A primer on the EU trade barriers Canadian exporters can expect once the Canada-EU free-trade agreement comes into force.

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The Nitty-Gritty of EU Trade Barriers Before and After CETA

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The Nitty-Gritty of EU Trade Barriers Before and After CETA

When the Canada-European Union Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) comes into effect in September, Canadians exporting to Europe will find that some barriers change – and some won’t. This article, the second in a 3-part series, builds on Does Opportunity Await in OECD Nations within the EU? and is followed by Strategies to Overcome Trade Barriers in the EU in part 3.

Below, you will find an overview of:

  1. Tariff and non-tariff barriers
  2. Quotas
  3. Licensing
  4. Customs clearance
  5. Procurement
  6. Product classifications
  7. Rules of origin

When the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) comes into force, a number of trade barriers will change for Canadians exporting to Europe, but there are some that won’t.

Tariff barriers—basically duties collected on goods when they arrive at the European border—will be cut or at least reduced, and some non-tariff barriers, such as standards and regulations, will remain although they’ll be easier to overcome. In addition, Canadian companies will have access to some EU government contracts, a significant and unprecedented change.

We consulted trade consultant and expert-for-hire Christian Sivière, of Solimpex, on what Canadians can expect when facing EU trade barriers.

1Tariff Barriers

2Non-tariff Barriers



5Customs Clearance


7Product Classifications

8Rules of Origin

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The Nitty-Gritty of EU Trade Barriers Before and After CETA was last modified: March 13th, 2018 by Export Development Canada.
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