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 $1.4billion in 2012.  

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).

For more information, please see: additional background information on the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.

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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
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Fax: 613-944-3214
Email: consultations@international.gc.ca