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Creating economic opportunities for British Columbia

British Columbia stands to benefit significantly from preferential access to the EU market. The EU is already British Columbia’s fifth-largest export destination and fourth-largest trading partner. Once in force, CETA will eliminate tariffs on almost all of British Columbia’s exports and provide access to new market opportunities in the EU. Exporters will also benefit from improved conditions for export. For example, CETA includes provisions that ease regulatory barriers, reinforce intellectual property rights and ensure more transparent rules for market access. CETA will provide British Columbia exporters with a competitive advantage over exporters from other countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the EU.

Merchandise exports from British Columbia to the EU (2011-2015)
Value in millions of Canadian dollars2414.91922.31721.31846.31732.2
Principal merchandise exports from British Columbia to the EU, by sector (annual average, 2013-2015)
Forest productsMetals and mineral productsAdvanced manufacturingOther (including agriculture and agri-food, chemicals and plastics, fishing and fish products, information and communications technologies)
Value in millions of Canadian dollars469.3468.9222.8231.3

Eliminating tariffs on exports

Opening new markets for service suppliers

Improving certainty for investments

Securing access to EU procurement opportunities

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