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Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCoFTA) - Rules of origin

What are the CCoFTA rules of origin?

The CCoFTA includes rules of origin that set out how much production must occur in Canada or in Colombia for goods to be considered originating and, as a result, entitled to any applicable preferential tariff treatment provided for under the CCoFTA. The CCoFTA rules of origin are included in Chapter Three of the Agreement. The product-specific rules of origin for the CCoFTA are contained in Annex 301.

Short supply list

The CCoFTA rules of origin chapter includes an article on short supply (Article 317), which allows both Parties to agree that certain textile inputs are not available from domestic producers in commercial quantities in both Canada and Colombia. Textile yarns and fabrics that are agreed to be in short supply can be imported from outside Canada or Colombia and used by Canadian or Colombian producers to make originating textile or apparel goods that would be eligible to benefit from preferential tariff treatment under the agreement when that textile or apparel good is exported to the other Party. 

In January 2020, Canada and Colombia established a short supply list under the CCoFTA. The list consists of 73 textile items that both Parties determined to be in short supply. Both sides also agreed to procedures to guide the administration of the short supply process. Companies who have manufacturing operations in Canada or Colombia that cannot meet the textile or apparel product-specific rule of origin under the agreement because certain textile inputs are not available from domestic producers in commercial quantities, can initiate a short supply request by providing the information indicated in the table below to

HS 6-digit Sub-Heading

Proposed Description

Description of fibre, yarn or fabric requested (e.g.  type of fibre, weave type, unbleached, bleached, dyed, etc.)

Decitex (grams/10,000 metres for yarn) or grams per square metre for fabric

Percentage by weight of fibre(s) in yarn or fabric requested

Finishing (e.g. lustre, printed, type of chemical or mechanical finishing, calendering, etc.)

e.g. XXXX.XX

Provide a detailed description of the imported textile input.

List all that apply.

e.g. X decitex or X g/m2

e.g. X% by weight of cotton and X% by weight of polyester

List any finishing operations that apply.

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