Canada’s Intention to Remove Tariffs on Goods from Ukraine

Backgrounder

Canada continues to condemn Russia’s brutal and illegal invasion of Ukraine in the strongest possible terms. Canada will continue to support Ukraine’s economic resilience and stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, who are fighting for their lives, their sovereignty, and for democracy.

Russia’s unprovoked attack has had a significant impact on Ukraine’s economy and its ability to export goods to other countries. While most goods from Ukraine enter Canada duty-free as a result of the Canada–Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA), tariffs still apply on certain goods where tariffs are being phased out under the Agreement, or where they are excluded from it.

From 2019 to 2021, Ukrainian exports to Canada averaged $170.8 million annually, and Canada collected about $2.6 million in duties from these goods.

By removing tariffs for a one year period, Canada would continue to support Ukraine’s economy by ensuring that Ukrainian goods are able to enter Canada duty-free.

The proposed measure would come into force once the Order in Council is approved and registered. The Canada Border Services Agency would then issue a Customs Notice detailing how importers can claim relief under the remission order.

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