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Canada-UK Trade Continuity Agreement explained

What the Trade Continuity Agreement means for businesses

Continued opportunities for goods exporters: The Canada-UK TCA provides Canadian exporters with continued preferential access to the UK market and includes the elimination of 98% of tariffs on Canadian exports to the UK (carried over from CETA) on entry into force, and the elimination of an additional 1% of tariffs on Canadian exports to the UK by January 1, 2024, when the TCA is fully implemented—which will bring the elimination of tariffs on Canadian exports to 99%.

Continued opportunities for exporters of services: The Canada-UK TCA ensures continued access to the UK market for Canadian services companies under some of the best terms the UK has ever granted a trading partner. 

Continued balanced approach to investment protection: The Canada-UK TCA provides important investor protections, while preserving the Government of Canada’s right to regulate in the public interest.

Continued access to UK government-procurement market: The Canada-UK TCA guarantees Canadian suppliers access to procurement opportunities with the UK government, estimated to be worth approximately Can$118 billion.

Continued high standards: The Canada-UK TCA upholds and replicates CETA’s high standards related to labour, the environment and dispute settlement.

Commitment to subsequent negotiations: Canada and the UK have agreed to enter into subsequent negotiations within a year of the Canada-UK TCA’s entry into force, with the goal of reaching, within three years, a new bilateral free trade agreement that best reflects the bilateral relationship and interests at the time.

Canada launched public consultations on trade negotiations with the UK March 12, 2021, to seek the views of Canadians on future trade relations with the U.K.

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