Acronyms

  • AAFC Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • ABT Agreement on Basic Telecommunications
  • AGP Agreement on Government Procurement
  • AIT Agreement on Internal Trade
  • APEC Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum
  • AQSIQ Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (China)
  • ARTQ Autonomous Tariff Rate Quota
  • ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations
  • BSE Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
  • BSL (Japan's) Building Standards Law
  • CA4 Central America Four: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
  • CAP Common Agricultural Policy
  • CARICOM Caribbean Community
  • CCA Consultative Committee on Agriculture
  • CCC Canadian Commercial Corporation
  • CCRFTA Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement
  • CCFTA Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement
  • CDIA Canadian Direct Investment Abroad
  • CEAA Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
  • CET Common External Tariff
  • CFE Comisión Federal de Electricidad (Mexico's state electricity firm)
  • CFIA Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • CIBS Canada's International Business Strategy
  • CIDA Canadian International Development Agency
  • CIFTA Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement
  • CISDL Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
  • CITT Canadian International Trade Tribunal
  • DFO Department of Fisheries and Ocean
  • DSB Dispute Settlement Body
  • DSU Dispute Settlement Understanding
  • EC European Commission
  • E-Comm Electronic Commerce
  • EDC Export Development Corporation
  • EEP U.S. Export Enhancement Program
  • EFTA European Free Trade Association
  • EIA Environmental Impact Assessments
  • EMU Economic and Monetary Union
  • EU European Union
  • EVSL Early Voluntary Sectoral Liberalization
  • EXTUS Exporters to the United States
  • FAC Foreign Affairs Canada
  • FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • FAST Free and Secure Trade (U.S. border Initiative)
  • FCM Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • FDI Foreign Direct Investment
  • FEMA Foreign Extraterritorial Measures Act
  • FERC U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • FHWA U.S. Federal Highway Administration
  • FIPA Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement
  • FSA Financial Services Agency (Japan)
  • FSL Food Sanitation Law
  • FTA (Canada-U.S.) Free Trade Agreement
  • FTA U.S. Federal Transit Administration
  • FTAA Free Trade Area of the Americas
  • GAO U.S. General Accounting Office
  • GATS General Agreement on Trade in Services
  • GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
  • GDP Gross domestic Product
  • GI Geographical Indication
  • GM Genetically Modified
  • GMO Genetically Modified Organism
  • GPP Gross Provincial/Regional Product
  • GPT General Preferential Tariff
  • G-7/8 Group of Seven leading industrialized nations plus Russian Federation
  • HACCP (U.S.) Seafood Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point regulations
  • HS Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System
  • IBETS Integrated Border Enforcement Teams
  • IDD International Direct Dialing (telephone services)
  • ICT Information and Communication Technologies
  • IEC Intergovernmental Economic Commission (Canada-Russia, Canada-Ukraine)
  • IFI International Financial Institutions
  • ILO International Labour Organization
  • ILSA (U.S.) Iran and Libya Sanctions Act of 1996
  • IMF International Monetary Fund
  • IP Intellectual Property
  • ISO International Organization of Standardization
  • ISTEA (U.S.) Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act
  • IT Information Technology
  • ITA Information Technology Agreement (1997)
  • ITC U.S. International Trade Commission
  • ITCan International Trade Canada
  • JAS Japan Agricultural Standards
  • JETRO Japan External Trade Organization
  • JWPTE Joint Working Party on Trade and Environment
  • LDC Least Developed Country
  • LIBERTAD (U.S.) Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996 (Helms-Burton Act)
  • MAFF Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Japan)
  • Mercosur Southern Cone Common Market (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay)
  • MFN Most-Favoured-Nation
  • MMPA Marine Mammal Protection Act (U.S.)
  • MMT Manganese-Based Fuel Derivative
  • MOU Memorandum of Understanding
  • MRA Mutual Recognition Agreement
  • NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
  • NATAP North American Trade Automation Prototype
  • NEBS New Exporters to Border States
  • NGO Non-Government Organization
  • NIICD New International Instrument on Cultural Diversity
  • NIST U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • NSI North South Institute
  • NTB Non-Tariff Barrier
  • NTT Nippon Telegraph and Telephone
  • OAS Organization of American States
  • OECD Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • OECS Organization of Eastern Caribbean States
  • OIE World Organization for Animal Health (OIE, formerly known as the Office International des Epizooties)
  • OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • PEMEX Petróleos Mexicanos (Mexico's state oil firm)
  • PWN Pinewood Nematode
  • R&D Research and Development
  • ROO Rules of Origin
  • S&DT Special and Differential Treatment
  • SAGIT Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade
  • SBT Single Business Tax
  • SCFAIT Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs & International Trade
  • SCC Standards Council of Canada
  • SCP Sugar-Containing Product
  • SEA Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • SECOFI Secretaria de Comercio y Fomento Industrial (Mexico's Ministry of Trade and Industrial Development)
  • SERC State Regulatory Commission
  • SME Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise
  • SPS Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
  • SPWG Special Partnership Working Group (Canada-Korea)
  • SRM Specified Risk Material
  • STAR Secure Trade in the APEC Region
  • TBT Technical Barriers to Trade
  • TCIAB Team Canada Inc. Advisory Board
  • TEA-21 (U.S.) Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
  • TECA Trade and Economic Co-operation Arrangement
  • TICA Trade and Investment Co-operation Arrangement
  • TIEA Trade Investment Enhancement Agreement (Canada - EU)
  • TNC Trade Negotiations Committee (FTAA)
  • TPRM Trade Policy Review Mechanism
  • TRIMs Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures
  • TRIPs Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
  • TRQs Tariff Rate Quotas
  • TRTA Trade Related Technical Assistance
  • TSE Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies
  • UR Uruguay Round
  • USTR United States Trade Representative
  • VOCs Volatile Organic Compounds
  • WHO World Health Organization
  • WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization
  • WPPS Working Party on Professional Services (WTO)
  • WTO World Trade Organization