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Benefits of the CPTPP for the Northwest Territories

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a trading block that represents 495 million people with a combined gross domestic product of CAD $13.5 trillion – a full 13.5% of global GDP.  Through the CPTPP, Canada will soon have preferential access to half a billion consumers in the world’s most dynamic and fast-growing market – a move that will strengthen Canadian businesses, grow the economy, and create more well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians.

Main advantages for the Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories – Asia-Pacific trade snapshot

Top Northwest Territories Merchandise Exports to CPTPP Markets (2015-2017 average)

Pie chart of the Northwest Territories’ top exports to CPTPP countries (2015-17 average)
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Top North West Territories Merchandise Exports to CPTPP Markets (2015-17 average)

  • Total: $579,705
  • Metals and Minerals: $412,590
  • Miscellaneous: $90,241
  • Fish and Seafood: $31,878
  • Industrial Machinery: $25,850
  • Chemicals and Plastics: $11,393

Opening new markets for exports from the Northwest Territories to Asia-Pacific countries

The elimination of tariffs will help make exports from the Northwest Territories more price-competitive in CPTPP markets. Examples of Northwest Territories products that will benefit from improved access include the following:

Metals and minerals products

Diamonds

  • In Brunei, tariffs of 5% will be eliminated upon the Agreement’s entry into force.
Fish and seafood products

Shrimp

  • In Japan, tariffs of up to 5.3% will be eliminated upon the Agreement’s entry into force, except for shrimp prepared with rice, for which the tariff will be eliminated within 10 years.
  • In Vietnam, tariffs of up to 30% on prepared shrimp will be eliminated within three years.

Clams and cockles

  • In Japan, tariffs of up to 15% will be eliminated within 10 years.

Mussels

  • In Japan, tariffs of up to 10% will be eliminated upon the Agreement’s entry into force.

Fresh, chilled and frozen halibut

  • In Japan, tariffs of 3.5% will be eliminated upon the Agreement’s entry into force.
  • In Vietnam, tariffs of 18% will be eliminated upon the Agreement’s entry into force.
Other products

Furskins

  • In Japan, tariffs of up to 20% will be eliminated within 15 years.

Opening new markets for exports of services from the Northwest Territories to Asia-Pacific countries

The CPTPP provides Northwest Territories services suppliers with greater predictability and enhanced market access across a broad range of sectors, including:

Northwest Territories enterprises that engage in electronic commerce as a means of trade will benefit from trade rules such as the prohibition on applying customs duties to content transmitted electronically, and ensuring the protection of online personal information.

Improving temporary entry for business people

The CPTPP will improve labour mobility for highly- skilled business persons, making it easier for professionals from Northwest Territories to provide expertise in CPTPP markets. In particular, the CPTPP facilitates the temporary entry of Canadian business visitors, intra-corporate transferees, investors, highly-skilled professionals, technicians, as well as the spouses of some of these Canadian business persons—contributing to greater certainty and predictability for prospective business entrants.

Reducing non-tariff barriers

The CPTPP includes enforceable provisions to help secure market access gains for Canadian exporters so that exporters are not undermined by unnecessary measures that restrict trade, such as technical barriers to trade or sanitary and phytosanitary measures. As a result, the CPTPP will create a more predictable trading environment for Canadian exporters, without compromising the ability of the government to protect the health and safety of Canadians or safeguard animal and plant health. 

Expanding access to government procurement

The CPTPP establishes clear rules to ensure that Canadian suppliers of goods, services and construction services have access to open, fair and transparent processes when bidding for procurement contracts in CPTPP countries. The Agreement expands government procurement commitments with existing free trade agreement partners, including Chile and Peru, and secures new access to procurement opportunities in Australia, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Facilitating two-way investment between the Northwest Territories and the Asia-Pacific region

The CPTPP’s investment rules will provide greater stability and protection for investors, while preserving the rights of the federal, provincial and territorial governments to legislate and regulate in the public interest. In areas such as energy, mining, manufacturing, financial services and professional services, Canadian investors will enjoy transparent and predictable access to CPTPP markets. Strong rules will ensure that investors from Canada are treated in a fair, equitable and non-discriminatory manner, allowing them to compete on an equal footing with other investors in CPTPP countries. Canadian investors will also have access to a fair and transparent investor-state dispute settlement mechanism.

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