Opportunities and Benefits of CETA for Canada’s Fish and Seafood Exporters
How does CETA benefit Canadian fish and seafood exporters?
- Under CETA, almost 96% of EU tariff lines for fish and seafood products have become duty-free. 100% of these tariff lines will be duty-free after seven years.
- Before CETA, EU tariffs for fish and seafood averaged 11%, and could be as high as 25%.
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CETA rules of origin matter
- To be eligible for preferential tariff treatment in the EU, fish and seafood products under HS Chapters 3 and 16 require that products be wholly obtained. This means, for Canada:
- Caught by Canadians fishing in Canadian waters, or
- Caught in the Canadian/European Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZs), in the high seas or in the EEZs of other countries by licensed Canadians using registered vessels that are entitled to fly the Canadian flag.
- Limited quantities of certain fish and seafood products processed in Canada using imported materials (from countries other than the EU) can qualify for preferential treatment in the EU for:
- Certain frozen fillets of halibut;
- Processed lobster;
- Prepared or preserved salmon;
- Processed herring;
- Processed shrimp; and
- Some types of prepared or preserved sardines and crab.
Other non-CETA related aspects to keep in mind when exporting fish and seafood products to the EU
- Fish and seafood exported to the EU must come from an approved establishment
- Catch certificate, issued by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, is required to demonstrate the product has been caught legally
- Labelling – new EU regulation came into force December 2014
- Health certificate from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency must accompany shipments
- Maximum Residue Levels (for example, cadmium in oysters), must be respected as per EU requirements
Under CETA, Canadian fish and seafood exporters can now enjoy the advantages created from the agreement over competitors based in countries that do not have a preferential trade agreement in force with the EU.
For more detail on how CETA benefits your company, contact a Trade Commissioner today.
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