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Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement

On November 30, 2018, Canada, the United States and Mexico signed the new Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), on the margins of the G20 leaders’ summit in Buenos Aires.

Notice: In response to the United States’ decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum shipments, Canada intends to apply tariffs on imports of U.S. steel, aluminum and other products. View the list of products to be affected by these countermeasures, and find out how you can provide your written feedback.

October 4th marks an important date in Canada-U.S. trade relations. In 1987, both countries agreed to the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA). Negotiations toward a free trade agreement with the U.S. began in 1986. The two nations agreed to a historic agreement that placed Canada and the United States at the forefront of trade liberalization.

Key elements of the agreement included the elimination of tariffs, the reduction of many non-tariff barriers, and it was among the first trade agreements to address trade in services. It also included a dispute settlement mechanism for the fair and expeditious resolution of trade disputes.

The Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was brought into force on January 1, 1989 and is superseded by NAFTA, which includes Mexico.

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If you have questions or comments about this free trade agreement or the environmental and labour cooperation agreements, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Global Affairs Canada at the following address:

Trade Negotiations – North America Division (TNP)
Global Affairs Canada
John G. Diefenbaker Building
111 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 1J1

Fax: 613-944-3214

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