Canada extends waiving of tariffs on Ukrainian goods
June 9, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - Department of Finance Canada
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, today announced that Canada will extend the Ukraine Goods Remission Order until June 9, 2024. This will ensure the continued tariff-free import of Ukrainian goods to Canada, including steel and in-quota supply-managed goods.
The Ukraine Goods Remission Order, in force since June 9, 2022, supports the Ukrainian economy by increasing exports to Canada through the temporary and exceptional remission of customs and trade remedy duties on imports of goods originating in Ukraine.
Today’s extension builds on the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) and its modernization as announced by the Prime Minister on April 11, 2023. Since CUFTA came into force on August 1, 2017, tariffs have been eliminated on 99.9 per cent of imports from Ukraine, including fish and seafood, sunflower oil, and minerals; 99.9 per cent of manufactured products; and 99.9 per cent of agricultural products.
Canada is committed to standing with the brave people of Ukraine in their defence of Ukraine’s sovereignty and democracy in the face of Russia’s illegal full-scale invasion, which is limiting Ukraine’s ability to export goods to other countries. Canada’s temporary duty relief for Ukrainian goods is among the most comprehensive packages of tariff waivers in the G7 and the world.
“As the brave people of Ukraine continue their heroic resistance to Putin’s illegal, full-scale invasion, democracies need to continue standing with Ukraine as it defends its sovereignty and democracy. And that means ensuring the Ukrainian economy can continue to support the Ukrainian people and government in their fight to win this war. Canada will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes.”
– The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
“The extension of tariff free imports for Ukrainian goods into Canada will support Ukraine’s efforts in rebuilding its economy. As Ukrainians continue to suffer from the effects of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable war, we reiterate our unwavering support for Ukraine as it fights to secure its future as an independent, democratic and prosperous country.”
– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
The Ukraine Goods Remission Order came into effect on June 9, 2022, for an initial one-year period. The remission order temporarily remits customs duties, anti-dumping duties, and countervailing duties applicable to imports of Ukrainian goods.
Under the extended order, imports of supply-managed goods that are within Canada’s World Trade Organization (WTO) quotas may enter Canada tariff-free, and Ukrainian exporters could also leverage their relationships with Canadian importers to make greater use of these quotas.
- For supply-managed goods, duty relief provided under the original order for over-quota imports will expire on June 9, 2023.
- Over-quota supply-managed goods already in-transit to Canada before June 10, 2023, will continue to benefit from duty relief.
Most goods from Ukraine can enter Canada duty-free as a result of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA), in place since August 1, 2017. The remission order provides the ability to import CUFTA-covered goods duty-free with a lesser administrative burden by removing the need to provide proof of origin and certain shipment documentation, required to access CUFTA duty-free treatment in Canada.
From 2019 to 2021, Canadian imports of goods from Ukraine averaged $170.8 million annually, and Canada collected an average of $2.6 million per year in duties from those imported goods.
As was the case when the Ukraine Remission Order was issued, the extension of the measure has been made by an Order in Council. The Canada Border Services Agency will issue a Customs Notice detailing how importers can claim relief under the remission order.
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Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
Department of Finance Canada
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