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UK–Canada Trade Agreement

UK–Canada Trade Agreement

Did you know that you could save money on your international shipments to and from Canada? The UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement entered into force on 1 April 2021, enabling the vast majority of goods of UK or Canada origin to continue to be traded tariff-free. All it takes is a simple declaration to be added to the commercial invoice.

The UK-Canada agreement replaces the EU-Canada trade arrangements under CETA, which no longer apply to the UK now that it has left the EU. They largely replicate the arrangements provided for in CETA and transfer them to UK-Canada trade. The continuity agreement also provides a stepping stone towards a more ambitious bilateral agreement in the future.

Learn how you could benefit from the UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement.

What’s in it for my business?

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Cost savings

Duties on almost all products are removed and non-tariff barriers reduced. 

International

Continued access

Simplified access to Canadian and UK markets could mean new opportunities for your business.

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Simpler regulation

UK and Canadian companies can continue to work together. For example, conformity assessment certificates and many professional qualifications are mutually recognized.

Customs

Simplified, modern customs procedures

Modern customs processes allow for quick and easy release of your goods.

NOTE: The trade agreement applies to duties, not taxes. Any applicable GST/HST for imports into Canada and VAT for imports into the UK still needs to be paid.

How can I benefit?

To benefit from reduced or 0% tariffs, products must be of UK origin. All it takes is a declaration. No formal certificate is required. Simply add the following to your commercial invoice (or any other commercial document) along with a detailed description of your goods as you would usually do. 

Sample Statement of Origin:

(Period: from___________ to __________)
 

The exporter of the products covered by this document (Customs Authorisation No.______) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of UK preferential origin.

__________________________________
(Place and date)
 

_________________________________
(Signature and printed name)

Important note: it is essential that the declaration is filled out correctly or it may be rejected by customs. The official text of the origin declaration replicates the CETA declaration contained in Annex 2 of the CETA agreement, available here, where references to the ‘EU’ are replaced with ‘UK’. The statement may be completed in English or French.  

For UK exporters, the Customs Authorisation No. is your EORI number. It is required for all shipments , regardless of value.

To benefit from reduced or 0% tariffs, products must be of Canada origin. All it takes is a simple declaration from the shipper in Canada. No formal certificate is required. Simply ensure they add the following to their commercial invoice (or any other commercial document): 

Sample Statement of Origin:

(Period: from___________ to __________)
 

The exporter of the products covered by this document (Customs Authorisation No. ______) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of Canada preferential origin. 

__________________________________
(Place and date)
 

_________________________________
(Signature and printed name)

Important note: it is essential that the declaration is filled out correctly or it may be rejected by customs. The official text of the origin declaration replicates the CETA declaration contained in Annex 2 of the CETA agreement, available here, where references to the ‘EU’ are replaced with ‘UK’. The statement may be completed in English or French.  

For Canadian exporters, the Customs Authorisation No. is the company’s Canada Revenue Agency Business Number, which is required for all shipments regardless of value.

How can FedEx help?

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Fast Intercontinental Shipping

We help your business reach its full potential. With our express parcel service, you can import from Canada in just 2 days and export to Canada in 1 to 3 days*.

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Easy Customs Tools

Make clearance easier thanks to our free tools. With FedEx Electronic Trade Documents, reduce the risk of customs delays by submitting your documentation electronically.

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Expert Knowledge

Take advantage of the Shipping Channel – a website containing easy-to-understand guides covering a wide range of topics. From paperwork and customs procedures to country-specific requirements.

*Service availability and transit times may vary depending on shipment type, origin and destination. FedEx terms and conditions apply. 

Always make sure to check the rules and regulations of the country you’re shipping from and to prior to shipping.