Free trade agreements

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Leveraging free trade agreements

Eligibility criteria vary from one agreement to another. W2C will help you to navigate through them!

Canada has several free trade agreements with many countries around the world. Our customs consultants can help you take advantage of these agreements and save you money on customs tariffs.

How can your goods be eligible for a free trade agreement?

In short, each agreement has specific conditions: moving goods, their certification and their eligibility for the agreement.

First, with respect to moving goods, they must, in all cases, transit between the member countries of the agreement. It may be possible for goods to transit through a country that is not part of the agreement, but they must not enter the local market and must remain under customs control (supporting documents are needed to substantiate this).

Moreover, the rules of origin that determine whether goods originate from one of the countries included in the free trade agreement vary from agreement to agreement. Certain rules outright require sufficient processing of goods in order to have a tariff change; other rules will require tariff change or a sufficient regional value content.

In some cases, meeting several criteria will be required: sufficient processing and sufficient regional value content. Therefore, it is important to carry out a determination of origin before certifying goods.

Finally, in order to confirm the eligibility of goods, it is necessary to produce a declaration of origin or a certificate of origin in accordance with the agreement. The process for being eligible for a free trade agreement can be quite complex and take several hours of work. Our customs consultants can help you in this process.

Consultation services offered by W2C

Here are some of the services that our customs consultants offer:

Note that you can also register for one of our seminars on different free trade agreements involving Canada. Stay tuned for the dates on our customs training site.

our experts

Marc Ticehurst

Customs and Trade Policy Advisor

With over 25 years of experience in customs brokerage, transportation and logistics, Marc has acquired a solid expertise in improving logistics and customs performance for Canadian importers and exporters. Customer relationship management, consulting and business development are subjects that fascinate him.

His in-depth knowledge of customs rules and programs and international agreements make Marc a valuable advisor to all W2C clients.

Yves Lacelle

Strategic Advisor - Business Development and Training

With over 40 years of experience in the customs field, Yves has a very thorough understanding of everything related to this environment. His meetings with companies from all over the world have allowed him to acquire an extensive knowledge of international trade. He has given several seminars and customs training courses to companies and has found solutions for clients having problems with customs authorities.

Guiding a team to provide the best customer service bears no secrets for Yves. His ability to communicate and educate his business partners makes him a golden ally for those who aspire to comply with customs regulations.

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