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Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) - Proposal for CCFTA Rules of Origin Changes

Closing date: June 21, 2002

The purpose of this notice is to seek views regarding a proposal related to the rules of origin requirements under the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). The rules of origin need to be amended to reflect the changes to the structure and nomenclature of the Harmonized System (HS) that became effective January 1, 2002. The amendments are being developed in a manner that strives to be neutral without changing the original intent of the rules. In some cases, however, analysis has shown that amending the rules of origin to reflect the new HS 2002 while maintaining their original intent would result in extremely complex and administratively burdensome rules. It is therefore proposed that, in these limited cases, the current text of the rules remain unchanged even though this would result in changes to the origin conferring requirements of the CCFTA.

Comments on this proposal should be forwarded no later than June 21, 2002.