Customs administration and trade facilitation chapter summary

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The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) incorporates a new chapter on customs administration and trade facilitation (CATF).  This chapter aims to reduce the transaction costs incurred by traders by simplifying, standardizing, and modernizing trade-related customs procedures to facilitate the movement of goods within the CUSMA territory. The chapter addresses various stages of the customs process with a view to reducing red tape, minimizing trade costs and increasing the volume of goods traded between the parties.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation, to which all CUSMA parties are signatories, provides the baseline for the new CATF chapter. The new chapter includes commitments that will lead to greater predictability, consistency and transparency in customs matters. CUSMA partners have also agreed to continue to collaborate, exchange information and explore new and innovative ways to facilitate trade following the entry into force of CUSMA.

Technical summary of negotiated outcomes: Customs administration and trade facilitation chapter

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