Digital trade chapter summary

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Since the original NAFTA came into effect, the expansion of the Internet has had a dramatic effect on our everyday lives. Modern communication tools give even small and medium-sized businesses a global reach. Digital products such as video games, music, and movies can be accessed online, directly by the consumer. Physical goods can be ordered online and couriered to virtually anywhere the buyer requests. The digital economy has transformed the way trade is conducted, and it is important that modern trade agreements reflect this reality.

Through the creation of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), member countries have agreed to a set of rules that will facilitate economic growth and trade opportunities through the use of the Internet, as well as address potential barriers to digital trade. These rules include, but are not limited to, commitments not to apply customs duties to digital products transmitted electronically, to protect personal information, and to cooperate on important security issues in electronic communications. The CUSMA digital trade chapter ensures that Canadian companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises, will be able to take advantage of expanding online commercial opportunities, while also seeking to continue ensuring an online environment that builds consumer confidence and trust.

Technical summary of negotiated outcomes: Digital trade

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