Implementation of the Canada–Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA)
Customs Notice 17-23
Ottawa, July 12, 2017
1. This customs notice is to inform you that the Canada–Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) will be implemented on August 1, 2017. With the exception of a few agricultural goods, the CUFTA will essentially eliminate the customs duties on all imports from Ukraine, either immediately upon implementation of the agreement, or through a tariff phase-out for passenger automobiles.
2. Information regarding the CUFTA and the text of the agreement can be found on the Global Affairs Canada website.
3. The CUFTA implementing legislation, Bill C-31, received Royal Assent on June 1, 2017, and is scheduled to come into force on August 1, 2017.
4. Proposed regulatory amendments and a new regulation under the Customs Act related to the CUFTA will be announced in a separate customs notice at a later date.
5. Pursuant to the CUFTA, a new preferential tariff treatment is being introduced, namely the Ukraine Tariff. The newly assigned tariff treatment code is: Ukraine Tariff (UAT) – Code 32.
6. Entitlement to the Ukraine Tariff is determined in accordance with the rules of origin set out in Chapter 3 of the CUFTA.
Proof of Origin
7. The required proof of origin is a statement and is referred to in the CUFTA as the Origin Declaration. The Origin Declaration and the various languages in which it may be completed are contained in Annex 3-B of Chapter 3 of the CUFTA. This statement may be provided on an invoice or any other commercial document that describes the originating product in sufficient detail to enable its identification.
8. In order to claim the Ukraine Tariff, importers must have in their possession the statement completed by the exporter in Ukraine.
9. Goods may be shipped from Ukraine, with or without transshipment, to Canada.
10. The transshipment conditions are contained in Article 3.13 of Chapter 3 of the CUFTA.
11. An application for a refund under paragraph 74(1)(c.11) of the Customs Act may be made within four years from the date the goods were accounted for under subsections 32(1), (3), or (5), in respect of goods that were imported on or after August 1, 2017.
12. This customs notice is intended as an overview only, highlighting the future changes to the Customs Tariff and the Customs Act and summarizing the requirements to take advantage of the CUFTA preferential rates of duty. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of the CUFTA, it is advised that importers review the agreement in its entirety and consult Bill C-31 prior to importing goods that may benefit from this agreement.
13. For more information, within Canada call the Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999. From outside Canada call 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064. Long distance charges will apply. Agents are available Monday to Friday (08:00 – 16:00 local time / except holidays). TTY is also available within Canada: 1-866-335-3237.
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