The Canadian Government has recently announced plans for further
tariff relief to benefit Canadian businesses. This proposal follows
this year's earlier round of tariff relief measures on
machinery and equipment that have been in effect since January 28,
2009. At that time, the government also made a commitment to
undertake further consultations with industry for the purpose of
providing tariff relief in additional areas.
Based on preliminary discussions with industry stakeholders, the
government has stated its intention to reduce to free the
Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) tariff on a list of manufacturing inputs
and on additional machinery and equipment. The scope of this
current round of proposed tariff reductions is significantly
greater than the earlier round — the proposed list covers
tariffs items from over 30 chapters of the Schedule to the
Customs Tariff . The earlier round covered only machinery
and equipment under Chapters 84 and 85.
The tariff items chosen for the proposed list were selected
based on the following criteria:
goods covered by these tariff items are used in the production
of other goods;
eliminating the tariff on these goods will reduce production
costs for Canadian industry; and
requests from stakeholders for eliminating MFN tariffs to
Canadian manufacturers, processors and importers should be
carefully reviewing the proposed list and considering whether to
express support for or object to any particular proposed tariff
This is also a unique opportunity for businesses that use
imported inputs in their manufacturing or processing activities to
advocate for tariff items that they believe should be slated for
tariff reduction and added to the proposed list.
Submissions in this regard must be made to the Department of
Finance by November 6, 2009.
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Investment Law Group has significant expertise in tariff relief and
customs planning and enforcement matters.
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