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CETA Industrial Cheese Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) (Items 141 to 157 on the Import Control List) – Returned quantities available for reallocation - Update

This message is to inform industry stakeholders that, as of August 21, 2019, the CETA Industrial Cheese TRQ for 2019 is open to requests for allocations from resident of Canada further processors that are not allocation holders for 2019 or have not returned any CETA Industrial Cheese TRQ allocation during the 2019 TRQ year. 

For the purposes of this reallocation process, the following definitions apply:

“Industrial cheese” means cheese used as ingredients for further food processing (secondary manufacturing) imported in bulk (not for retail sale) including for:

“Further Processor” means an establishment that uses cheese as an ingredient in the production of further processed food products, including cheese or processed cheese, in its own provincially-licensed or federally-registered processing facility. Food service establishments (e.g. restaurants) are not considered to be further processors.

“Resident of Canada” means, in the case of a natural person, a person who ordinarily resides in Canada and, in the case of a corporation, a corporation having its head office in Canada or operating a branch office in Canada. 

Available quantities of TRQ will be allocated to eligible applicants on the basis of requested quantity. Should requests exceed the remaining balance of the TRQ, allocations will be made on a pro-rata basis.

Applicants interested in securing a portion of the quantities available are to submit their request on company letterhead by close of business on Monday, August 26th, 2019 by email to

Requests should include the quantity in kilograms being sought, a short description of the applicant’s further processing activities and a short description on the intended use of the products that would be imported under a potential allocation.    

As at August 21, 2019, a total of 257,484 kg of TRQ are available for allocation until December 31, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact

Thank you, 

Supply Managed Trade Controls
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G2

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