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Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement

Chapter Eight: Technical Barriers to Trade

Article 8.1: Objectives

The objectives of this Chapter are to:

Article 8.2: Affirmation of the TBT Agreement

1. Further to Article 1.3(1) (Objectives and Initial Provisions – Relation to Other Agreements), the Parties affirm their existing rights and obligations with respect to each other under the TBT Agreement.

2. The WTO Agreement exclusively governs the settlement of any formal disputes about the matters referred to in paragraph 1.

Article 8.3: Scope

1. This Chapter applies to the preparation, adoption and application of standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures of national governmental bodies that may affect the trade in goods between the Parties.

2. This Chapter does not apply to:

Article 8.4: Cooperation

1. The Parties shall engage in technical cooperation activities directed at reaching effective and full compliance with the obligations set forth in the TBT Agreement, while taking into account the different levels of development of each Party’s standardizing, accreditation, conformity assessment, and metrology institutions. To this end, each Party shall encourage its national government bodies responsible for coordinating its standardization, notification, and conformity assessment systems to undertake:

2. At the request of a Party, the Parties shall discuss an issue related to standards, technical regulations, or conformity assessment procedures at the next Commission meeting.

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