ years, with some being based on a calendar year, and others on a dairy or marketing year. Given that the agreement is coming into effect as of December 30th, the quantity available to allocate in year 1 of each TRQ will be prorated on the basis of the number of months remaining in the applicable TRQ year.

Tariff Rate Quota Year 1 Timing Prorated Amount Available in Quota Year 1 Year 2 Timing Volume available in Quota Year 2
Broiler Hatching Eggs and Chicks December 30, 2018 – December 31, 2018 13,889 dozen eggs equivalent January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 333,333 dozen eggs equivalent
Eggs December 30, 2018 – December 31, 2018 231,945 dozen eggs equivalent January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 5,566,667 dozen eggs equivalent
Chicken December 30, 2018 – December 31, 2018 326,000 eviscerated equivalent kg January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 7,833,000 eviscerated equivalent kg
Turkey December 30, 2018 – April 30, 2019 243,000 eviscerated equivalent kg May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020 1,167,000 eviscerated equivalent kg
Butter December 30, 2018 – July 31, 2019 500,000 kg August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020 1,500,000 kg
Cheeses of all Types December 30, 2018 – December 31, 2018 50,000 kg January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 1,208,000 kg
Concentrated Milk December 30, 2018 – December 31, 2018 28,000 kg January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 667,000 kg
Cream December 30, 2018 – July 31, 2019 333,000 kg August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020 515,000 kg
Cream Powders December 30, 2018 –  July 31, 2019 67,000 kg August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020 101,000 kg
Ice Cream and Mixes December 30, 2018 – December 31, 2018 83,000 kg January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 1,010,000 kg
Industrial Cheese December 30, 2018 – December 31, 2018 111,000 kg January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 2,658,000 kg
Milk December 30, 2018 – July 31, 2019 5,555,000 kg August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020 16,667,000 kg
Milk Powders December 30, 2018 – July 31, 2019 667,000 kg August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020 1,010,000 kg
Mozzarella and Prepared Cheese December 30, 2018 – December 31, 2018 40,000 kg January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 967,000 kg
Other Dairy December 30, 2018 – December 31, 2018 83,000 kg January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 1,010,000 kg
Powdered Buttermilk December 30, 2018 – December 31, 2018 63,000 kg January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 765,000 kg
Products of Natural Milk Constituents December 30, 2018 – December 31, 2018 56,000 kg January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 1,333,000 kg
Skim Milk Powders December 30, 2018 – July 31, 2019 833,000 kg August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020 2,500,000 kg
Whey Powders December 30, 2018 – July 31, 2019 667,000 kg August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020 2,000,000 kg
Yogurt and Buttermilk December 30, 2018 – December 31, 2018 83,000 kg January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 2,000,000 kg

Please note that only products that originate from a CPTPP Party that has ratified the agreement may be imported under the CPTPP TRQs. As of December 30, 2018, allocation holders will be able to request import permits for products that originate in Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Singapore. As of January 14, 2019, allocation holders will be able to request import permits for products that originate in Vietnam. Global Affairs Canada will communicate with stakeholders whenever imports from another CPTPP Party become eligible for import under this agreement.

Please refer to the Frequently Ask Questions – CPTPP Tariff Rate Quotas web page for additional information on the new CPTPP TRQs.

If you have any additional questions, please submit them to the following email address: CPTPP.Quotas@international.gc.ca

List of Tariff rate Quotas and Notice to Importers:

Dairy – CPTPP Yogurt and Buttermilk Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) (Items 124 and 158 on the Import Control List) – Notice to Importers, Serial No. 933, November 26, 2018