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Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister on Canada’s ratification of the new NAFTA

Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister on Canada’s ratification of the new NAFTA
April 3, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario

The Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, today issued the following statement on Canada’s ratification of the new NAFTA:

“Canada has now notified the United States and Mexico that we have completed our domestic ratification process of the new NAFTA. This is an important step towards implementing this essential trade agreement.

“The Canadian government will continue to work with the United States and Mexican governments to determine an ‘entry into force’ date that is mutually beneficial. We want to ensure the new NAFTA will support a strong economic recovery once we have put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us – which we will.

“The new NAFTA is good for Canadians, in every region and in every sector of our economy. It is good for workers, families, entrepreneurs, and businesses. It supports the prosperity of communities across our country.

“Throughout the negotiations, we consulted with the provinces and territories. We engaged with Canadians from all walks of life, including labour organizations, Indigenous peoples, women, youth, and civil society at large to arrive at an agreement that works best for all of Canada. With this step, I am hopeful that the new NAFTA will enter into force later this year.”

Customs Notice 20-14 – Implementation of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

The CUSMA’s implementing legislation, Bill C-4, received Royal Assent on . Upon entry into force of the Agreement, with the exception of a few agricultural goods, all qualifying imports into Canada from a CUSMA country will be customs duty free.

More information regarding the CUSMA and the text of the agreement can be found on the Global Affairs Canada website.

Importers, exporters or producers of CUSMA-eligible goods may complete the certification of origin. Importers are required to have the certification of origin in their possession at the time that the importer makes a claim for preferential tariff treatment.  The certification of origin requirements can be found in Chapter 5 (Annex 5-A) of the Canada U.S. Mexico Agreement.

Willson International will be providing a CUSMA/USMCA Certification of Origin form for use by clients shortly.

 

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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.

We encourage you to check out the government programs available to families, businesses, exporters and importers. And, while respecting the need for social distancing we encourage everyone, including our staff, to reach out and remain connected to family, friends, colleagues and customers.

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Peter Willson
Chairman & CEO
Willson International

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