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The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a progressive trade agreement between the EU and Canada. It entered into force provisionally in 2017, meaning that most of the agreement now applies.
All national (and in some cases regional) parliaments in EU countries need to approve CETA before it can take full effect.
CETA features some of the strongest commitments ever included in an EU trade agreement, including on promoting labour rights, on protecting the environment, and on sustainable development. CETA integrates EU and Canadian commitments to apply international rules on workers' rights, environmental protection and climate action. These obligations are binding.
The benefits of CETA include the following:
- It eliminates duties on 99% of all tariff lines, of which 98% were scrapped when it provisionally entered into force;
- it defends the EU’s Geographical Indications, and;
- it improves and secures EU companies’ access to the Canadian services market.
About the agreement
Committees and Dialogues
The EU and Canada meet annually in bilateral summits and in the committees and dialogues set up by the agreements to review a range of issues relating to EU-Canada economic and trade relations.
Factsheets and guides
Find out more about the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
The agreement explained
What's CETA and what'll it do? The EU-Canada trade deal explained in plain English.
Information for businesses
Register for CETA benefits
Export info for SMEs exporting to Canada
EU-Canada Trade in your town
EU-Canada trade in your town
See detailed data on companies exporting from each European town to Canada.
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