CETA: A progressive trade agreement for a strong middle class


What is CETA?

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will create jobs, strengthen economic relations and boost Canada's trade with the world’s second-largest market. CETA is a progressive free trade agreement which covers virtually all sectors and aspects of Canada-EU trade in order to eliminate or reduce barriers. For example, prior to CETA’s entry into force, only 25 percent of EU tariff lines on Canadian goods were duty-free. Upon CETA’s entry into force, the EU will remove tariffs on 98 percent of its tariff lines. Once CETA is fully implemented, the EU will have eliminated tariffs on 99 percent of its tariff lines.

What does CETA mean for Canadian companies?

Outpace your competition

Learn how preferential access to the EU market can benefit your company—access that firms from most other countries won't have.

Boost your bottom line

Learn how CETA opens the door for originating Canadian goods and gives Canadian services exporters the best market access the EU has ever granted a free trade partner.

Learn about CETA

Learn about what CETA covers and what it delivers.

What does CETA mean for foreign investors?

Make Canada your gateway to the world

Why preferential access to nearly half of the world’s output of goods and services means Canada is your investment destination of choice.

Explore Canada

How investing in Canada’s provinces, territories and cities will fuel your company’s growth.

The EU for you

Key sectors

Inside information for Canadian firms about opportunities in the EU in 12 key sectors.

The EU’s markets

Learn more about the dynamic markets that make up the EU and the unique qualities of the world’s most integrated economy.

Find your EU tariff rate

This guide will help you find your product’s tariff rate once CETA comes into force.


Expand into the EU with the TCS

Tap into the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service network to explore business opportunities in the EU.

Are you export ready?

Our assessment tool will tell you if you are ready to get help from Canada’s most extensive network of international business professionals.

Exporting to the EU: A Guide for Canadian Business

Access our guide on doing business in the EU, with information on markets and answers to Canadian exporters most frequently asked questions.

CETA is a big deal for Canadian companies

Our CETA brochure with information on export and investment opportunities.

Are you ready? We can help you succeed

Find a trade commissioner

Find a trade commissioner

Canadian trade commissioners provide expert advice and key contacts for exporters, partners and investors.

Our funding programs

Our funding programs

Funding to help take your business to the next level. Find out which programs are right for you.

Funding programs

Innovation and technology partnerships

Access expertise in research and development, innovation and global commercialization.



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Business Women in Trade

Business women in trade

BWIT helps Canadian women entrepreneurs in international trade achieve export success.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility

Learn how Canadian companies operating responsibly abroad leads to business success and broad-based economic benefits.

Additional Resources for Companies

Additional resources for companies

Assistance from federal, provincial and territorial governments and agencies, and crown corporations is available to help your company succeed.

What's being said




Upcoming events

In Canada

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service can introduce you to the right people and help you connect with potential partners or clients at trade events.

CETA Seminar - Accessing Opportunities in the European Union (EU)January 30, 2017SaskatoonCanada
Seminar - Capitalizing on Opportunities from CETAJanuary 31, 2017WinnipegCanada
CETA Business Forum: Capitalizing on Opportunities in the European UnionFebruary 1, 2017CalgaryCanada
CETA Business Forum: Capitalizing on Opportunities in the European UnionFebruary 2, 2017EdmontonCanada
Minister Chrystia Freeland on Canada’s 2017 International OutlookFebruary 2, 2017QuébecCanada

Latest events taking place in Canada


The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service can introduce you to the right people and help you connect with potential partners or clients at trade events.

BAU MunichJanuary 16-21MunichGermanyForestry and Wood Products
EDUCATIO Exhibition and Recruitment FairJanuary 19-21BudapestHungaryEducation
SIRHAJanuary 21-25LyonFranceAgriculture and Processed Foods
Gaudeamus Prague 2017January 25-26PragueCzech RepublicEducation
Fruit LogisticaFebruary 8-10BerlinGermanyAgriculture and Processed Foods
Biofach – World´s Leading Trade Fair for Organic FoodFebruary 15-18NurembergGermanyAgriculture and Processed Foods

Latest events taking place abroad

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