Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement
In force since January 1997.
The Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) eliminated tariffs on industrial products and some agricultural and fisheries products. Since CIFTA came into force, Canada-Israel bilateral merchandise trade has more than doubled, from $507.3 million in 1996 to over $1.4 billion dollars in 2013.
On January 21, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, announced the launch of negotiations to expand and modernize the CIFTA Agreement (See News Release: PM Launches Negotiations to Expand Free Trade with Israel).
The first round of negotiations took place in Israel from February 3-9, 2014 (See News Release: Canada Welcomes First Round of Negotiations to Expand Free Trade Agreement with Israel). The second round of negotiations took place in Ottawa from May 26 to 29 (See News Release: Canada Kicks Off Second Round of Negotiations to Expand Free Trade with Israel). The third round took place in Israel from December 7-11, 2014 (See News Release: Canada and Israel Begin Third Round of Trade Expansion Talks).
For more information, please see: additional background information on the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.
- Israel Fact Sheet
- Canadian Trade Commissioner Service - Country Info: Israel
- Export Development Canada - Country Profile: Israel
- Embassy of Canada to Israel
- Initial Environmental Assessment Report of the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Modernization Negotiations
If you have questions or comments about this initiative we would like to hear from you. Please contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada at:
Trade Policy and Negotiations Division I (TPE)
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
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