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August 4, 2017
Canada announces new tariff rate quotas for cheese imports from the European Union
Under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Canada agreed to increase its quotas for imports of cheese from the European Union (EU).
The Canadian government announced this week that it will establish two new tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for cheese originating in the EU: one for 16,000,000 kg of cheeses of all types and one for 1,700,000 kg of cheeses of all types to be used in food processing (industrial cheese).
Ottawa has decided to allocate the 16,000,000-kg cheese quota (all types of cheese) across the cheese value chain. This includes cheese manufacturers, distributors and retailers, with portions of the quota being specifically reserved for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The 1,700,000-kg industrial cheese quota will be made available entirely to further processors who use cheese to manufacture food products.
Each of the two quotas will be completely open to new entrant applicants (companies that do not currently have an allocation under Canada's existing TRQ).
To manage the impact of these TRQs on Canada's cheese sector, the two quotas will be phased in over five years, reaching the maximum negotiated market access quantity in January 2022.
Notice to Importers, Serial No. 895 Dairy – CETA Cheese Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) (Items 141 to 157 on the Import Control List)
Notice to Importers, Serial No. 896, August 1, 2017 Dairy – CETA Industrial Cheese Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) (Items 141 to 157 on the Import Control List)
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