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February 21, 2020

Consultation on possible negotiations to modernize the Canada-Ukraine FTA

Global Affairs Canada is seeking input from Canadians on possible modernization negotiations of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA).

Since CUFTA’s entry into force, in August 2017, two-way merchandise trade has grown, reaching $346 million in 2018. Canada’s merchandise exports to Ukraine were $220 million, and merchandise imports from Ukraine were $126 million.

CUFTA includes chapters in the areas of market access for goods; rules of origin and origin procedures; trade facilitation; emergency action and trade remedies; sanitary and phytosanitary measures; technical barriers to trade; government procurement; competition policy, monopolies and state enterprises; intellectual property; electronic commerce; labour; environment; transparency; trade-related cooperation; institutional provisions; and dispute settlement.

In July 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced a mutual commitment to expand and modernize CUFTA.

Interested parties are invited to submit their views on a potential modernization of CUFTA, including specific interests, priorities, and potential sensitivities. The deadline for submission is Monday, March 16, 2020.

Link: Consulting Canadians on possible negotiations to modernize the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement

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