Canada has joined 20 other World Trade Organization (WTO)
members, including the European Union, Japan, the Republic of
Korea, Turkey and the United States, in negotiations toward a
plurilateral agreement on international trade in services.
Participants are expected to begin formal talks within the next two
months. Examples of affected services sectors include information
and communication technology services, transportation, financial
services, professional services, environmental services and energy
services. The Canadian government has stated that it hopes that a
new international agreement on services will lead to new
opportunities for Canadian companies and boost Canada's
financial, engineering, energy, mining and environmental services
Canadian companies have until April 30, 2013 to provide the
federal government with their views on service sectors which ought
to be liberalized. Submissions should include the following:
The identification of services sectors, activities and markets
in foreign countries for Canadian service providers and measures in
those markets that restrict or otherwise adversely affect market
access for Canadian service providers.
Any barriers or experiences regarding the different modes of
supply of services as defined in the WTO:
Identification of barriers to the temporary entry and stay of
business persons faced by Canadian service providers in WTO member
markets, such as impediments to entering or working in a country on
a temporary basis, including licensing, certification, work permits
and other work authorization requirements.
Identification of investment barriers faced by Canadian service
providers in foreign countries, including restrictions imposed on
foreign ownership or entry to market, questions of transparency of
regulation, performance requirements (e.g., local content
requirements, use of local labour and services), and any other
impediments or barriers.
Experiences regarding barriers to the cross-border trade in
services faced by Canadian service providers in foreign markets,
such as licensing or residency requirements.
Other barriers (e.g., availability and transparency of
information) when selling or attempting to sell services to
governments of foreign countries. Companies are
encouraged to explain the impediments encountered when attempting
to sell services to foreign governments including at sub-federal
While that agreement mandated export measures on Canadian softwood lumber exports destined for the United States, it also protected those lumber exports from the potential imposition of onerous import measures by the U.S.
On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its first tariff classification decision since Canada signed the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System in 1998.
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