Implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
Customs Notice 18-22
This customs notice is to inform you of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) that will be implemented in Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore on . Additionally, the Agreement will enter into force for Vietnam on . With the exception of a few agricultural goods, the CPTPP will essentially eliminate the customs duties on all qualifying imports into Canada from a country for which the CPTPP is in force ("CPTPP country"), either immediately upon implementation of the agreement, or through a tariff phase-out.
Please be advised that at the time of this notice, not all CPTPP member countries will have completed their domestic ratification process and identified an implementation date. As the remaining CPTPP member countries reach ratification and confirm an implementation date, a separate customs notice will be issued.
Information regarding the CPTPP and the text of the agreement can be found on the Global Affairs Canada website.
The CPTPP implementing legislation, Bill C-79, received Royal Assent on and is scheduled to come into force on .
Proposed regulatory amendments and new regulations under the Customs Act related to the CPTPP will be announced in a separate customs notice.
Entitlement to the CPTPP tariff treatment is determined in accordance with the rules of origin set out in Annex 3-D of Chapter 3 of the CPTPP.
As of , a new preferential tariff treatment is being introduced for originating imports from Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore. The preferential tariff treatment is entitled the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Tariff and the newly assigned tariff treatment code is the: Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Tariff (CPTPT) – Code 33. This preferential tariff treatment will be extended to originating imports from Vietnam as of .
Proof of Origin
The required proof of origin is referred to as a certification of origin and consists of a set of data elements contained in Annex 3-B of Chapter 3, that may be placed on any document. Additional information concerning the CPTPP certification of origin is contained in Article 3.20 of Chapter 3.
Under the CPTPP, importers, exporters or producers of CPTPP eligible goods may complete the certification of origin. In order to claim the preferential tariff treatment accorded under the CPTPP, importers must have the certification of origin in their possession.
Goods may be shipped from a CPTPP country, with or without transshipment, to Canada.
The transshipment conditions are contained in Article 3.18 of Chapter 3 of the CPTPP.
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 from Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand or Singapore on or after , or from Vietnam on or after .
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 CPTPP preferential rates of duty. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of the CPTPP, it is advised that importers review the agreement in its entirety and consult Bill C-79 prior to importing goods that may benefit from this agreement.
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 to 16:00 local time / except holidays). TTY is also available within Canada: 1-866-335-3237.
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