The Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement
Creating valuable opportunities for Canadian businesses like yours
The Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement gives Canadian companies a competitive edge in an innovative, technologically advanced economy. The agreement eliminates tariffs on the majority of non-agricultural products, ensuring a level playing field for important Canadian export sectors, including information and communications technologies (ICT), medical equipment and pharmaceuticals, and certain fish and seafood products. In addition, the agreement provides preferential access for key Canadian agricultural and agri-food exports.
Learn more about the free trade agreement with Israel and discover your next market today.
Canada-Israel Trade Relations
Israel is Canada’s fourth-largest merchandise export market in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2011 Canada’s exports to Israel were valued at nearly $400 million, and two-way merchandise trade has more than tripled since the agreement was implemented in 1997. Canada’s capabilities match the needs of an Israeli market that is rich with business opportunities across a wide range of sectors.
Opportunities for Canadian Companies in Agriculture and Agri-food
Upon its entry into force, the agreement eliminated tariffs on a limited number of agricultural products. Between 1999 and 2003, additional agricultural and agri-food tariff reductions on goods previously excluded from the agreement were successfully negotiated. The agreement now provides preferential access for a variety of Canadian agricultural and agri-food exports, including wheat, sugar confectionary, certain animal feed preparations (for example, dog and cat food) and certain processed food products.
Opportunities for Canadian Companies in ICT, Medical Instruments and Pharmaceuticals
The agreement eliminates tariffs on the majority of industrial products. Israel’s ICT market is particularly favourable for Canadian exporters of computers and components, telephony and radiotelephony products, and integrated circuits. The medical instrument and pharmaceuticals market is also favourable for Canadian exporters.
For more information about new business opportunities or how the free trade agreement can help your company in Israel, check out market facts and reports for Israel on the Trade Commissioner Service website or contact a trade commissioner.
- Background on the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement
- Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement—Full text
- Canada-Israel relations
If you have questions or comments about this free trade agreement, 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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