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Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement

Chapter Sixteen: Electronic Commerce

Article 16.1: Definitions

For the purposes of this Chapter:

digital product means a computer program, text, video, image, sound recording, or other product that is digitally encoded; but does not include a digitized representation of a financial instrument;

transmitted electronically means to transfer a digital product by electromagnetic means, including by photonic means.

Article 16.2: General Provisions

1. The Parties recognize the economic growth and opportunities provided by electronic commerce and recognize that WTO rules apply to electronic commerce to the extent that they affect electronic commerce.

2. Considering the potential of electronic commerce as a social and economic development tool, the Parties recognize the importance of:

Article 16.3: Customs Duties on Digital Products Transmitted Electronically

1. A Party may not impose a customs duty, fee, or charge, on or in connection with the importation or exportation of a digital product transmitted electronically.

2. For greater certainty, paragraph 1 does not preclude a Party from imposing an internal tax or other internal charge on a digital product transmitted electronically, provided that the tax or charge is not prohibited by this Agreement.

Article 16.4: Consumer Protection

1. The Parties recognize the importance of maintaining and adopting transparent and effective measures to protect consumers from fraudulent or deceptive commercial practices in electronic commerce.

2. To this end, the Parties should exchange information and experiences related to national approaches for the protection of consumers engaging in electronic commerce.

Article 16.5: Cooperation

Recognizing the global nature of electronic commerce, the Parties affirm the importance of:

Article 16.6: Transparency

Further to Article 20.3 (Transparency – Publication), each Party shall promptly publish or otherwise make publicly available its laws, regulations, procedures, and administrative rulings of general application, that pertain to electronic commerce.

Article 16.7: Relation to Other Chapters

In the event of an inconsistency between this Chapter and another Chapter of this Agreement, the other Chapter prevails to the extent of the inconsistency.

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